Create a Valentine workshop with HTML/CSS


When: Monday February 12th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Canada Learning Code – Hamilton Chapter (@learningcodeyhm)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/ladies-learning-code-valentines-day-creating-valentines-day-cards-with-html-css-hamilton-registration-42044216383


Join us for a 3 hour, beginner-friendly, HTML/CSS workshop and create your own personalized, digital Valentine’s Card with HTML & CSS!

In this workshop, you will learn how to create an online Valentine’s Day card (like this one) using the fundamentals of HTML & CSS and new CSS3 features to create fun animations to make your card really special.

You will also learn how to use CodePen (a popular developer playground) to share your sweet, sweet design.

Come with that special someone, best friend or favourite person and say Happy Valentine’s Day the Ladies Learning Code way!


Jason Hofing talks success during chaos at HamOnt UX

Jason Hofing (@RelayCoffee) (Owner, Relay Coffee) was added to the line-up at this Saturday’s HamOnt UX conference!


Jason Hofing (@RelayCoffee)

Owner, Relay Coffee

Talk: UX Always: Succeeding in Chaotic Times

For most of 2014, the entire street in front of RELAY’s Concession St. coffee bar was ripped up limiting access to its front door. In this talk, Jason will share his team’s story of abandoning panic and instead see it as an opportunity to engage their audience and customers with creativity, positivity, and hospitality.

Bio: Jason Hofing is the owner of RELAY Coffee Roasters, a craft coffee roaster of with two coffee bars and roasting for the best restaurants in Hamilton. Jason is the recipient of the First Ontario and Hamilton Spectator 1AWARD in 2012, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Small Business Award in 2013 and a 40 Under 40 Award in 2014. Jason believes in a human-centric approach to taking your business to where your customers are and serving their needs.


HamOnt UX


When: Saturday October 28th 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King – 115 King Street East (3rd floor), Hamilton, ON



The HamOnt conference series continues with HamOnt UX on Saturday October 28th!

HamOnt UX is filling in for Embrace UX this year… low cost and kick ass, featuring experts from within and abroad for a full day of talks… we would love for you to join us!

Check out the schedule of talks on the event ticket page! HamOnt UX attendees can also expect morning coffee & snacks, lunch, afternoon drinks & snacks, and an after party!

Tickets are just $20 regular, and $10 for students.


CoderCamp this Wednesday

CoderCamp is next Wednesday the 12th of April at 6:30 p.m. upstairs at the Pheasant Plucker on Augusta street. Please register on meetup.com.

Damian Brady (@damovisa), a solution architect with Octopus Deploy will talk about Brownfield DevOps in Practice.

Are you ready to continuously deploy every commit to production and deploy 25 times a day? Can your operations team tear down and spin up VMs and containers for your app like they’re nothing? Can your company track production usage and toggle features at the whims of the marketing department? No?

We all know it’s not quite that easy. You can’t take an existing house-of-cards monolith and just start treating it like a unicorn, as much as everyone would like to. But as a developer, you can start to make practical inroads, and you can do it now.

This talk looks at DevOps culture from the point of view of a developer – how code changes can affect the agility of your organisation. We’ll discuss architectural changes, design techniques, deployment pipelines, and how to make large changes safely. Developers at any level will leave with some practical ways to support your company’s DevOps efforts and start working better with your ops team.

Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA @ Boston) – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

CTA @ Boston


DEADLINE:  Thursday, June 2 2016


Apply to CTA@Boston


Program Placement: Fall/Winter 2016 (September – December)


The Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA @ Boston) is a 4-month immersion program that connects your business to the unique resources and contacts in New England to help accelerate your growth. The benefits of participating in the CTA and the resources in Greater Boston are highlighted below.


WHO:  Accelerator candidates are small to mid-sized Canadian companies from life sciences, IT (Including green IT and health IT), robotics and security technologies, and emerging food product sectors, with initial traction in the market, differentiated technology, a strong and committee executive team, and the potential to scale the business through the CTA experience in Boston.


WHY: Benefits of participating in the CTA@Boston:

  • Handpicked team of mentors for each client –  CENE Mentoring Service – CENE mentors comprise a select group of 70 Canadians based in New England who are C-level executives from global technology and life science companies, successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors who are passionate about giving back to Canada by mentoring and growing a new generation of successful Canadian-led companies at the CTA@Boston
  • Space/services at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Kendall Square. CIC has approximately $7B of venture capital headquartered within two buildings and is the largest start up co-working space, housing 800 innovative tech companies
  • Introduction to industry leaders, venture capitalists and other key resources by the Trade Commissioners
  • Pitch Coach to refine your in-market investor, partner, or client-focused presentation
  • Member privileges at key industry associations (MassBio, MassMEDIC, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, Mass TLC, New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), New England Health Information Management Systems Society (NEHIMSS), TIE – Boston (The Indus Entrepreneurs Annual Conference is Tie- Con)
  • Weekly CTA@Boston Client Newsletter highlighting upcoming events/opportunities
  • Corporate Partnerships with Microsoft, HubSpot, Harvard Business School offering in-kind or discounted services and products


