HIVE X 2014 – Ambition

hivexOCTOBER 18TH 2014

SHERATON HOTEL | HAMILTON

‘AMBITION’

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET NOW!

 

Get involved and make a change in Hamilton: this is the essence of the Hamilton HIVE. On Saturday October 18th Hamilton is, was, and will be Canada’s “Ambitious City,” and with 2014 being a municipal election year, the feeling of ambition in Hamilton is palpable. Yet, what does this mean to Hamilton’s young leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs? What does this mean to their careers, their community, and to the broader socio-economic development of their city? Moreover, how does one properly balance both thought and action, in the ambitious pursuit of goals?

On October 18 Hamilton HIVE seeks to address these issues and more.

Last year, HIVEX 2013: Click Here built on the strong reputation of the conference by offering a highly engaging program to a growing constituent of high-energy, Hamilton-area emerging leaders. This year’s event, to be held at The Sheraton Hotel Hamilton, will feature a thrilling slate of speakers and moderators, civic-engagement, career, and business focused workshops, as well as an exciting and informative Mayoral Debate to be held in the City Centre, Jackson Square. The day will end off with attendees enjoying their city’s cultural offerings at the official after party hosted by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. In partnership with hpoGO, the HPO’s young patrons program, HIVEX attendees will enjoy the HPO concert Ray Charles: A Tribute immediately followed by a Motown after party in Hamilton Place where guests will have the opportunity to meet musicians while listening to DJ Andy Inglis spin the best Motown and Soul hits.

In its fourth year, the annual conference is fast becoming a landmark event in the Golden Horseshoe region, as it attracts both attendees looking to advance themselves and the Hamilton community, as well as those who look for ways to attract, retain, engage, and develop young leaders. Hamilton HIVE is a local network of young professionals and entrepreneurs that provides a gateway to access a range of business, social and learning opportunities. Its mission is to attract young professionals in Hamilton by advancing their civic, social, education, and career development.

Conference will include keynote speakers, 4 interactive workshops and keynote lunch before moving to the Mayoral Debates at the Hamilton City Centre. For full conference agenda and speaker bios please check out http://www.hamiltonhive.ca/hivex-2014/

 

NOT FOR PROFIT 101 – ESTABLISHING SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL VENTURES

NFP and Social Enterprises are foundational to any thriving city by provide pathways to engage with and build local communities. In this session you will learn more about the NFP and Social enterprise community, how to engage with and leverage these opportunities for professional development and how to create your own social enterprise right here in Hamilton. Join us for this interactive session and hear from a number of young professional community leaders and their stories of building this crucial piece of Hamilton’s fabric.

 

THE BUSINESS OF LOCAL

This workshop revolves around the business of local, where we will generate ideas about the importance of local business investment in key areas: community, people, arts, economic development, small business, food and agriculture, infrastructure, health/quality of life, natural ecosystems/urban ecology, culture/history & heritage, innovation, and impact investment. We will bring together social and environmental entrepreneurs, people who are building a more inclusive and more sustainable Hamilton to determine how we as a community can support local investment to drive the ambitious city.

 

TAKING THE LEAD – STUDIO Y

How to be a change agent – a facilitated interactive workshop from Studio Y. Studio Y is an immersive Fellowship for young people committed to driving positive change in their own lives, in our communities and in the systems around us. Studio Y is an 8-month full-time commitment that supports Fellows with a $20,000 stipend.

 

BRANDING YOU

How do you present yourself on social media, in person, and through other means in order to set yourself apart from the “competition”. Learn from experts on how to create the right business and casual persona that will present well to your future employer and cultivate your online presence to reflect it.

 

#HamTech hastag

A suggestion on r/SoftwareHamilton was to have a hashtag for informal meetups. That’s not a bad idea, more generally speaking a hashtag of some kind would be useful.

For a brief period there was a #HamTech hashtag for Hamilton tech community related posts. I’ve added a #HamTech Twitter widget back to the sidebar, and I’ll start tagging @hamiltonsw tweets with #HamTech again. Feel free to use #HamTech to meet up with others, share news, etc.

 

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Ranggo captures grand prize at Lion’s Lair 2014

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Hamilton, Ontario October 6th, 2014: On Thursday October 2nd, Ranggo was named the grand prize winner in Lion’s Lair 2014. In its fourth year, Lion’s Lair is an annual business competition presented by The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Factory. After filtering down all business plans submitted by more than 70 companies, ten companies were selected as finalists. The 10 finalists were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of Hamilton’s top business experts, the “Lions”, for a chance to win over $160,000 in cash and in-kind resources. The sold-out final gala event held on Thursday night at Carmen’s brought together the entrepreneurship and innovation community in Hamilton, Ontario.

