TechCity innovation cluster conversation on June 1st

FRIDAY JUNE 1ST

TECHCITY: HAMILTON, CANADA

TechCity is a half-day conversation with leading minds that are successfully making Hamilton a smart, intelligent and innovative community. It’s an opportunity to learn about the Hamilton ecosystem and meet with local companies forging our innovative path.

TECHNOLOGY IS RESHAPING THE CITY

From our hip and funky restaurants to our fleet of food trucks, from our monthly art crawls to our music festivals of epic proportions – we put passion behind everything we do. We create. We collaborate. We open doors. Our culture is real, making us the coolest city in Canada. It’s all part of our continual transformation. Through our grit and determination comes growth.

Join us in the heart of downtown Hamilton for a provocative conversation on what is the digital pulse of city.

WHY YOU NEED TO ATTEND

Individuals, companies or partnerships that have an interest in engaging in the innovation and urban renaissance happening in Hamilton.

Those include the following:

• Innovators
• Startups
• Scale-ups

GET REGISTERED

A limited number of places are available, so take the time to register yourself today at https://www.bruha.com/event/3353.

Following the discussion, participants are invited to a networking session. The first 5-10 start-ups are invited to our Ticat box for a one-on-one with funders in the evening. More details in the POST-TOUR EVENTS.

LOCATION

One James Street North, 2nd Floor, McMaster University, Downtown Hamilton, Ontario.

 

 

 

Machine learning group continues 2018 Yelp challenge

 

When: Saturday May 26th 2018 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton Machine Learning Group

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/2018-yelp-challenge-continued-tickets-44784796532

Details:

We’ll continue working on the 2018 Yelp Challenge as a team!

We started working on the challenege in March with a group of intermediate/advanced machine learners, but newcomers to the group are still very welcome as we could use more help! This is a larger project we will likely be working on for several weeks after this event, which may include more hacakathon-esque sessions. For those interested in catching up, we have collected some great CNN and RNN intro videos which we’ll send out before the event.

Food and drink will be provided!

This is an advanced workshop for machine learners who already have exprience with basics:

  • Python 3.x installed
  • Familiarity with Pandas and Numpy
  • Familiarity with neural networks

What you can expect to learn:

  • Natural Language Processing techniques
  • Convolutional/Recurrent neural network models
  • Keras/Pytorch/Tensorflow

New export opportunities for Ontario’s tech sector

Dear Ontario technology companies:

 

Please see below a list of NEW export opportunities – details after signature. Please follow up directly with the person listed for each item.  Note that the ICT trade missions to TU Automotive, MWCA , and Money2020 are sold out;  however, you may send an email to be placed on waiting list in case we are able to enlarge the number of Ontario participants.

 

  • June 3-5: Export opportunities with Southeastern U.S.
  • Sept. 14-18, Amsterdam: Ontario trade mission to Int’l Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2018
  • September 18-21, 2018 (TBC): Ontario Mission to Japan Fintech Summit 2018 (FIN/SUM 2018), Tokyo
  • October 22-25, 2018: Ontario Fintech Mission to sibos 2018, Sydney Only 5 spots available
  • Oct. 22-27: Ontario ICT Trade Mission to India Mobile Congress
  • Nov 13-15, Cape Town, South Africa: Ontario ICT Mission to Africa Com
  • Jan 8-11, 2019: Canadian ICT trade mission to CES (wait list open now)
  • Jan 20-22, 2019, Dubai, UAE: Ontario Security Mission to Intersec
  • Innovation Canada: a Tool to Help Businesses Succeed

 

Please follow up directly with the person listed for each item

Mauricio Ospina

Area Director, USA – ICT

Ontario Ministry of International Trade

21 Floor, 777 Bay St., Toronto, Ontario

M5G 2N4 Canada

Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca Cell 416 845 0862

 

June 3-5: Export opportunities with Southeastern U.S.

