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GameDevDrinks featuring talk by Creative Bytes

 

When: Wednesday August 23rd 2017 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm

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

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/game-dev-drinks-creative-bytes-studios-tickets-36982518709

Details:

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, August 23 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speakers will be Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson of Creative Bytes the studio behind Embers of Mirrim.

From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson speak about the trials and tribulations of simultaneously launching Embers of Mirrim on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. Afterwards you can chat with Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson, 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 23th!

 

 

First Ever EhList Coffee Meetup

 

When: Tuesday August 15th from 8:30am – 10:00am

Where: Democracy at 202 Locke Street South, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Startups in Canada (@StartupsInCan) [local startup leaders @ChrisButtenham and @KrisBorghesan]

Register: bruha.com/event/1676

Details:

SOMETHING GOOD IS BREWING! Come join us for the FIRST EVER monthly coffee meetup for the YHM EhList chapter. If you’re a founder, you’re a fit!

Come chat with like minds and enjoy a delightful cup of joe from Democracy.

 

Lions Lair 2017 top ten finalists announced

 

Original article is on lionslair.ca

 

As part of the seventh annual LiON’S LAIR competition, 15 startup businesses spent their summer with Innovation Factory to develop their pitch and media relations skills.

After a head-to-head mini pitch competition, Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the top 10 companies who will move on to face the Lions with a 15-minute pitch filmed on Cable 14.

Aiva LabsBridesMadeDash MDDolled Up DessertsGene Blueprinthealthypets.ioHiNT NeuroLumagoNanophyll, and Oneiric Hockey will all get that opportunity.

“Our top 10 is truly representative of the economic diversity and growth that Hamilton and the surrounding area has experienced since the competition’s inception,” said David Carter, Executive Director at Innovation Factory. “We can see a wide range of industries and products represented, and for the first time, the majority of our finalist companies are led by female founders and co-founders. It’s exciting to see the competition reflect larger, positive trends in entrepreneurship.”

The 10 finalists will now compete for over $160,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The winners will be announced live at the LiON’S LAIR gala September 27 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre.

Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce are pleased to collaborate with local organizations and businesses in providing prizing and event support. The competition would not be possible without the support of these generous partners.

Tickets to the gala will go on sale mid-August and will be available at lionslair.ca. This event sells out every year, so stay tuned for upcoming announcements.

 

Check out the pitch from Aiva Labs below and the rest on YouTube.

 

 

Debris by Moonray arrives October 2nd

 

Moonray Studios (@moonraystudios) has announced the release of Debris for October 2nd, 2017!

Check out the trailer below and check out the game on Steam!

 

 

Description: Debris is an atmospheric single-player/co-op adventure game set in a surreal frozen ocean. Trapped in the depths, you must reach the surface to survive. Power is scarce, your team is lost and unusual creatures lurk in the darkness. Escape together or die alone.

Features:

  • Deep storylines dramatically impacted by the choices you make
  • Single-player and co-op modes
  • A unique underwater setting like nothing you’ve ever seen
  • Stunning graphics with dynamic ice and alien bioluminescence
  • Living creatures with their own domains, desires and attitudes
  • Futuristic weapons and a robotic squid

 

 

GameDevDrinks with Oddbird Studio tomorrow night

 

When: Wednesday July 19th 2017 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm

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

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/gamedevdrinks-oddbird-studio-tickets-35932206196

Details:

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, July 19 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Oddbird Studios the studio behind Arrow Heads

From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Oddbird Studios speak about the trials and tribulations of Arrow Heads, as well as get a hands-on experience with their latest game. Afterwards you can chat with Oddbird Studio, 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 19th!

Regards,

OddBird Studio is a collaboration of Sheridan Game Design students operating out of Oakville, Ontario. The team came together to create an engaging and memorable game to submit to the Level Up Showcase in Toronto. Although we are currently laying the groundwork for our debut title Arrow Heads we are passionate about creating games that are not only fun to play, but that push our design capabilities. While OddBird Studio may have started as a game project the team is always focused on moving forward with future developments; including a market release for Arrow Heads.