Incorporated in Ontario in March 2014, this is not the first business recognition for Ranggo. Earlier in April 2014, Ranggo was again a Top 5 finalist in Halton’s region own business competition, The Python’s Pit. Ranggo was one of 3 companies to receive follow up meetings from the investors, “The Python’s”. During the very short period since its inception,Ranggo has partnered and piloted in multiple local restaurants and food festivals and events in the Hamilton and Burlington area.

Ranggo is an all-in-one feedback, customer retention and acquisition service for restaurants. “We all love to eat and we use our smartphones all the time, especially while sitting on our tables at the restaurant”, said Peter Basl, CEO. “Ranggo allows restaurants to leverage this opportunity by collecting valuable real-time feedback from their patrons and use this feedback to attract more customers through online and social network venues.” Ranggo is collecting feedback down to the menu item level and its innovative business model relies on rewarding its users with instant restaurant coupons and savings. “The overall process brings the customers to the restaurant more often and through the app’s food search engine, new customers can easily find those restaurants serving the best dishes they are craving,” said Noha Abdelaziz, COO. “Ranggo simply creates a win-win situation for both the restaurants and the customers.” Ranggo is a subscription based service for restaurants and its app is free to download for users. “Since July 2014, we have been piloting the service in 10 restaurants in Hamilton and Burlington. The results are amazing. In such a short period of time, Ranggo was able to engage with diners and collect more feedback than any existing service in the market today,” said Mo. Shahin, CTO.

In the Lion’s Lair competition, Ranggo was awarded a total of $25,000 in cash and in-kind services from KPMG, VA Partners and Albanese Branding valued at $27,500. The prize will be used to speed up customer acquisition process as well as further application development. During the Lion’s Lair Gala, the Lions announced the win stating the main reasons behind their choice to be: Ranggo’s strong team, solid business model as well as its potential of global scalability.

Ranggo’s cofounders are Peter Basl, Noha Abdelaziz and Mo Shahin. They are all McMaster University alumni with postgraduate degrees. Peter holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and currently finishing his Masters in Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation at McMaster too. Noha holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from McMaster, while Mo is a serial entrepreneur who has graduated from McMaster’s Masters of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2008. The team collectively has more than 20 years of experience both on the technical and business levels having worked in leading industry positions as well as co-founded multiple businesses in the past.

 

For more information on Ranggo, visit http://www.ranggo.ca

For more information on the Lion’s Lair visit http://lionslair.ca/

Ranggo pitch in 1 min: http://youtu.be/LmHjXNQuqdo

Contact Details:
media@ranggo.ca

Interview with Roomer creator Simar Singh

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I remember in my undergraduate days that the libraries weren’t always the best place to study. There was the noise – Mills Library was known (affectionately?) as “Club Mills”, but there was also the lack of seats. Often times you were better off finding an empty classroom. Which was great when you found one, but time consuming.

That’s why I found this new app called Roomer by Simar Singh (@simarr_) to be a pretty neat idea. Check out the interview with Simar below:

 

simarTell me about yourself.

I’m currently a third year computer science student at McMaster University. I’m passionate about all aspects of software development. I have been working on projects for as long as I can remember, and I aim to build projects that make people’s lives easier.

 

What is Roomer?

Roomer is an android app that helps students find study space on campus. Roomer shows you all of the empty classrooms and lecture halls.

 

Why did you decide to create Roomer?

Many students have experienced difficulty finding a good study space on campus. Libraries are often crowded, especially during exam period. Group study rooms are frequently in short supply. Roomer aims to solve this problem. Roomer shows the user which classrooms and lecture halls are currently empty on campus. They can then choose their favorite spot to work on their assignments, hold group meetings or practice presentations.

 

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How does Roomer know which rooms on campus are available?

Roomer’s server side algorithms uses the master timetable system provided by universities to figure out what rooms are currently not being used.

 

How has the response to Roomer been thus far?

Roomer has already been downloaded 350+ times in its first week of launch.

 

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Will you try to make money off of Roomer? How?

Roomer was built to enrich students’ campus experience. Roomer will be for free for the foreseeable feature.

 

What tools did you use to build Roomer?

The backend was built with Python and the Android app was written in Java. I used Amazon Web Services to host Roomer’s backend.

