Clearcable Networks Launches CDN and Authentication Services



Hamilton, ON August 27, 2015 – Clearcable Networks is pleased to announce the September 1st production launch of its Canadian Content Distribution Network (CDN) and Authentication Services.

The CDN offers television programmers and service providers an alternative means to transmit and receive traditional linear digital content and live over-the-top streaming content across the country by employing a distributed network of edge caches that move live content closer to the subscriber network. The service will be particularly attractive new technology service providers and specialty or multicultural programmers need a means to distribute content. Moreover, the underlying technology, coupled with Clearcable’s Authentication Services will enable locally-branded OTT portals that include live, local community content, select programmer and live streams, and Go product streaming services for authenticated and authorized subscribers. Furthermore, Clearcable’s Authentication Services provide standalone Identity Provider Services for single-sign-on to various Go products with secure integration to service provider subscriber data.

With this announcement, Clearcable continues its mandate of advancing the technology and success of its broadband services clientele by promoting new product development and service growth with integrity, innovation, and reliability. “These new service offerings will bring new content to local systems while minimizing the cost of distribution and providing bandwidth cost savings” says Rob McCann, President of Clearcable. “We look forward to a series of upcoming service launch announcements leveraging these new offerings.”


About Clearcable Networks

Clearcable is a specialized technology firm based in Hamilton firmly focused on the needs of broadband service providers and the development of new residential and business services products in Canada and United States. Founded in 2004, Clearcable provides expert services and technology with proven experience and relevant industry references.

For more information, contact:
Rob McCann, President


It’s All About the Benjamins


I was forwarded this article today on The Largest EdTech Opportunity No One is Tackling, talking about the problem of adult literacy and the new $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

I’ve been working on this problem for the last couple years (published one paper a year or so ago, and finished another bigger, better study this year). I’ve been talking about how adult literacy is an important edtech problem for for years now, so I’m glad this X-Prize will bring focus and resources to the problem.

Adult literacy is a huge problem for employment and health, and mobile devices hold great potential to help adults improve their literacy skills. Low literacy skills negatively impacts a large portion of the population, and the ROI to society is huge if this problem can be alleviated.

I feel like this point may essentially just be whiney nerd rage (maybe mixed with nerd indignation?) so I kinda cringe when I write this…

But sometimes it drives me crazy how the problems I feel are the most important to be solved, not from a wishy washy touchy feely perspective, but from a hard numerical ROI-to-society perspective, aren’t solvable because there’s no business model. The adult literacy and skills centres where a lot of this education takes place generally aren’t well funded at all, especially when compared to post-secondary institutions. Adult literacy clients generally aren’t in a position to pay for software individually.

In contrast, there’s no lack of literacy and numeracy software available in the app stores aimed at children, because some parents (and school boards) have money to shell out.

Startups are an excellent model for doing great stuff in the world, don’t get me wrong. But they rely on successfully searching for a business model. Business models require a customer, with money, in order to work. It’s really tough to make money off of individuals and organizations that don’t have much money to spare. And if we’re limiting ourselves to solving problems with paying customers, we’re leaving a lot of important problems unsolved.

As a result, particularly in the edtech space, there’s a lot of great innovations that people aren’t investing time and resources into because there’s no money to be made. Hopefully this X-Prize helps to change that for adult literacy applications, but I wish it didn’t have to be that way. Whether it’s governments stepping up as a customer, or groups of people conducting massive open source projects, or some kind of PBS-type donation model, I wish that somehow problems like these got more resources.


WeBeam released

DemoCamp alumnus WeBeam has released their app on the iOS App Store, details are below!


The WeBeam App is like your personal assistant when you attend events.

The problem is people miss out at events.

You talk to only a handful of people. You miss out on talking with the right people. And even exchanging contact details is tedious. With WeBeam, opportunities start to open up.

The app groups people based on their profession and shows you people with similar interests. The WeBeam App allows the most effortless way to exchange contact info: using your phone’s bluetooth capabilities. Why search or type a name to your phone when you can just Beam.

Where to use WeBeam?
WeBeam is best used at social gatherings, networking events, meetups, tech shows, and conferences.

1) Find people within 50m of you at events and social gatherings.
2) Find like-minded people through background colors like blue for business background people.
3) Break the ice with a person’s interests.
4) Exchange emails and phone numbers in a tap
5) Seamless login with Facebook

Have a meetup, networking event or conference? Want to give your attendees the flexibility to network during and after the event? Contact WeBeam ( to learn how to improve attendee engagement.










