Mohawk Coding Competition for high school students


When: Saturday May 6th 9am to 3pm

Where: Mohawk College, Fennell Campus, Collaboratory

Who: High School Students (teams of 1 to 4)

Prizes: $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, $125 for 3rd

Cost: $10 per student

Registration deadline: Sunday April 30th


Mohawk will be hosting its first annual programming competition open to all high school students. All participants will receive a t-shirt, lunch and an opportunity for prizes. Students may form teams of up to 4, but each student must register individually.


Competition Rules

  • Bring your own computer, one computer per team (a limited number of Mohawk College supplied computers are available and can be reserved upon request)
  • No communicating with any person not on your team during competition
  • No phone use during competition
  • No internet access
  • Participants may use any programming language
  • Participants may bring any printed or electronic resources (textbooks, PDFs, etc.)


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IF Lunch ‘n Learn: Crafting your Unique Business Story

When: Wednesday March 22nd 2017 from 11:30am – 1:00pm

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

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)



Please join us on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 for Crafting your Unique Business Story. Innovation Factory’s March Lunch ‘n Learn presents Joe Frank of Freytag Frank, offering data-driven storytelling and creative communication.

Learn to craft your data-driven success story to benefit your business and bottom line!

Stories matter and your business is founded on a great one. A memorable, well told, and sharable story is an important element of your business toolkit. It can attract new customers, inspire employees, or win partners and investors.

Join Joe Frank in this interactive workshop that will help you develop and improve your organizational storytelling.


11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm – Keynote Presentation
1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking


GameDevDrinks with Lightning Rod Games


When: Wednesday March 22nd 2017 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd Floor) at 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks



Hey GDDers,

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, March 22nd for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Mark Laframboise & Steven Smith from Lightning Rod Games the studio behind A Fold Apart.

From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Mark & Steven speak about the trials and tribulations of A Fold Apart, as well as answer your game dev questions during the Q&A portion of their talk. Afterwards you can chat with Mark & Steven, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone – student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike – who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.

We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd!



Lightning Rod Games is dedicated to creating family-friendly entertainment that touches the hearts and minds of players of all ages. Our games are designed to be emotionally engaging and encourage players to think creatively. Our upcoming puzzle platformer, A Fold Apart explores long distance relationships through a custom built folding mechanic.

Mark Laframboise previously worked as a game designer at Disney Interactive, where he helped develop the core gameplay systems for the hit Facebook/mobile game Words of Wonder. Mark’s long-distance relationship with his wife provides the inspiration for the story and gameplay of A Fold Apart. He is excited to combine his passion for head-scratching puzzles and heart-warming narratives on the project.

Steven Smith has been developing software for more than a decade. He was last seen at Electronic Arts before departing to found Lightning Rod Games. With a degree in computer science and a diploma in fine art, he is looking forward to tackling the challenges of developing his own game projects.


WordPress meetup this Thursday


When: Thursday March 23rd 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

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

Organzier: WordPress Hamilton meetup




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


Adam will be giving a demo of Local by Flywheel, a free tool that makes spinning up a local WordPress site incredibly easy.

If you’ve ever wanted to try editing a theme, or creating a new theme or plugin, working on a local development environment is a must. But this has traditionally been difficult for people just starting out.


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.


canCode conference for high school students this weekend


When: Saturday March 18th from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Where: McMaster University at 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: canCode (@cancodecanada)



Conference aimed at high school students who are interested in learning more about Computer Sciences. The conference will be full of various activities including guest speakers, a pathways seminar, and various workshops and presentations led by Computer Science students. The conference is FREE to attend for high school and university students.

Some of the workshops:

-Introduction to functional programming in Elm
-Beginner and Intermediate Arduino Activities
-Post-Secondary Pathways Seminar/Panel
-User Interface Panel


Student Startup Competition next week


When: Thursday March 23rd from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: McMaster University Student Centre, CIBC Hall at 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: The Forge (@theforgehamont)



Calling all budding entrepreneurs: come hear ten finalists pitch their ideas at this year’s Forge@MAC Student Startup Competition that could win them up to $20,000 in cash prizes!

You could also own your very own Nix Color Sensor by attending. Don’t delay – register today!


QReserve wins $50k IRAP for R&D


Hamilton, Ontario, March 13, 2017 — QReserve Inc. announces that it has been awarded a non-refundable financial contribution of up to $50,000 from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

With this award, IRAP’s total contribution to QReserve’s research and development program is $70,000 since 2015. This new funding will be used to boost the research, development, and expansion of QReserve’s resource management and promotion platform. With these resources, QReserve is better positioned to support the cutting-edge requirements of Canadian and international research organizations. This will give QReserve a clear competitive advantage in both national and global markets.

