Girls Learning Code on November 8th



When: Saturday November 8th 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: YWCA Hamilton – 75 MacNab St S. Hamilton, Ontario


Organizer: Ladies Learning Code – Hamilton Chapter


This is a beginner level workshop for girls 8-13 years old and their parent/guardian/aunt/older sibling.

Bring a special girl in your life to this workshop on National Girls Learning Code Day and learn to create a website together from scratch! Note: this workshop is BYOL so each parent or guardian/youth pair is required to bring one laptop on the day of the workshop as well as their own lunch.

The Workshop:

This workshop experience offers girls the opportunity to learn how to use creativity to build an online web presence! The workshop will focus on the use of Mozilla Thimble, an easy-to-use online web making platform that allows for live previewing while coding. Girls will learn HTML and CSS basics by hacking pre-existing text, links, images, and videos on various templates, and then use their skills to create their very own fun business website from scratch (think ice-cream store, pet store, or any other fun real-world workplace!). Fundamental concepts of code, such as divs, classes and ids will enforce organization and prepare the girls to continue creating – at home and at school. Thimble also allows for easy sharing, so their awesome content can be shared with you and anyone with a link!

What is Girls Learning Code?

Founded by the same women who introduced Ladies Learning Code in 2011, Girls Learning Code is less about “code” and more about changing the world – through teamwork, creativity, and, of course, technology.

What Makes Girls Learning Code Different?

Girls Learning Code has been designed specifically with girls in mind, by the team who founded Ladies Learning Code. When developing plans and curriculum for workshops, we keep in mind a recurrent theme in research on gender and technology: girls approach the computer as a “tool” useful primarily for what it can do; boys more often view the computer as a “toy” or an extension of the self. Thus, the theme of workshops are “Changing the World” and how technology can be used as the means, not the end.

Check out this video of one of our Girls Learning Code programs:


What parents say about Girls Learning Code:

“My daughter went to the camp without a clear understanding of what a tech camp for girls was but was pleasantly surprised by the experience. She enjoyed every single day at the camp and showed great enthusiasm about the topic she and her group chose to present. I would not hesitate to send her to another tech camp with LLC whenever the opportunity arises.”

“My daughter wasn’t sold on the idea of attending a “technology camp” for March Break. By the second day she was raving about how much fun she was having AND how much she was learning. What a great combination!”

“I learned about Girls Learning Code from the Toronto Star. I looked into it and I thought it was such a great opportunity for my daughter to be exposed in the field of technology. I was really happy that she went to Girls Learning Code because she was introduced to different programming languages, exposed to companies like Google and Mozilla and had to work with different girls she’s never met before. I wish my older daughter who is now in first year university had the same opportunity as her sister.”

“This was a great iniative that is needed to encourage females to become leaders in computer technology field. It was inspiring for my daughter to visit Google, to see a modern office space, to see a bilingual women in a leading position at Google. This camp provided a perspective to girls that they not only can play and use technology, they can design, create and become leaders in technology.”

“My daughter had a blast, the other campers were a great bunch of girls, they learned, grew and had fun. The venue was well chosen, the balance of activities was good. The extra little touches of caring were noticable and appreciated. The camp was down to earth and unpretentious but the counsellors took their jobs seriously. A+. I will recommend to other parents.”

Twelve new firms added to the directory



Enterprise-wide business performance monitoring and improvement for multi-site operations and strong single-site growth oriented owners.
2820 King Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8G 1J5

Intelliscience Instrumentation
Intelliscience Instrumentation specializes in the development of custom process control, data acquisition and analysis solutions for research laboratories.
302 Cumberland Avenue Hamilton, Ontario L8M 2A1

Luther Holton Associates Inc.
Specializes in rolling mill modeling, analysis and control. We have been providing systems and services to North American customers since 1989.
+Rd+South,+Suite+400A+Hamilton,+ON,+L8P+0A1&sll=43.33044,-79.909614&sspn=0.01027,0.022445&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=175+Longwood+Rd+S+%23400a,+Hamilton,+Hamilton+Division,+Ontario&t=h&z=16″ target=”_blank”>175 Longwood Rd South, Suite 206 Hamilton, Ontario L8P OA1

