Cinnos patents Smart Mission Critical Rack


HAMILTON, OntarioFeb. 16, 2017 — Cinnos Mission Critical Incorporated (Cinnos), a technology startup based in Hamilton, ON continues to demonstrate their innovation. Having introduced their data centre appliance to the world, they have now been granted a patent (No. US 9,572,276, see here for more details), for their innovative work.

The patent discloses a high-density, cost and energy-efficient integrated infrastructure within an enclosed space that enables the same level of performance and uptime as a traditional data centre. These benefits are delivered to customers for a fraction of the cost and a significantly reduced deployment time. Among other proprietary and novel aspects, the patent claims a high-density, scalable system with movable and reconfigurable subsystems, including integrated precision cooling, power inverters, fire suppression and monitoring by an intelligent control system.

The benefits of the Cinnos systems are multifold. For large enterprises, it allows them a far more rapid deployment of data centers, with lower capital investments and operating costs, as well as faster revenue generation, translating into significantly higher ROI. For small and medium enterprises, Cinnos enables them for the first time to acquire their own high performance micro datacenter for a very affordable price, giving them more control of their data while eliminating any latency.

“This is a major milestone for our company, proving the novelty and usefulness of our technology and giving us a powerful competitive advantage over all the other technologies out there that claim to be modular but offer no tangible technical enabler or customer benefit,” said Hussam Haroun, CEO and co-founder of Cinnos, and the inventor of the Smart Mission Critical Rack.

About Cinnos

Cinnos has developed and commercialized the world’s first “data center in a box” that enables immediate deployment and a pay-as-you-grow model for data centers. Thanks to its proprietary modular design, The Cinnos SmartMCXâ„¢ enables immediate deployment of data centres for a fraction of the cost of traditional mission critical facilities thereby accelerating revenues and resulting in dramatically higher ROI. For more information, please visit

Contacts: Brook Azezew


Happy Hippo Games releases Coin Bulldozer


New Hamilton indie gaming firm Happy Hippo Games (@happyhippogames) just released their first game Coin Bulldozer on the Android App Store.



Coin Bulldozer – tap to drop coins from the hopper onto the play area. The coin bulldozer shoves them into a pile – be careful not to let them fall off the sides into the water.

Use boosters for walls, quakes and coin showers to push the prizes into the hopper. Level up for fun!

Over 30 collectable prizes! Family safe – fun for all!

Note: we do offer ads if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wait for coins to replenish, if you want to use that option please ensure you accept the two permissions at game start so the game can give you the boosts and coins!



Hacking Health meetup this Thursday

When: Thursday February 16th 2017 at 6:30pm

Where: IBM Collaborative Innovation Centre – Healthcare, 1 King Street West (Suite 1400), Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@HHHamOnt)



This month, IBM’s Collaborative Innovation Centre – Healthcare, Hamilton is hosting us at their temporary space on the 14th floor of Commerce Place right at the centre of the city. Last year, IBM Canada and Hamilton Health Sciences announced plans to establish a new centre focused on healthcare innovation. The centre will give area healthcare providers, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs advanced technology tools and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes and put Hamilton on the map as a hub for healthcare innovation in Canada.

In short: IBM has come to town. Now we can get an early look at what they are up to!

We have some great speakers to talk about what’s happening:

IBM Collaborative Innovation Centre: Gordon Alexander from IBM will introduce the Collaborative Innovation Centre and explain what they are working to accomplish with healthcare innovation in Hamilton. He will also cover IBM’s current capabilities and directions in healthcare including cognitive systems such as IBM Watson and the formation of a new business division IBM Watson Health. Finally Gordon will also discuss how the are looking to engage Hamilton innovators & entrepreneurs through leveraging the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the IBM Innovation Incubator Project.

Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS): Jackie Crews from HHS will review a recent project with IBM to dramatically reduce the number of Code Blue events in the hospital. This is what has been achieved with the electronic Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS). HHS has implemented the digital HEWS on its inpatient wards and Emergency Departments and seen significant improvement in critical care response and outcomes. Come and hear how Hamilton Health Sciences and IBM are advancing patient care by turning data into actionable insights, dramatically improving care delivery.

More about our speakers:

Gordon Alexander is the Healthcare Industry Technical Leader for the IBM Collaborative Innovation Centre – Healthcare in Hamilton. He is a Senior IT Architect with 28 years of experience in the IT industry. Gordon has been with IBM Canada for over 18 years, and prior to that, for 10 years with the IT departments of The Co-operators Insurance and Canada Trust Financial Services. As an enterprise architect with a focus on the discipline of integration, Gordon is focused on the end-to-end design of solutions which enable applications, data, networks, and systems to work together. Gordon helps clients understand, assess, and transform their IT environment to leverage new and emerging technologies such as Cloud, Cognitive, Big Data, Analytics, and Mobile to name a few.


Jackie Crews is the Manager, Applications in Health Information Technology Services (HITS). Jackie has worked at Hamilton Health Sciences for more than 20 years. She began her career as an Applications Specialist at the Hamilton General Hospital, then worked in outpatient clinics for a number of years, then moved back to an Applications Specialist role at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener. Today Jackie is Manager of Applications and eHealth Solutions for HITS and is responsible for leading a team of application support analysts, clinical informatics specialists, and web application developers to meet the information systems needs of the organization from a support, integration, and development perspective.