CareKit Health IHX Challenge Top 25 finalist

Hamilton-area startup CareKit Health are in the top 25 finalists for the Interface Health Excellence Challenge, with $100k in cash and services available to be won. Check out the details below and vote for them in the competition (requires sign-up).



The Interface Health Excellence Challenge (IHX Challenge) is like the “Olympics” of digital health innovation. It is a global competition to find the world’s most innovative health entrepreneurs whose ideas and products can change health for the better. This competition covers 10 market-driven health categories and is open to smart, passionate, resourceful entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world. The TOP 10 finalists, chosen by a panel of industry experts, members of and patients, will compete at our 4th annual summit in Vancouver, Canada on Sep. 29-30, 2015. They will compete for a share of over $100,000 in cash and in-kind professional services, and a unique opportunity to align with a large commercial partner. And, of course, lots of priceless media exposure.




Lion’s Lair narrows to ten finalists



Lion’s Lair is an annual event put on by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, it involves 10 Hamilton-area startups battling each other for $150,000 in cash and professional services. It’s been happening since 2011, and local tech/software firms are always well represented, both amongst finalists and the winners. The actual Lion’s Lair evening at Carmen’s involves watching local business experts quiz the finalists on the viability and potential success of their business, over a nice dinner in a room filled with great people. Check out the top ten finalists below. Tickets are $60 for young professionals and $120 for regular early bird.


When: Wednesday September 30th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Carmen’s Banquet Centre @ 1520 Stone Church Road Hamilton, Ontario



Blue Orchid Care Inc.

Blue Orchid designs and develops assistive technologies and rehabilitation tools to empower patient care and the caregiving experience. Their mission is to create simple and innovative solutions for challenges millions of caregivers face every day, improving the quality of life for both patients and caregivers. Their first product, ORCHIDlift, is a compact and portable sit-to-stand lift which allows the caregiver to lift and transfer 3x their weight limit and eliminates the forward bending motion and twisting of the spine that can cause back injury.



BuckitLife is an online adventure tourism hub that connects consumers to service providers who can fulfill the activities on consumers’ bucket lists. They partner with service providers, promote their services, and drive sales on behalf of the merchants by inspiring people to pursue their dreams and live their bucket lists. We can’t choose how we age or when we pass, but we can choose how we live!


Chipsetter Inc.

Chipsetter Inc. is developing a low-cost pick-and­-place machine for the printed circuit board (PCB) assembly process that is 10 times more cost effective than existing entry-level machines, easier to use, and quicker to set up thanks to their low-cost feeder design. Chipsetter’s mission is to democratize access to advanced manufacturing technologies, and put a factory in every workshop.


ExVivo Labs Inc.

ExVivo Labs is developing skin patch technologies to make allergy testing less invasive and more accurate. Their technology provides an alternative allergy testing method to the commonly used skin prick test, and gives results that are safe, simple and certain.


QReserve Inc.

QReserve is a matchmaking service for researchers, students and businesses. They connect people who need research equipment, services or expertise and help Canadians accelerate their innovative research and development projects. Research partnerships are formed with the help of their publicly searchable database of research resources, which spans labs across Canada in universities, colleges, hospitals and research institutions.


Sniper Skin

Sniper Skin is a sports equipment manufacturing company that has created a revolutionary hockey tape alternative. They are parents, players and coaches that have found ways to improve the games they love. Their products aim to improve the game experience and reduce the effort required to prepare equipment for play, saving you money by extending the useful life of your sports gear.


Tribute Tree Inc.

TributeTreeFor funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoriums, Tribute Tree is the only Software as a Service (SaaS) website platform that meets all of the funeral planning, arrangement and digital communications needs of their customers (families) during their time of loss, while resulting in increased website traffic, more funeral pre-planning leads, increased revenue, and ultimately, more satisfied customers.


Virtual Possibilities

Virtual Possibilities has developed a patented, prototyped medical device for minimally invasive surgery. Comparable to the classic board game Operation, LaparoGuard tracks and records the delicate movements of laparoscopic tools during surgery, alerting medical teams when instruments approach the boundaries of an established safe zone. The overall effect is to reduce and prevent instrument and tissue collisions that cause injury during surgery.



