DemoCamp20 full demo line-up announced

When: Wednesday April 8th 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton – Joey and Toby Tanebaum Pavilion – 123 King Street West Hamilton, Ontario

 

 

Demos


 

Demo 1
Beam – A colorful meeting people app that does the hard work for you.

 

Demo 2
We are a startup named RentHost and our goal is to help enhance the rental housing search experience for Canadian students and assist property owners better list and manage their properties. RentHost’s modern, map-based search interface and advanced filters makes it easier for students to search off-campus housing. We let them shortlist listings, get alerts based on their search, and allow them to communicate and schedule showings with property owners through our platform. For property owners and managers, we help them save time and effort by letting them list on multiple websites with one click and give them metrics on their listings’ performance. Using our platform, they are able to better manage their leads from a central inbox. Adopting a lean approach, we launched a minimum viable product last year, allowing us to test and incorporate new features to our online service. This year, we have launched our service in Hamilton for both McMaster University and Mohawk College, the major post-secondary institutions in the city. We are currently investing in our marketing efforts, in order to maximize our reach to students in Hamilton, helping them save time and make off-campus housing search easier.

 

Demo 3
Inventor Dan Zen – creator of many games, gadgets, communities and apps will demo ZIM js – a free JavaScript library of Interactive Media modules – much like jQuery of the HTML canvas. http://zimjs.com

 

Demo 4
Hifyre will demo tenfour, a news aggregator that encourages better online conversation.

 

Demo 5
xocial is the “thank you platform” with a mission to inspire and motivate the good in everyone. Our mobile app lets people easily connect with their social networks and other xocial users to recognize positive deeds and actions.

 

Demo 6
FriendlyRentr is a peer-to-peer rental community where you can rent anything you own or need with people you can trust.

 

Keynote Speaker



Mark Pavlidis – Co-founder @ Flixel

 

 

Mark Pavlidis (@mhp) is co-founder and VP of technology at Flixel, where he leads the development of the tools and platform to create living photos. Flixel has received $3 million in funding for their platform that allows users to create cinemagraphs, a still photo with a portion of seamless and infinitely looping motion. Flixel received a prestigious Apple Design Award in 2014. Prior to his role at Flixel, Mark was director of development at EndLoop Mobile, a maker at Grok Software and Task Ave, as well as mobile lead at Guardly. Mark received his B.Eng and M.A.Sc. in Software Engineering from McMaster University.

 

Sponsors


 

 

          

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton        

 

E-mail democamphamilton@gmail.com if you are interested in sponsoring.

 

Applications open for fifth annual LiON’S LAIR competition

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Hamilton, ON (March 30, 2015) – Innovation Factory and The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce announced today that applications for the fifth annual LiON’S LAIR competition are officially open from March 30 – April 30, 2015.

LiONʼS LAIR is an annual competition that brings together the entrepreneurial community in Hamilton, giving 10 companies the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of our city’s top business experts – the “Lions” – for a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources. The first LiON’S LAIR took place in 2011 and has grown significantly – in application volume, gala attendees, prizing and buzz – year after year.

Last years’ winners – Ranggo, The Greenlid, Sound Options, Hangry, and Special Appucations – each took home a portion of the over $160,000 in prizes, awarded by the “Lions”: Carmela Trombetta (RBC), Tonia Jahshan (Steeped Tea), Mario Paron (KPMG), Jeff Paikin (New Horizon Homes) and Blair McKeil (McKeil Marine).

Peter Basl of the 2014 grand prize winning team, Ranggo, says LiON’S LAIR was a transformative experience for his venture: “Every step of the competition helped shape the business and bring us to the stage we’re at now,” says Basl. “The training workshops helped tune our value proposition, pitch and strategy, and after winning, we received significant media exposure and credibility that helped open many doors. I definitely recommend any serious entrepreneur to apply for LiON’S LAIR.”

This year, another element has been added to the competition. Fifteen ventures will be selected from the pool of applicants. All fifteen companies will go through training over the summer months, but five will ultimately be eliminated during a round of preliminary pitching. The final 10 will then move on to face the “Lions”.