McMaster CIRC and Cinnos partnership


Hamilton, Ont., Canada. — McMaster University’s innovative experimental co-location between an academic research centre and a rapidly growing startup company has begun to yield successes.

The university’s Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC, which is a research centre in the Faculty of Engineering, shares space with its founding industry partner Cinnos Mission Critical Inc. at the McMaster Innovation Park. CIRC’s team of researchers and students are focused on developing cutting-edge technologies for data centres. Cinnos is a technology start-up forged in the McMaster Innovation Ecosystem, and designs and sells appliances for rapid, low cost, and highly efficient deployment of scalable data centre facilities.

Breaking with the traditional industry-academic research paradigm, Cinnos and McMaster decided to collocate their resources by forming CIRC. The space is designed such that researchers and students at CIRC mingle freely with Cinnos entrepreneurs, enabling a close alignment between the market opportunities and customer needs of the industry with research and technology. This seamless collaboration between the two organizations has already brought tremendously successful products into the market place, such as the Cinnos flagship Smart MCX, the world`s first data centre in a box, as well as the Smart MC-M, a modular, data-driven, intelligent monitoring system for computing facilities.

“CIRC is founded on a pioneering model of university-industry collaboration,” says Suvojit Ghosh, the centre’s co-founder and Executive Director. “It magnifies the impact of research, through accelerated translation of research for both economic and societal benefits, in a competitive real-world environment. Further, our students not only get a deep and meaningful research experience, but they also learn about the importance of the customer needs and market opportunities in defining and driving that research. These are things that could not happen if CIRC and Cinnos did not share the same space and similar visions.”

“Thanks to our innovative model, Cinnos proprietary MCX has sales both in Canada and internationally in less than 18 months from our inception. In addition, we have recently raised over $2M in financing to fund our global expansion. We simply could not have achieved this feat without the world-class team of CIRC and the strong and unwavering support from McMaster University and the Faculty of Engineering,” said Hussam Haroun, CEO and co-founder of Cinnos, and among the architects of CIRC.


With ambitions to be a global leader in the data centre industry, Cinnos envisioned a strong R&D program from its inception. This manifested in six projects that are designed to transform archaic and wasteful practices in the data centre industry. They were architected in a close collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. The projects are funded through over $3M committed by Cinnos, and augmented by grants from multiple Government agencies.


About Cinnos

Cinnos has developed and commercialized the world’s first data centre appliance that enables immediate deployment and a pay-as-you-grow model for data centre providers. Furthermore, thanks to its proprietary modular design, The Cinnos Smart MCXâ„¢ enables immediate deployment of data centres for a fraction of the cost of traditional mission critical facilities (MCF), hence accelerating revenues and bringing dramatically higher ROI to our customers as compared with the traditional construction-based MCF. Founded by Hussam Haroun in June 2015 following his graduation from McMaster MEEI program, Cinnos achieved breakeven in less than twelve (12) months of operations. For more information, please visit

Cinnos Media Contact:

Brook Azezew | t: 416.270.7807


About CIRC

CIRC, or the Computing Infrastructure Research Centre at McMaster University, is the first research centre focused on data centre innovations in Canada. CIRC was founded earlier this year, and is mandated to develop, promote, and advocate for technologies and products that eliminate wasteful practices in data centres, addressing a $100B+ global industry. The R&D functions of CIRC are unique in their emphasis on market validation from the conceptions stage, ensuring research relevance and guaranteed economic, societal, and environmental impact. This has manifested in high ROI on R&D expenses: within the first year of its existence, CIRC has developed technology that has led to revenue generating product lines for Cinnos.

CIRC Media Contact

Suvojit Ghosh | t: 289-659-5919


GameDevDrinks with Jesse Attard from Tactic Studios

When: Wednesday February 15th 2017 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street (2nd Floor) Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks



Hey GDDers,

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, Feb 15 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Jesse Attard from Tactic Studios (located in London Ontario) the studio behind Immortal Empire.

From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Jesse Attard speak about the trials and tribulations of Tactic Studios, and learn about their upcoming sci-fi puzzle game, as well as get a hands-on experience with their “pre-alpha” sci-fi game. Afterwards you can chat with Jesse Attard, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone – student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike – who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!


Tactic Studios was founded in 2007 and specializes in developing thought-provoking, story-driven games for PC. We’re located in London, Canada, roughly a 2 hour drive from Canada’s largest city, Toronto.
In 2009 Tactic released our first title, Immortal Empire to open beta, a free browser-based multiplayer role playing game set in a fantasy universe. Built from the ground up on Tactic’s proprietary Immortal Engine, Tactic officially released Immortal Empire to Steam as a fully downloadable game in December 2015.

Tactic has since made significant improvements to the Immortal Engine, growing it to a fully-featured modern 3D game engine. With support for Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Immortal Engine offers a fully deferred 3d renderer, including a comprehensive level editor, animation blending, rigid body physics solver, AI navigation mesh, and much more. Using this technology, we are currently developing a new unannounced 3D first person game.

