ELEV8 pitch night next week



When: Wednesday June 29th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/innovation-factorys-elev8-pitch-night-june-2016-tickets-25509804512

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@ItBeginsWithIF)


Join Innovation Factory on June 29, 2016 for ELEV8 Pitch Night!

ELEV8 is a new event by iF where companies who have a product in-market (or close to launch) present their company in an investment-style pitch presentation. It’s designed to help connect our partners, volunteer mentors and the broader Hamilton community with some of our up-and-coming startups.

ELEV8 Pitch Night is open to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to observe six 5-minute presentations from local innovators, and network while enjoying delicious appetizers!

You may remember our Innovation Nights – well, we’re taking that concept and elevating it by having thriving startup clients pitch investment-style for the chance to take home a $250 or $750 prize!

The ELEV8 Pitch Night will be held in the conference rooms inside the Atrium@MIP.

IF Lunch ‘n Learn with Alex Sirota



When: Tuesday June 28th from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/transform-your-business-into-a-digital-workplace-innovation-factorys-june-lunch-n-learn-tickets-25509463492

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@ItBeginsWithIF)


Please join iF on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 for a Lunch ‘n Learn featuring Alex Sirota of NewPath Consulting!

This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch

During this session, Alex will be speaking about Transforming Your Business Into a Digital Workplace. Alex will introduce business owners and their staff to an incredible wealth of information relevant to successfully transforming their conventional business into a digital workplace. A digital workplace is an organization where digital technology enables growth and scale and creates a competitive advantage.

In a digital workplace, business processes are made progressively more efficient, reducing dependency on manual labour and complex information technology projects while increasing the creative and innovation capabilities of all employees and staff. Detailed information on how to choose and orchestrate modern Cloud solutions is presented along with an introduction to further training options and government grants available to growing businesses.

Our Lunch ‘n Learn events are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a free lunch, and learning something new! Please forward this to all of the innovators you know.



11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking

Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 (TBA) and Keynote Presentation (Alex Sirota)

1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1.00/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

Agile meetup at Human Code

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When: Thursday June 23rd 2016 @ 6:30pm

Where: Human Code @ 69 John St South – Suite 304, Hamilton, ON

Register: meetup.com/Hamilton-Agile-Project-Management-Meetup/events/231382503

Organizer: Hamilton Agile Project Management Meetup


Join us for our next meetup! Come and meet other Agile people, scrum masters, product owners, project managers and more in and around Hamilton area!


Done vs Done Done!!!


6:30pm – doors open, networking
7pm-7:30pm – news, presentation
7:30pm-8pm – networking, discussing, Q&A

Grab a coffee, tea or soft drink before heading up at one of the nearby cafés.

Parking on front of the building


This is a group for anyone interested in Agile methodology and frameworks like scrum, kanban, lean, etc. All skills, levels and management people are welcome. I started this group to meet other Agiles, scrum masters, product owners, agile coaches, executives, IT professionals, developers, project management enthusiasts. Looking forward to exploring the Agile transformation with everybody.


DemoCamp with Bob Young this Thursday

When: Thursday June 16th 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South


Keynote Speaker

Bob Young

Bob Young, a Hamilton native and successful technology entrepreneur, is the founder of Vernon Computer Rentals, Red Hat Inc, and Lulu Press Inc., among others. A recent start-up, Lulu Press Inc, www.lulu.com, is an online print-on-demand, self-publishing and distribution platform based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. The company continues to create new and exciting ways of delivering more knowledge at lower cost to the global education oriented consumer.

In 1994, his work on open source software led to his co-founding of Red Hat Inc, now a NYSE traded company. As Co-founder and formerly CEO and Chairman of Red Hat from 1993-2000, Young was responsible for the early success of the business. Red Hat is credited with driving the global, industry-wide adoption of open source development practices. Young’s efforts developing Red Hat into a household name have won him prestigious honors such as Business Week Magazine’s “Top Entrepreneurs” in 1999.

Among his philanthropic projects: in 1999, he founded The Center for the Public Domain. More recently he and his wife are supporters of the Loran Scholarship Awards, www.loranscholar.ca. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of The Dictionary Of Old English project, www.doe.utoronto.ca.

