First ever F#ck up Friday event October 21st



When: Friday October 21st 2016 from 8:00am – 10:00am

Where: CoMotion 302 at 302 Cumberland Avenue Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: CoMotion 302



bronwynEver feel like you are doing everything wrong while everyone else has got it right? That’s where F#ck Up Fridays come in. It allows entrepreneurs to share their stories of where they “f#cked up” and what they learned from it.

Everyone gets to share their stories and swap ideas. Once a month will feature a different keynote speaker and then open discussions. Meet with others and remind yourself you aren’t a F#ck Up.

Join us for the inaugural session October 21, with Keynote Speaker Bronwyn Mondoux.

Some of the topics covered include:

– HR Practices, contracts, and documentation

– Red flags & when to walk away

– Pricing structure & getting PAID!

– Confidence & Control (when it’s worth it, and when you let it go)

Breakfast will start at 8am with time for networking, then Bronwyn starts at 8:30!


Employers wanted for YWCA Women in IT program



The WIT program funded by Ontario Women’s Directorate is a free employment program open to women facing multiple barriers to skills upgrading and access employment in the IT sector. The program provides academic training through Mohawk College, personal development and job search support to program participants.

Participants in the program are currently taking the Web Design and Development certificate program at Mohawk as their academic training. They will complete it on August 19th. Following their academic training is their placement as web developers/designers or similar role in the IT sector. Participants have knowledge in HTML5, CSS3, WordPress and Photoshop.

YWCA is wondering if you are open to providing placement opportunities to 1 or more women in the WIT program at your company. Placement will be from September 2016 to December 2016 (12 weeks). Schedule can be arranged but should be at least 20 hours per week.

Please let Jupiter Deveau know if you are able to accommodate and we can provide you with more information about the placement.

Thank you.

Jupiter Deveau
Career Development Specialist
Women in IT (Information Technology)
YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab Street South
Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1
T: (905) 522 9922 ext 142
F: 905.521.6455
S: jupiter.deveau


Hamilton Spectator Reader’s Choice awards



The Hamilton Spectator Reader’s Choice awards are taking place this year, and the Best New Business in 2015/2016 features several Hamilton-area startups and former DemoCamp demo-ers like Bruha and Tasytt.

“Every year The Hamilton Spectator hosts an online nomination site at where people from the community can go to nominate their favourite businesses and/or professionals from the Hamilton area so they can be recognized.”

Nominate some of your favourite businesses today!


Patio party next week



When: Tuesday May 31st 2016 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: CoMotion 302 (formally known as Platform 302) at 302 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton, ON




It’s Party Time!


Join the Comotion Group May 31 for a Patio Party! Food, Fun, Drinks to be had! This shindig will kick off around 4pm, with performances to commence at 5:00pm at the 302 Cumberland location.

Wait… was that performances? Yes, you will be the star of the show!


Have you heard of Lip Sync Battle?

It’s gone viral people! And now it is coming to us.

Put on your best dress baby, pick your favourite song and get ready to perform!

Everyone is invited to perform two songs.

For those who don’t want to sing, you get to be the panel of judges! You decide: who deserves to be champion?

In case you aren’t familiar with Lip Sync:

It’s good, real good!

This event is totally a community thing. We ask that you bring something scrumptious or a beverage of some sort. Please confirm your attendance and if you are bringing a guest along. Get read for some fun in the sun and awesome performances!


Motorola Solutions seeking Public safety, infrastructure and computing/mobile technologies

Motorola Solutions Inc. – Second Scouting Mission

Canada, Spring 2016


On behalf of the Government of Ontario and in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Chicago, you are invited to apply for meetings with Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI) and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital (MSVC) in both Ontario and Quebec (date and city TBC).


Motorola Solutions Inc. ( is a Chicago-based data communications and telecommunications equipment company, ranked 363 of the Fortune 500 companies. MSI is an industry leader in areas that include public safety communications from infrastructure to applications and devices such as radios as well as task-specific mobile computing devices for enterprises. If selected by MSI/MSVC, your company you will get 30-45 minutes to present to:


  • Reese Schroeder, Managing Director of Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
  • Eduardo Coronado,  EVP and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
  • Paul Steinberg Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Motorola Solutions Inc.


Complete this form and send to Only companies of interest to MSI and MSVC will be contacted with details.


Motorola is particularly interested in technologies for Government, Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness Markets as follows:



Intelligence-Led Public Safety Solutions


·      Mobile Intelligence Applications: mobile work force; digital evidence

·      Citizen engagement solutions

·      Big Data and Date analytics

·      Portable communication: location technology

·      Internet of Things


Connected First Responder of the Future


·      Sensors

·      Wearables

·      Real time transmission of information

·      Device and information management through non physical gesture (eye and voice interaction; mind control)

·      UI/UX Innovation


Mobile Application Ecosystem


·      Core Communication Apps

·      Core Collaboration & Productivity Apps

·      Core Device Enhancement Apps

·      Workflow and Workflow Enhancement Apps

·      Civilian Apps





Emerging areas


·      Block chain technology

·      Drones software

·      Artificial intelligence

·      Robotic company



Confidential information (once completed)





[company name]




A) Contact Information
Address of the company


Number & Street:



Postal Code:



Contact Person






B) Company Description

1.    Provide a company description no more than 100 words (include date you began operation and number of employees).




2.    Describe your core executive team.



3.    Financial Information: revenues in 2015; projected revenues for 2016; capital raised to date (if any and source); capital sought (if applicable).