Join the Ontario Ministry of International Trade in Mobile, Alabama and spend three days networking with SEUS-CP (Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces) Alliance is a strategic partnership between six southeastern U.S. states and seven member provinces from Canada. Meet face-to-face with pre-selected business prospects; get industry insights and share best practices; meet with multi-national companies seeking new products and services for their supply chain. The following ICT Anchor companies have confirmed their participation so far: BL Harbert International; CGI Federal; Prism Systems, Inc. In addition to these Anchor companies, you will be able to network and set up B2B meetings with approximately 200 conference attendees. Conference and registration details are available on www.seuscp.com  For more information, contact Sheri.Dosunmu@ontario.ca or call (416) 418-2961

 

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Sept. 14-18, Amsterdam: Ontario trade mission to Int’l Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2018

IBC is the world’s leading electronic media and broadcasting technologies trade show and has become a ‘must attend’ event for manufacturers, companies and brands involved in the industry. The Ontario Pavilion (2.A41) will be strategically located in a central area of the show floor and provide a unique opportunity to showcase your company’s know-how and technology to potential customers, business partners and key decision makers from around the world. The participation fee of $2,500 will include fully equipped space with individual company signage in an open-concept setting, access to a shared meeting lounge in the pavilion as well as pre-arranged B2B meetings (TBC). Space for this popular event is limited and spots are allocated FCFS. For details contact Philipp.Kornitzky@ontario.ca , Tel. (416) 428-2569

 

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September 18-21, 2018 (TBC): Ontario Mission to Japan Fintech Summit 2018 (FIN/SUM 2018), Tokyo

Participation fee: $500 (per company)

Hosted by Nikkei Newspaper, Japan Financial Services Agency, and Japanese Fintech Association, FIN/SUM 2018 is a key Fintech event in Japan. Hosting one of the largest financial service sectors in the world, Japanese conservative financial industry is now quickly catching up and is open to greater fintech adoption. Participation fee will include: fully equipped space within the Ontario/Canada booth; market/sector briefing; and pre-arranged B2B meetings. For details or registration, contact wenbo.pan@ontario.ca (416-433-4992)

 

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October 22-25, 2018: Ontario Fintech Mission to sibos 2018, Sydney

Participation fee: $500 (per participant), Only 5 spots available

Hosted by SWIFT, sibos is one of the largest financial services events in the world, annually connecting more than 8000 industry leaders. The financial services industry is the largest industry in Australia (by its sector share to the national economy). Australia’s financial institutions are among the most profitable in the world, providing an attractive market for Ontario fintech companies. Participation fee will include: full access to the conference sessions and exhibition for all four days and the closing event, B2B meetings arranged by federal colleagues and a commercial service provider, and the reception at Canadian Consulate General in Sydney. Participants are also invited to join outreach programs in Melbourne and Auckland. For details or registration, contact wenbo.pan@ontario.ca (416-433-4992)

 

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Oct. 22-27: Ontario ICT Trade Mission to India Mobile Congress

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade will take 6-10 companies on a trade mission to the India Mobile Congress (http://indiamobilecongress.com). The trade show, which takes place Oct. 25-27, is organized by the Cellular Operators Association of India and in two years has become the number-one conference + exhibition in the telecom ICT space in the country. The event will offer Ontario delegates B2B meetings in Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi, and visits to leading telecom companies, system integrators and other partners. Additional benefits include market intelligence and briefings, an introduction to C-level decision-makers from the Indian ICT industry, and access to a Canada Lounge at the India Mobile Congress for meetings and other events. Priority registration will be for first-time participants in an Ontario mission to India or for companies that have been inactive in the India market in recent years. For details, please contact fawzia.sheikh@ontario.ca, Tel. 416-314-2452.

