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




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


Hacking Health Hackathon in February



When: Friday February 26th- Sunday February 28th 2016

Where: McMaster Innovation Park – 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontaro


Organizer: @HHHamOnt


Pitch your innovative ideas, form teams, get advice from mentors, and create a health app in one weekend at the McMaster Innovation Park.

Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems. Our hackathons are fun, intense, hands-on events where small teams tackle tough problems in a supportive community of peers and mentors. Thank you for your participation, and we are excited to see you all out there!

For more information, our website is and our Meetup group for our Café series is

Event Schedule

Day 1 – Friday
5:00pm: Registration & Pitch Clinic
6:00pm: Networking Reception, catering by Cocoa Food Inc
7:00pm: Program Begins
7:30pm: Pitches
8:30pm: Team Formation, Networking
10:30pm: Venue Close

Day 2 – Saturday
8:00am-9:00am: Breakfast
9:00am: Team Building Activity
9:30am: HACK!
12:00pm-2pm: Lunch
1:00pm: HACK!
5:00pm-7:00pm: Dinner
6:00pm: HACK!
10:30pm: Venue Close

Day 3 – Sunday
8:00am-10:00am: Breakfast
9:00am: HACK!
12:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm: Demos Program Begins
3:30pm: Judges Deliberate
4:00pm: Winners Announced!


Embrace UX speaker: Jamie Levy

Embrace UX (@EmbraceUX) will be taking place Friday April 15th – Saturday April 16th at the Lincoln Alexander Centre in downtown Hamilton. Featuring a line-up of experience design thought leaders at a gorgeous venue (with breakfast, lunch, and snacks included), a party at the Collective Arts Brewery, and 250 attendees from around North America – Embrace UX is Hamilton’s annual premier tech and design event!

Embrace UX speakers will be profiled every few days until April, but register soon, as the 20% early bird discount expires on February 14th!

Jamie Levy


Jamie Levy (@JaimeRLevy) is the author of UX Strategy: ‘How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want’, an exceptionally well praised O’Reilly book blending business strategy and UX design.

“Where has this book been for the last ten years? As the principal at a user-experience design agency, this is the book I’ve been waiting for. Essential reading for anyone interested in Lean UX and Startup, and for those who need to create great user experiences.” – Reviewer

Jaime also heads a consultancy called JLR Interactive that caters to startups and enterprises, helping them transform their business concepts into innovative and scalable online solutions. She conducts workshops worldwide and also teaches a graduate level UX design and strategy course in the Viterbi engineering school at the University of Southern California.



Jamie has decades of UX experience and a storied career filled with fascinating work, which is well-captured by her Wikipedia article:

Her career began in 1990 with the creation of the electronic magazines Cyber Rag and Electronic Hollywood. They were programmed in HyperCard and Macromedia Director and distributed on 800k floppy disks. She leveraged her publicity from numerous print publications and tv to increase the sales of these disks in book stores and mail-order.

In 1993, she worked with EMI Records where she designed, animated, and programmed the first commercially released interactive press kit (IPK) for Billy Idol’s Cyberpunk CD digipack. The project featured sequenced samples, digitized video, hypertext, and interactive animation all integrated together as a seamless experience. She followed that up with the animated electronic book, Ambulance, that was written by Monica Moran and included music by Mike Watt from the band Minutemen and art by Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets.

In 1994 while employed by IBM as an interface designer, she began hosting “CyberSlacker” salons for programmers and animators at her East Village loft. By 1995, she took a creative director position at Icon CMT, where she could focus on the creation of the online magazine WORD. It received national recognition for its design and cutting-edge non-linear storytelling. She was recognized as Newsweek’s top 50 people to watch in cyberspace and on Good Morning America as one of “The Most Powerful Twentysomethings in America.”

As the dot-com era took off, she went on her own as a consultant. In 1996, she designed a graphical multi-user environment called Malice Palace using The Palace software. Set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, users could engage in real-time chat and interact with robots depicted as homeless people. Prints from Malice Palace were exhibited in a group show titled “Channel 3” at Team Gallery in New York alongside Tracey Emin, Erik Brunetti and Pedro Ortuno.

In 1997, her Silicon Alley-based start-up called Electronic Hollywood received an angel investment. For the next 5-years her company focused on web design, interactive advertising, and original content development. The most prestigious production was the CyberSlacker, Flash cartoon series, which won the Flash Animation Award. She appeared in Doug Block’s 1999 documentary film Home Page and her story was chronicled in the book Gig.

Hamilton Agile Project Management meetup


When: Thursday January 28th 2016 at 7:00 PM

Where: Imagination Plus @ 69 John Street south, suite 304, Hamilton

We are at John St S and Jackson St E intersection, only one block from Hamilton Go Centre, we are at Tailgate Charlie’s building


Organizer: Marcelo


Hi everybody, lets run our first meetup!!!

Join us, come and meet other Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile coaches, Project Managers and more in and around Hamilton!

We will meet each other and chat about what is Agile and what means to be Agile on IT development industry, let’s identify Agile needs on our community!!!

Feel free to invite coworkers or interested people about Agile

I hope to see you there!!!

Interactive Ontario “Office Hours” this Thursday

IO Office Hours
January 28 – CoMotion on King, 115 King St E, Hamilton

Interactive Ontario will be holding office hours outside of our home base of Toronto this year, beginning next week in Hamilton. We’ll be available to answer questions about funding and other programs, as well as IO membership. We’re looking to meet with interactive digital media companies to find out firsthand what projects you’re working on and the challenges and opportunities you see for your company. This information is key to our ongoing advocacy work and in helping us design effective programming for our i-ON series.