Bob was introduced as the new owner and Caretaker of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club by the Canadian Football League on October 7, 2003. Of Young’s many accomplishments with the Tiger-Cats, the most significant was helping broker a deal for a new permanent home for the team. The success of that project resulted in the doors opening on the newly constructed Tim Hortons Field in September 2014.











E-mail democamphamilton@gmail.com if you are interested in sponsoring.




Demo 1

Digital Diatom will be presenting their first public demo of Emergence.  Emergence is an interactive evolution sandbox, high in both media and science content.  Powered by state of the art genetics and environmental simulations, emergence provides users with a dynamic living world that they may directly manipulate, to influence the evolution of 100,000s of organisms.


Demo 2

Everyone dies, but the sad truth is that not everyone lives… BuckitLife was born from this understanding, and from it we drive our motivation to inspire the world to achieve their wildest dreams, and help them do so. BuckitLife is an online platform that makes it easy, fast, and fun to discover new adventures, create your bucket list, purchase adventures, and live your life to the fullest!


Demo 3

Brüha is the new platform connecting you to the local events and venues in your area.  Whether you are a tourist or a local resident, Brüha offers a fast and easy way to find out what’s going on in any town, city or region.


Demo 4

Tasytt invites you to meet Obie, the _first_ e-learning bot. Obie lives in Slack where he answers new hire questions, adds to your company knowledge base and deploys “flows”. Flows are kinda like drip-campaigns for learning. They can be used for new hire tasks, or to teach new processes and assign refreshers and reading lists.


Demo 5

Better Impact creates volunteer management software to help leaders of volunteers be as efficient as possible.


Hamilton Mini Maker Faire returns



When: Sunday June 26th 2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology @ 900 Woodward Ave. Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Hamilton Mini Maker Faire (@hammercitymaker)

Register: eventbrite.com/e/hamilton-mini-maker-faire-2016-tickets-23838842620


Hammer City Makers is pleased to announce that Hamilton’s second annual “Maker Faire” will take place once again at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology on Sunday June 26th, 2016, from 11 am to 5pm.

Maker Faires are festivals of arts, craft, and invention. Called “The greatest show and tell on earth”, they bring together educators, hobbyists, engineers, authors, artists, students, and enthusiasts of all ages to show what they have made, and share what they have learned.

It is appropriate that the 2016 Hamilton Maker Faire will take place at the birthplace of industry in Hamilton. Our city’s deep history of ingenuity, and our growing creative culture will be showcased in the gorgeous 1913 Pumphouse Building. Below its huge arched windows, our makers will show off interactive ray-gun sculptures, home made arcade cabinets and much more.


15 finalists announced for 6th annual LiON’S LAIR competition


Originally posted on lionslair.ca


Fifteen companies have been selected as finalists for the 2016 LiON’S LAIR competition, which offers entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their idea to a panel of industry judges—the “Lions”—and solicit over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources.

Hopeful participants submitted their business plans in late April. Throughout May, each plan was evaluated during two separate rounds of judging, based on each company’s product, commercial viability, ability to execute, and other factors. This year’s top fifteen finalists are: 180 DrumsBruhaCaddleDoppelmoveDymaxiaGoWrenchHiNTLaifa BabyNix Color SensorNuts for CheeseSuncayrTasyttTopSpin360Tron Club, and UpWeeGoYou can read all about them here!

Over the summer, finalists will go through valuable training to strengthen their skills in pitching, developing and telling a compelling story, handling questions and objections, and presenting their business to the media as preparation for facing the Lions in August.

After one more round of eliminations in July, ten finalists will participate in a pitch session with the Lions, which will include the entrepreneur’s pitch followed by a question period. The Lions ultimately decide which companies receive cash and in-kind service investments from participating sponsors.

The pitch sessions will be filmed by Cable 14 and will be shown at the LiON’S LAIR Gala on September 29, 2016 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. The Lions’ investment decisions will be revealed live on stage at the Gala.

The 2016 Lions are: Mario Paron (KPMG), Tonia Jahshan (Steeped Tea), Julie Ellis (Mabel’s Labels), Cheri Chevalier (Microsoft Canada), and Michael Macaluso (CARSTAR North America) –  read the Lions’ full bios here.

LiONʼS LAIR gala tickets will be on sale starting July 18 at lionslair.ca!




