Category Archives: Startup Drinks

StartupDrinks User Experience this Wednesday

When: Wednesday December 10th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s tech and startup community. The event involves talks by subject matter experts on topics relevant to startups – UX, funding, management, sales & more will be covered, with a focus on one topic each month.

Rough Agenda:
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Arrival & mingle
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Talks by Michael Bonds & Simon Woodside
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Talks by Chris Latour & Andrew Holden
9:00pm – whenver – stay, drink, relax

 

 

Talks

 

Michael Bonds


UI/UX Developer and Designer

@

FluidMedia


Bio:

Michael spends his days as a Web Designer and Developer at Fluid Media Inc. During his free time, he can be found building personal and client Web Apps while continuously learning and and pushing the world of UX forward. 

Details:

UX is more than design. It’s a team sport. From product managers to engineers, visual designers to quality assurance , UX touches us all. Michael will talk about avoiding a dragged out UX process, while ensuring the entire team has a hand in it – even the “Non Designers”

 

Simon Woodside

Entrepreneur and Owner

@

Monolith Interactice


Bio:

An entrepreneur with experience at Apple and a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Simon owns and run Monolith Interactive, a startup focused on mobile apps for health. He collaborates with clients and his employees to create outstanding software in areas such as long-term care, brain injuries, and hearing. His work at a previous startup earned him awards including the silver Clio, and he works with Engineers Without Borders to solve the root causes of poverty.

 

Chris Latour


Game Designer

@

BattleGoat

 

Bio:

BattleGoat Studios is a Canadian Software Developer committed to developing leading edge “Intelligent Strategy Games” for the PC. The team firmly believes that Strategy Gamers are looking for more sophisticated games that also remain fun to play. BattleGoat insists that their approach to development will always emphasize an accurate, heavily researched environment assuring players an entertaining and immersive gameplay experience.

 

 Andrew Holden

 

Chief Experience Officer

@

Weever Apps

Bio:

Andrew is the co-founder and CXO of Weever Apps, a Hamilton startup that began with two “tech guys” in 2011 and is now a global businesses with customers in over 60 countries and 16 languages. He is familiar with the mistakes a startup can make and emphasizes the importance of early customer validation and experience design.
Andrew is an award-winning technical designer and project engineering lead. He holds a patent on Weever Apps’ mobile app generation technology and believes that anything is possible in Hamilton, Ontario. 

 

Re-booting StartupDrinks

gohomeStartupDrinks is a 3.5 year old event now. Scary to think. In the first couple years it was really one of the only places to go to meet people doing tech and/or startups in Hamilton. A purely social pub night had value. Toronto’s StartupDrinks event started off similarly before adding a keynote speaker and series of pitches to the recent events.

I experimented with adding in talks this year, which was interesting. It brought out a different group of people each time, and a bunch of people seemed to get something tangible out of it, even if it was a new perspective or a view of the road ahead from someone further along. I’ve really liked the Freelancer Association meetups I’ve been out to because of this approach, each event I’ve actually come away with something tangible that I can use and have used.

The other thing with purely social pub nights is that they slowly gravitate towards piss-ups / drinking clubs, which 1) actually turns a lot of people off, 2) isn’t for me anymore either. The social part of the event can (and does) always happen after the value part of an event anyways. If anyone wants to take a stab at making a purely social tech and/or startup pub night I’d say go for it though, there will always be interest in a relaxing night with like-minded people after work.

What I’m going to be doing is inviting 2-3 speakers out on a given startup related topic each month – UX, funding, sales, management, etc. We’ve got a lot of expertise in town when you add it together, and I just want to try bringing some of that expertise together each month for everyone interested to learn about a topic.

The next StartupDrinks will be Wedensday December 10th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at The Pheasant Plucker, the topic will be UX and so far we’ve got Andrew Holden from Weever Apps and Michael Bonds from FluidMedia (with one more yet to confirm). Check out the details/registration here: eventbrite.ca/e/startupdrinks-user-experience-tickets-14179897455

 

StartupDrinks this Wednesday October 8th

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When: Wednesday October 8th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze!

 

 

StartupDrinksHamilton36 on September 10th

startupdrinksThis month’s event will mark 3 years of StartupDrinks taking place in Hamilton. The event concept was founded by Raymond Luk. It spread from Montreal to Toronto to cities all across Canada. The events are intended for anyone founding, working with, working in, or interested in tech and startups in their local community.

The first ever StartupDrinks in Hamilton took place in the basement of the Kelsey’s by McMaster Innovation Park. It was actually done as a pre-event to the first Startup Weekend Hamilton that we were trying to get off the ground. The value of the event is primarily connective – it’s a chance to meet interesting people and have great conversations. I remember the first StartupDrinks whittled down to a single table of people towards the official end of the night, and the conversation at that table went on for hours after the event end.

There’s another key value to StartupDrinks – relaxation! People that keep themselves busy doing interesting things can find themselves wound up, and StartupDrinks is a night off.