WeMesh is the world’s first truly synchronous multimedia messenger app, letting users experience their favourite videos in perfect sync with all their friends while messaging through text and voice. WeMesh features simultaneous video playback, a versatile chat engine, high-quality Voice-over-IP, and full contacts and social network integration.



xocial™ (soh-shuhl) is a platform to motivate do-gooders, inspire healthy competition and help organizations engage audiences, all by measuring positive social impact with the xo score™ and making it easy to bring out the good in everyone, one thank you at a time. The xocial platform helps brands, non-profits, charitable foundations, employers and third-party apps connect with everyday heroes. Together, we can gamify goodness and make the world suck a little less.


Upcoming Ontario ICT Trade Missions to Key Markets Around the World



Financial assistance for eligible companies may be available through and

The missions are:

Webinar on ICT opportunities in Jamaica: Wed. Sept 9 (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m)

Ontario ICT trade mission to India, October 26 – 31, 2015

October 26-30: Ontario Digital/Mobile Solutions, and IoT Trade Mission to Japan and Korea (2 spots left)

Nov. 4-5: Ontario ad:tech trade mission to Ad:Tech in NYC (3 spots left)

Nov. 3-5: Ontario Web trade mission to Web Summit, Ireland (5 spaces left, $500 each)

Feb 3-5: Ontario Ed:Tech trade mission to TCEA 2016, Texas

March 1-2: Ontario cybersecurity mission to RSA 2016, San Francisco (4 spots left)


Webinar on ICT opportunities in Jamaica: Wed. Sept 9 (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m)

Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island and the third largest Caribbean island with a population of approximately 2.71 million. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector includes the need for computer hardware and software, systems and training, telecommunications and broadcast media. Postal services also form part of the overall sector. Cyber security is a major concern for government entities as well as the private sector and a framework is being developed around related technical measures, human resource and capacity building, legal and regulatory tools.

The Ontario Government International Trade Branch is offering a webinar on opportunities in the ICT and Security sectors in Jamaica and the Caribbean markets. If you are an active exporter, join us for this webinar to hear detailed presentations from The World Bank (Washington, D.C. and Kingston, Jamaica), The Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, D.C. and Kingston, Jamaica) and the Canadian High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica. Details with


Ontario ICT trade mission to India, October 26 – 31, 2015

The International Trade Branch of the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai and Bengaluru, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, and ITAC, will lead a mission of 6-12 Ontario companies and institutions in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to India from October 26 – 31, 2015. The purpose of the mission is to help Ontario companies to develop a better understanding of the rapidly growing Information Technology and Telecommunication market and to assist Ontario companies to partner and access export opportunities in these sectors. The mission will visit Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi and participate in the CeBIT INDIA 2015 Trade Show. For more information, please contact Akhil Tyagi,


October 26-30: Ontario Digital/Mobile Solutions and IoT Trade Mission to Japan and Korea

The Government of Ontario, in partnership with Canada Embassies in Tokyo and Seoul, and Wavefront, invites you to join with us to visit Japan and Korea in late October. You will exhibit within the largest B2B ICT event (Japan IT Week Autumn) in Japan, attend pre-arranged B2B meetings (such as NTT Docomo, Softbank, KDDI and Toshiba, TBC in Japan)and networking receptions to meet with key prospects and clients in Japan and Korea. You will also receive market briefings in both countries. Two spots available. Details with


Nov. 4-5: Ontario ad:tech trade mission to Ad:Tech in NYC (technology for the advertising sector)

The Canadian Consulate in New York City and Government of Ontario invite you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to NYC’s ad:tech 2015 ( Ad:tech is a trade show and conference that attracts over 7,000 professionals from the marketing, technology and media communities. The Canada-Ontario program includes turnkey exhibit space, market intelligence briefings, a pitching session, exhibition passes and databases of local potential clients. The delegation would feature eight companies featuring innovations in the mobile tech, big data, video & content and new ad platforms. Deadline to submit payment is August 14, 2015. Applicants must demonstrate how their tech drives better traction, more efficient ROI or unlocks new revenue streams for the Media & Adg industry. Please process the attached application form; you will be contacted for a consultation to determine your company’s suitability in the mission. Cost: $2,500 plus your own travel and accommodation. Details with