 

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What are your future plans for Roomer?

Roomer is currently available for McMaster University, University of Waterloo, and Western University. I plan on expanding Roomer’s service to more Universities across Ontario.

 

Do you have any advice for students planning to release apps?

Focus on user experience and what problems your app will help its users solve.

 

Try out Roomer on Android today!

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StartupDrinks this Wednesday October 8th

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When: Wednesday October 8th, 2014 @ 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 startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze!

 

 

WordPress Hamilton meetups continue in October

wordpressWhen: Thursday, October 9, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where:Studio 41 @ 41 King William St, Hamilton, ON

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/206767302

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

Agenda:

7pm – doors open

7:30pm-8pm – news, presentation

8pm-8:45pm – networking, discussing WordPress, Q&A

8:45pm-? – Baltimore House (next door) for a drink and more discussion!

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

Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St

Mezza Cafe, 28 James St N

Sanctuary, 43 King William St

PARKING

For those driving in, there is free street parking after 6pm along King William and Hughson if you can find it, a parking lot on King William nearby, along with Jackson Square underground parking ($3 for the evening)

Job opportunities at DevNet inside McMaster next Tuesday

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When: Tuesday October 7th from 1pm – 4pm

Where: McMaster University – Student Centre Atrium

Register: facebook.com/events/1474041562863432/

DevNet is a networking event that will take place at McMaster University in the Student Centre Atrium. The event will consist of various software and game development studios who will each have a booth set up. This event provides students the opportunity to meet industry professionals in various studios while students are able to gain new job opportunities in their field of interest.

We encourage all students, faculty members, professionals and community members to come out to DevNet – without needing to have any affiliation with McMaster University.

Interview with Wulves team leader Julia Voortman

Check out the following interview with Wulves team leader Julia Voortman – and see Julia demo Wulves live at DemoCampHamilton18 this Monday September 29th at McMaster!

Wulves has also recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finish and improve the game!

 

How did you get into indie video game development?

When I was 10 years old, a friend introduced me to Horseland.com, which was/is a horse simulation game where you could breed and race virtual horses. I was absolutely crazy about horses at the time and spent hours playing, but eventually got bored and decided what I wanted to do was make a horse sim game myself. I knew absolutely nothing about game development at the time, but started writing down my ideas and looking for people to learn from and partner with. A girl from another sim game I played at the time could code and we found a couple of artists and after a few months we had a game: The Ultimate Horse. It was very simple and the graphics were terrible, but by the end of the summer we had about two thousand players and a little community of people who actually enjoyed playing what we made. I’ve been hooked making games ever since!

 

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What is Wulves?

So Wulves is primarily a virtual pet simulation, the goal is to successfully raise your wulf pups to adulthood by training and feeding them. It’s a creative game as well; players design their wulves themselves, choosing from the (currently) dozens of marking and body modification options and any colour available in a hex code. Eventually we’d like to release a feature giving players the ability to draw their own markings directly onto their wulves in the browser, and give them the option to save and share their new markings with other players. Wulves that make it to adulthood can then be bred with other wulves to create new wulf pups that draw characteristics from their parents (and grandparents, great-grandparents, etc). We have a pretty cool genetic system that make for some interesting offspring outcomes.

Secondarily, it’s a capture and collect game. The game currently has about sixty ‘wild wulflings’ that can be battled and captured while exploring. Wulves also has a few RPG elements; players enter the world of Elm, create their own citizen, join a professionhood to earn currency and level up through it’s ranks, interact with NPC’s, and participate in hidden object quests.

 

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Who is working on Wulves and how long has it been in development?

The ideas for Wulves have been kicking around for quite awhile, but we started actively developing about two years ago. A number of people have contributed over that period, but the main team has been myself and two developers from Albany, Patrick Warner and Beau Breedlove, as well as two really talented artists, Rennie Florence and Isabel Baele, from the US and Belgium respectively.

 

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What is new and exciting about Wulves compared to other browser-based pet games?

I think what’s cool about Wulves is that it gives players the fully fleshed out fantasy world of Elm to explore, with it’s own history and lore and a cast of characters to interact with. The focus is still definitely on the pet simulation aspect of the game, but I think it lends a special extra dimension you don’t find in a lot of games in the genre.

 

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How are you planning to monetize Wulves?

Wulves will be completely free to play; our plan is to monetize micro-transactionally by offering small upgrades and special items.

 

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Can you tell us about the Kickstarter campaign for Wulves?