 

IBM and HHS officially launch Innovation Exchange

 

Last month IBM and Hamilton Health Sciences officially launched the Innovation Exchange, a 7,000 sq. ft health innovation accelerator at 1 King St. W in downtown Hamilton. Check out the announcement below:


Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and IBM Canada have continued to build on the IBM/HHS innovation collaborative announced in March 2016 and, on June 26, officially launched a new health innovation accelerator in downtown Hamilton, which will serve as a platform for local entrepreneurs, researchers and healthcare professionals to collaborate on projects that will help improve the delivery of healthcare across the region, the country and the global market.

The HHS Innovation Exchange initiative, within the IBM Innovation Space in Hamilton, gives participants access to an array of IBM Watson cognitive and analytics software, expertise in cloud computing and high-performance computing infrastructure, and a network of global collaborators. Hamilton Health Sciences, with its cadre of more than 1,500 research staff and 15,000 healthcare employees across six facilities, provides practical industry expertise and a “real-world” test environment.

“We’re applying our respective expertise in health and technology to find innovative solutions to today’s most pressing healthcare challenges,” said Rob MacIsaac, president & CEO of HHS. “This centre will serve as a launch pad for work that will change how we provide health care in Ontario, and beyond.”


 

Also check out IBM Canada President Dino Trevisani (@DinoTrevisani) elaborating on the concept in an interview with Bloomberg:

Help greenBYTE with computer donations

 

Editor’s note: Saw this on greenBYTE Hamilton just now and wanted to share – maybe help them out and donate!

 


“It was the right thing to do”- Recently a mom and her 13 year old son Scott came into the store to purchase a computer. When I asked what they needed the computer for, Scott’s mom told me that he was being harassed in the community and she wanted him to have something to do at home where he would be safe. When I heard this I knew what I had to do. I went to the back and got a laptop for Scott and told him it was free. Scott and his mom thanked me profusely and said that I helped them out more than I would ever know. greenBYTE is always looking for end of use computer donations so we can help more kids like Scott. Please visit our web site at www.greenbyte.ca to find out how you can help us.

Mike Marchand


 

Women Working in WordPress Panel this Thursday

When: Thursday May 25th 2017 at 6:30pm

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

Organizer: WordPress Hamilton Meetup

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/238774940

Details:

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

Presentation: Panel – Women Working in WordPress

We’ll be having a panel of women working in the web industry in a variety of roles – who all have a hand in WordPress. We’ll be talking about how they got into the IT field, developing skills and more.

This will be a moderated panel with some time for QA afterwards.

Panelists confirmed:

Donna Peplinskie – JavaScript Wrangler @ Automattic
Olga Kwak – entrepreneurial marketer @ OK Digital Content
+1 TBD

Agenda

6:30pm – doors open, networking

7pm-8pm – panel + Q&A

8:pm-? – Networking

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

GameDevDrinks featuring Third Floor Games

When: Wednesday May 24th 2017 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm

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

Organizer: @GameDevDrnks

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/gamedevdrinks-third-floor-games-tickets-34717674499

Details:

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, May 24th for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Third Floor Games the winners of this years LeveUP Toronto competition and creators of Disco is Dead.

From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Third Floor Games speak about the trials and tribulations of Disco is Dead, being a student team, and the adventures of LevelUP Toronto, as well as answer your game dev questions during the Q&A portion of their talk. Afterwards you can chat with the team, 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 24nd!

About Third Floor Games
Third Floor Games is a team of Bachelor of Game Design graduates from Sheridan College. Our development team is Nuha Alkadi, Coulter Baker, Jeffrey Barkun, Jennifer Johnson, Kassandra Kadar and Melissa McQuarrie, with music composed by P.j. Tremblay.

