Startup Soiree by The Forge on July 12th



When: Tuesday July 12th 2016 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Faculty Club at McMaster University on 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario


Organizer: The Forge (@TheForgeHamOnt)


Please join us on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 for The Forge accelerator’s Startup Soiree!

Startup Soiree is your chance to connect with The Forge’s brand-new cohort of exciting tech startup companies. The aim is to showcase what’s new in The Forge incubator, to celebrate our dedicated community of mentors, and to connect interested prospective advisors, mentors and investors with Forge companies.

Join us for an evening of celebration, networking, new ideas and fun.

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: Registration, cocktail reception and refreshments
6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Welcome, pitches by five new Forge startups
6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Networking break, vote for Best Company Gear
7:15 p.m. – 7:35 p.m: Pitches by five new Forge startups
7:35 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Networking




Python meetup on July 6th



When: Wednesday July 6th at 7:00pm

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


Organizer: Python Hamilton (@PythonHamilton)


Come out for another evening of good talks and good company!

Speaking of talks:

– Douglas Petican will be telling us all about Python and embedded systems

– Brandon Aubie is telling us how email may always suck, but it can suck less when we send it from Python using SparkPost

Look forward to seeing you all there!

VRSociety meetup on July 7th



When: Thursday July 7 2016 at 7:00pm

Where: Halton Hive at 901 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ontario


Organizer: VRSociety: Hamilton/Halton Virtual Reality Meetup Group


VRSociety V2.0: We will have a number of new HMD (Head Mounted Display) units for direct comparisons. HTC Vive & Oculus CV1 running demos of their ecosystems and an interesting experience or two. There will be a short talk on the consumer level history of HMDs and open discussion about the future of them. Also expect some new VR-related peripherals to demo and discuss. Look for more updates shortly!

I would also like us to talk about VR and social responsiblity – with all the current innovation and hype in VR, a discussion of the pros and cons of its effect on society is imperative. Lets keep it real! 🙂

Feel free to bring your demos and/or just socialize.




Code and coffee this Wednesday



When: Wednesday June 29th 2016 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: The Café @ 1365 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON


Organizer: Ladies Learning Code (@llchamont)


Want to continue working on a project you built at a workshop? Have a project of your own you need some help and inspiration to complete?

Join us for Code and Coffee!

Code and Coffee is an informal meetup to get together and code in a fun, social and collaborative environment. If you love our workshops you’ll enjoy connecting with others from the Ladies Learning Code community of learners and mentors. Similarly to our workshops, we’ll have some mentors available to help you with your projects but the real benefit of Code & Coffee is to connect with other learners and work through solving problems together!

There are no requirements to attend other than the willingness to collaborate and learn something new. Bring a project or we’ll have some available that you can work on! All levels of expertise are welcome just RSVP and bring your laptop and powercord.


ELEV8 pitch night next week



When: Wednesday June 29th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South


Organizer: Innovation Factory (@ItBeginsWithIF)


Join Innovation Factory on June 29, 2016 for ELEV8 Pitch Night!

ELEV8 is a new event by iF where companies who have a product in-market (or close to launch) present their company 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 six 5-minute presentations from local innovators, and network while enjoying delicious appetizers!

You may remember our Innovation Nights – well, we’re taking that concept and elevating it by having thriving startup clients pitch investment-style for the chance to take home a $250 or $750 prize!

The ELEV8 Pitch Night will be held in the conference rooms inside the Atrium@MIP.

IF Lunch ‘n Learn with Alex Sirota



When: Tuesday June 28th from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South


Organizer: Innovation Factory (@ItBeginsWithIF)


Please join iF on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 for a Lunch ‘n Learn featuring Alex Sirota of NewPath Consulting!

This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch

During this session, Alex will be speaking about Transforming Your Business Into a Digital Workplace. Alex will introduce business owners and their staff to an incredible wealth of information relevant to successfully transforming their conventional business into a digital workplace. A digital workplace is an organization where digital technology enables growth and scale and creates a competitive advantage.

In a digital workplace, business processes are made progressively more efficient, reducing dependency on manual labour and complex information technology projects while increasing the creative and innovation capabilities of all employees and staff. Detailed information on how to choose and orchestrate modern Cloud solutions is presented along with an introduction to further training options and government grants available to growing businesses.

Our Lunch ‘n Learn events are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a free lunch, and learning something new! Please forward this to all of the innovators you know.



