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!



Local holiday cookie swap looks to break world record while raising funds for children’s charity



Editor’s note: Text below taken from Greenplate promo e-mail.


My name is Ken Seville and I’m the founder of local startup Greenplate, a unique online marketplace for swapping home-cooked meals.

On December 8, 2015, at the McMaster Innovation Park (MIP), we’ll be launching what we hope will be the World’s Biggest Holiday Cookie Swap. The goal is to facilitate the exchange of more than 50,000 cookies, breaking the record 25 000 swapped through the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2014. All funds raised through this swap will be donated to the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Our cookie swap will kick off at 9:00 am on December 8 in The Atrium@MIP, where our first few swaps will be showcased. In addition to the 800 people working at MIP, workplaces around the world are invited to participate by creating their own cookie swapping groups at

Participating is easy: users visit, join or create a local group, post their cookie offerings and assign dollar values. When someone buys their cookies, they’re given credits they can use to purchase someone else’s goods. If a user doesn’t bake but still wants to participate, they can buy credits from Greenplate and their funds will be donated to the Foundation this holiday season.

A photo opportunity will be available in front of the holiday tree inside MIP, with the Greenplate team and our inaugural cookie swappers in attendance.

You can contact me at 289 489 2186 after 5pm during the week (I have a day job), or anytime on the weekend, or by email anytime at is an online marketplace for swapping home-cooked meals with friends, neighbours, colleagues, and other groups. Based on the cooking co-op, Greenplate enables users to bank meals when they have time to cook and withdraw other ones when they don’t. Joining and creating groups, posting and swapping meals, is free and there is no charge to join the platform.

McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is a registered charitable organization focused on raising funds in support of the inpatient and outpatient programs at McMaster Children’s Hospital, including the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. McMaster Children’s Hospital is home to the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ontario, and is the fourth largest inpatient pediatric hospital in Canada. The women’s high-risk obstetrical program including pre-natal screening is provided through McMaster University Medical Centre which is co-located at the hospital. Through the generosity of our donors, The Foundation funds capital redevelopment projects, purchases medical equipment and technology, and invests in research and education at McMaster Children’s Hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre and their associated programs. Our goal is Health Care, Transformed.



New downtown entrepreneur spaces open

It would be hard to believe even 5 years ago, let alone 10-15 years ago, but this week saw the launch of two new downtown spaces aimed at catalyzing and fostering entrepreneurship. Both spaces notably have heavy representation from the local tech sector.

CoMotion on King (@comotiononking), the newest and largest co-working space in Hamilton formally opened its doors at 115 King Street East in the old Hamilton Spectator building. It’s a really cool space offering a myriad of options (shared desk, dedicated desk, private office), great amenities (e.g. 24/7 free coffee and “beer Fridays”) and atmosphere (exposed brick walls, natural lighting, beautiful downtown views). Check out this interview article from earlier this year for all the details.

The Forge Downtown opened on James North, a campus-led accelerator that partners McMaster University, Mohawk College and Innovation Factory have created to foster startup company growth. James North is a nexus of Hamilton revitalization, and placing the accelerator at the heart of that revitalization is a great opportunity.

I know this is kinda boosterism, but you know what? This is just plain awesome to see. I would reiterate that the idea of multiple cool entrepreneurial spaces opening up in the core would’ve been unthinkable not long ago. If you get a chance, check out the spaces!


CoMotion on King











The Forge Downtown







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Salary guide for technology professionals released

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Recently Robert Half Technology released the 2015 salary guide for American and Canadian tech professionals. It’s a pretty good breakdown that drills into different specific job descriptions.

On a related note, there’s an interesting thread in /r/hamilton right now discussing developer opportunities and salaries in Hamilton. It’s too bad that several of the commenters are re-confirming what many developers have said in the past: local salaries and opportunities for career development aren’t competitive enough with Toronto/K-W. There are some really great opportunities locally (both pay and career development), but obviously Toronto/K-W are behemoth global tech players that offer tons of great gigs.

For whatever it’s worth, the best I can tell from surveys and informal hearsay is that the local average developer salary is $50k, but with a huge range from $34k – $120k depending on the type of work, experience, specific firms vs. freelancer, etc.



Hamilton Heat Alert app released

Jeremy Casey has created a Hamilton Heat Alert app, available now on the Google Play Store:

Details taken from Google Play Store

Check and receive heat warning alerts if you’re living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

This application reads from this feed:

Note: Make sure you run the application at least once to receive automatic heat notifications.







Social Bicycles route data



Local software developer Ryan McGreal (@RyanMcGreal) of fame has built a Python module to download your Social Bicycle data. Check it out:

Details taken from the github page…



Download your Social Bicycles (SoBi) route data and save it locally in various formats.