NVC Software
Custom software development for the desktop, servers or mobile devices.
Hamilton, Ontario

Orange Eclipse
Management consulting and bespoke web development company.
9 King Street East Unit 3 Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1A1

I.T. Solutions.
Hamilton, Ontario

Ranggo is a social marketing platform serving the restaurant industry based on immediate feedback of menu items. Through Ranggo restaurants gain analytics and demographics about their customers, in order to retain existing customers as well as attract new ones through personalized incentives & coupons.
Hamilton, Ontario

Sound Options
Our mandate is to provide tinnitus sufferers with a sound treatment option that is effective, affordable and enjoyable.
175 Longwood Rd South Hamilton, Ontario L8P OA1

Sound Options
Our mandate is to provide tinnitus sufferers with a sound treatment option that is effective, affordable and enjoyable.
175 Longwood Rd South Hamilton, Ontario L8P OA1

Spico Games
Sipco Games wants to create the games that true gamers want.
Hamilton, Ontario

Technology solutions provider.
201-52 Cannon Street West Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2B6

Custom software development for the desktop, servers or mobile devices.
Hamilton, Ontario

Open Data Jam 2014


When: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM – Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Where: McMaster Innovation Park (175 Longwood Road South Hamilton, Ontario)



Open Data Jam 2014

#ODJAM2014 is a 3-day event bringing together government, developers and citizens to collaborate and accelerate Open Data efforts in Hamilton.
Governments and organizations have become some of our largest data collectors and the resource is often resting in silos untouched. Open Data is taking this valuable resource and giving it to people who can unlock its value — resulting in new economies, job creation and increased efficiencies in public services.

Friday, November 21, 2014 (1:00-5:00pm)

- Learn how other cities are changing culture within government to release more datasets
- See how developers are using the data to improve government services
- Hear about Open Datasets currently available in Hamilton
- Familiarize yourself with tools to interpret Open Data

Open Hamilton Jam Time! Pitches, building solutions, workshops…

Starts: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:00am
Ends: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00pm

Together with McMaster Innovation Park, Innovation Factory, The City of Hamilton, and Microsoft, Open Hamilton is calling all developers, designers and problem-solvers to Open Data Jam 2014!! A chance to work with civic-minded developers to create compelling applications using Hamilton’s Open Data. Hear about local success stories! Have a chance in determining how the City of Hamilton creates open-data sets, and help prioritize the next sets of open data. Collaborate with other developers, and city officials to create applications that make a difference in our daily lives!

Be a part of the Open Data/Open Government movement in Hamilton. Help make collaboration and co-operation a key cog in the economic growth of Hamiltonians.

Startup Weekend Maker’s Edition comes to Hamilton



The first ever Maker Edition of Startup Weekend Hamilton is happening on November 21st-23rd at Mohawk College. Startup Weekend events are 54-hour weekend long events during which groups of makers, hackers, students, developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening where a panel of judges will select a wining team.

While Hamilton has hosted four previous Startup Weekend events since 2011, this will be our first ever Maker’s Edition that is focused on creating physical products. Imagine designing and creating 3D printed products, Arduino based micro-controllers, wearables, robots and the endless hardware startup possibilities. Hamilton is a city with a legacy in manufacturing great physical products – it’s time to bring the ambition back with a 21st century spin!

The winners of the event will receive a prize package courtesy of Mohawk College, the details of which will be announced soon. Those who place first will also have the opportunity to compete in the Global Startup Battle for up to $500,000 in prizes, gain international exposure, and showcase the best of the Hamilton startup scene. The Global Startup Battle was previously won by McMaster students Matt Gardner and Jason Moore as part of Groupnotes (now co-founders of Videostream which has 575k users). We want to see another Hamilton team take home the top prize!