 

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Nov 13-15, Cape Town, South Africa: Ontario ICT Mission to Africa Com

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade in partnership with the Canadian High Commission Trade Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be organizing an Ontario ICT mission to Africa Com 2018 (https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/), which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, November 13 -15, 2018. Africa Com is the biggest platform for ICT in Africa. It is focused technology and ICT event in the world and serves as a meeting place for those driving Africa’s digital transformation. It is made up of 500 brands that showcase their solutions across 3 days in November and attracts in the region of 13,000 visitors, 500 exhibitors from over 140 countries.  Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, all telecom operators in Africa participate in this show, in addition to IT, Digital media, and latest technologies players. For details on this trade mission, please contact Eyad Qudsi at eyad.qudsi@ontario.ca or cell 416-627-2106

 

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Jan 8-11, 2019: Canadian ICT trade mission to CES (wait list open now – registration will be sent later on)

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade, ICT West, Quebec and key Canadian Consulates in the USA invite you to be part of the Canadian trade mission to CES (www.ces.tech), the world’s largest trade show for the business of consumer technologies and next-generation innovations. CES attracts aver 170,000 attendees and 3,900 exhibiting companies from 150 countries. The program will be open to 24 companies – 16 from Ontario. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include exhibit space in the Canada pavilion, databases of U.S. contacts, meetings and more. To be placed on the waiting list, please email Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca (registration for this trade missions is NOT open yet – just the waiting list)

 

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Jan 20-22, 2019, Dubai, UAE: Ontario Security Mission to Intersec

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade in partnership with the Canadian Consulate in Dubai will be organizing an Ontario Security mission to INTERSEC 2019, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, January 20 – 22, 2019. Intersec is the leading Security and Safety exhibition worldwide (www.intersecexpo.com/frankfurt/51/for-exhibitors/for-exhibitors.aspx). As the largest and most diverse, the show’s influence has spread not only across the Middle East and Africa plus the Indian subcontinent but has gone well beyond, offering thousands of influential trade buyers the latest security & safety solutions and exciting new opportunities from the world’s best brands. In 2018, Intersec attracted 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries, 33,501 visitors and covered 56,300 sqm.  For details on this trade mission, please contact Eyad Qudsi at eyad.qudsi@ontario.ca or cell 416-627-2106

 

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Innovation Canada: a Tool to Help Businesses Succeed

From funding to expert advice, there are hundreds of Government of Canada programs and services designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. But if businesses can’t find them, they can’t take advantage of them. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) created Innovation.Canada.ca, a new tool to help businesses find the best federal, provincial and territorial programs and services to help them succeed. To learn more about Innovation Canada please contact: jennifer.lopes@canada.ca  Tel: 343-291-2053 ATS: 1-866-694-8389

 

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Nokia and Amazon invest $4.3 million in Hamilton

 

Nokia Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. will piggyback off a recent Ontario investment in autonomous-vehicle-technology to help develop a tech-demonstration facility in Hamilton showcasing urban-development innovations and the capabilities of 5G wireless networks.

 

Over five years, Nokia will invest $3.3-million and Amazon Web Services, or AWS, will provide $1-million worth of resources and support for its cloud-based services to Hamilton’s Innovation Factory incubator and accelerator.

 

Ontario became the first province to allow on-road driverless-car testing, in 2016, and has seen rapid investment in the technology as both the private and public sectors race to grab a stake in the future of connected cities. The province earmarked $80-million last year for an autonomous-vehicle innovation network. This month it said it would invest in six “regional technology development sites” – including as much as $5-million for Hamilton and the Innovation Factory.

Read the full story on The Globe and Mail.

 

Software Hamilton revamp

I’m Kevin Browne (@hamiltonkb), editor of this website that’s been running since January 2011. I’ve had one crazy last 7 years, especially the last couple years, and especially the last 8 months. Long story… finished a PhD, got married, bought a house, and a lot of other things. Suffice to say this blog has gotten dusty and broken as a result. Mea culpa.

I’m going to be making some immediate changes to the website itself, and some longer term changes as to how it operates. In short, I’m going to be more formally treating it and operating it as an indie media outlet. I have wanted to get to this for a long time… shifting gears takes time itself though.

Here’s what’s changing listed below in terms of website structure and operationally. For a pedantic naval-gazing tome as to why, keep scrolling past the list!