“QReserve is riding a tremendous wave of growth right now. It’s very exciting. This contribution from IRAP will allow us to respond to several market demands that will have immediate and significant growth opportunities for QReserve both within Canada and abroad. This award has already resulted in the creation of at least one new full-time position and more to come in the near future”, says QReserve’s Chief Strategy Officer, Graeme Brown.

QReserve’s resource management and promotion platform is currently focused at scientific research facilities and has experienced an astonishing 1,800% growth rate in the past year. This IRAP contribution will be leveraged to implement new features that have been highly requested by the research community and that are key requirements for enterprise wide implementations.

QReserve’s platform is already positioned to provide unprecedented insight into resource utilization and capacity within research organizations. Using QReserve’s cloud based software platform, organizations gain access to quantitative reports that can be used to justify funding and investment opportunities to researchers and administrators. This contribution will expand these capabilities and ensure QReserve becomes a dominate platform in research facilities world-wide.


The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada’s innovation system, and regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. Further information can be found at

About QReserve Inc.

QReserve Inc., was founded in 2014 and offers state-of-the-art resource management tools that streamline resource access, improve utilization, decrease excess capacity, and report on critical capacity measurements that lead to revenue generation, investment justification, and capability promotion. QReserve aims to improve the visibility and transparency of public and private sector organizations by aligning resource owners with resource users. QReserve is located at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario.


QReserve accepted to CDMN Soft Landing Program


Hamilton, Ontario, March 10, 2017 — QReserve is proud to announce their acceptance into the Canadian Digital Media Network’s (CDMN) Soft Landing program to further expand into international markets during the second quarter of 2017.

QReserve is riding on a strong year of growth with an 1,800% increase in registered users. QReserve will leverage the Soft Landing program to be physically present in the United Kingdom, which will increase their growing user base and strengthen engagement with university officials to further deploy QReserve’s platform.

“We are seeing tremendous enthusiasm from research groups within UK universities. We’re excited for this opportunity to visit in person to meet with our users, meet with university administrators, and begin stronger and more widespread rollouts of QReserve’s platform across the UK.”, says QReserve CEO, Dr. Brandon Aubie.

Given the high number of strong research focused universities within a geographically dense are, the United Kingdom is a key market for QReserve to focus on international expansion. QReserve’s laboratory management and promotion platform is currently deployed in laboratories across the UK including at the University of Sheffield, University College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Exeter, the University of Hull, the University of Leeds, Northumbria University, the University of Glasgow, the University of Plymouth, and several other research focused organizations.

The CDMN Soft Landing program “helps mature startups and small- to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) from across Canada to grow their businesses through new revenues or investments in foreign markets.”
CDMN Soft Landing Press Release dated February 23, 2017

About QReserve Inc.

QReserve Inc., was founded in 2014 and offers state-of-the-art resource management tools that streamline resource access, improve utilization, decrease excess capacity, and report on critical capacity measurements that lead to revenue generation, investment justification, and capability promotion. QReserve aims to improve the visibility and transparency of public and private sector organizations by aligning resource owners with resource users. QReserve is located at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario.


VEX Robotics Expo


Hamilton Community Robotics (@hcrvex) is a not-for-profit organization that offers Hamilton youth the opportunity to enrich themselves through competitive robotics programs, specifically VEX.

Last Sunday Hamilton Community Robotics held the the VEX Robotics Expo for teams of high-school students at McMaster Innovation Park. The teams will represent Hamilton in the world championships next month. Check out the video coverage of the event below!



Volunteer for Hamilton Code Clubs


Are you interested in inspiring the coders of tomorrow? What better way to share your passion then facilitating a local Hamilton Code Club!

Hamilton Code Clubs is a program that was designed to spark an interest, in Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) to students in grades 4 – 8. It is currently being offered through the Industry-Education Council (IEC) of Hamilton, in partnership with Software Hamilton, and is actively recruiting adult volunteers that would be willing to assist in introducing simple software programming to our program participants.



We are looking for individuals that could assist with facilitating and mentoring the following programs:

  • 8-week core Hamilton Code Clubs (approximately one hour a week, for 8 weeks)
  • Saturday sessions (approximately 3.5 hours)

Volunteer mentors will receive the web-based platforms (i.e.: LightBot, HopScotch, Scratch, and Khan Academy) as well as the necessary information and support as they deliver a club.

This is your opportunity to mentor our future ICT professionals, in a fun and interactive learning environment.

Contact us to join numerous other folks, just like you, who have made a commitment to inspiring and introducing students to software programming!

Opportunity Location(s): Hamilton Central, Hamilton West, Hamilton East, Hamilton Mountain

Vulnerable Sector Check Required: Yes

Interested in running a Hamilton Code Club? Contact Sue Clarke today!

Susan Clarke, Program Manager
IEC of Hamilton