The 10 finalists’ pitches to the “Lions” are filmed at Cable 14, and clips from the taping will be shown at the competition’s gala event on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre, where the winners will be announced live on stage. Last year’s sold-out gala attracted over 500 of Hamilton’s startup and small business supporters. “

By initially selecting fifteen companies we not only amp up the competition a little throughout the summer, but it also allows us to offer more entrepreneurs vital training,” says David Carter, Executive Director at Innovation Factory. “Even if they don’t make it to the top 10, the training they receive will help them advance their ventures.”

Training and exposure is what finalists who don’t win a portion of the prize package point to as a tremendous value add to the LiON’S LAIR experience. “Participating in LiON’S LAIR was probably one of the best decisions we made as a team in our early stages,” says Seyed Nourbakhsh, Founder of Formarum and LiON’S LAIR 2014 finalist. “Besides the great workshops, the competition provided tremendous exposure for us, validating our product, opening new doors and creating opportunities that we could otherwise have not encountered.”

Entrepreneurs and innovators interested in submitting a business plan for consideration this year are invited to a business plan workshop on April 14 from 6-9 p.m. Register for the workshop here.

The online application deadline is April 30, 2014. Full event terms and conditions, application form and directions can be found at the LiON’S LAIR website at lionslair.ca.

APPLY HERE



 

About The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Representing over 1,000 businesses and institutions that employ more than 75,000 people in Hamilton, Ontario, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is the city’s 170 year-old voice of business and thought leader in commerce. In addition to helping provide solutions to the day- to-day challenges of its member businesses, the Hamilton Chamber provides leadership on city building initiatives that are designed to stimulate commerce and increase prosperity in the community. hamiltonchamber.ca

About Innovation Factory
Innovation Factory is the Regional Innovation Centre for Hamilton within 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. innovationfactory.ca

QReserve launches Collaborative Funding Directory

qreserveHamilton, Ontario, March 31, 2015 — McMaster University startup, QReserve Inc., is happy to announce the launch of their Collaborative Funding Directory as a free resource for researchers and industry to discover funding opportunities in support of collaborative research projects.

“Academia and industry are working together more than ever and our funding atmosphere reflects this, with an increasing number of grant programs requiring some form of collaboration”, say QReserve Inc.’s CEO, Brandon Aubie. “The QReserve Collaborative Funding Directory provides an easy to access, free resource to both academics and industry to explore the multitude of funding opportunities available to them in Canada.”

The QReserve Collaborative Funding has been hand curated from multiple sources to provide a directory of over 50 funding sources uniquely targeted toward collaborative research. All funding sources can be browsed in one location with links to their respective program and sub-program websites for further information. QReserve plans to update the Collaborative Funding Directory on an ongoing basis to continue offering up-to-date information that supports collaborative research.

Browse the QReserve Collaborative Funding Directory online at www.qreserve.com/funding.

 

About QReserve Inc.

QReserve Inc. was founded in 2014 at McMaster University to support collaborative research. The company provides an open-access online platform for cataloguing and searching research equipment and services across universities, colleges and research institution. QReserve offers a student support program to help universities catalogue resources across research groups and their search platform integrates with existing university websites to provide turn-key institutional resource databases. QReserve currently operates out of the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario and has received generous funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence, FedDev, IRAP (Government of Canada).

 

Dave Found added to StartupDrinks speaker line-up

When: Wednesday April 1st 2015 @ 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 about Hiring
8:30pm – whenever – stay, drink, relax

 

 

Talks

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Dave Found


Director of Software Development at Indellient

 

Dave graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Computer Science. After gaining technical experience in a variety of positions, Dave discovered his niche in the realm of software development. He continues to explore new technologies to develop rich web applications suitable for enterprise needs. In addition to this, he also resourcefully manages additional roles as head of HR, IT and Office Administration – one of the many perks of being partner at a small company.

 

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Stephanie McLarty


CEO @ REfficient

 

Stephanie McLarty is an award-winning young entrepreneur and champion of responsible and sustainable corporate practices.