You’ll find the following resources in the Greater Boston area:

  • Highest Concentration of Global Technology and Pharmaceutical companies in the world
  • Strong technology and innovation cluster – over 2000 companies – (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Akamai, IBM, Nuance … )
  • Over 400 biotechnology companies
  • World renowned research institutions -100+ academic institutions – (MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Northeastern)
  • 120+ Venture Capital Firms, Corporate VCs and Angel investors


Deadline is COB Thursday, June 2, 2016. More information at: website.


Click here for CTA@Boston Application

PLUG IN: Media Mixer


When: Thursday January 28th 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Spice Factory @ 121 Hughson Street North, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: hamiltonmediaguild.net

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/plug-in-media-mixer-registration-19737227579


Discover up to a dozen media organizations & socialize with upcoming media professionals!

Join us for an energized evening of drinks, networking, and inspiration as we meet other students, graduates and experts from ALL media industries including: Advertising, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Journalism, Public Relations, TV/ Film, Web Development and more. You will also have the chance to interact with up to a dozen media organizations and networks who exist to provide opportunities to upcoming media professionals like you. A series of recent graduates will also be participating in a Q&A where they will share advice on finding jobs and cultivating their passions that lead to a fulfilling and dynamic career.



Cable 14


CPRS Hamilton

Director’s Guild of Canada Ontario

Hamilton Economic Development Centre

Hamilton Spectator


Innovation Factory

Interactive Ontario

Software Hamilton



Chawana Champagne, Freelance Graphic Designer and Design & Marketing Manager for Nickel Brook Brewery Co.

Matt Lattanzio, Digital Mareting for Weight Watchers Canada

Karim Mosna, Radio News Reporter and Host on 101.5 The Hawk and Fill-in Reporter on Jewel 92

Joe Pockaj, Stereo Conversion for Legend 3D

Haya Waseem, Filmmaker and Editor for Documentaries Airing on OMNI Smithsonian, Super Channel and more

For more information, visit us on twitter and facebook.



$10/ person and only available to guests aged 19+.

Please bring your ID and a printed or digital copy of your ticket. The ticket must match the attendee’s name. Tickets are limited so please make sure to secure yours as soon as possible!



All PLUG IN attendees will be entered to win a 3-month Commons Membership ($300 value) for CoMotion on King!

More to be released!


Schedule of Events

6:00pm – Doors Open

6:30pm – Q & A Session

7:00pm – Networking

*subject to change


Parking and Transportation

Parking: Free Street Parking after 6pm

Go Train: A 10 minute walk from the Hamilton GO Station


Interactive Elements

Brainstorm Opportunity Wall: Looking to collaborate on a project? Need to hire a student or graduate? This wall is here to help initiate conversations and partnerships surrounding job/volunteer opportunities. Post your name, skills and what job you are looking for OR post what position you’re looking to fill on your upcoming project. Post-its will be provided.

Q & A with Successful Grads: Listen in on how recent graduates from all types of media are “making it”. These graduates are from schools all across the GTA. They will also be available for one-on-one conversation afterwards.

Social Media Photo Booth: Take some silly pictures with our provided props and post online to twitter and facebook using #HMGPlugIn for your chance to win a prize!

Live Twitter Feed: Tweet at us using @ham_mediaguild and the hashtag #HMGPlugIn to see your pictures and tweets up on our main screen.


Social Media Links

@ham_mediaguild   #HMGPlugIn

For any questions or sponsorship inquiries, please contact the Event Coordinator, Natalia Atlija, at natatlijadesign@gmail.com.


Founder of Nix Sensor Ltd. named Ontario’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year



Editor’s note: hey folks, see Nix Sensor demo live + Q&A at DemoCamp on Dec. 8th!


HAMILTON, ON – November 26, 2015 –Matthew Sheridan, inventor of the Nix Colour Sensor and President and CEO of Nix Sensor Ltd., was named Ontario’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 Ontario Business Achievement Awards on the evening of November 25. The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, is awarded to a young Ontario entrepreneur who has successfully built a unique and game-changing venture.

“It’s very exciting to be named Ontario’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Mr. Sheridan. “I’m proud to be able to bring this award home to Hamilton, as our success could not be possible without the most passionate employees, the best mentors, and most of all, Hamilton, the most startup friendly city in Canada.”

Nix Sensor Ltd. designs and manufactures high-precision colour-sensing technology. Their flagship device, the Nix Colour Sensor, is a handheld device that can measure the colour of any surface and provide that information to the user’s smartphone. Unlike current solutions, like colour fan decks and smartphone apps, the Nix Colour Sensor’s patented design blocks out all ambient light and provides a calibrated light source to provide an industry-leading level of accuracy.