 

  • Mostly batch updates, mostly on the weekend. Software Hamilton has more or less had one daily update Monday-Friday since 2012. This has been resulted in a major “user behaviour” as most users, 80-90%, check the website daily Monday-Friday, and traffic goes to very little on the weekend. This made sense in 2011 when there were hardly any startups, and maybe 3 regular tech/startup events in the city. This format has increasingly made less sense as time has gone on. So now, expect a cluster of postings on the weekend, and some sporadic postings during the week if some big news happens (e.g. product launch, funding, etc.).
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  • “News magazine” front page. The “blog” format of one post on top of the other was great for the earlier daily-update and associated user behaviour, but it won’t be anymore. So expect the new website to look closer to BetaKit and other proper news websites – a wall of stories and happenings that you can click on that take you to an individual page.
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  • Automated newsletter updates. There is a plugin for pushing out newsletters that I can use. It’s good for generating a simple list of events, but it would need 5 PhDs and some good machine learning algorithms to turn full-detailed calendar event descriptions into something suitable for a newsletter format (maybe that Reddit-bot that summarizes news stories could do it). As a result, the plan is for the newsletter to only list event titles, dates, locations, and links, and it’ll be on users to click through to find out about each event. I know it makes the newsletter less user friendly, but that’s the nature of a scaling community anyways, and it’s what can be realistically done at this point.
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  • Automated calendar updates. The number of events and meetups in Hamilton has scaled ridiculously in the last few years, despite my best efforts I’ve lost track, and it’s become a job to just try to maintain the calendar. There are some ways (plugins, scripts, etc) I can automate 80% of this, and I’ll be implementing those. For the other 20%, see below.
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  • Contributor role. Even with some automation, there’s still a lot of updates and churnalism to be done. What I could really use to keep things at the quality-level I’d like to see is a dedicated intern. But I, and maybe you too, have moral concerns with having interns and not paying them (especially not even a stipend). That said, even with a part-time 4-8 hour a week intern, quality and quantity could be much better. Which leads me to…
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  • Monetization. I never want to personally make money off Software Hamilton, I’ve lost/spent money, and I’ll release “financials” if this is ever in any doubt. It’s a passion project, inspired by sorta-similar efforts (e.g. Raise The Hammer, The Public Record), I’d die a little inside if it ever wasn’t, and I don’t want to “sell out”. At the same time, if you care to read through the pedantic thoughts below, I’ve come to realize some monetization is better. With monetization, I can pay that contributor, even if it’s only a stipend, it’s at least something. So you might see some advertisements, a Patreon button, or maybe even some fun merchandise. The website and all related features will remain free for anyone reading.

 

Expect the website update over the next 3 weeks, and the operational updates (contributor/monetization) over the next 3 months.

 

OK, now for the pedantic naval-gazing I promised you.

Software Hamilton was initially started to act as a community hub similar to other regional websites and initiatives that were happening around Canada at the time (and really the world). I read everything I could, attended everything I could, and talked to everyone I could. But I really didn’t know what I was doing, I was just trying my best to give the community something similar, and my plan was to figure it out as I went.

I’ve had a lot of people tell me exactly what “Software Hamilton” should be over the last 7 years, all great folks, all with wildly different opinions. Some people wanted me to get grants and turn it into another non-profit with another mandate, carving its way into a patchwork of existing non-profits (that I feel is a bit overcrowded already). Some people wanted me to turn it into a member-driven organization (paid or otherwise) that would try to formally represent the sector, and exert political clout. Some people wanted the loose, informal club model that you see at meetups and whatnot.

All of these different kinds of structures can create different kinds of value, there’s nothing wrong innately wrong with them, they can all be forces for good. There’s a few reasons why they aren’t a fit for Software Hamilton though.

For starters, all those things listed above already exist. I have no interest in duplicating them. If you want a non-profit pushing along the sector, Innovation Factory. If you want the member-driven organizations and political clout, there’s the Chamber of Commerce and different taskforces put together by different institutions. If you want the informal club, there’s a ton of meetups and similar things.

