ELEV8 pitch night this Wednesday

 

When: Wednesday April 5th 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/innovation-factorys-elev8-pitch-night-april-2017-tickets-31934364544

Details:

Join Innovation Factory on April 5, 2017 for our ELEV8 Pitch Night!

ELEV8 has companies who have a product in-market (or close to launch) present themselves in an investment-style pitch presentation. It’s designed to help connect our partners, volunteer mentors and the broader Hamilton community with some of our up-and-coming startups.

ELEV8 Pitch Night is open to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to observe 8 five-minute presentations from local innovators, and network while enjoying delicious appetizers! This month’s presenters include: ToolLinked, Input Health, Pyngle, Iaqob Technologies, Empatico, Safedose,Training Seeker, and MedStack.

Our presenters will be pitching investment-style for the chance to take home a $250 or $750 prize!

The ELEV8 Pitch Night will be held at McMaster Innovation Park from 6-9pm.

Agenda:

6:00 pm: Networking, Registration

6:45 pm: Pitches begin

8:15 pm: Deliberation & Winners Announced


Interested in pitching at ELEV8 Pitch Night? All startups pitching April 5 are clients who are working with Innovation Factory and being coached by our mentors. To become a client, you can fill out an intake form, come in for an intake meeting and get the ball rolling! As a client of iF, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in programs and events like ELEV8 – who knows, maybe you’ll be pitching at our next one!

 

Omega party at Hamilton IoT meetup this Wednesday

 

When: Wednesday April 5th 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King (3rd floor) at 115 King St East, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Internet of Things Meetup (@hamontiot)

Register: meetup.com/Hamilton-IoT-Meetup/events/238568206

Details:

Beer and Pizza!!!!  I thought I would put that out first since its the most important 😉  I don’t have a speaker lined up so I had to come up with something different.  I’m going to bring my Omegas and a whole pile of sensors and motors and we are going to have a party Omega style.

Don’t worry if you can’t code.  There are lots of things you can do with them out of the box.  But you will need to bring your laptop if you want to experiment.  If not come out anyway and see what the others are doing and learn about sensors.  I got lots of them.  I’m going to pre-configure the Omegas on the weekend so we should be able to get up and running real quick.

 

Interview with Electronics meetup leader Marc Hickling

 

Check out the interview below with Marc Hickling (@marchickling) who is leading up the new Hamilton Electronics meetup group!

The first Hamilton Electronics meetup will take place at CoMotion on King (115 King Street East, Hamilton) on Wednesday April 19th at 7:00pm – sign-up to attend today!

Side note: Marc is looking for developers who may be interested in working with him on an open source Python project – “PCB is an open source package for semiautomated and manual PCB reverse engineering”.

 

Tell me about yourself.

I’ve been doing electronics since I was 10 years old when I wanted to electrify a project for a school science fair. My grandad (who was a Radio Engineer during the war) had some spare parts lying around his house which he passed on to me and taught me to solder, taught me ohms law and got me started on my first radio project. Since then I studied electronics at school and graduated university with a Bachelors in Electronic Engineering. Outside of work I love to make projects for in around the house, problem is I have so many that I never seem to get around to finishing them!

 

Why are you starting the Electronics meetup?

The electronics meetup came about after realizing the serious shortage of people passionate about electronics in the Hamilton + Niagara region. My boss has interviewed hundreds of applicants for jobs and there are so few people that applied who have a love for electronics. Many just see a job as a way to make some money – I see it as a passion and going to work is a pleasure.

 

Who will be speaking at the first meetup?

Our first speaker at the Electronics Hamilton Meetup will be Pierre Demers who is the Technical Manager for Marsh Instrumentation in Burlington. (The largest 3rd party instrumentation service company in Southern Ontario). He’s going to present on Electronic Reverse Engineering which is a little known about topic. He’ll be bringing some previous work and showing why and how reverse engineering works.

 

 

Why do people reverse engineer electronics? How does that work?

Reverse Engineering is the process of disassembling + analyzing a circuit for the purpose of generating documentation and/or re-manufacture as well as determining how it was designed and how it operates. Often the documentation even allows a customer to improve their product to surpass competitors. A big part of the process is knowing when and when it’s not allowed to do this – for instance one of the key attributes for copying/cloning PCB’s is that the product is obsolete and unsupported by the OEM.

 

What is the state of the electronics industry in Hamilton, and Ontario more broadly speaking?