The Nix Colour Sensor was launched as one of the first official Canadian Kickstarter projects, where it raised $70,000 – double its original goal. Since then, Nix has quickly found traction as a low-cost, high-quality colour measurement solution provider in the Paint, Food & Agriculture, Printing, and Textiles sectors.


“Entrepreneurs are the backbone of Ontario’s economic future,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Because of Nix Sensor’s game changing technology, jobs have been created in Hamilton and design professionals now have access to a cutting edge tool that allows them to succeed in their respective workplaces.”

Nix Sensor Ltd. is based in Hamilton’s McMaster Innovation Park, and is a member of several Regional Innovation Centres and industry networks, including Innovation Factory (Hamilton) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence. All of Nix’s sensors are assembled and calibrated at their facilities in Hamilton.

“Nix has built a global reputation among colour experts as an industry leader and problem solver. The early successes Matt and his team have achieved are helping to inspire the many young, ambitious professionals that symbolize the “New” Hamilton,” said Keanin Loomis, President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. “One of the main drivers of our economy remains advanced manufacturing and we’re extremely proud to be able to say that every Nix Colour Sensor is made here in Hamilton!”

Mr. Sheridan was also recognized as one of Canada’s top young innovators with the Ernest C. Manning Award of Distinction, which was presented on October 2, 2015 at an awards gala in Saskatoon.

In February 2015, Nix released the second version of their hardware, the Nix Pro, which features completely redesigned hardware and software. In addition to their success in developing custom solutions for professionals such as interior designers, paint contractors, and paint retailers, Nix has made consumer versions of the Nix Pro available for order at www.nixsensor.com.

Zachary Strong
Director of Business Development, Nix Sensor Ltd.
E: zachary@nixsensor.com
P: 905-581-6363


Hacking Health Hamilton Cafe #4: Voices of Health



When: Thursday September 24th 2015 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King @ 115 King St East, Hamilton, Ontario

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/223803559



We are very excited to expand hamilton’s healthcare ecosystem with “Voices of Health” on Thursday Sept 24. We start at 6:30pm.

“Voices of Health” features:

John Neary is the Chief Medical Information Officer and practices general internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. He also works as a consultant in internal medicine for the Shelter Health Network in downtown Hamilton. John Neary lives in Beasley Neighbourhood and is actively interested in the urban environment and community building.

John will share his experiences and insights with software systems in healthcare, and the possibilities for innovation.

Syd Fletcher is President, and co-founder of MultiVoice (2014) Inc. A school principal for many years he has been involved with computers since they first came into general use back in the late 1980’s. Using Hypercard on the Mac he developed communication programs for non-speaking but cognitive users (e.g. with ALS) that garnered four national awards such as the Marshal McLuhan medal for innovative technology. MultiVoice applications are geared toward non-English speaking patients who find themselves in an emergency situation. Using MultiVoice apps nurses are able to use 50 different questions or requests of their patients in 20 different languages. This new concept is referred to as ‘specific situation translation’.

CoMotion on King:

CoMotion on King is new coworking initiative and Hamilton’s largest coworking space in the heart of downtown Hamilton at 115 King Street E. Moving towards better ways of working CoMotion on Kin has a 10,000 square foot coworking space with 39 glass window offices, 26 dedicated and shared desks, 3 meeting rooms, mailbox services, a kitchen space, lounge areas, large event space, rooftop patio, and a multitude of other little nooks, crannies, and decor features meant to inspire collaboration, productivity, and creativity.

Other important stuff:

Hack4Health Hackathon in Waterloo: Want to do a hackathon and don’t want to wait for our first Hacking Health Weekend in February 2016? Then go to Kitchener Waterloo for Hack4Health, on the weekend of Sept 26-27. Brought to you by the University of Waterloo, it’s all about creating apps to help people people living with MS or Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Hacking Health Waterloo: There’s something in the water in KW — the first Hacking Health Waterloo is Thu Oct 22. Check it out on their meetup page.

Our schedule: And finally, if you can’t make this #HHHamOnt meetup, our upcoming schedule is:

• November 19 – Meetup

• January 21 – Meetup

• February 2016 – HACKATHON!

A big thanks to our sponsors Hamilton Economic Development, MedStack, and CoMotion on King.

See you all Thursday!

Simon & Team

Regular updates will resume next Monday



I’ve updated this blog with the latest happenings on a regular Monday-Friday basis for years now, but the last couple weeks have been dreadful for updates. If you’re a long time reader, you’ll know that I’ve been trying to finish up my PhD at McMaster. Right now I’m in the process of writing the draft of the final paper + thesis introduction and conclusion, which means it’s been tough to update regularly the last couple weeks, and will likely stay that way this week. Expect regular updates to resume next Monday!