I think community building efforts are best when they’re trying to “fill gaps” in the community, and when they try to create new value. Maybe not always, but for the most part, these existing tools fill the gap they should, and create the value they should.

The other, bigger reason is harder to describe properly (…here comes the hardcore naval-gazing). I’m not sure if I’ve stumbled on something in human nature that’s hard to describe, or whether I’m bad at describing.

But the idea is this… pre-existing power dynamics and interests tend to be re-enforced by many efforts aimed at assembling people together with a structure. I’ve gotten to do a lot of social things in the last 7 years… organized events, own and partner in private sector companies, partner with non-profits to create new programs, chair committees, etc, and this is something I’ve seen everywhere, so that’s why I think it’s a human nature thing.

So for example, if you were to bring together a bunch of mover and shakers in a city to talk about increasing economic growth and related ideas, they’d tend to go for expanding their current industries, rather than trying to create new industries altogether (that they don’t have an interest in and/or don’t understand). This goes doubly so when talking about how to allocate money or resources to anything. They’d describe the existing industries as differentiators and strengths, they’d create programs to grow these industries, and they’d allocate money to them. And a lot of the time, this process is great, and value is created, but only a certain kind. Nobody is a moustache twirling villain in this scenario either, it’s not about “down with the system” or whatever…. it’s just how it is… people have their interests, “they know what they know and not what the don’t”, etc.

What’s interesting is that this process… of pre-existing power dynamics and interests being re-enforced by social activities, applies just as much at things as simple as pub nights as it does at board tables. You’ll get someone coming out to the pub night that does awesome stuff that just doesn’t quite fit with the group dynamics, and poof, even without any ill-intent or malice, they’re left out, and so are there ideas. Whereas if they had another group to go to that fit their interests, they could more likely contribute and create value.

It’s honestly like Nash equilibrium, Prisoner’s Dilemma game theory type stuff. By everyone choosing to re-enforce their own interests and understanding over possible other interests or things they don’t understand, we all lose out on the value that isn’t created by the unexplored paths, and people capable of creating value that we just don’t appreciate or include.

This doesn’t make structures bad. Again, personally I work with all kinds of structures (private sector, non-profit, etc) and at a certain point they are necessary to create and especially amplify creating value (e.g. you get a grant, you hire an employee, and all of a sudden you’re able to reach 3000 people instead of 30). It just means that structures aren’t perfect, especially when it comes to making change happen. This is why people say “real change happens from the bottom-up”, because at the grassroots any sort of social dynamics or interests don’t really matter.

The problem is, a lot of those roads untravelled and a lot of those people capable of creating value are folks we need engaged. To use one example, there’s still a disconnect between McMaster students and Hamilton (though it’s 10x better than a decade ago). The McMaster brain drain was one of my biggest motivations for doing this at all… being a McMaster student for so long, and seeing my friends leave year after year, to create value in other cities.

Anyways, this whole “pre-existing interests being re-enforced” stuff” is why it’s particularly hard to create and grow new things. I remember when I was creating Software Hamilton 1.0, there was a point where I had to tell a mentor who was advising me how bad an idea it was that, “I’m not asking your permission, this is happening, I’m asking whether you will help”. I remember when I was creating a new initiative in the city, a bunch of movers and shakers told me it wouldn’t work, was a bad idea, etc. Nope, they were well-intentioned, but wrong. And I’ve been at the other end of it too… I’ve gotten to watch all kinds of people create things I never thought would work, and few others did either.

The one thing I did with Software Hamilton that I think I did right was to give support to people who wanted to step up into a leader role. So if somebody wanted to start or were starting a new company, or a conference, meetup, co-working space, or whatever other initiative, Software Hamilton gave them publicity and a push how it could. This let people explore those pathways that maybe an organization that is more structured would not see the “interest” in doing so. And some pathways work, and some didn’t. But the point is people could try weird, new stuff and find out for themselves. Many community initiatives don’t operate like this, some people want to control and direct, harness the power of others, or have this notion of turf, etc, and it just doesn’t work at creating an organic, real community.