ThinkHaus looking to rebuild community



Before there was ever a McMaster Innovation Park or an incubator in town, the original shared work and social space in Hamilton for nerdier-than-most people to get together was hackerspace ThinkHaus (@ThinkHausOrg).

Since that time there’s been a lot of new innovation incubators, makerspaces, shared working spaces, co-working spaces, etc – for example Platform 302, Innovation Factory, CoMotion on King, The Forge downtown, etc. Now even the downtown library has a makerspace on the 4th floor! They are all different spaces, targeting different niches… craft hobbies vs. startup businesses… but they all involve nerdier-than-most folks getting together to work and play together.

Which was why it was disconcerting to read that ThinkHaus may be closing:

“Let me be blunt: think|haus is broke. It is behind on rent. Current monthly expenses far exceed monthly revenue. Membership numbers are far below what is necessary for think|haus to be viable. It has been that way for a long time, and it cannot continue.”

The ThinkHaus community met on June 2nd, and it looks like their is a stay of execution and a plan to try to save ThinkHaus.

“At our meeting last Thursday, June 2, we agreed to try to save think|haus. We were encouraged by the messages we received from many people who had, at one time or another, been associated with think|haus. Everyone believed it was a special place worth saving, and that the current state of affairs could be turned around with concerted effort. We have a lot of work to do in getting the space in better physical shape, making sure all of our equipment is in good working order, and creating simple well documented workflows. We also need better management and administrative structures, and new revenue sources. Most of all, however, we need to rebuild our sense of community. It won’t be easy, and it will take a lot of dedicated effort. Enthusiasm is much easier to generate than maintain. But we are willing to try.”

It’d be a shame for the Hamilton community to see ThinkHaus close. Hackerspaces play an enthusiasm generating and craft hobby role that other organizations like incubators and co-working spaces can’t really play. But they can’t be expected to operate at a loss forever. Hopefully a refresh can breathe new life into the space. Maybe there’s a way you can help them out? They’ll be at the Hamilton Mini MakerFaire on June 26th!


Hamilton technology industry talent acquisition survey



An article is being written for the Globe and Mail about the growth taking place in Hamilton’s technology industry and how this may be creating more demand for software developer talent, in particular more senior and advanced positions (Andrew Holden at Weever Apps is coordinating the article). This survey is being sent out in an attempt to help determine the level of demand for senior and advanced talent, and if it is problematic for firms.



SHG Studios launches Wasteland Heroes


Last Friday SHG Studios launched their newest title Wasteland Heroes, available on Android!

WASTELAND HEROES – BOSS WARS is a ‘Hero-Centric’ Social Role-Playing Game with a TEEN rating.

Discordia was once our beacon of hope. The distant planet represented our fresh start; a new beginning for our species. The science of terraforming had been long since perfected in our own solar system, and for the first time it was essential to our species’ survival outside of it. We moved to Discordia, and turned it into our new paradise. We planted and farmed, we created technology to ensure our survival, we raised families, we lived.

Then we found The Void Mind.

★ Welcoming and active community – no bullying, spam, sexism, etc.
★ Hero-Centric gameplay where you level up a collection of characters.
★ 17 unique Heroes to collect, each with their own unique vehicle!
★ Fresh start! Wasteland Heroes is brand new so you can be amongst the first to level up!
★ Unlock the secrets of the world of Discordia through more than 40 missions in 7 Chapters.
★ Make friends and use one of their Heroes to further your progress.
★ Evolve Hero vehicles by collecting ‘Cores.’
★ Collect ‘Pilot Tokens’ to ascend your Heroes and make their attacks stronger
★ Free drops of crates to get tokens and cores.
★ Game Creators play the game with you — play against them, talk to them, and more.
★ FREE to play — always!



Adding to the excitement, MPP Michael Coteau was on-hand to help launch the game!


On May 27th 2016, SHG Studios was honoured to welcome the Hon. Michael Coteau, MPP! The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport for Ontario toured the studio, learned about our development process, and even pressed the “launch” button on our latest game!

Minister Coteau also spoke about OMDC, the IMDF and OIDMTC, all of which have been big factors in SHG’s success.

It was SHG’s distinct honour for the Minister to officially submit our newest title, Wasteland Heroes – Boss Wars to Google Play and launch the game live.

Check out the official trailer below!