SWH Maker’s Edition winners CrossPoint enter GSB

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CrossPoint, winners of Startup Weekend Hamilton: Maker’s Edition, have entered the Global Startup Battle for a chance to win 500k in prizes! Check out their entry and vote for them!


CrossPoint is a startup comprised of five individuals who came together when they heard an idea that hooked them. Brad Vander Boogaard, the man who started it all with the pitch that none of the team could walk away from. His infectious exuberance breathed life into the fledgling team. Without the coding skill of JD Cumpson, CrossPoint would be nothing more than a good idea that got tossed around. Working long hours with his headphones pouring music into his ears, JD brought the vision into reality. Big, abstract thought were brought to us by Mark Devos with brilliance and an excitement that was contagious, no matter how exhausted we were. The counter-balance to this team of men was delivered with tenacity and pointedness by Magdalena Wierzbicka. Her perspective helped ensure they saw their product from perspectives that were unknown to the rest of the team. Thrown into the mix of brilliant people is Aaron Perras, diligently working to remind the other of the ticking clock of the competition. It is this variety of people that has allowed them to create something they believe will be an amazing tool to connect people, now.


 

 

DemoCampHamilton19 full demo line-up announced

When: Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton – Joey and Toby Tanebaum Pavilion – 123 King Street West Hamilton, Ontario

 

Demos


 

Demo 1
TRIAT (Tiny Researcher In A Tube) is an open source, research grade GPS data logging device that is based on an Arduino platform. The core design principles include very low energy use, full data logging customization, low cost, and easy manufacturing in quantity. Current research includes exploring how spatial use in a city relates to social connectedness.

 

Demo 2
Street Smarts app is an app designed to teach children with special needs what they can do if they are lost/separated from a caregiver in a store. The instructional design is informed by the most cutting edge research from the science of Behavior Analysis.

 

Demo 3
WeMesh is an iOS app that combines your two favorite mobile activities – watching YouTube and chatting – into one new exciting app. It allows you to experience your favorite videos in perfect synchrony with all your friends while messaging. WeMesh turns your group’s iPhones into a speaker system, courtesy of our unrivaled playback sync engine.

 

Demo 4
Maestro allows you to use your arm’s movements to control a variety of instruments in a grand orchestral piece. Depending on the direction of your arm’s movements, a different note is played. All of this information is gathered using Thalmic Lab’s Myo armband. As you compose, you are able to switch instruments between a strings section, horns section, and the vocal section of the orchestra.

 

Demo 5
Beam is a new way to discove contacts and keep in touch. For more information, please visit WeBeamapp.com.

 

Demo 6
Seasoned Tactics is a cross-platform multi-player tactics arena where you take control of the arena by covering it with your season. Players compete in turns using strategy to out maneuver the computer or other players.

Keynote Speaker


 

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Jesse Rodgers

 

Director

Creative Destruction Lab

University of Toronto

 

Jesse Rodgers is the Director of Creative Destruction Lab and has been in education and technology for last 15 years. Prior to founding TribeHR (acquired by NetSuite in 2013), Jesse was Director and pioneer of the VeloCity program at the University of Waterloo. Jesse holds a M.Sc University of Liverpool and a B.A. from the University of Waterloo.

 

Sponsors


 

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton
 

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Innovation Factory co-founder speed dating

IFlogoWhen: Wednesday December 3rd 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton @ 123 King Street West

Are you looking for the right business partner to complement your skillset? Join Innovation Factory on December 3 for Co-Founder Speed Dating! This is a networking event specifically designed to match up business-minded innovators with builders and technical experts. It will be structured like speed dating, with timed one-on-one mini conversations and a matching process at the end.

If you’re interested in working as a technical co-founder at a startup but don’t have an idea yet, this may be the event for you – come out and see who you can connect with!

Email paolo.didonato@innovationfactory.ca to register.

Speed dating session will be taking place prior to DemoCampHamilton19 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

 

Orbital Studios food and toy drive

From Orbital Studios….

In the spirit of the giving season, we are now collecting toys and/or non-perishable food item donations, to be distributed to St. Matthew’s House and The Good Shepherd Hamilton.

Donations can be brought to the main floor of 22 Wilson Street, Downtown Hamilton (Sonic Unyon Records building), Mondays to Fridays until December 22nd, from 9am to 5pm.

Thank you in advance for your kind generosity!

 

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Behind the Code : LastWave

Behind the Code we talk about open source software, discuss challenges in developing, or in contributing to the code. celebrates a community member’s technical or business accomplishment and offers the opportunity for insightful discussion into the challenges in achieving it.