The approach I’ve tried is what I interpreted as being advocated for by others in further along communities, and I just imitated it as best as I could (they’re better, but I did my best). I think that approach played a positive role in developing a more vibrant community than the type of “community” that is captured or represented by a specific organization, with all those interests and power dynamics. That’s also why it’s important to me that I don’t ever cash a cheque with Software Hamilton on it, I also want to keep my own interest in it such that I’m not ever depending on it for money (though, short of perhaps ultimately unsustainable grants, I don’t think it’s possible to live off something so niche). Personally, I think you can’t really blame someone for bending to prevailing interests if they need something to put food on the table.

That’s why I want to keep Software Hamilton as a lightweight indie media outlet. So when somebody has a crazy, weird new idea, or I have a crazy new idea (as I often do), Software Hamilton can just push it out there, free from any of those “interests”, and let the market decide what has value.

But the other problem is sustainability. In my travels over the last 7 years I’ve come to appreciate that structure can provide value and make things last longer and improve in quality. It’s great to have this indie sort of approach, but how do you make something sustainable longer term? If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. That’s where some lightweight monetization and the creation of a contributor role come in. It’s the minimum amount of structure that I can get away with for the project, while making it less dependent on me alone, improving the quality/quantity and especially consistency of content, and keeping it independent.

Anyways, I know this is a tomb, I just wanted to explain the rationale.

I’ve got some crazy ideas left to try that my gut tells me aren’t so crazy. And if you’ve got something you want to try, and your gut tells you you’re right, even if some others think it’s crazy, you should give it a try, and just see what happens. Hopefully Software Hamilton can help you push it out there!

 

Upverter CEO Zak Homuth talks this Wednesday

 

When: Wednesday May 16th 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Electronics Hamilton Meetup

Register: meetup.com/Electronics-Hamilton-Meetup/events/250265610

Details:

The Upverter Journey: From Founding to Acquisition

Zak Homuth – Upverter CEO

I started my career as an in-the-trenches Software and Electrical Engineer doing everything from building web-apps through designing telecommunications server hardware. As a result I have a tremendous amount of experience as an engineer, but I don’t do much engineering anymore. When we started Upverter I gradually transitioned into a more executive role responsible for everything from recruiting, operations, management, product design, and strategy, to investor relations. Lately I’m focused on a blend of product, business and marketing strategy, senior management and product design at Altium the company that acquired Upverter.

At Altium I report to the CEO and am working closely with the executive team to recast Upverter and EE Concierge within Altium. We’re focused on a new type of customer since the acquisition and a new type of selling than we were doing before. I’m responsible for making sure those changes propagate throughout Upverter and into our products and services. Similarly the vision for Upverter and Altium has changed now that we are working together and I’m working closely with the CEO to craft that new vision, and the resulting strategic planning that comes as a result.

Before that, I founded Upverter and lead it through multiple funding rounds and expansion, attained profitability and negotiated the acquisition by Altium.

At Upverter I played the role of the classic startup CEO. I founded the company in a student residence based on my experience working as an electrical engineer at Sandvine. I was keeper of the vision and leader of the team. I designed the initial product, raised multiple rounds of funding, and hired the initial team. I lead the company to profitability and ultimately arranged and negotiated an acquisition by Altium an established public company in our market and our largest competitor.

I’ll tell the story of how that all came to pass, why we started Upverter, the good the bad, the ugly. As well as a demo of the Upverter design tool and how you can use it.

 

Hamilton awarded autonomous vehicle funding

 

TORONTO, May 2, 2018 – Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is pleased to announce that on behalf of the Ontario government we are accelerating innovative connected, and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) technologies, talent and capacity by providing funding to six Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) across the province as part of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) project.

AVIN builds upon Ontario’s position as a globally-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction and the large cluster of information and communication technology (ICT) companies operating in the province, allowing Ontario to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation systems and supporting infrastructure.