11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking

Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 (TBA) and Keynote Presentation (Alex Sirota)

1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1.00/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

Agile meetup at Human Code

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When: Thursday June 23rd 2016 @ 6:30pm

Where: Human Code @ 69 John St South – Suite 304, Hamilton, ON


Organizer: Hamilton Agile Project Management Meetup


Join us for our next meetup! Come and meet other Agile people, scrum masters, product owners, project managers and more in and around Hamilton area!


Done vs Done Done!!!


6:30pm – doors open, networking
7pm-7:30pm – news, presentation
7:30pm-8pm – networking, discussing, Q&A

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

Parking on front of the building


This is a group for anyone interested in Agile methodology and frameworks like scrum, kanban, lean, etc. All skills, levels and management people are welcome. I started this group to meet other Agiles, scrum masters, product owners, agile coaches, executives, IT professionals, developers, project management enthusiasts. Looking forward to exploring the Agile transformation with everybody.


DemoCamp with Bob Young this Thursday

When: Thursday June 16th 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South


Keynote Speaker

Bob Young

Bob Young, a Hamilton native and successful technology entrepreneur, is the founder of Vernon Computer Rentals, Red Hat Inc, and Lulu Press Inc., among others. A recent start-up, Lulu Press Inc,, is an online print-on-demand, self-publishing and distribution platform based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. The company continues to create new and exciting ways of delivering more knowledge at lower cost to the global education oriented consumer.

In 1994, his work on open source software led to his co-founding of Red Hat Inc, now a NYSE traded company. As Co-founder and formerly CEO and Chairman of Red Hat from 1993-2000, Young was responsible for the early success of the business. Red Hat is credited with driving the global, industry-wide adoption of open source development practices. Young’s efforts developing Red Hat into a household name have won him prestigious honors such as Business Week Magazine’s “Top Entrepreneurs” in 1999.

Among his philanthropic projects: in 1999, he founded The Center for the Public Domain. More recently he and his wife are supporters of the Loran Scholarship Awards, He is also an enthusiastic supporter of The Dictionary Of Old English project,

Bob was introduced as the new owner and Caretaker of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club by the Canadian Football League on October 7, 2003. Of Young’s many accomplishments with the Tiger-Cats, the most significant was helping broker a deal for a new permanent home for the team. The success of that project resulted in the doors opening on the newly constructed Tim Hortons Field in September 2014.











E-mail if you are interested in sponsoring.




Demo 1

Digital Diatom will be presenting their first public demo of Emergence.  Emergence is an interactive evolution sandbox, high in both media and science content.  Powered by state of the art genetics and environmental simulations, emergence provides users with a dynamic living world that they may directly manipulate, to influence the evolution of 100,000s of organisms.


Demo 2

Everyone dies, but the sad truth is that not everyone lives… BuckitLife was born from this understanding, and from it we drive our motivation to inspire the world to achieve their wildest dreams, and help them do so. BuckitLife is an online platform that makes it easy, fast, and fun to discover new adventures, create your bucket list, purchase adventures, and live your life to the fullest!


Demo 3

Brüha is the new platform connecting you to the local events and venues in your area.  Whether you are a tourist or a local resident, Brüha offers a fast and easy way to find out what’s going on in any town, city or region.


Demo 4

Tasytt invites you to meet Obie, the _first_ e-learning bot. Obie lives in Slack where he answers new hire questions, adds to your company knowledge base and deploys “flows”. Flows are kinda like drip-campaigns for learning. They can be used for new hire tasks, or to teach new processes and assign refreshers and reading lists.


Demo 5

Better Impact creates volunteer management software to help leaders of volunteers be as efficient as possible.


Hamilton Mini Maker Faire returns



When: Sunday June 26th 2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology @ 900 Woodward Ave. Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Hamilton Mini Maker Faire (@hammercitymaker)



Hammer City Makers is pleased to announce that Hamilton’s second annual “Maker Faire” will take place once again at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology on Sunday June 26th, 2016, from 11 am to 5pm.

Maker Faires are festivals of arts, craft, and invention. Called “The greatest show and tell on earth”, they bring together educators, hobbyists, engineers, authors, artists, students, and enthusiasts of all ages to show what they have made, and share what they have learned.

It is appropriate that the 2016 Hamilton Maker Faire will take place at the birthplace of industry in Hamilton. Our city’s deep history of ingenuity, and our growing creative culture will be showcased in the gorgeous 1913 Pumphouse Building. Below its huge arched windows, our makers will show off interactive ray-gun sculptures, home made arcade cabinets and much more.