The sobidata module allows you to download your Social Bicycles (SoBi) route data via the applications web API and save it locally in a variety of file formats.

The module uses the requests library to download collections of routes from the SoBi HTTP REST API using HTTP Basic Authentication, as outlined in the SoBi API documentation.

The route data is paginated, and the method that downloads the data calls itself recursively, incrementing the page with each request until there is no more data.

For each route, the module makes a follow-up request to the API to look up the bike name, origin hub address and destination hub address. However, it also stores the results of those requests locally so that a subsequent search for the same bike name or hub address retrieves the result from the local cache rather than making a duplicate API request.

As a result, the data includes three datasets: a list of routes, a list of hubs and a list of bikes. The module also makes a list of totals, calculating the total distance in miles, total distance in km, total duration in seconds, total duration in minutes, total duration in hours, total number of distinct bikes, and total number of distinct hubs.

Once the data is downloaded, you can save it locally in a variety of formats: JSON, XML, Excel 2007 or CSV format. Note that the JSON, XML and Excel 2007 formats save all four datasets, but the CSV format only saves the routes dataset.


Local tech firms walking a mile in her shoes



Some local tech firms are participating in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign by the YWCA:

On Thursday, June 18th at noon, help YWCA Hamilton take a step toward ending women’s poverty, homelessness and violence by participating in the 6th annual, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, to help support YWCA Hamilton’s Transitional Living Program.

At Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, concerned men, women and families step into high heels and step up for women. By strutting and stumbling through Gore Park, you’ll be raising awareness, raising eyebrows and educating Hamiltonians about issues affecting women in our community.

Maybe you’d like to donate and help them raise funds for this important cause.


Orbital – [campaign]

factor[e] – [campaign]

EB Media Solutions – [campaign]



Hacking Health Hamilton re-launches

Last week Hacking Health Hamilton hosted its first Café event.

Over 40 healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, developers, and others gathered at McMaster Innovation Park to listen, learn, network and discuss their ideas for improving healthcare in Hamilton.

The event featured three very informative guests.

Debbie Schmidt, a Clinical Informatics Specialist, and Registered Nurse at St Josephs Hamilton. With over 20 years of healthcare and technology experience Debbie gave insight about the upcoming trends for technology in healthcare and what some of the specific needs across the continuum are.


Giancarlo De Lio, the founder and CIO of VitalHub showed us his incredible intuitive interface that makes patient information available anywhere it is needed on multiple clinical systems thus allowing the clinicians to focus on the patient and not on the computer.


Sina Afshani from Blue Orchid Care Inc demonstrated his assistive device. The revolutionary product is light, unobtrusive and more affordable than existing lifts.

The drive and innovation demonstrated by all above showed us the benefits and importance of technology merging with healthcare which lead into brainstorming conversations amongst the attendees.


The Hacking Health Hamilton team are excited to connect more members of the community to continue discussions and start collaborations and are working on planning their next Cafe in late spring.

To learn more visit, follow @HHHamOnt and/or e-mail



Make your business Data work for you



When: Tuesday April 7th 2015 from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South



You are cordially invited to join us on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 for a seminar on “Make your Business Data work for you” presented by ORACLE and followed by a complimentary lunch.

Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) is the hottest buzzword talked about in every industry vertical and considered to offer a unique advantage to organizations of all sizes. It is an indisputable fact that information is the key for organizations to gain a competitive advantage. Business Intelligence can help decision makers get answers to business questions that enable them to increase sales, enhance business effectiveness, improve profits and safeguard the organizations survival.

The seminar will help you understand how Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service can enable your organization to access data, streamline analysis, drive collaboration, and go mobile – all without any infrastructure setup or capital costs.



09.00 am to 9.30 am Reception & Networking
9.30 am to 10.00 am What is Business Intelligence??
10.00 am to 11.00 am Introduction to Oracle BI Cloud Service
11.00 am to 11.15 am Break & Networking Opportunity
11.00 am to 11.30 am Live Demonstration
11.30 am to 12.00 am Q & A – Closing Remarks
12.00 am to 1.00 pm Lunch


Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $0.50/hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.


About Oracle

With more than 380,000 customers – including 100 of the Fortune 100 – and with deployments across a wide variety of industries in more than 145 countries around the globe, Oracle offers an optimized and fully integrated stack of business hardware and software systems. Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center – from servers and storage, to database and middleware, through applications.

As the #1 vendor in business analytics with the industry’s most complete and integrated range of enterprise-class business intelligence (BI) solutions, Oracle leads the way in helping organizations gain more insight, across more data, and drive better outcomes in every aspect of their business.

Note : Your registration for this event constitutes implied consent to be photographed and to have those photos published.

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