Join us on November 21st – 23rd for the first ever Startup Weekend Hamilton Maker’s Edition! For more information and to register check out:


Hire a Mohawk College ICT program co-op student



I’ve been teaching at Mohawk College for almost a year now, and the students up here are fantastic. I just wanted to create a quick blog article to make some more people aware of how they can go about hiring Mohawk College students, and the tax benefits.


What computer technologist programs does Mohawk College offer?

Just for the sake of background, at Mohawk College we offer four diploma programs in the ICT field. All of the programs offer 4-month co-ops at varying times in the student’s progress throughout the programs (and at some points allow students to do sequential 4-month co-ops, essentially allowing a student to stay 8-months at a single company).


2-year – Software Support Diploma
3-year – Software Development Advanced Diploma

Software program alumni occupations include:

- Software Application Developer
- Systems/Business Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Project Manager
- Technical Writer
- Software Quality Assurance


2-year – Network Systems Diploma
3-year – Network Engineering and Security Analyst Advanced Diploma

Network program alumni occupations include:

- Network Administrators
- Security Analyst/Security Administrators
- IT Support Specialists
- Technical Support Analyst
- Computer Forensics


What are the tax benefits of hiring a Mohawk College co-op student?

“The Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) is a refundable tax credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-op program at an Ontario college or university. The CETC is based on salaries and wages paid to a student in a co-operative education work placement. The maximum credit for each work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months.” –


When are co-op students available, what are their capabilities, and what is there salary range?

The salary range, availability, and capabilities of students varies by program, and by their amount of progress in the program thus far. You can check out these PDF documents for all the details for each program:

2-year – Software Support Diploma
3-year – Software Development Advanced Diploma

2-year – Network Systems Diploma
3-year – Network Engineering and Security Analyst Advanced Diploma


Woodside is your good guide to UX

simonWhere: Innovation Factory @ 175 Longwood Road South (McMaster Innovation Park)

When: Wednesday October 29th from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Join iF on October 29th as Simon Woodside, founder of Monolith, shares lessons-learned from a decade of making smartphone apps.

Simon’s passion is to combine user experience with deep technical excellence, and he will go through his philosophy on strategy, design, coding issues, web vs native, and user testing.

To register please email


BraveNewCode teases new Response WordPress plug-in

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Editor’s note: Hamilton’s own BraveNewCode has been releasing teaser information for a new WordPress plug-in called “Response”, check out the details pulled from below:



Give it your best image, Response does the the rest.
Response creates different image sizes for everything you include inside (or outside) your content, serving them from the cloud.

Link to an image on Flickr? No problem. Response even works with images not hosted on your website.
Sound complicated? Response makes it easy. Simply turn on Responsive Images support, choose your quality setting, and you’re done. It even works for older images on your website, too.



Deliver images, JavaScript and CSS faster from everywhere to everywhere.
Response automatically provisions a CDN (content distribution network) for you, zero-configuration required.
Serving assets from the cloud, your CDN chooses from a worldwide network of 50 locations to send content to your visitors.



Simple, powerful page caching, made for you, not developers.
Response includes both page and browsing caching, in an easy to use and clear way.

You don’t have fiddle with all kinds of options you don’t need— Response makes using one of the best ways to speed up your WordPress site a whole lot easier.
Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s unintelligent— Response Page Caching handles special pages that shouldn’t be cached with ease.



Squeeze the most out with minification & concatenation.
Response minifies HTML output, JavaScript & CSS files, removing whitespace characters which tend to add bloat to files.

Response knows what order these files are loaded in and can concatenate them together as well, further speeding up load times. Why load eight files when you can load one?
Many speed recommendations (from folks like Google) suggest this as a best practice in optimizing your website.



Response reveals how well it’s working for you.
The Response dashboard shows reporting metrics for all four aspects of its accelerators: responsive images, CDN, caching and minification. See real-time data on images served and data saved, along with the speed boosts of serving pages and assets using Response vs. without.



We’ll send you a digest of your monthly report.
In addition to real-time data and the weekly view available on the Response dashboard we’ll send you a quick monthly e-mail letting you know how fast your website is— and share information with you on upcoming changes and features for Response.


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