Stephanie graduated from the Arts and Science program at McMaster University in 2003. She traveled internationally, taught English overseas, and pursued a master’s degree in peace and conflict transformation. Returning home, she found work assisting in the disposal of surplus equipment at Rogers and realized there is an increasing need to dispose of equipment sustainably. In 2010, Stephanie launched REfficient, an online reuse marketplace and services for businesses. REfficient helps companies get rid of unwanted equipment by selling it to small and medium-sized businesses at up to 90 per cent off the cost of new hardware, connects companies to recycling services and also provides clients with detailed sustainability reporting. Stephanie was a finalist for Ontario in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious business awards in Canada, and she was one of three Young Professional Leaders appointed to the International Electrotechnical Commission in 2010. REfficient has been recognized by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as one of the top companies in the clean tech sector and the company is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise through WEConnect Canada.

Stephanie recently moved REfficient from Mississauga to Hamilton, where she now lives. The company also operates hubs in Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax and, since its launch in July 2010, has kept 430,000 kilograms (equivalent to about 40 school buses) out of landfills.

 

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Jason Diller


Applications Engineering Manager @ PagerDuty

 

Prior to his position at PagerDuty, Jason was development manager at Freshbooks, a software developer at Ivra, as well as a consultant and systems analyst. Jason co-authored TweetSharp, a a Twitter API library that greatly simplifies the task of adding Twitter to your desktop, web, and mobile applications. Jason has also worked as an instructor in the Centennial College Interactive Digital Media graduate program.

 

Coding blindfolded

 

My favourite CUSEC talk is by Bret Victor (@worrydream) – “Inventing on Principle”. In the talk Bret goes over a series of examples that tie the (graphical) results of code to the code itself. Instead of a 1) design, 2) type, 3) compile and run, 4) analyse results, 5) derive modifications, and 6) repeat steps 2-5 cycle that is akin to ‘coding with a blindfold on’, the tools that Bret present allow the creator to see results immediately,

Bret’s principle that “creators need an immediate connection to what they’re creating” is pretty similar to the idea of direction manipulation:

In computer science, direct manipulation is a human–computer interaction style which involves continuous representation of objects of interest and rapid, reversible, and incremental actions and feedback. As opposed to other interaction styles, for example, a command language, the intention of direct manipulation is to allow a user to manipulate objects presented to them, using actions that correspond at least loosely to manipulation of physical objects. An example of direct-manipulation is resizing a graphical shape, such as a rectangle, by dragging its corners or edges with a mouse.Wikipedia

I’m not sure how much professional programmers would benefit from more visualizations. My intuition is that it would be useful in some contexts, impractical or an impediment to productivity in others, and impossible in some scenarios.

I do believe that the lack of immediate feedback is a major impediment to learning how to code. Here’s a great quote from the talk:

“To write code like this, you have to imagine an array in your head, and you essentially need to play computer. You have to simulate in your head what each line of code would do on the computer, and to a larger sense those people who we would consider to be skilled software engineers are just those people that are really good at playing computer.” – Bret Victor

In the absence of an immediate, visual connection to the creation, a learner has to build a model in their head. Building a model in your head is tricky even if you know what you’re talking about, it’s a pretty abstract type of thinking. But if you’re also learning the model itself, the different components, processes and how they act together, it’s even more brutal.

You have a situation where building a model is required for learning, yet learning requires building the model. Learners can try to bootstrap, by learning the most basic building blocks, and extending outward from there. This is the approach most frequently seen. But in reality, because coding is a creative process, it’s less like bootstrapping and more like untangling a ball of yarn – it’s a messy process even for the best of us.

 

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Bret goes on…

“But if we’re writing our code on a computer, why are we simulating what a computer would do in our head, why doesn’t the computer just do it, and show us” – Bret Victor

This is what I love about Khan Academy’s JavaScript tool. You type results on the left, and get the immediate simulation on the right. And the demos and tutorials provided are skewed towards highly visual and accessible ideas.

What would be neat is to develop a system that allows for very intelligently constructed, real-time visualizations of ideas that aren’t by their nature highly visual and/or accessible. If the algorithm is moving objects on the screen, that’s something that is already pretty highly visual and/or accessible. But things like sorting algorithms, searching algorithms, simple operations with arrays (e.g. find max value) that aren’t as directly tied to the physical world… what if those could be visualized in the right way?