In Hamilton there are a handful of electronics companies and particularly companies working in industrial/commercial space. To my knowledge the company I work for ENA Electronics is one of the only electronics companies in the city with most of the other electronics companies working in the consumer market. In Ontario there’s obviously the Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge area who are a hot bed for innovation in electronics however with the decline of stocks at Blackberry the once power house of the region is faltering and we need to innovate!

 

 

Do you see room for growth? If so, why?

There is plenty of room for growth in the Electronics space in Hamilton, there’s a ever growing software scene but very few electronics companies. The advantage of growth in the area is synergies between companies allowing for shared resources and collaboration.

 

If someone is “technical” in terms of knowing how to code, are there any good ways you can suggest for them to dive into the hardware and electronics side of technology?

Electronics these days need not be all about discrete components (although knowing basic electronics principles is a huge advantage), but embedded electronics bridges the software hardware gap with firmware development being critical in many electronic products. Aside from the obvious programming of Arduino + Raspberry Pi, a great way to really learn electronics is to get them connected to the real world – adding sensors, timers and output devices allows the interface of software to the physical world.

 

Do you see any possible collaborations between electronics professionals and others in the technology community – health tech, gaming, etc.?

Absolutely – there are so many possibilities, take health for example, how do you monitor a heartbeat without electronics? Just the software alone is one thing but the complete product is at the intersection of electronics hardware and software. Its often very easy to come up with some electronics for a project but the real skill is when an electronics professional gets involved and turn a hobby project into a proper product with noise suppression and protection, its only then that a project should be turned into a product for market.

 

 

What about a young person that’s interested in electronics, how would you recommend they get started?

One of the best ways to get involved in electronics is to join us at the electronics meetup! – shameless plug (https://www.meetup.com/Electronics-Hamilton-Meetup/) not only here will you find experience but you’ll be able to learn with people from the same starting point. Outside of the meetup I’d recommend making some kind of project – theory makes no sense without a project! One of the best circuits I know for starting electronics is the good old 555 timer circuit, it gives a real flavor of how electronics works it’s how I started learning electronics and love that integrated circuit to this day!

 

What are you hoping to accomplish with the meetup group going forward?’

When I was growing up and even through my degree I struggled with finding people that had a practical view of electronics with a passion for wielding a soldering iron and getting down to the board level. I’m hoping that by starting Electronics Hamilton that we can forge a community of electronic hobbyists in the Hamilton, Niagara and Burlington region with a passion for electronics, from this I hope that networking and collaboration occurs at all levels of the market place, from startups to established companies.

 

Pitch it to win it this Thursday

 

When: Thursday March 30th 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Collaboratory in Mohawk College at 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton

Organizer: @MohawkSURGE

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/pitch-it-to-win-it-the-annual-surge-pitch-competition-tickets-31927547153

Details:

Each year, SURGE runs “Pitch it to Win it” providing an opportunity for all Mohawk College students to get in front of a panel of judges, and an audience, to pitch their business idea.

This year, the SURGE Pitch it to Win it! Pitch Competition will take place on March 30, 2017.

We hope to have a big audience of students, supporters and community join us for Pitch it to Win it!

Listening in, networking and enjoying some free food! You have nothing to lose. We look forward to seeing you and showcasing Mohawk’s very own, and very impressive, young entrepreneurs.

 

HamiltonSeen to showcase history of women in computing

 

Local film studio HamiltonSeen (@HamiltonSeen) has launched a crowdfunding campaign for their newest film: Women’s Work – A History of Women in Coding.

Women’s Work (@womensworkfilm) aims to inspire the future of women in computing by showcasing the history of women in computing:

“From the first program, to sending humanity to the moon, the work done by women in the field of computing has pushed us all forward into the now and into the future. Given the immense disparity in numbers between men and women active in and entering the field of computing (and STEM fields in general), we believe it is imperative to create a mainstream documentary film that showcases the breadth and depth of the IMMENSE FEMALE CONTRIBUTION to the world of computer programming.”

Check out the video below and visit their crowdfunding page for more details!

 

 

Agile meetup next Thursday

 

When: Thursday March 30th 2017 at 6:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton

Organizer: Hamilton Agile Meetup

Register: meetup.com/Hamilton-Agile-Project-Management-Meetup/events/238211533

Details:

Join us on our second 2017 meetup!! Come and meet other Agile people, scrum masters, product owners, project managers, developers and more in and around Hamilton area!