Register for a half hour meeting with our Senior Manager of Operations, Carly Beath at

That evening we will be participating in Hamilton Media Guild’s PLUG IN: Media Mixer for students and recent grads – more information and registration available here.

Freelancer meetup: getting the most out of 2016



When: Wednesday January 27th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker @ 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: @hamontfreelance



2016 is here!  In this meetup we’d love to get your feedback on what topics you want to see in the new year, either during in-person meetups or webinars.

Whether you’ve been with the group since the beginning or never been to a meetup, come and share your thoughts on what you’d like to know, and let’s help make 2016 a great year for you!



6:30pm-7:00pm – Registration and mingling
7:00pm-7:30pm – Quick introduction to everyone, brainstorming topics you want to know for 2016
7:30pm-8:30pm – More getting to know others!



There is plenty of parking in the IMPARK parking lot next to the venue. Entrance to the parking lot is accessible off James Street S. as well as off Augusta Street beside The Pheasant Plucker (20 Augusta). It is $4 for the evening.



Freelancer Meetups are monthly events run by the Hamilton Freelancers Association. They are free, and open to all professionals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in the Hamilton area, whether you’re just starting a freelancing consulting business, or you’re running a consulting business full time.

We bring in some of the best and brightest to give talks on ways to help you build and grow your entrepreneurial venture, along with networking.

The Hamilton Freelancers Association is free to join to become a member and is open to freelancers of all skills and specialties, including designers, developers, marketers, videographers, photographers, writers, and everyone in between.

Startup Career Fair draws hundreds of job seekers



Mohawk College’s SURGE entrepreneur program ran a Startup Career Fair event this week in concert with other ecosystem partners (The Forge, Spectrum, Innovation Factory, SBEC, Mohawk McKeil Business School). The career fair saw over 50 local companies seeking employees connect with over 400 attendees seeking jobs, mostly co-op hungry Mohawk College students.

The career fair featured a bevy of local tech startups like QResrve, BucketLife, Thrive Games, Chipsetter and many more. Obviously as a Hamilton tech booster it felt really awesome to see a room full of Hamilton firms connecting with a room full of local students. The sheer numbers involved will ensure that this event had a substantial benefit for many people.

The event was easily the largest and most successful startup job fair ever held in the city, and it really speaks well towards future job prospects within tech firms in particular.




One thing I noticed was that a lot of companies were looking for full-time, ready-to-go on day one employees, where as a lot of the students were looking for co-ops (understandable on both fronts of course). One thing that has made the Waterloo region such a success is the fleets of University of Waterloo co-op students fuelling the local firms to mutual benefit (gaining experience, while providing good, reasonably cost-effective labour).

Ultimately economics drives things… when firms can’t find fully qualified full-timers at the price they want they tend to need to either pay more or go with less experienced labour (including co-op labour). But I couldn’t help but wonder if there is a way to help firms figure out how to get more out of co-op students, or otherwise become more interested in hiring co-ops students, perhaps by giving them a better indication as to how to “onboard” a co-op student (which is understandably going to involve more training). Hmmm….










#InnovateWithiF campaign launches


Hamilton, ON (January 18, 2016) – Have you ever wondered where some of the best-known inventions got their start? Or perhaps you’ve looked at a product and thought, “if they just added this one feature, it could be even more awesome?” Innovation Factory is challenging the community to do just that – to think innovatively with their new #InnovateWithiF campaign. Built on the notion that great ideas can start anywhere – “even on the back of a napkin” – the campaign will see napkins featuring fun brain teasers distributed across the city at local restaurants and cafes.

Hamiltonians are challenged to solve the brain teasers or sketch their own innovative ideas right on the napkins, snap a photo and share them via Facebook or Twitter using the #InnovateWithiF hashtag. Each entry will offer the chance to win one of two gift cards weekly, valued at $50 each. iF will also be sharing early sketches to show how some of their clients’ ideas got their start, along with video stories showcasing how some of Hamilton’s thriving businesses took off.

“We want to start conversations about innovation and encourage Hamiltonians to share their ideas,” says David Carter, Innovation Factory’s Executive Director. “As Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre, we have people come through our doors with great ideas every day. Through this campaign, we’re challenging the larger community to think innovatively as well.”

Many community partners will be distributing the napkins to their patrons, including: Relay Coffee Roasters, The Green Smooth Bar, Hambrgr, Cake & Loaf Bakery, TwelvEighty Bar & Grill at McMaster University, The Cellar at Mohawk College, Baltimore House, Phoenix Bar & Grill at McMaster University, CoMotion On King, West End Pub, Emerson 109 Bar and Eatery, Dundurn Market, Papa Leo’s Restaurant, and Serve Ping Pong.

The campaign and contest will run from January 18 – February 26, 2016. Hamiltonians who can’t make it to one of the local establishments to sketch on the actual napkins can participate online through iF’s social media accounts (@itbeginswithif or or on the campaign website:


Innovation Factory is the Regional Innovation Centre for Hamilton in the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, leveraging funding and support from all three levels of government and the city’s top private sector and institutional partners. Our goal is to stimulate economic activity in this city by helping Hamilton businesses embrace the principles of innovation. Since its official launch in November 2010, Innovation Factory has engaged over 1,000 clients from a wide array of business sectors.


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