To some extent that’s something I’ve tried already. We developed visualizations of computer science ideas for teaching computational thinking, and for the most part it worked very well. The visualizations weren’t tied to code implementing the concepts though, they were visualizations of the concepts themselves. What I wonder about now is trying to tie those visualizations to the source code implementations themselves, and seeing how that would be received by learners.

Kind of like training wheels for aspiring coders?

 

March Freelancer Meetup

When: Thursday March 26th 2015 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker 20 Augusta Street Hamilton, Ontario

Register: meetup.com/Freelancers-Group/events/220027559

Editor’s Note: Below text is ripped from the above meetup link!

rachaelWe’ve confirmed our speaker for the March Freelancer Meetup! The topic will be all about LinkedIn, and using it to find clients and build your business network. A fantastic topic if you’re just starting out and looking for ways to build your client base, as well as tips for established freelancers who need a ‘facelift’ to their LinkedIn profile ;)

We’re going with a Thursday night this time, by popular request.

Presentation: Rachael Abram, Social Media Marketing Manager at The Generator will be speaking about how to optimize your personal brand on LinkedIn.

Rachael is a digital media marketer, communications specialist, and writing enthusiast. Known as a self-starter with a passion for creativity, she has a history of helping SMBs and start-ups from various industries (food, IT/security, not-for-profit, human rights, etc.) with their online content production and lead generation. She is a Certified Hootsuite Professional, with experience across multiple social media platforms (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.) and is also a practiced writer across various styles including blogging, forensic, technical, creative, expository, and storytelling.

Schedule:

6:30-6:45pm – Registration and mingling
6:45pm-7:30pm – Presentation from Rachael on LinkedIn
7:30-8:30pm – Networking session

RSVP today if you haven’t already and we look forward to seeing you there!

About Freelancer Meetup

Freelancer Meetups are monthly events run by the Hamilton Freelancers Association. They are free, and open to all young 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.

At each meetup we showcase various web-based tools and services you can use as a freelancer to help you build or grow your business such as productivity apps, email marketing services, invoicing, social media, and accounting tools, along with bringing in guest speakers on a variety of topics.

Parking

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).

Hacking Health Hamilton re-launches

Last week Hacking Health Hamilton hosted its first Café event.

Over 40 healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, developers, and others gathered at McMaster Innovation Park to listen, learn, network and discuss their ideas for improving healthcare in Hamilton.

The event featured three very informative guests.

Debbie Schmidt, a Clinical Informatics Specialist, and Registered Nurse at St Josephs Hamilton. With over 20 years of healthcare and technology experience Debbie gave insight about the upcoming trends for technology in healthcare and what some of the specific needs across the continuum are.

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Giancarlo De Lio, the founder and CIO of VitalHub showed us his incredible intuitive interface that makes patient information available anywhere it is needed on multiple clinical systems thus allowing the clinicians to focus on the patient and not on the computer.

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Sina Afshani from Blue Orchid Care Inc demonstrated his assistive device. The revolutionary product is light, unobtrusive and more affordable than existing lifts.

The drive and innovation demonstrated by all above showed us the benefits and importance of technology merging with healthcare which lead into brainstorming conversations amongst the attendees.

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The Hacking Health Hamilton team are excited to connect more members of the community to continue discussions and start collaborations and are working on planning their next Cafe in late spring.

To learn more visit http://www.meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton, follow @HHHamOnt and/or e-mail hamilton@hackinghealth.ca.

 

StartupDrinks: Hiring on April 1st

StartupDrinks – Hiring

 

When: Wednesday April 1st 2015 @ 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 about Hiring
8:30pm – whenever – stay, drink, relax

 

 

Talks

stephanie


Stephanie McLarty


CEO @ REfficient

 

Stephanie McLarty is an award-winning young entrepreneur and champion of responsible and sustainable corporate practices.