Date: 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Tuesday, November 25th
Presenter: Niko Savas (McMaster Software Engineering)
Demo: LastWave
Website: http://savas.ca/lastwave/
Technologies: JavaScript, SVG, Last.fm API
Format: 10-15 minute presentation, 20-30 minute discussion
Location: Applivy HQ (Westdale), 901 King Street W, Unit B

Applivy’s mission is to bring highschool, university students and Hamilton professionals together in a mixed learning environment. Topics include coding, technology, business, liberty, startups, and more.

DemoCamp line-up sneak peeks

DemoCampHamilton19

Check out the sneak peak below of two of the demos you can see at DemoCamp Hamilton 19!

When: Wednesday December 3rd 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton – 123 King Street West
Register: eventbrite.ca/e/democamphamilton19-tickets-14175044941

 

Sneak Peek #1: Special Appucations – Street Smarts

Street Smarts app is an app designed to teach children with special needs what they can do if they are lost/separated from a caregiver in a store. The instructional design is informed by the most cutting edge research from the science of Behavior Analysis.

 

 

Sneak Peek #2: Milton Friesen – TRIAT

TRIAT (Tiny Researcher In A Tube) is an open source, research grade GPS data logging device that is based on an Arduino platform. The core design principles include very low energy use, full data logging customization, low cost, and easy manufacturing in quantity. Current research includes exploring how spatial use in a city relates to social connectedness.

 

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More reasons to get off the fence

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So maybe by now you’ve heard that this weekend Hamilton will host both Startup Weekend Maker’s Edition and the Open Data Jam. But if you’re still debating whether to participate in either of these activities there’s now two more reasons to get off the fence:

 

Startup Weekend Maker’s Edition participants can get 20% off by using the Software Hamilton reader promo code ‘SH2014′

When: Friday November 21st to Sunday November 23rd
Where: Mohawk College
Registration: up.co/communities/canada/hamilton/startup-weekend/4947

 

Open Data Jam teams that produce working software will get an “I <3 Open Source MSDN subscription" - this is equivalent to the Visual Studio Ultimate MSDN

When: Friday November 21st to Sunday November 23rd
Where: McMaster Innovation Park
Registration: eventbrite.com/e/open-data-jam-2014-odjam2014-tickets-13848426015

 

McMaster teams finish 3rd and 8th at YHacks

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A couple weeks ago I posted a story about a group of McMaster students participating in YHacks. It turns out several teams from McMaster made the trip, and two of them placed 3rd and 8th. Incredible!

Check out the details and videos of what they produced below:

 

Virtual Theremin Machine (VTM) – 3rd place

“We originally wanted to make a piano but the Kinect didn’t offer precise finger tracking services so we decided to adapt a more feasible instrument such as the Theremin. The Theremin offers a novel taste to our hack because it is a unique instrument and doesn’t require precise fingering.” [link]

 

 

Maestro – 8th place

“Maestro puts you in control of your own orchestra. Using your arm’s movements, you control a variety of instruments in a grand orchestral piece. Depending on the direction of your arm’s movements, a different note is played. All of this information is gathered using Thalmic Lab’s Myo armband. As you compose, you are able to switch instruments between a strings section, horns section, and the vocal section of the orchestra.

Each section has a range of 24 notes, played in the key of C. Due to a carefully crafted musical algorithm, everything you play sounds good- it is impossible to play a discordant note. In addition to the code, all of the sound involved in Maestro was recorded during YHack using Apple’s Logic Pro.

Maestro was written in C++ in Microsoft Visual Studio. To connect with the Myo, we used the Myo SDK developed by Thalmic Labs. The SFML library is used to control everything in the background.” [link]

 

 

 

CoderCamp26 tonight

When: Wednesday November 19, 2014 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (Upstairs) @ 20 Augusta Street

CoderCamp is for local software developers to learn tools, techniques, and technologies from one another in a casual and friendly setting.

Jason Diller (@jdiller) will show us how to use Ansible to go from zero to a fully automating your configuration in no time flat.

Matt Grande (@mattgrande) will give us an Open Data Hamilton update.

As group we will talk about the .Net framework being open-sourced, because that seems like it might be a Big Deal.

 

Introduction to Android Workshop

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When: Wednesday November 26th from 7pm – 9pm

Where: McMaster University room ITB A113

Register: https://www.facebook.com/events/1498789937061496

This workshop will cover the basics of starting to develop apps for Android, and will be held on Wednesday Nov 26th at 7 pm – 9 pm in ITB A113. We will be continuing the curriculum next semester with weekly workshops!

Please contact MacGDA@McMaster.ca if you have experience with Android Development and would like to be a mentor.

Event hosted by MacGDA, SEC, CSS and HackItMac.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP!!

 

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