Obie accepted in 500 startups


Very exciting news for the Tasytt (@tasytt) team – their AI edtech / virtual assistant Slackbot Obie (@AskObie) was accepted into the newest cohort of 500 startups!

500 startups is one of the world’s leading startups accelerators… staying true to the name the program really has funded 500+ startups, many of them going on to very successful exists. For example 500 startups alumni MakerBot sold for $403 million. The seed program takes 6 equity in exchange for $150k in funding. The batch of startups Obie was accepted into will be the 20th for 500 startups.

On top of that great news, Obie released a 2.0 version was listed on Product Hunt today! Wow – congrats, Tasytt!


Sean Licata of VIZIYA talks sales tomorrow

When: Wednesday February 8th 2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am

Where: Innovation Factory at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)


February’s Sales Peer2Peer session will be led by Sean Licata. Join us to hear him speak on the enterprise sales and marketing strategies that VIZIYA used to grow to the Hamilton technology leader to what it is today. Sean will cover tactics, strategies, CRM, marketing automation, and tools used by VIZIYA.

Sean Licata is the VP of Marketing & Business Development at VIZIYA. He will be discussing how VIZIYA grew from inception into a Hamilton based technology success story with more than 55,000 users at 850 sites around the globe. VIZIYA has been Listed in Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies for the Profit 500 as well as recognized with the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 four years in a row. Sean has been in Sales and Marketing roles for over 25 years at Nortel, Sun, Pictorvision, Trivaris, and other Canadian technology leaders.


Real stories by real entrepreneurs next week

When: Wednesday February 15th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Thode Library Makerspace at McMaster University

Organizer: The Forge @ Mac (@theforgehamont)




Join The Forge@Mac team and our panelists for Real Stories by Real Entrepreneurs.

Real Stories by Real Entrepreneurs is a live storytelling discussion where (as you guessed it), Real Stories will be told by Real (& local) Entrepreneurs. Our panelists will engage with you by telling you their personal stories and experiences of things such as: managing the early days of starting up, building a winning team, biggest failures and learning from them, experiences with their first customer, etc..

Each panelist will have approx 15-20 minutes to share with us their personal experiences. At the end of the sotrytelling presentations, we’ll be hosting a casual/ networking-style question period, giving you the chance to personally introduce yourself and ask each panelist any questions you might have about theirs or your own experiences.

PANELISTS include:

Graeme Davis (Bruha Inc), Co-Founder & CEO. 

Graeme Davis Bruha CEO

Graeme is a driven and passionate leader with prior experience as the founder and president of Showdom Inc. Graeme’s previous experience as a project manager, coupled with his entrepreneurial instincts, have allowed him to gain familiarity with managing teams and building a software-based business. Graeme remains responsible for contributing and overseeing duties with Brüha including server and backend design, and oversees product development, branding, marketing, sales, and the financial standing of the company.


Peter Mokrycke (Architect Hair Design), Owner Operator 

Peter Mokcrycke Owner AHD

Peter Mokrycke is the Owner Operator of Architect Hair Design located on Hamilton’s James Street North. After completing his studies from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Program, Peter joined Target as an Executive Team Leader. He is a natural leader with strengths in operations, marketing and business development.


Dan Johnston (Collective Arts Brewing), Business Development Manager

Dan Johnston Collective Arts

Dan Johnston is the Business Development Manager for Collective Arts Brewing. He cut his teeth in the industry opening and managing some of the largest craft beer bars across Australia before returning home to Toronto. Recent projects with Collective Arts include securing distribution channels into Spain, Australia and the North East of US. Outside of the beer world Dan is an active volunteer in his hometown community, loves his Blue Jays and is always spreading the good word of craft beer!


Bruha interview with Urbanicity


Ubanicity (@urbanicityyhm) recently had an interview with local event ticketing startup Bruha (@BruhaExclusive) about their platform, their experience in Hamilton and thoughts on the ecosystem.

Q: Where did this idea for Brüha come from?

A: The idea came from a simple problem that all of us [partners] had in common; finding out about all the cool local things happening. It wasn’t just something we were experiencing in Hamilton, everywhere we went the same problem kept coming up.

Check out the full interview on, and the infographic below documenting their growth.



Joe Crozier releases Sensor Logger iOS app

Hamilton-area developer Joe Crozier (@joe_crozier) released the Sensor Logger on the iOS app store today.

Check out the details below, and if you’re interested in seeing how it works some docs are available on his website.



Sensor Logger is the easiest way to stream sensor data from your iOS device straight to a locally hosted server in the form of or HTTP requests. With a stripped down, minimal interface, Sensor Logger provides exactly what you need and nothing that you don’t.

– Track your device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer.
– Adjustable streaming period with a maximum speed of roughly 3 polls/second.
– Two protocols to use, HTTP or (WebSocket library)
– Sample node.js server with JSON and CSV exporting is available from the developer’s website,

Please note – this app is meant for developers who wish to use their iOS device to monitor the world around them. If you’re not comfortable writing code it’s recommended you use a different application for this task.