Nov. 3-5: Ontario Web trade mission to Web Summit, Ireland

The Ontario government’s International Trade Branch will participate with an Ontario delegation in the Web Summit Dublin (, November 3-5, 2015. The Web Summit Dublin has grown, in the 4 years since its inception, to 22,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. Within four years Web Summit has become one of the world’s most influential and international tech events. This year Web Summit 2015 will showcase over 500 world-renowned speakers, 10 stages including the Digital Marketing, Internet of Things, Enterprise, and Builders Summits, 2,000 worldwide startups invited to exhibit their ideas, 200+ satellite events, 1,000 experienced investors, and 800 of the best tech journalists. For three days this November, Dublin will once again become the international tech capital. Cost to participate in the Ontario/Canada pavilion: $500. Web Summit is a very expensive event to attend and participating with Ontario will provide substantial savings. Details with


Feb 3-5: Ontario Ed:Tech trade mission to TCEA 2016, Texas (technology for the educational sector)

The Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch invites you to be part of the Ontario Ed:Tech trade mission to the Texas Computer Education Association conference and exhibition ( TCEA 2016 is a major event that allows to connect with PreK-12 educational technology decision-makers. The event brings together more than 8,000 qualified education professionals who evaluate, recommend, specify or approve purchases for their schools and districts. Eight new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (#2227) and receive several value added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. If yours is a company with an innovative software solutions for the Ed:Tech market, this mission will be of interest to you. Cost per company: $1,500 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is October 31, 2015). Regular fee is $2,000. Details with


March 1-2: Ontario cybersecurity mission to RSA 2016, San Francisco

The Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch invite you to be part of the planned two-day trade mission to RSA 2016 ( RSA is the premier annual information security conference in cyber security including cyber threats, data breaches, social engineering, compliance, risk management and cloud security. The program is open to ten Ontario companies. It would include meetings with delegations from Israel, Germany, Washington DS and Silicon Valley, a market intelligence briefing with Industry Canada and Public Safety Canada, a breakfast with members of the C100 and one full conference pass to RSA. This mission WILL NOT include exhibit space for the delegation; however, there may be a 10×10 information booth for Ontario-Canada. Deadline to apply: asap. Cost per company: US $1,000 plus your own travel and accommodation. Details with


Mohawk College MEDIC Survey



Digital health startup or small medium enterprise? Check out this survey by Mohawk College’s MEDIC program.


Mohawk College’s mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) wants to better understand the needs of Digital Health Startup and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) community. This survey will help MEDIC develop and build a menu of services and programs that can better serve Startups and SMEs that are entering or expanding into the digital health market in Canada and/or abroad.

Thank you for taking the time to answer this brief survey.


TEDxHamilton returns on September 25th



When: Friday September 25th @ 7pm

Where: Spectator Auditorium @ 44 Frid Street Hamilton, Ontario


Cost: $20

From the website: Last year we brought back TEDxHamilton after several years of inactivity. We enjoyed a successful event with great speakers and feedback was positive. It felt great to showcase stories from around the city, and share ideas and moments between communities. We want to build on that momentum, and are happy to announce that TEDx will return to Hamilton in 2015.

These events typically include a talk or two on a tech-related topic. Rumour has it that Dan Zen (@DanZen) will be speaking at this year’s TEDxHamilton! When the TEDxHamilton organizers post the speaker details they’ll be re-posted on Software Hamilton.


GameDevDrinks on August 19th


Editor’s note: These events have been excellent and I highly recommend them.


When: Wednesday August 19th from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker @ 20 Augusta Street

Organizer: Bret Measor



Join us at the Pheasant Plucker to listen to Augusts’ keynote speaker Tabby and Jeff Rose from Axon Interactive Inc. (based out of Toronto) one half of the team behind Quench. Afterwards enjoy some drinks, chat with Tabby and Jeff, then get a hands on experience with Quench only at GameDevDrinks.




Quench is a story-driven puzzle game set in a lo-fi, geometric landscape. You play as Shepherd, an avatar of nature, and you have the power to control the weather to guide herds of animals on a perilous journey. You must provide for your flock, open blocked paths, thwart enemies, and otherwise tend the land to make it lush and green again. Quench is inspired by uplifting and joyful classics such as The Lion King and Avatar: The Last Airbender and games like Journey and Okami. You will experience unique and wonderful environments, memorable characters, be awed by your own power, and be presented with a lesson: in order to make a better world, we must all do our part.




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