Software Hamilton subreddit



A few years ago when Software Hamilton first launched it actually had an online forum, but nobody really used it. Back then it was called the ‘Greater Hamilton Computing & Software Network’, which was a horribly long name – maybe that’s why?

In any event, an online forum of some kind has probably been the most requested feature ever since. uses a Facebook group as a forum, and the discussions had there related to MaRS Discovery District during the election cycle were fascinating to read.

A subreddit seems like the best way to facilitate this. It’s controlled enough that it can be moderated, but it’s low friction enough in that anyone can quickly register. Reddit is also popular in Hamilton more broadly speaking.

Unlike the Facebook page, Twitter and LinkedIN group I won’t be re-posting everything on Software Hamilton into the subreddit, as that’s not really the purpose of reddits (and I’m pretty sure it violates ‘reddiquette’). I’ll be posting events, articles and other things that may be of interest to the local tech and startup community, whether they are happenings outside or inside Hamilton. Please feel welcome to join me!

If you want to check it out, go to:

Freelancer association meetup on August 27th



When: Wednesday August 27th @ 6:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker @ 20 Augusta Street


Join us for our next Freelancer Meetup! 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 open to everyone, from designers, developers, and marketers to videographers, writers, photographers, 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.

FREE EVENT! Invite your friends on Facebook! Schedule: 6:30-7pm – Registration and networking

7pm-7:45pm – Short presentations and group discussion

7:45-8:30pm – Networking session

8:30pm – Wrap-up, feel free to stay to chat


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).

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CoderCamp23 next week

CoderCamp is an unconference born from the spirit of BarCamp, and has evolved into a monthly mini-conference. CoderCamp is for local software developers to learn tools, techniques, and technologies from one another in a casual and friendly setting. We meet to talk about coding and software development to learn from each other and get better at what we do in the process.

We have a projector and screen setup for people to give presentations. We try to have a few speakers lined up in advance to give the event structure, but there is usually room for “open mic” presentations if you’re interested. You don’t have to give a talk to attend, but we welcome you to come, talk, discuss and share, or just sit quietly and listen.

Where: The Pheasant Plucker @ 20 Augusta Street
(2nd floor)
Date: August 20, 2014
Rough Agenda:
6:30pm – 7:00pm – meetup, grab a drink, talk shop
7:00pm – 9:30pm – series of 5-20 min. talks

Scheduled Talks:

Paul Vilchez (@pvilchez) will talk to us about a systematic approach to fitness for people who sit (or stand) at desks all day long.

Colin Gorrie is going to talk to us about the basics of turning ‘fuzzy’ raw text into the kind of numeric data that is easy to work with, and hard to misinterpret.

Interested in giving a presentation? You can show up that evening and hope there is time for your talk, or you can email and we’ll add you to the list of scheduled talks.
If you could register above so we know how many people are coming we would appreciate it – if enough people are coming then we need to tell the bar to bring in another staff member.

Upcoming Ontario IT trade missions

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Ontario IT for education trade mission to FETC · Orlando, January 2015 (4 spots left)

Eight (8) Ontario companies from the IT for Education trade mission to Florida and the Florida Education Technology Conference ( The trade show brings together 8,000 educators and 400 exhibitors featuring the latest educational technology products and services from kindergarten to college. The program would include turn-key exhibit space in the Ontario Pavilion (# TBD) and value-added services such as databases, one-on-one meetings, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and site visits. COST: $2,200 to $2,500 per company. Only 2 spots left! To apply, process the attached document and forward payment and completed form to


Ontario tech mission to Distributech, February 3-5, 2015, San Diego, CA

The Government of Ontario invites you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to Distributech 2015 ( Ten new and established companies would have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# 4231) and to receive several value-added services including attendance at promotion at the USA-Ontario-Canada VIP breakfast, up to date databases of potential partners, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. The program is supported by the Canadian Consulate General in Houston. The program will be of interest to companies with marketable technologies in grid automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment, commercial and industrial energy management technology and water utility technologies. Distributech draws over 10,000 industry professionals from 53 countries, with over 400 exhibiting companies. Registration Fees: $1,500 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is November 31, 2013). Regular fee is $1,800. Travel, accommodation and incidentals are extra. Past participants have priority registration if applying with a first time participant approved to join the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the Export Market Access program may be available through To apply, process the attached document and forward payment and completed form to


Ontario mission to NAB 2015, Media and Entertainment sectors, April 11-16, 2015, Las Vegas

For the first time, the Government of Ontario invites you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 ( NAB is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. It attracts more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and 1,550 exhibitors. The program is open to twelve Ontario-based companies. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include turn-key exhibit space in the award-winning Ontario Pavilion (South Upper Hall # SU9125) located at a main entrance, a program targeting potential clients, databases of local and international contacts and networking activities, and two exhibitor passes per company. Financial assistance to eligible may be available through To apply, process the attached document and forward payment and completed form to
· $1,500 for startups under 2 years old located at a Government or University incubator – maximum 4 startups.
· $2,000 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. processing payment before December 31, 2014.
· $2,200 for other applicants.


OCE and Futurpreneur team up to support 10 tech startups


TORONTO, July 31, 2014 – Building on an existing relationship, Ontario Centres of Excellence and Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation) are making it easier than ever for young entrepreneurs to apply for and access startup funding.

Under a new agreement, successful applicants of OCE’s SmartStart Seed Fund program can also apply for a Futurpreneur Canada loan of $15,000.