Stephanie graduated from the Arts and Science program at McMaster University in 2003. She traveled internationally, taught English overseas, and pursued a master’s degree in peace and conflict transformation. Returning home, she found work assisting in the disposal of surplus equipment at Rogers and realized there is an increasing need to dispose of equipment sustainably. In 2010, Stephanie launched REfficient, an online reuse marketplace and services for businesses. REfficient helps companies get rid of unwanted equipment by selling it to small and medium-sized businesses at up to 90 per cent off the cost of new hardware, connects companies to recycling services and also provides clients with detailed sustainability reporting. Stephanie was a finalist for Ontario in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious business awards in Canada, and she was one of three Young Professional Leaders appointed to the International Electrotechnical Commission in 2010. REfficient has been recognized by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as one of the top companies in the clean tech sector and the company is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise through WEConnect Canada.

Stephanie recently moved REfficient from Mississauga to Hamilton, where she now lives. The company also operates hubs in Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax and, since its launch in July 2010, has kept 430,000 kilograms (equivalent to about 40 school buses) out of landfills.

 

jason


Jason Diller


Applications Engineering Manager @ PagerDuty

 

Prior to his position at PagerDuty, Jason was development manager at Freshbooks, a software developer at Ivra, as well as a consultant and systems analyst. Jason co-authored TweetSharp, a a Twitter API library that greatly simplifies the task of adding Twitter to your desktop, web, and mobile applications. Jason has also worked as an instructor in the Centennial College Interactive Digital Media graduate program.

 

Make your business Data work for you

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When: Tuesday April 7th 2015 from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/make-your-business-data-work-for-you-tickets-16162561657

 

You are cordially invited to join us on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 for a seminar on “Make your Business Data work for you” presented by ORACLE and followed by a complimentary lunch.

Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) is the hottest buzzword talked about in every industry vertical and considered to offer a unique advantage to organizations of all sizes. It is an indisputable fact that information is the key for organizations to gain a competitive advantage. Business Intelligence can help decision makers get answers to business questions that enable them to increase sales, enhance business effectiveness, improve profits and safeguard the organizations survival.

The seminar will help you understand how Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service can enable your organization to access data, streamline analysis, drive collaboration, and go mobile – all without any infrastructure setup or capital costs.

 

Agenda

09.00 am to 9.30 am Reception & Networking
9.30 am to 10.00 am What is Business Intelligence??
10.00 am to 11.00 am Introduction to Oracle BI Cloud Service
11.00 am to 11.15 am Break & Networking Opportunity
11.00 am to 11.30 am Live Demonstration
11.30 am to 12.00 am Q & A – Closing Remarks
12.00 am to 1.00 pm Lunch

 

Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $0.50/hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

 

About Oracle

With more than 380,000 customers – including 100 of the Fortune 100 – and with deployments across a wide variety of industries in more than 145 countries around the globe, Oracle offers an optimized and fully integrated stack of business hardware and software systems. Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center – from servers and storage, to database and middleware, through applications.

As the #1 vendor in business analytics with the industry’s most complete and integrated range of enterprise-class business intelligence (BI) solutions, Oracle leads the way in helping organizations gain more insight, across more data, and drive better outcomes in every aspect of their business.

Note : Your registration for this event constitutes implied consent to be photographed and to have those photos published.

Oracle Gold Partner

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Apply to demo at DemoCampHamilton20

Art Gallery of Hamilton

 

DemoCampHamilton20 will be taking place on Wednesday April 8th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at The Art Gallery of Hamilton. You can register to attend the event here: eventbrite.ca/e/democamphamilton20-tickets-15731334846

At DemoCamps we have 5-6 local startups, makers and/or students give 5 minute live demos of something they’ve built, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the community in attendance. Typically demos are a new startup product, but sometimes particularly interesting side projects or non-profit community projects (e.g. open data).

Going forward I’m going to post an ‘application to demo form’, and demo submissions will be reviewed by a few people in the local industry (experienced founders, technical leads, etc.). Asking people to just e-mail me worked well in the past, but I’ve noticed that forms seem to encourage more submissions, and as the amount of demo slots exceeds demand for demo slots, I’d rather have some kind of a ‘peer review’ determine who gets a spot.

 

 

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