“Innovative technologies push the envelope and that’s the goal of the AVIN — bridging state-of-the-art technology, advanced manufacturing, and talent to ensure Ontario’s small- and medium-sized enterprises fuel the evolution of automotive and smart mobility solutions while bringing improvements and efficiencies to Ontario’s transportation systems and the infrastructure that supports them,” said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, OCE. “Ontario Centres of Excellence is proud to have a hand in delivering this Ontario government initiative as we work with industry, academia and other stakeholders to improve the way we get around, and position this province as a global leader in connected and automated vehicle technology.”

The creation of the six Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) will support and enable small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop, prototype, test and validate new technologies, access specialized equipment, and obtain technical and business advice.

“One of Ontario’s greatest innovation strengths is the vast range of expertise we have to offer, driven by our diverse economy and extensive university and college system,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “These six Regional Technology Development Sites harness our unique innovation talents across the province and will spur collaboration and discovery to enhance Ontario’s position as a leader in the next generation of mobility technologies.”

Each site will support the development of new technologies and will have a unique focus area:

  • Durham Region — human machine interface (HMI) and user experience. Partners: Spark Centre (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), UOIT’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), Durham College and the Region of Durham.
  • Hamilton Region — multimodal and integrated mobility. Partners: Innovation Factory (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with McMaster University, Mohawk College and the City of Hamilton.
  • Ottawa Region — vehicular networks and communications. Partners: Invest Ottawa (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and the City of Ottawa.
  • Southwestern Ontario Region (London and Windsor) — vehicle cybersecurity and cross-border technologies. Partners: Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) and London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) in collaboration with University of Windsor, University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College, St. Clair College, City of Windsor, City of London and WETech Alliance and Tech Alliance (both part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs).
  • Toronto Region — artificial intelligence for connected and autonomous vehicles Partners: MaRS Discovery District (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University.
  • Waterloo Region — high-definition (HD) mapping and localization. Partners: Communitech (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation and Canada’s Open Data Exchange.

Funded by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ministry of Transportation, AVIN brings together industry, academia and government to capitalize on the economic opportunities of connected and autonomous vehicles (C/AV), while supporting the province’s transportation systems and infrastructure in adapting to these emerging technologies.

“Long-term success in the global economy requires leading in the disruptive technologies that are revolutionizing the way we live, work and travel,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth. “That’s what the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network does — it weaves together Ontario’s unique talents in automotive, high-tech and advanced manufacturing. The regional sites bring that collaboration to a new level as we zero-in on the specific technological advances the global mobility industry is looking for.”

In partnership with the province, OCE is administering the investment of $80 million over five years in AVIN, which comprises: Six Regional Technology Development Sites (up to $5M each); Demonstration Zone ($5M); AV Research and Development Partnership Fund ($30M); Talent Development Program ($5M); and, Central Hub ($10M).

“The potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies is enormous: reduced congestion; cleaner air; safer roads,” said Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation. “Ontario saw the possibilities and moved quickly, back in 2016 becoming the first Canadian province to permit on-road testing of automated vehicles. Today is another example of our proactive approach to keep Ontario at the forefront of innovation that promotes emerging vehicles and transportation technologies.”

For more information, please visit: www.avinhub.ca

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.
OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, 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, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs.

Media Contact:
Andrew Robertson
Manager, Media Relations
t: 416.861.1092 x 1092
andrew.robertson@oce-ontario.org

 

Brüha launches Promoter

 

Hamilton, ON., – April 30, 2018 – Local event technology startup Brüha launches Promoter, the world’s first solution that connects Event Organizers to local event Promoters who directly help them sell more tickets for a commission on every sale. Promoter is the latest feature integrated into the company’s event registration platform.

Since the company’s inception, Brüha’s focus has been around building community, and helping organizers solve their biggest issue today- low attendance at their events. “It’s evident there is a huge problem” says Graeme Davis, CEO of Brüha. “Ticket sales are averaging around forty percent for small to medium sized events, and just over fifty percent for larger events and festivals. The impacts are substantial as a large number of tickets are going unsold each year, and many local businesses are losing money which oftentimes results in them closing shop”.