“I’m pleased we are able to make the process of accessing vital seed funds easier for qualified applicants,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE. “With the simple check of a box, SmartStart applicants will be directed into the Futurpreneur application system. This is another example of how OCE is working with our many partners to reduce gridlock and paperwork for Ontario’s many promising entrepreneurs.”

Futurpreneur Canada will approve loans for up to 10 tech startups led by post-secondary students or recent graduates. Additional applications beyond those 10 may be considered on a case-by-case basis as well.

“Time and again, we see how much young people can do for their communities and the economy when they are equipped to launch and grow their businesses,” said Julia Deans, CEO of Futurpreneur Canada. “We are thrilled to partner with Ontario Centres of Excellence on the SmartStart Seed Fund so that more innovative, passionate young entrepreneurs will have access to the seed funding they need to start successful businesses.”

Part of the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy, the SmartStart Seed fund is an exciting new opportunity for Ontario’s next generation of entrepreneurs to access much-needed funding to take their companies to the next level. Open to young entrepreneurs from the ages of 18 to 29, the program provides both seed financing and financing for entrepreneurship skills training to help recipients grow their companies and make them investment and customer ready.

“It is encouraging to see organizations working together to keep Ontario’s young entrepreneurs competitive, not only within Canada, but around the world,” said Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “By working together, OCE and Futurpreneur Canada are ensuring our province’s business leaders of tomorrow are getting the support they need to succeed today.”

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. (

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, domestic and foreign investors, and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices, innovation, entrepreneurship and research, OCE invests in such areas as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), which helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs. Learn more at

About Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation or CYBF) has been fuelling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur Canada is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of The Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Facebook: Futurpreneur  Twitter: @Futurpreneur.


Media contacts:

Ontario Centres of Excellence
Stuart Green
Manager, Media Relations
416-861-1092 x 1022

Futurpreneur Canada
Lesley Wilmot
Director, Communications
416.408.2923, ext. 2203

YWCA Hamilton Women in IT program seeking work placements

YWCA logoYWCA Hamilton offers the Women in IT (Information Technology) program designed to enable women to further training obtain certification and secure employment in the IT industry. The program will prepare women for well-paying employment in the information technology sector, and employers will be able to recruit and retain more skilled workers. It also includes training and certification towards an industry recognized certificate for IT related jobs and work placement. This initiative gives women the practical skills and knowledge as well as gender-sensitive in-class training to prepare them for on the job training and employment in the IT sector.

In this regard, we are asking you to consider supporting this program by providing a work placement (paid or unpaid) to one or more of the program participants for the role of web developers/designers or other IT related roles. The placement should start in October 2014 and could run between 4 -12 weeks. Program participants have completed the Webmaster Certificate program with Mohawk College and developed the technical skills including but not limited to HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop.

Please contact Jupiter Deveau @ if you can accommodate placement/s.


RaiseanAim pre-launch event

When: Thursday August 7th 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton @ 123 King Street West


Pre-Launch unveiling of RaiseanAim, Canada’s only Civic Crowdfunding service and platform. Join us at the AGH for 2 hrs as we introduce the team and the purpose of RAim.

6:00 – 6:30 – Networking
6:30 – 7:15 – Speeches
Councillor Brian McHattie
Chamber of Commerce President Keanin Loomis
Dr. Nancy Doubleday Philosophy Prof at McMaster University
RAim CEO Abdullah Mayo

7:15 – 8:00 – Networking




#JerkTech: Is ReservationHop a Disruptor or Not?

Originally posted on


res-2A couple of terms here to explain I’d imagine before you even get the thrust of this post would be in order…. #JerkTech is a phrase that is fairly new, and refers to what TechCrunch labels as “…emblematic of a compassionless new wave of self-serving startups that exploit small businesses and public infrastructure to make a buck and aid the wealthy. Let’s call these parasites #JerkTech. It’s one thing to outcompete a big, stagnant company with new technology. It’s another to screw over the little guys just because you can sell what’s usually free…”

So….#JerkTech (also a real live Twitter handle!) is something not so good, right? Wrong in my world…because I’ve always been a “let the market decide” type of guy.

From the days that I first ran our own ThePhonies company back in the start of the 80′s where we offered up those brand new home telephone answering tapes so that you could buy John Wayne (or a great impersonation of same) answering your home line to just last year when we helped get a brand new biz card company off the ground using a transparent media that is eco-friendly….we know startups and disrupting is the bestest way to go! </chest pounding with pride>

That all said, what’s ReservationHop? Not the first (in fact not in the first ten either, see Table8 or Zurvu or KillerRezzy etc) to come up with the idea that the marketplace (you and I) might pay for a reservation to a great restaurant that’s always fully booked. A reservation that is normally free….but you go to their site, pick out a restaurant they have a valid reservation for, pay them (current prices range from $5 to $12) and after they debit your creditcard, you get the name under which that reservation was made by ReservationHop.

res-3Simple, cheap and yes, if you’re travelling to a new city, what a great way to get “into” a restaurant that you should have called weeks ago to have dinner in!

That’s disruptive? Bulls**t I claim…that’s a whole in the marketplace that this founder, Brian Mayer came up with a week ago or so.

But that’s only my own thoughts on same, and yes…there’s a ton of the anti-JerkTech style writings on this already….

There will undoubtedly be more fallout on this…

I’ve already seen comments on many of the sites I just listed threatening boycotts, asking to merge with someone who runs the same scheme to sell ‘spots’ in women’s washroom lines at concerts to someone who wants to franchise same for Minnesota…

You? What do you think? Is this just another #JerkTech example or a valid way for a startup founder to fill a whole in the marketplace?

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