National learn to code day workshop this Saturday



When: Saturday September 24th 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King, 3rd Floor, 115 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code Hamilton (@llchamont)



From video games to interactive stories, digital media is a powerful way to make your message, cause, or idea stand out in a crowded online world.

Canada has become a major leader in the video game industry, yet, like most technology, only a small percentage of games are built by women.

In this hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop, you will create a game, quiz, or interactive story that’s centred on a case, community, or message that you care about while learning critical coding skills.


September WordPress meetup – analytics!



When: Thursday September 22nd 2016 at 7:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King St East, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: WordPress Meetup



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


We’ll chat about analytics – how to add analytics to your site, what information you can get from it, and comparing Google Analytics to the stats you can get from Jetpack (both free).


6:30pm – doors open, networking
7pm-7:30pm – news, presentation
7:30pm-8pm – networking, discussing WordPress, Q&A
8:pm-? – Post-hangout beverage(s) – TBA

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


Internet of Things meetup this Wednesday



When: Wednesday September 21st 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King St East, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Internet of Things Meetup



First I’d like to thank Greg Trasuk of Webage Solutions for generously sponsoring the snacks and drinks for our next meetup. Now, I just have to see about sneaking beer into CoMotion 😉

Also, I’d like to thank everyone who come out to the last meeting. I’m sure you were as disappointed as I was that the Onion folks did not make it. But Its understandable. BTW their Kickstarter reached ~$672K!!! Hopefully I will be able to get them to come to a future meetup.

This time around I’m going talk about the many different ways that microcontrollers can interact with other devices and services on the internet. Its not just about getting data off a sensor platform to a database or webpage. A large part of IoT cloud computing is connecting IoT devices, web APIs for services, databases, and other devices together to create applications. There are a lot of offerings out there from Temboo on the simple side to the full blown enterprise IoT cloud solutions offered by the big players such as Amazon. And the Omega has its own cloud solution as well.

If anyone else is interested in presenting a talk, let me know.


Freelancer meetup this Wednesday



When: Wednesday September 21st 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Freelancer Association



There’s still time to meet our 2016 goals! In this casual meetup we’d love to get your feedback on what topics we could cover, and brainstorm ways we can all make the most out of the rest of the year.

Whether you’ve been with the group since the beginning or never been to a meetup, come and share your thoughts on what you’d like to know, and let’s help make 2016 a great year for you!


6:30pm-7:00pm – Registration and mingling
7:00pm-7:30pm – Quick introduction to everyone, brainstorming
7:30pm-8:30pm – More getting to know others!


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). It is $4 for the evening.


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


VR meetup featuring Commercializer Dev Lab launch



When: Tuesday September 20th 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Innovation Factory – McMaster Innovation Park at 101A-175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: VR Society



Tim Dashwood just got back from the IBC show in Holland and will talk about his experience as a speaker as well as what he was able to check out on the show floor.  360VR Toolbox

We will be running demos on the Microsoft Hololens

Also running demos on the HTC Vive

We are opening up our VR/AR/MR Commercializer development lab.  It is a dynamic work in progress and we encourage all suggestions and input.    Our lab will not be open to the public however we will be working with McMaster University, local colleges as well as our industry partners and associates in creating innovative ideas into commercial solutions.


First Code Night this Monday



When: Monday September 19th 2016 from 7:0pm to 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario (3rd floor)

Organizer: Secret Agency



Code Nights is a place for programmers to meet with other like minded people to share ideas and help each other reach their programming potential.

When you first start learning to code it can be difficult to find mentors to help solve problems and grow your ideas, Code Nights aims to solve this problem. No matter what language you like to program in come by to strengthen your understanding of programming and make some new friends in Hamilton’s tech sector.

Bring a laptop to work and showcase your project or just come by to meet other programmers. We have a few reputable programmers available to answer any questions you may have, and hopefully we can all learn a little from each other.

Each Code Night is not language specific or project specific, it is intended to help, mentor and grow Hamilton’s tech community in a creative and welcoming environment.

Hope to see you there!

Forge@MAC: Intro to the Ecosystem and Business Model Canvas



When: Tuesday September 27th 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: TwelvEighty Bar and Grill – 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: The Forge



Wondering how to get started with your business idea? Then this workshop is for you! Lead by Tammy Hwang, Business Development Officer with the City of Hamilton and the 2016 winner of Innovation Factory’s DiFizen of the Year Award, this event will take you through how to complete Business Model Canvas. Making a Business Model Canvas is a key step on your journey to success!

Another important part of this event is that we will identify key players in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to you. Who can you go to for help in Hamilton and beyond? The Next 36, a program that helps Canada’s highest potential young entrepreneurs, joins us at this event as they are on the lookout for the next big McMaster success! If this is you (and of course it is) don’t miss this excellent networking opportunity!


Fireside chat with Matt Sheridan CEO of Nix Sensor

Editor’s note: the event has been cancelled, see below:





When: Wednesday September 14th at 6:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Startup Grind Hamilton



Matthew Sheridan hails from McMaster University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering and Management i.e. the modern discipline that transcends the boundaries between Embedded Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering and Engineering while integrating the technical education of the engineer with a business education for management

After founding and being the chief executive of Nix Sensor Ltd., Matthew has pushed the company towards awards such as the 2016 Award for Engineering Project of the Year by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and the Hamilton/Halton Engineering Week Committee as well as the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction and the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Ontario Business Achievement Awards in 2015.

Nix Sensor is rapidly becoming a household name and a staple in the Hamilton community and beyond and Matthew is sure not to stop there.

Forge@MAC Kickoff Night



Editor’s note: The Spectrum program to promote entrepreneurism on McMaster campus has been re-branded to Forge@Mac. The name reflects that students interested in entrepreneurism will ultimately be headed towards The Forge incubators downtown and at McMaster Innovation Park.

When: Wednesday September 14th 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: TwelvEighty Bar and Grill at 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario (McMaster University)

Organizer: The Forge



Kickoff the school year right by exploring what it’s like to be an entrepreneur! Founder of Steeped Tea Inc. Tonia Jahshan joins The Forge @MAC and will delve into what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and how to get started! Tonia appeared on the hit show Dragons’ Den and struck a deal with David Chilton and Jim Treliving! Steeped Tea Inc is ranked #17 in the Profit 500 magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada and #1 in the food sector. Tonia herself has be named Chatelaine’s W100 #1 female entrepreneur of Canada in 2016.

Food, giveaways, prizes and a good time to be provided. Don’t miss out on this great event! Seats are limited so sign up fast!

MacGDA meet and greet this Thursday



When: Thursday September 15th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Thode B106 at McMaster University

Organizer: McMaster Game Development Association



Hey Mac! Come on out on September 15th @ 7pm and hang out with fellow game developers!

For our first event of the year we want to goof off, play video games and get to know each other. We welcome both aspiring and experienced fans of creating games.

If you can’t make it or just want to say hi early, join us on Discord: