IBM talk on advancing patient care with HHS


IBM Canada is giving an online talk about how they are advancing patient care with Hamilton Health Sciences, check out the details and registration below!


Imagine a Hospital Without Code Blue Calls — The Hamilton Early Warning Score

When was the last time you heard a cardiac arrest or code blue call to a ward in your hospital? Is it a daily or more frequent occurrence? Did you wonder what was the outcome for the patient? Did you know that in-hospital cardiac arrests are considered a failure to rescue?

Now imagine a hospital environment where such events are so rare that you might go weeks without hearing a code blue call. This is what has been achieved with the electronic Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS). Hamilton Health Sciences has implemented the digital HEWS on its inpatient wards and Emergency Departments and seen significant improvement in critical care response and outcomes.

Join us on Wednesday, December 7th to learn how Hamilton Health Sciences and IBM are advancing patient care by turning data into actionable insights, dramatically improving care delivery.



Women in Computing Society Social



When: Thursday December 1st from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: McMaster University (Room: IAHS 358) at 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Women in Computing Society (WiCS) McMaster



Meet fellow Women in Computing at McMaster! This is WiCS’ first ever informal social space focused on women at McMaster who are currently involved, or interested in, computing — allowing them to meet each other and discuss in our ever-growing fields of computer science, business, engineering, etc. to exchange ideas, learn new skills, expand their network, share experiences, and most of all, have fun mingling!

In addition to providing a space to meet each other, we will also be discussing the Women in Computing Society and its bright future at McMaster, through future workshops, socials, professional development opportunities, funding for the Grace Hopper Celebration, scholarships and more!

Location: IAHS 358 on McMaster University Campus
Time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Organized with PhaseOne, all are welcome! There will be snacks!


Hamilton Code Clubs receives Future Fund dollars



Hamilton Code Clubs (@HamOntCodeClub) has received $86,000 from the Hamilton Future Fund!

Hamilton Future Fund was created by the City of Hamilton in 2002 when Hamilton Hydro was sold and the money was put into reserves, one of which is used to fund community initiatives such as Hamilton Code Clubs.

Hamilton Code Clubs itself started off in the Fall of 2014 at a Chamber of Commerce committee meeting when an initial pilot program was organized, and is now run by IEC Hamilton (@IECHamilton) with Software Hamilton as a partner.

Hamilton Code Clubs runs lunch hour “learn to code” clubs focusing on grade 6-8 female students and students in priority neighbourhoods. The clubs introduce the students to introductory programming technologies like Scratch and Khan Academy in an effort to increase post-secondary enrolment in computer science related programs. The program has reached 400 students in 20 Hamilton-area schools in 2016!

In addition to the funding received from the Future Fund, Hamilton Code Clubs has also been funded by the ABACUS grant of the Hamilton Community Foundation and by ArcelorMitttal Dofasco.

The Future Fund money is of critical help to continue the program and to expand the program in some forms as well – stay tuned for updates!


Ho Ho Hamilton tech for kids music program

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Mr. Shannon, the Music teacher at Dr. Davey Elementary in Hamilton, has only 20 guitars in his under funded music program, which is 10 guitars short of a complete class set and the ability to actually teach guitar.

Weever Apps has supported the Jump Start program in the past – a great charity that provides children with the opportunity to participate in sports. This year we have decided to support Mr. Shannon and his music program by collecting donations. Our goal is to raise $2,000 by December 15th so that Mr. Shannon can purchase the guitars over the Christmas break.

We are inviting other tech companies in Hamilton to take a collection in your office. Funds raised can then be dropped off to Weever Apps @ 144 James Street S. Studio 3 before December 15th.

Let’s give these kids a chance to be the next Hamilton success story. The next Junkhouse, Arkells, Monster Truck, Teenage Head may be at Dr. Davey right now! If you have any questions or would like to make a donation please contact


EmbraceUX 2017 call for speakers



Experience design conference EmbraceUX (@EmbraceUX) will be back in 2017!

Save the dates April 21st and 22nd in your calendar!

EmbraceUX has issued a call for speakers – “We aim for a blend of practical and visionary, bringing together practitioners in digital and physical product design, service design, and the arts to give our attendees new ideas for engaging experiences.”

