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!



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