November WordPress meetup Thursday

When: Thursday November 13th 2014 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Studio 41 @ 41 King William Street, Hamilton


duanestoreySpeaker: Duane Storey (@DuaneStorey) – Co-founder of BraveNewCode

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


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)

Re-booting StartupDrinks

gohomeStartupDrinks is a 3.5 year old event now. Scary to think. In the first couple years it was really one of the only places to go to meet people doing tech and/or startups in Hamilton. A purely social pub night had value. Toronto’s StartupDrinks event started off similarly before adding a keynote speaker and series of pitches to the recent events.

I experimented with adding in talks this year, which was interesting. It brought out a different group of people each time, and a bunch of people seemed to get something tangible out of it, even if it was a new perspective or a view of the road ahead from someone further along. I’ve really liked the Freelancer Association meetups I’ve been out to because of this approach, each event I’ve actually come away with something tangible that I can use and have used.

The other thing with purely social pub nights is that they slowly gravitate towards piss-ups / drinking clubs, which 1) actually turns a lot of people off, 2) isn’t for me anymore either. The social part of the event can (and does) always happen after the value part of an event anyways. If anyone wants to take a stab at making a purely social tech and/or startup pub night I’d say go for it though, there will always be interest in a relaxing night with like-minded people after work.

What I’m going to be doing is inviting 2-3 speakers out on a given startup related topic each month – UX, funding, sales, management, etc. We’ve got a lot of expertise in town when you add it together, and I just want to try bringing some of that expertise together each month for everyone interested to learn about a topic.

The next StartupDrinks will be Wedensday December 10th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at The Pheasant Plucker, the topic will be UX and so far we’ve got Andrew Holden from Weever Apps and Michael Bonds from FluidMedia (with one more yet to confirm). Check out the details/registration here:


MacGDA hosts Game Careers Talks

When: Monday November 17th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: McMaster University – IAHS building – Room 201


Are you interested in a career in games? Whether it be programming, art or audio we invite you to our Game Career Talks event on Monday November 17th happening from 5:30 pm ‚Äď 7:00 pm.

Get to hear great insight from game development professional; Dave Eaton who has been in the industry for 15 years first starting off in 1997 by co-writing MedDle 2.0 (Quake model editor) and was then hired by Sunstorm Interactive, Zono Inc, to his own studio, Big Boat and started working for Gearbox Software about a year ago. He definitely has great insight and is eager to share his experience through the years of working in the industry.

Followed up, Chris Rowles will be speaking from a local Hamilton Studio, Snakehead Games covering such topics as marketing and gaining attention to your own personal projects!

Hope to see you all there!


Win a ticket to Startup Weekend + Global Startup Battle



On November 21st – 23rd the Global Startup Battle is coming to Hamilton. That weekend at Mohawk College the Hamilton community will host it’s 5th Startup Weekend event, and the first ever maker’s edition of the event. The maker’s edition of the event is focused on the creation of hardware startups – think robotics, 3D printing, Arduino.

But this one is special for another reason. Teams that participate in the event will be eligible to participate in the Global Startup battle which includes an incredible array of prizes worth over $500,000. Don’t think it’s possible to win the big show? Only two years ago it was done by a team from McMaster/Hamilton.

It’s a chance to get to know other ambitious creators in town with different skill sets, to form teams and to build something really cool together. It’s also a chance to show the startup community that winning 2 years ago wasn’t a one-off – and that we’ve got great talent in Hamilton that can build world-class products.

You can register for Startup Weekend Maker’s edition here:



I’m going to buy and donate a free ticket for a student participant to come to the event. To enter the contest, between now and Friday November 14th at 8am Eastern Standard Time, simply tweet the following:

I want to win a ticket to Startup Weekend #HamOnt Maker’s Edition Nov. 21st-23rd! @hamiltonsw

A winner will be selected randomly by computer. Multiple tweets will not increase your probability of winning – we don’t want to over-spam your Twitter followers. :-P


Special Appucations workshop for parents and educators

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Special Appucations is super excited to announce that we will be conducting a series of workshops for parents and educators who have, or work with children with autism, and/or special needs. The first workshop we will be presenting is “Street Smarts: Keeping your child with special needs safe!

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In this 2 hour interactive, and pragmatic workshop you will learn:

  • how to teach your child what to do if lost
  • how to know if your child is ready to learn this important skill
  • strategies that you can use to go and practice this skill
  • considerations for individualizing how to teach this skill to your unique child

This workshop will be led by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA. Sarah has conducted a variety of workshops, is a professor, parent coach, and co-founder of Special Appucations. Her mission is to empower parents and educators with practical tools to teach his/her child with special needs skills that will improve his/her quality of life.


If you would like to learn more about clinically proven strategies that can be used to teach your child what to do if they are lost rsvp for this workshop at

Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario.

When: November 19, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: $25.00

Sign up to our newsletter for updates on future workshops and get in touch if there is a topic you would like to see us cover! We hope to see you on November 19, 2014!


Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

McMaster Innovation Showcase 2014



When: Wednesday November 12th 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South



Opening Doors for Innovation

McMaster Innovation Showcase 2014 is an opportunity for the university to raise awareness of McMaster’s role in helping local businesses and economies grow. The event comprises of many events including a panel discussion, innovation showcases, open houses at student entrepreneurship hubs, and more. As always, the McMaster Industry Liaison Office’s goal is to help the research community create a culture of innovation and commercialization. This year’s showcase will be an chance to build and strengthen private-public sector partnerships, provide a venue for local business leaders to learn more about McMaster’s cutting edge research and technology, innovation, knowledge transfer, pool of student talent, as well as demonstrate to senior government officials the linkages between business and universities to enhance innovation and skill development. We’re taking this opportunity to connect the innovative ideas and research of McMaster faculty and students to people who are equally passionate about transforming ideas and services.

The McMaster Innovation Showcase 2014 will give innovators the tools and knowledge they need to realize the potential of their discoveries and inventions. Specifically, this year’s event will feature:

  • Keynote address¬†by Mike Kirkup, Director of the VeloCity program at the University of Waterloo
  • A¬†roundtable discussion¬†featuring participants from McMaster and the local community. The roundtable will be hosted by CBC Hamilton producer Rick Hughes and discuss how McMaster can redouble its efforts at stimulating youth entrepreneurship and encouraging engagement between the University and the local community
  • Technology presentations¬†from McMaster researchers
  • An Open Doors event¬†where various institutes at the McMaster Innovation Park will open their doors for tours and presentations including The Forge, CANMET, CLSA and the Sustainable Archaeology facility
  • A Poster competition, containing inventions and discoveries with commercial potential and social impact, as well as a pitch competition
  • Breakout session¬†hosted by the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD).¬† The CDRD is Canada’s fully integrated national drug development and commercialization centre.¬† The primary goal of the centre is to provide a bridge between science and business and to enable researchers from institutes like McMaster to advance early stage drug candidates. ¬†Representatives from CDRD will discuss the centres goals and successes as well as the project submission process.¬† There will also be opportunities for one on one discussions with researchers
  • Networking opportunities¬†with entrepreneurs, industry representatives and academic researchers who are developing and commercializing new technologies
  • The McMaster Innovator Awards¬†which recognize innovators within the McMaster community for their contributions to research and commercialization success


We’re taking this opportunity to connect the innovative ideas and research of McMaster faculty and students to people who are equally passionate about transforming ideas and services

Full details and agenda at

Registration and breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. November 12, 2014 at McMaster Innovation Park, Atrium

brought to you by The Office of the Vice-President, Research and International Affairs and the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO)


Get access to Oculus at Applivy events



Applivy Events are free and/or paid events / workshops delivered by the technology and education community for the community. The best way to learn something is to teach it, and so we wish to offer a platform for skilled professionals to do just that. Alternatively we will be providing equipment ( VR, mobile, podcasting ) for those interested in utilizing tools to deliver further materials and experiment.

Open Hack Jam

Experiment with a new language, new devices and new people at Open Hack Jam. All you need to bring is your laptop and your go-get-em attitude. Lot’s of parking at Metro (grocery), and a Tim Hortons around the corner. What else could you ask for?

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Where: Applivy HQ – 901 King Street West, Unit B, Hamilton, Ontario



Souls and thought experiments



Think about a simple algorithm like insertion sort. It has a distinct definition, it has properties, and it operates.

What if you were to destroy every computer containing a copy of insertion sort, burn every book describing the concept, and if everyone that knew insertion sort were to somehow vanish? Would insertion sort vanish too?

Of course not, it would still be “out there”, it’s a thing whether it’s currently operating or not in any sort of physical way. It doesn’t need time and space to be a thing.

Your mind could be described as a massively parallel algorithm that your meat-brain is currently operating. Every neuron firing off can be captured with an algorithmic, mathematical description, and the sum total could be captured as well.

What’s the difference between our minds and insertion sort then? Do we have a reason to believe that we cease to be a “thing” if insertion sort does not? What makes us different?

I’m not arguing for religion here, or even spirituality, an afterlife or anything I suppose. I just don’t get why it’s wrong to believe we’re a “thing” that much like any algorithm doesn’t require existing in time and space to still be a thing.


DemoCampHamilton19 on December 3rd at The AGH

When: Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

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


Keynote Speaker




Jesse Rodgers



Creative Destruction Lab

University of Toronto


Jesse Rodgers is the Director of Creative Destruction Lab and has been in education and technology for last 15 years. Prior to founding TribeHR (acquired by NetSuite in 2013), Jesse was Director and pioneer of the VeloCity program at the University of Waterloo. Jesse holds a M.Sc University of Liverpool and a B.A. from the University of Waterloo.





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Submission of Demos


Demos for DemoCampHamilton can be submitted to: You will have an internet connection, a power outlet and a VGA input to a projector. You will have 5 minutes to demo your software, and 5 minutes for Q&A.

November Freelancer Group meetup

UDHu-I8V_400x400When: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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


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.


6:30-7:00pm – Registration and networking
7:00pm-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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