4.    State of development: concept/proof of principle, prototype, commercial product/service.


C) Value Proposition

1.    What problem do you solve?




2.    What is your solution?




3.    What sets you apart from your competitors?



D) Business Plan

1.    Describe your revenue model/Go-to-Market strategy.




2.    Describe any obstacles or challenges you face in accomplishing your objectives.




3.    What is your ideal customer(s) to grow your business?




4.    What are your next milestones?




5.    What are you seeking from Motorola Solutions (this can take the form of an investment – Series A/B or a strategic partnership)?



E) Optional Additional Information

1.    Is there any additional information you would like considered in the review of your application (Industry recognition; Awards; News Releases)?



IBM comes to Hamilton


CBC Hamilton is reporting and the mayor is confirming that Big Blue is moving into Stelco tower. It’s simply incredible news for the local technology sector, the downtown core, and the health sector. There’s no name bigger than IBM.


Mayor Fred Eisenberger confirmed the impending announcement, calling it “a catalyst” that will likely lure even more companies.

IBM will be doing health informatics, which is a field that merges health information with other fields, such as computer science.

“Having a slice of that happening in Hamilton is nothing short of great,” Eisenberger said. “It’s spectacular.”


Again, this is really big, big news – without a doubt the biggest news in the history of the Hamilton technology sector. Maybe they’ll re-name it Software Tower now?


Learning how to code

Originally posted on by Natalie Reid




Web design has always been an area of interest for me. As a kid I always played with Paint, Pixel by Pixel, and eventually Photoshop as I got older. In University, I wanted to learn more about coding and design – so I signed up for some courses. I was excited to enhance my skills, but in the end, I found myself disappointed as the classes were very intensive and focused more on the theory than actually building things. I learned very little about design, I didn’t actually create anything, the course felt like a complex calculus class, and I was always the only woman sitting in the lecture. I gave up on learning, assuming it was too hard and just not right for me – until a few weeks ago when our Senior Designer, Meg, told our team about a great opportunity to learn code.

Meg is the Co-Lead for Ladies Learning Code Hamilton Chapter – a not-for-profit program, teaching women and youth how to code and build websites. She and the LLC team had a beginner course planned and I thought it would be a great opportunity to try the whole coding and design thing again, so I enrolled!

Going into the course I was a little nervous. I have zero background in using HTML or CSS and thought that my lack of knowledge might hold me back, but this wasn’t the case. Meg led the course and took the time to thoroughly explain each section, giving us time to test out each new step after explaining it. The mentors were there to assist every step of the way and could easily fix and show you the solutions to your problems.

By the end of the class each person had created their own personal web page with four sections, incorporating different colours, fonts, images, links, and text.

Walking out of the class I felt a sense of empowerment. I was able to create something that I thought would be very challenging, but to my surprise, it was simple and fun.

Programs like Ladies Learning Code are great for those who have very little knowledge about web development. And, in an industry dominated by men, they provide an environment targeted towards motivating women to learn how to code. It removes the barriers and stereotypes surrounding the tech world and creates an appealing atmosphere for women to learn.

One aspect that I felt really added to the empowerment of the course was the female mentors. There were two individuals that stuck out to me the most. The first attends McMaster University and is finishing her master’s program in computer science. Currently she has been working on implementing code and technology into electric cars soon to come onto the market. The second mentor started learning how to code by taking LLC courses. When introducing herself to our class she told us that she had taken 8 courses and had taught herself a lot of what she knows. Both of these two women fascinated me because one pushed herself to learn through programs such as LLC and the other is breaking down glass ceilings in the tech industry.

Inspiration flows through Ladies Learning Code’s programs in every aspect. If learning how to code has been sitting on your to-do list LLC is your perfect opportunity to get it checked-off. 

CODE: debugging the gender gap



When: Thursday February 25th at 6:30pm

Where: Co-Motion – 3rd Floor, 115 King St East



By 2020, there will be 1,000,000 unfilled software engineering jobs in the US. But girls and people of color are been kept away from these opportunities. Come to see what is the problem and what people are doing to challenge the tech industry. Come to watch CODE – DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP with us on Feb 25th – 6:30PM @ Co-Motion – 3rd Floor, 115 King St East – (sorry, folks, no elevator available) – Post-screening chat.

Tickets: by donations

Presented by The Hamilton Dialogues

Sponsored by YWCA and THE OTHER BIRD

Supported by Co-Motion and Ladies Learning Code


New event calendar and event submission form


The old event calendar WordPress plugin used on Software Hamilton wasn’t great at all on mobile devices, and I hear those things are really taking off these days.

I’ve switched it to the more widely used The Events Calendar. It plays much nicer with mobile devices and has a pretty nice layout. Check out the new calendar:

No more modal pop-up windows for the event details either… event details now look much like a standard WordPress page.

And one other cool feature, users can now submit an event from the front-end:

Please feel free to submit any tech, startup, software, etc, related events to the calendar and they’ll be reviewed and posted!