Promoter is a new, exciting and innovative way for Event Organizers to extend their reach by leveraging networks of the promoters who are often well-connected. And for the Promoters, it is a way to earn money from selling tickets, connect with their local community and enjoy local events at a discounted rate- among many other benefits. Already, the company has seen an influx of sign-ups from bloggers, local businesses and individuals interested in becoming Promoters.

If you’re wondering how this new Promoter feature works, it’s actually quite simple. After listing their event with Brüha, Event Organizers have the ability to search through a list of active Promoters, vett each one personally based on interest and bios, set the commission structure on each ticket, and then send Promoters a request to hire them directly through the platform. Once Promoter(s) receive and accept the hiring request, it’s time to start selling tickets.

“Organizers are always looking for new and effective ways to make their event successful, Promoter makes this achievable” says Brüha’s Head of Growth, Kristian Borghesan. “We’re also providing a way for Promoters to earn cash for promoting local events and supporting the local economy. It’s a win-win situation.”

To learn more about Brüha Promoter, visit bruha.com/promoter.

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About Brüha:

Brüha is a Canadian-based event ticketing platform changing the way Event Organizers interact with their local community and manage their events. Brüha is innovating the event industry with Brüha Promoter.

Media Contact:

Kristian Borghesan

Co-Founder, Head of Growth & Marketing

kristian@bruha.com

 

The Big DiF on May 10th

 

When: Thursday May 10th 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/the-big-dif-2018-innovation-factorys-open-house-client-showcase-tickets-33598399718

Details:

Please join iF on Thursday, May 10, 2018 for The Big DiF!

The Big DiF is Innovation Factory’s annual open house and client showcase.

The aim is to bring together the Hamilton community (and Hamilton supporters) to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in our city, as well as recognize our partners who help make what we do at iF possible. We also use this as an opportunity to recognize one person who goes above and beyond for the community – an award we call the Mark Chamberlain DiFizen of the Year Award.

Join us for an evening of celebration! Network with our ecosystem and meet some of our up-and-coming innovators!

About Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory is a not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centre, located in Hamilton, ON. We are committed to connecting and enabling active collaboration between the city’s communities of science, business, government, academia and finance to accelerate the innovation process and amplify economic and social impact of key new ideas and discoveries. Funded by the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), we are focused on strengthening the next generation of wealth and jobs generators.

Your entry to this event constitutes implied consent to be photographed and to have those photos published.

 

Talk on creating a WordCamp talk this Thursday

 

When: Thursday April 26th 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton WordPress Meetup

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/249942886

Details:

This is a workshop for anyone who is thinking about speaking at WordPress events, such as WordPress Meetups and WordCamps. During this hands-on session, we’ll look at what has stopped you from speaking in the past — and explore how to move past your fears. We will discuss some common myths about public speaking, different talk formats, and we will focus on finding your areas of expertise (yes, you have areas of expertise!). We will brainstorm topics you can talk about at a WordCamp or other event.

Each participant will come out of the workshop with a WordCamp or Meetup talk idea — and more confidence to submit it.

The main purpose is to encourage those in underrepresented groups (LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Women in Tech, etc.) to submit talks and have our WordCamp and other events more representative of a community. While this meetup is targeted at these groups, it is open to anyone who needs help in coming up with a topic for their talk, a title and a pitch.

We’ll hopefully explore the actual talk specifics at a later date, but the deadline for WordCamp Hamilton’s Speaker Submissions is May 1, 2018!

You do NOT have to have any experience in public speaking. This workshop is for all levels of experience.

**This workshop is for you if:**

* You’ve thought about speaking at Meetup or WordCamp but haven’t been able to think of a topic
* You think you don’t know anything worth speaking about

**Agenda**

* Why speak at WordPress events?
* Dispelling some myths about speakers/speaking
* Coming up with topics and choosing one
* Practice giving a short talk

**Accessibility**

* The venue has an elevator, and single stall washrooms for non-binary genders.
* Please do not wear scents. Many people are allergic to them.