Get a free day pass to CoMotion co-working space at DemoCamp



CoMotion on King (@CoMotionOnKing) is Hamilton’s newest and largest co-working space, opening in July 2015 and occupying the 115 King Street East building that once housed The Hamilton Spectator! The downtown co-working space has shared desks, dedicated desks, and private offices, along with a great set of amenities including meeting rooms, a rooftop patio, receptionist, kitchen, printing services, and unlimited coffee! The space is currently under construction, but in the meantime you can check out the brochure for all the information and book a tour too!




And on Wednesday June 24th at DemoCampHamilton21 attendees will receive a free one day pass to try out the CoMotion on King space! Come out to DemoCamp and get your free day pass!




HamJam first ever game hackathon this summer



When: Friday July 31st 2015 – Sunday August 2nd 2015

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South


Organizer: Game Jam Hamilton (@GameJamHamilton)



Hamilton is quickly becoming the next big hub of game development and so we have decided it would be a great idea if Hamilton had it’s own 48hr Game Jam. This event will challenge game developers, increase their skills and help develop contacts all while having a lot of fun!

Come and join Hamilton’s FIRST game jam ever @ HamJam!


FOOD & WINE Festival chooses OverAir as technology provider

TFW15_Logo_smallerJune 17, 2015 – Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival attendees will have more time to enjoy the delectable food, wine and spirits, celebrity chefs and cooking classes, thanks to a faster, more efficient ticketing and payment process.

OverAir Proximity Technologies Ltd. has been chosen as the official payment and ticketing technology provider of the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival, Sept. 18 to 20, 2015. OverAir’s system will improve the vendor experience and simplify the sample ticket redemption process for visitors.

“We are delighted to be a part of this exciting event that celebrates the best in food, wine and spirits,” said Marie Pavone, OverAir’s Director of Event Solutions. “We look forward to simplifying and speeding up registration and payment so that attendees can focus on the food, drinks and fun.”

OverAir will replace traditional paper sample tickets with NFC “tap” technology. With their festival-branded wristband powered by OverAir, attendees can pre-register and load their wristband with virtual “sample tickets” online. They can also register and load their wristband in just seconds at designated stations at the festival. When needed, they can also quickly reload their wristband with more tickets.

To pay for samples, attendees will simply tap their wristband to a device at each vendor booth. Festival organizers will be able to track and analyze in real time who is visiting which booths, when and how often. This will help with planning for future shows and marketing campaigns.

What is NFC tap technology?

Near field communications (NFC) allows the transfer of information between NFC enabled devices. Since its inception in 2012, OverAir Proximity Technologies Ltd. has been leveraging technology to enable clients to more simply and effectively engage and sell to their customers. At a previous consumer food show, OverAir sped up ticket sales from seven minutes to under 43 seconds and increased sales by 211% by reducing lineups. OverAir’s event solutions also include registration, instant information transfer between attendees and exhibitors, automated contact swap as a networking tool, secure voting, surveys and post-show engagement. This all adds up to streamlined events, audience engagement, positive brand recognition and higher profits.

Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival

Thousands of attendees are expected at Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival taking place at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto from Sept. 18-20. FOOD & WINE magazine is the official media partner and is continuing its legacy of festivals across North America with the first Canadian installment here in Toronto. The Grand Tasting Pavilion presented by PC Black Label will feature local restaurants, wineries and breweries. The festival will include a roster of celebrity chefs, cooking classes, tutored tastings and special events that bring the world of food, wine and spirits to local palates. For more information about Toronto FOOD & Wine Festival please visit

For information, please contact Marie Pavone, Director of Event Solutions, OverAir Proximity Technologies.

Phone: 1-855-OVER-AIR (683-7247), ext. 704


June IF Lunch ‘n Learn

Lunch_and_learn1When: Tuesday June 23rd at 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South

Organizer: Innovation Factory



Please join iF on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 for a Lunch ‘n Learn on “What No One Told You About Operations Strategy & Your Brand” presented by Strategic Communications Consultant, June Ip!

This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch!

So you have a nifty logo and a snazzy slogan. You may even have a thoughtful brand strategy. The next step is to “activate” that brand by infusing it into your operations, customer service, and decision making mechanisms. June will teach you how to use the principles in this session to create authentic customer touch points in your business that demonstrate your value to customers, win their loyalty, and improve the medium- to long-term prospects of your business.

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 –  Keynote Presentation and Factory 5 (TBA)
1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

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

About June Ip
June is a strategic communications consultant who has successfully led change initiatives at small and medium sized professional services firms, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and manufacturers that are facing unprecedented levels of globalization, economic upheaval, and technological change. She is an instructor for University of Toronto’s Business Innovation Certificate and holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management in The Netherlands.

DemoCampHamilton21 line-up additions



Check out the updated line-up for DemoCampHamilton21 below – including Communote, Take5 and Magnet!


When: Wednesday June 24th 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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





Demo 1
An exploding ecosystem of apps, sensors and wearables have made it easier than ever for people to collect data on personal health and activity. Exposing that data to healthcare providers to deliver smarter patient care is complex and expensive, due to HIPAA compliance rules and other evolving regulations.

MedStack unlocks health data by providing an easy-to-use set of tools for developers. A robust cloud platform that moves data from device to cloud to provider with complete security and up-to-date compliance, as well as Google Fit and Apple HealthKit support, and server APIs for a variety of provider-side applications, MedStack makes data-driven healthcare possible.