Sure thing! We’ve just launched a Kickstarter to help fund us on the way to our first beta release. Our goal is to raise $6500 over the next 30 days to help cover the cost of developing our battling system, as well as any additional art assets, and a server upgrade. We’re aiming for a Wulves 1.0 in mid-February.

 

 

What advice do you have for people creating indie video games?

I feel like I haven’t been doing this long enough to be a giver of advice, so these can be taken with a grain of salt. But these are a couple things I’ve learned along the way,

1. At the outset, define the absolute necessities for your game to function, and then finish that before touching anything else. This is something I wish I’d been more disciplined about while developing Wulves, instead of letting myself get carried away polishing little side details, or redirecting development efforts toward cool new features as we thought of them or alpha players suggested them.

2. This one is equally applicable to projects other than game dev. Try not to make announcements about what you’re working on or plan to make, until you’ve made it. This was an eye-opening article for me: http://sivers.org/zipit. I break this one pretty consistently, but I’m working on it. :)

Editor’s note: woah, totally fascinating read!

3. Do your best to always be refuelling your ‘creativity bank’ by reading, watching movies, taking nature hikes, playing every game you can get your hands on. Sometimes the best game ideas or solutions to a problem come from really unexpected places.

 

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What is your long term plan for Wulves?

See #2, haha! A couple shorter term plans would be increased interactivity between the player and their wulves, and taking the game mobile.

 

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How has Hamilton and Platform 302 worked out for you as a place to create Wulves?

Platform 302 came for me at a point where I just could not go on working in my pajamas, feeling constantly like being ‘at work’ while at home, and chair-hogging at Starbucks just to get out of the house. I really can’t say enough about the value of being surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs; the people there are just incredibly supportive and encouraging, and it’s very motivating to watch the growth of other young businesses. Currently I’m working for a company in Oakville as a web/graphic designer, but I’d love to eventually come back to Platform. We’ll see how things go! :)

 

REfficient Takes on Mexico’s Telecom Market with CDMN Funding

refficientlogoHamilton, Ontario – September 2, 2014 – REfficient will participate in the Canadian Digital Media Network’s (CDMN) Outbound Soft-Landing Fall 2014 Program to help forge the partnerships and connections it needs for international expansion.

REfficient is an online marketplace to source quality telecom and AV equipment affordably and sustainably. Companies get access to other business’ surplus inventory, manufacturers’ surplus and new product with environmental designations. Founded in 2010, REfficient now has customers in 12 companies and in the last year has ensured over 30,000 products were reused. All of Canada’s major cable/telecom companies are now customers.

As telecom operators in Latin America go through technology upgrades, REfficient’s refurbished equipment enables these companies to save money on quality equipment. “We already have customers in Latin America, but we have literally scratched the surface. The market potential in Mexico alone is at least ten times that of Canada,” says REfficient CEO Stephanie McLarty. REfficient applied to the Soft Landing program because of the resources needed to be successful in these markets. “The key is not only to have potential customers know you, but also to build relationships and trust. This is a critical part of doing business in Latin America and this requires resources.”

CDMN’s Soft-Landing Program helps mature startups and SMEs kickstart their international growth by helping them access a foreign market. For a period of up to three months, the participating company can take up residence in a partnered facility that provides the regional support required to help grow its business, as well as receiving up to $4,000 in travel and hotel costs.

“The Soft-Landing Program has already resulted in millions of dollars in new business and investment for our participating companies and generated more than a 30x return on CDMN’s investment of funds and resources,” said Kevin Tuer, CDMN’s Managing Director. “International expansion is more important than ever as a driver of wealth and job creation for the Canadian economy. Our success to date demonstrates the tremendous impact that even a modest investment in global business development can have.”

About the CDMN Soft Landing Program

The Outbound Soft Landing Program runs three times a year and companies must meet a range of criteria, including having a technology product or service that is market ready and has foreign market potential. CDMN also operates an Inbound Soft Landing Program for non-Canadian companies looking to break into the Canadian market. For more information, please visit www.cdmn.ca/soft-landing-program/overview/

About REfficient

REfficient’s transactional marketplace is built on a “triple-win” model, providing large telecom and AV companies a trusted and efficient platform for deriving value from surplus inventory, while offering buyers reliable, often new equipment at savings of 20-50% over traditional sources. This innovative new green model benefits everyone by reducing waste and increasing resource efficiency. You can follow REfficient at @REfficient and www.facebook.com/REfficient.

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