Fill out the application if you’re interested!


Hangry awarded $125,000 OCE grant



Lion’s Lair alumnus and Forge company Hangry has been awarded $125,000 from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) through the government-funded Market Readiness Customer Creation Program (MRCC).

Hangry is a mobile app that allows students to “skip the line” by pre-ordering and paying for food on campus. Hangry is fully integrated with on-campus food services and student meal plans at 8 Canadian post-secondary institutions, allowing food services to improve the student experience and increase sales.

In addition to winning the MRCC grant, Hangry has recently been accepted into the L-SPARK Fall 2016 Accelerator program!


DemoCamp26 line-up announced

Check out the amazing line-up of demos at next month’s DemoCampHamiton26 event!


When: Tuesday December 6th 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton at 123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON







Demo 1
Flyte Studios provides educators access to focused educational video games and tools for grades K-6 through the UnderstudyEdu platform. The UnderstudyEdu platform can tell you which students are at risk, which are excelling, and can even recommend potential in-class groups based on commitment to and success with educational content within the games and tools.


Demo 2
Orbital will demo their new social photo taking platform, Carina!


Demo 3
Moonray Studios has been producing interactive projects for over 10 years, working with CBC, Teletoon, YTV, Global Television and the History Channel. Currently, our team is focused on Debris, a first-person adventure horror game that has players struggling to survive in an inhospitable underwater environment. Founder and Creative Directory Dan Clark will show off Debris’ unique terrain generation system, followed by a brief demo of the game. Moonray is also looking for play testers in the upcoming months and will be asking anyone interested to sign up.”


Demo 4
Aiva Labs helps business owners intercept and convert website visitors with an intelligent overlay. These overlays have the ability to automatically A/B test different design elements once deployed on a site, all without writing a single line of code


Demo 5
Providius will be showcasing their multi-10G video analysis platform that allows their telecom and broadcast customers, like Rogers, Bell, AT&T, ESPN, CBS, etc, to identify root cause errors and transport anomalies over the network. If there is a video streaming being delivered over a global network, then there is likely some Providius technology analyzing the traffic to ensure accurate and proper delivery.


Demo 6
Virtual Excursions creates fully branded and interactive 360 virtual tours. Through custom branding, marketing metrics and a mix of all types of media, we bring your location or events to life online.


Are you interested in demo-ing? Fill out the application form to demo at this or a future DemoCamp event!



Keynote Speaker


Andrew Holden

CTO / CXO and Co-founder 


Weever Apps 


Andrew Holden is an expert technical designer with a history of leading public and private initiatives to successful outcomes.   He is the co-founder and current Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Weever Apps Inc., a thriving “mobile workforce management” software firm and official partner to Xerox Canada.

Weever Apps was the first client of Hamilton’s Innovation Factory, won the city’s inaugural “LiON’S LAIR” competition in 2011, and has grown from a two very naive technical entrepreneurs to a rapidly growing software company with over 15 staff on James St. South.

Weever’s cloud-based software is used by enterprise customers including Bell, GE, and 3M.  Andrew mentors local startups in planning, strategy, and product development and recently launched a financial literacy learning platform in coordination with Hamilton catholic high schools and First Ontario Credit Union.






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Hack the City looking for volunteers



Hack The City is looking for volunteers to interview groups of post-secondary students tackling challenges in health, energy and transportation! Check out the details below:


Volunteers Needed to Interview Student Change Makers
We are still on the hunt for additional volunteers to interview teams of local postsecondary students eager to advance to the next stage of Hack the City, an innovative project designed to engage young innovators in helping to tackle complex community challenges.
Volunteers are needed:
Sat. Nov 26, 9-12 noon at the Hamilton Chamber Offices, 120 King Street West in downtown Hamilton.

To sign-up, contact Richard Allen at or 905-572-0363.
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is a proud sponsor of Hack the City. Other key sponsors include City of Hamilton, HCE Energy Inc., HCE Telecom, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton HIVE, Hamilton Utilities Corporation, IBM and McMaster University. If you work for any of these organizations, please consider acting on this exciting and highly rewarding volunteer opportunity.