Demo 2
Dragon of Legends is an action based MMORPG for PC, Mac, and Mobile platforms heavily influenced by the mythic cycle of Gaelic Ireland and Norse mythology. Developed in Hamilton by Thrive Games – the studio will be heading to Kickstarter by the end of the summer.


Demo 3
Comikka is mobile comics. No apps, no downloads, no costs. Just beautiful, free comics always on your phone


Demo 4
Tribute Tree helps people efficiently collect and organize their pre-planning information and family contact details through leveraging the power of Facebook. This information is stored securely for future use and is accessible by designated family members.


Demo 5
McMaster Computing & Software Outreach. Image 2 Bits teaches binary encoding using black and white images. Coded images are shared with classmates wirelessly even if you do not have access to a network, and after decoding


Demo 6
Riipen helps companies pick the best graduating talent. Through our platform students are able to demonstrate the specific skills that companies are always looking for, and companies are able to easily identify top talent earlier to fuel their future success.


Demo 7
OneBase is a web platform that allows teams to effectively and efficiently onboard their members. OneBase lets you track the effectiveness of your initiatives, engage your new team members, and offers a one-stop-shop that is accessible anywhere – desktop or mobile.


Demo 8
Vicky Looby, founder of Take5 Mindfulness and Wellness Centre Inc. will be demonstrating our Take5 on the go mobile app. Take5 is about giving yourself the 5 minutes a day you deserve for your overall mental health. Users embark on their journey to better mental health by learning how to train their mental skills through guided mindfulness meditation sessions. Learn about the neuroscience behind meditation and our Take5 30-day challenge.


Demo 9
Through the use of cutting-edge technology, the Magnet network enables individuals, organizations, and employers to gain access to the right connections and opportunities, in order to realize their professional goals.


Demo 10
Communote is the library of everything. We incentivize document sharing by rewarding content views with advertisement revenue.



An entry in the demo line-up will be revealed every few days between now and the DemoCamp – check back regularly.



Are you interested in demo-ing? Fill out the application form to demo at this or a future DemoCamp event!







Art Gallery of Hamilton


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GameDevDrinks tonight

When: Wednesday June 17th 2015 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker @ 20 Augusta Street



Come join us at the Phesant Plucker and grab a drink with the local video game community. The goal of GameDevDrinks has always been about creating a casual inspirational social setting where students, hobbiest, enthusiast, or industry professionals can come together to share ideas, war stories, game demos, or anything else.

Guest Speaker:






Local tech firms walking a mile in her shoes



Some local tech firms are participating in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign by the YWCA:

On Thursday, June 18th at noon, help YWCA Hamilton take a step toward ending women’s poverty, homelessness and violence by participating in the 6th annual, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, to help support YWCA Hamilton’s Transitional Living Program.

At Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, concerned men, women and families step into high heels and step up for women. By strutting and stumbling through Gore Park, you’ll be raising awareness, raising eyebrows and educating Hamiltonians about issues affecting women in our community.

Maybe you’d like to donate and help them raise funds for this important cause.


Orbital – [campaign]

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EB Media Solutions – [campaign]


CareerLaunch partners with Magnet

Guest post by Jeffrey Doucet (@jeffrey_doucet), originally posted on LinkedIn. You’ll be able to see a live demo of Magnet at DemoCamp21 on June 24th!



Just under a year ago, Tristan and I set out to help students transition from post-secondary education to employment with our company QuickHire. The premise behind QuickHire was that there were not enough recruiting resources dedicated to entry-level employment, and that by building a resource designed for entry-level recruiting, we would be able to improve and expedite the recruiting process for new students & recent grads.

After spending months building & operating a recruiting resource, we reflected on what we had learned from our users. We realized that instead of addressing the students’ problem, we were just building another resource for employers.

So, we took everything we had learned about our product and began building a completely different application that we now license to universities and colleges, called CareerLaunch.

CareerLaunch incorporates all of the insight we gained about the job search, built into one easy-to-use application that allows any student to effectively manage their job search. We know that if a student follows the proper steps — preparation, organization, employer engagement — they will find a job in no time. We have built software that will equip any student to find their dream job.

Our new software places an emphasis on empowering students to manage and execute a productive job search by:

  • Enabling students to track each job they apply to regardless of what platform or job board they use
  • Allowing students to manage all of their job applications and follow-up with customized notifications
  • Provide learning materials to help students become better job candidates through partnership with employers and institutions

A Province-wide Partnership

While growing our business here in Ontario, we were fortunate enough to develop a partnership with Magnet, a new network co-founded by Ryerson University and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Magnet, which launched in September 2014, uses powerful job-matching technology to connect job seekers and employers based on skills, preferences, and needs.

Once a candidate builds a profile, the system provides them with job opportunities that match their skills and experience. Qualified job candidates are automatically informed any time an employer adds a new posting, and a person’s identity is shielded until they decide to communicate with the potential employer. Magnet’s software bears strong similarities to our original recruiting platform, so naturally it was a perfect fit.

By partnering with Magnet, our software will be used by a growing network of over 60,000 students and recent graduates and 25 post-secondary institutions here in Ontario. We are excited to get our product in the hands of students and continue to help them transition from education to gainful employment.

In our next blog post, we will break down one of our new major features — our application tracking system — that is compatible with over 20 job boards here in Canada. The software allows students to manage their job search, stay on top of all of their applications, and walk into each interview prepared and confident.

Right here you can check out what we are working on with Magnet. Stay tuned for more product updates! 


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