Category Archives: Startup Drinks

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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

 

StartupDrinks returns this January 22nd with Roboteurs

StartupDrinks has been occurring for 2.5 years in its current format – a 6pm until late purely social pub night somewhere on Augusta Street (a great little group of pubs downtown). It’s been excellent in terms of allowing people to get to really know one another. But 2.5 years in, a lot of people have gotten to know each other at this point. Newcomers are still being connected at each event, but it’s not like a year or especially two years ago when everyone was a “newcomer” meeting each other for the first time. As a result it feels like a good time to try something a little different, like tightening the time of the event so people have a better idea of when to show up, and adding a talk by a local tech startup (or similar cool tech related talk) to give the event some new value.

So join us at StartupDrinks this Wednesday January 22nd from 6:30pm – 9:00pm! The event will also mark the 3-year anniversary of Software Hamilton.

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When: Wednesday January 22nd, 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.

 

 

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Justin Policarpio and Reiner Schmidt – Roboteurs

roboteursRoboteurs, Inc. is an Ontario based company focused on the needs of education based robotics for students at all levels of learning. The company has strong relationships with its buyers to conform products to their learning needs and desires. Currently the company has in its pipeline products for high school level students, as well as advanced robotics for University and College level students, one of which specifically allows for schools to save large costs when purchasing industry robots for teaching.

Roboteurs, Inc., is proudly Canadian and looks to grow the education based robotics field in this country one robot at a time. The company is always looking for new ways to improve their products, and to teach students the exciting field of robots.

 

Rough Agenda

6:30pm – 7:00pm – Networking
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Talk by Justin Policarpio and Reiner Schmidt
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking

 

StartupDrinks Ho Ho Ho edition this Wednesday

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When: Wednesday December 11th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Winking Judge (2nd floor) @ 25 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

Join us at The Wining Judge this Wednesday for the last Startup Drinks event of the year! It’s been a banner year for the software industry in Hamilton with many new startups, more jobs created than ever before, and a host of new community initiatives as well. So take Wednesday night off to kick back, relax, and talk about startups and tech, but also to celebrate a great year!

StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly presentation-free and sponsorship-free 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! We normally meet on every 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 6pm.

 

 

StartupDrinks Hamilton this Wednesday

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When: Wednesday November 13th 2013 @ 6pm until late

Where: The Winking Judge (2nd floor) @ 25 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

 

 

StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly presentation-free and sponsorship-free 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! We normally meet on every 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 6pm.

Due to its free form nature StartupDrinks is a great chance to actually get to know somebody. It’s not a business card exchange, it’s more about conversations and relationship-building. There’s been many collaborations that have come out of relationships built at StartupDrinks, sometimes months after first meeting.

 

 

I’m always blown away by how friendly people are at these things. The staff at The Winking Judge have even commented on it! So if you’re a first-timer, don’t be shy. The regulars that come out to these things are a mix of software developers, freelancers, students, startup founders, and everything in between. It’s a chance to get to have a relaxing time after work and get to know some people in the local technology and startup community. Hope to see you there on Wednesday night!

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