 

When: Wednesday September 10th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze!

 

 

StartupDrinks34 on July 9th with Michael Salvatori

When: Wednesday July 9th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze! Starting in 2014 we’re going to experiment with a featured talk by a local startup and a tighter runtime.

 

 

Featured Talk

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Michael Salvatori

 

Michael Salvatori is the president and director of business development at Imagination Plus. Imagination Plus is an award-winning premium service Internet consulting company specializing in custom solution development for e-business. Local clients include the Hamilton-Halton Construction Association, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, McMaster University, Hamilton Food Share, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Imagination Plus offers website design and development, Internet strategy consulting, custom application and database development, web hosting, multimedia development.

 

 

Rough Agenda

6:30pm – 7:00pm – Networking
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Talk by Michael Salvatori
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking

 

StartupDrinks on June 11th with Stephen Dagg

When: Wednesday June 11th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze! Starting in 2014 we’re going to experiment with a featured talk by a local startup and a tighter runtime.

 

 

Featured Talk

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Stephen Dagg

 

Stephen Dagg has worked in creative director and art director roles in the video game industry at companies like Electronic Arts and SAVA Transmedia where he helped create games such as Army of Two: The 40th Day and Need for Speed: Nitro. Stephen will talk about his experiences working at big studios vs. small studios, and maybe give us a sneak peak at what he’s doing next!

 

 

Rough Agenda

6:30pm – 7:00pm – Networking
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Talk by Stephen Dagg
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking

 

StartupDrinks32 with Colin Doncaster on May 14th

When: Wednesday May 14th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze! Starting in 2014 we’re going to experiment with a featured talk by a local startup and a tighter runtime.

 

 

Featured Talk


Colin Doncaster – R&D Superivsor @ Peregrine Labs

 

colindoncaster“I’m a creative technologist who loves digital storytelling.

With 20 years of VFX and animation production experience I’m now building our sustainable studio where great ideas, art and technology can thrive.

Over the course of my career I have been lucky to have worked on the the Oscar winning projects Lord of the Rings and Avatar, along with such directors as Peter Jackson, James Cameron and the brilliant Terry Gilliam.

Most recently I had the honour of receiving a SciTech award for Deep Compositing from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

I’m extremely lucky to have my beautiful family and the great outdoors to relax my mind.”

- about.me/colindoncaster

 

 

Rough Agenda

6:30pm – 7:00pm – Networking
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Talk by Colin Doncaster
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking

 

Talk by Ken Seville at next StartupDrinks April 9th

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When: Wednesday April 9th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze! Starting in 2014 we’re going to experiment with a featured talk by a local startup and a tighter runtime.

 

 

Featured Talk

 

 


Ken Seville – Founder of Democravise

 

Democravise helps users to crowdsource questions that need to be asked for stakeholder affecting decisions made by government, enterprise, and non-profits. Democravise uses proprietary software to crowdsource questions and gather stakeholder intelligence that alerts management when a decision is at risk of being derailed and the questions that need to be answered to get it back on track. Democravise offers free and paid tools. Paid tools include analytics with data points that increase or decrease buy-in. Free tools have all the buy-in power but don’t include analytics.

 

 

Rough Agenda

6:30pm – 7:00pm – Networking
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Talk by Ken Seville
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking

 

StartupDrinks this Wednesday

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When: Wednesday March 12th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze! Starting in 2014 we’re going to experiment with a featured talk by a local startup and a tighter runtime.

 

 

Featured Talk


Jim Rudnick – Founder of FundHamOnt

 

jimrudnickJim Rudnick (@CanuckSEO) is the CEO of KKT Interactive with over 26 years experience on the web specializing in SEO, usability, ASP, .NET, JavaScript and online marketing.

Jim will be speaking about the new FundHamOnt initiative he has founded. FundHamOnt is a crowdfunding platform or portal where people who want to raise money for their #HamOnt centred startup can create fundraising Campaigns to tell their story and get the word out.
 

Rough Agenda

6:30pm – 7:00pm – Networking
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Talk by Jim Rudnick
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking

 

Don’t miss StartupDrinks this Wednesday

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When: Wednesday February 12th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze! Starting in 2014 we’re going to experiment with a featured talk by a local startup and a tighter runtime.

 

 

Featured Talk


Alex Ross – Partner and Patent Agent at Gowlings

alexrossAlex S. Ross is a lawyer and registered Canadian patent agent. He gained valuable experience early in his career working as an in-house intellectual property lawyer at the Canadian subsidiary of a major international technology company.

His work encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, copyright, trade-marks and industrial designs.

Alex’s patent practice includes patent drafting and prosecution, preparation of patent infringement and validity opinions, and advising on patent strategy, with a focus on mechanical devices and computer and information technology. He has a particular interest in the application of copyright and trade-mark law to a number of specific fields, including computer software.

 

Rough Agenda

6:30pm – 7:00pm – Networking
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Talk by Alex Ross
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking

 

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