This meetup we will cover the SAFE framework as main topic, please check this 5 minutes video for your reference:

Let’s share some time exchanging topics, experiences, doubts, methodologies, questions and all around this amazing Agile journey!!!

Parking beside the pub

PS: Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or doubts about this meetup!!

 

Mohawk Coding Competition for high school students

 

When: Saturday May 6th 9am to 3pm

Where: Mohawk College, Fennell Campus, Collaboratory

Who: High School Students (teams of 1 to 4)

Prizes: $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, $125 for 3rd

Cost: $10 per student

Registration deadline: Sunday April 30th

Register: mohawkcollege.ca/mcc

Mohawk will be hosting its first annual programming competition open to all high school students. All participants will receive a t-shirt, lunch and an opportunity for prizes. Students may form teams of up to 4, but each student must register individually.

 

Competition Rules

  • Bring your own computer, one computer per team (a limited number of Mohawk College supplied computers are available and can be reserved upon request)
  • No communicating with any person not on your team during competition
  • No phone use during competition
  • No internet access
  • Participants may use any programming language
  • Participants may bring any printed or electronic resources (textbooks, PDFs, etc.)

 

Gold Sponsors

Hifyre

IBM

Viziya

Silver Sponsors

Experis

Fluidmedia

Webility

 

IF Lunch ‘n Learn: Crafting your Unique Business Story

When: Wednesday March 22nd 2017 from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/crafting-your-unique-business-story-innovation-factorys-march-lunch-n-learn-tickets-32247055812

Details:

Please join us on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 for Crafting your Unique Business Story. Innovation Factory’s March Lunch ‘n Learn presents Joe Frank of Freytag Frank, offering data-driven storytelling and creative communication.

Learn to craft your data-driven success story to benefit your business and bottom line!

Stories matter and your business is founded on a great one. A memorable, well told, and sharable story is an important element of your business toolkit. It can attract new customers, inspire employees, or win partners and investors.

Join Joe Frank in this interactive workshop that will help you develop and improve your organizational storytelling.

Agenda

11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm – Keynote Presentation
1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking

 

GameDevDrinks with Lightning Rod Games

 

When: Wednesday March 22nd 2017 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd Floor) at 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/gamedevdrinks-lightning-rod-games-tickets-32951036437

Details:

Hey GDDers,

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, March 22nd for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Mark Laframboise & Steven Smith from Lightning Rod Games the studio behind A Fold Apart.

From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Mark & Steven speak about the trials and tribulations of A Fold Apart, as well as answer your game dev questions during the Q&A portion of their talk. Afterwards you can chat with Mark & Steven, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone – student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike – who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.

We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd!

 

 

Lightning Rod Games is dedicated to creating family-friendly entertainment that touches the hearts and minds of players of all ages. Our games are designed to be emotionally engaging and encourage players to think creatively. Our upcoming puzzle platformer, A Fold Apart explores long distance relationships through a custom built folding mechanic.

www.lightningrodgames.com
www.facebook.com/lightningrodgames
www.twitter.com/LRGthunder

Mark Laframboise previously worked as a game designer at Disney Interactive, where he helped develop the core gameplay systems for the hit Facebook/mobile game Words of Wonder. Mark’s long-distance relationship with his wife provides the inspiration for the story and gameplay of A Fold Apart. He is excited to combine his passion for head-scratching puzzles and heart-warming narratives on the project.

www.twitter.com/mlaframboise

Steven Smith has been developing software for more than a decade. He was last seen at Electronic Arts before departing to found Lightning Rod Games. With a degree in computer science and a diploma in fine art, he is looking forward to tackling the challenges of developing his own game projects.

www.twitter.com/thegrittydev

 

WordPress meetup this Thursday

 

When: Thursday March 23rd 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

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

Organzier: WordPress Hamilton meetup

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/237905024

Details:

 

Join us for our next meetup! Come and meet other WordPress users, developers, bloggers and more in and around Hamilton.

Presentation

Adam will be giving a demo of Local by Flywheel, a free tool that makes spinning up a local WordPress site incredibly easy.

If you’ve ever wanted to try editing a theme, or creating a new theme or plugin, working on a local development environment is a must. But this has traditionally been difficult for people just starting out.

https://local.getflywheel.com/

Agenda

6:30pm – doors open, networking

7pm-7:30pm – news, presentation

7:30pm-8pm – networking, discussing WordPress, Q&A

8:pm-? – Post-hangout beverage(s) – TBA

Grab a coffee, tea or soft drink before heading up at one of the nearby cafés.