CityLAB experiential learning hub launches

Tackling civic problems at the new CityLAB! (Image Source)

 

HAMILTON, ON – The City of Hamilton today announced it is partnering with local academic institutions McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College to launch CityLAB, an innovation hub where students, city staff and community stakeholders will co-create solutions that support the city’s strategic priorities.

Following on a worldwide movement to create more meaningful learning experiences to engage young people, CityLAB Hamilton will offer post-secondary students the chance to collaborate, design, launch and test real projects that address issues confronting Hamilton (e.g.: climate change, healthy neighbourhoods, municipal excellence).

Project benefits are numerous for the student participants, the academic institutions, the City of Hamilton and the broader community:

  • Students gain new skills, a tangible connection to their city, and employment opportunities after graduation
  • The schools are able to build new bridges across disciplines and work together for the benefit of the community
  • City staff are exposed to new ideas that support strategic priorities and the overall sustainability and livability of Hamilton

The pilot program will run until December 2019, and the learning environment and innovation lab will be located at the former Canadian Football Hall of Fame building.

Since the formal signing of the CityLAB agreement between the City and institutions at the end of March 2017, next steps will see renovations at the Hall of Fame to meet current building standards and CityLAB space requirements. The innovation hub will have a fully accessible, open concept floor plan allowing for student lectures, project work and innovation workshops.

A CityLAB Project Manager has been hired. Patrick Byrne is currently on leave from his PhD studies in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster. Mr. Byrne brings extensive experience as an innovative experiential and interdisciplinary educator, previously serving at Sheridan College and for three years as the Program Coordinator for the McMaster Discovery Program, a non-credit, university-level course for adults in Hamilton who have experienced barriers to higher education.

Additional Resources

  • Read the General Issues Committee report about CityLAB (item 7.2)
  • Read original CityLAB Motion put forward by Councillor Matthew Green on April 6, 2016 (see pages 21-22 in the attached)
  • The concept of CityLAB Hamilton ignited in the Spring of 2015, when representatives from the City of Hamilton and McMaster University visited CityStudio Vancouver
  • A formal launch and opening of the CityLAB site will take place in fall of 2017 – details to follow

Quotes

“CityLAB Hamilton is a winning collaboration for all partners – ultimately benefitting the community through innovative projects that advance the strategic priorities of the City. I am thrilled that Hamilton is the next City to harness this growing global trend of engaging the brightest post-secondary minds to improve our City.”

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger

“The challenges of our City are complex and require developing solutions across so many sectors. Just as open-source data is driving technology, open government will drive advances in city building. By capturing the most current and cutting edge minds, CityLAB brings together the best ideas from local government, academia and the private sector.”

Matthew Green, Hamilton City Councillor, Ward 3

“Every day McMaster students, faculty and staff work to make Hamilton a better and more vibrant city. By partnering with the City and our sister institutions, CityLAB provides students with opportunities to tackle real issues and challenges facing Hamiltonians, and to work together towards a healthier, more inclusive and more successful Hamilton for everyone.”

Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University

“CityLAB extends the classroom into the community for Mohawk students.  We look forward to putting our students to work on community-building projects with our partners at the City, McMaster and Redeemer.”

Ron McKerlie, President, Mohawk College

“CityLAB is another great opportunity for Redeemer University to live out its mission. Through this partnership with the City, McMaster, and Mohawk, we will further position our students to have a tangible positive impact on our city.”

Fred Verwoerd, Interim President, Redeemer University College

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Media contact:

Ann Lamanes
Communications Officer
Planning & Economic Development Department
City of Hamilton
E: Ann.Lamanes@hamilton.ca
P: 905-546-2424 ext. 5541

McMaster University
Gord Arbeau
Director Public and Community Relations
E: arbeaug@mcmaster.ca
P: 905-525-9140 ext. 27305

Mohawk College
Jay Robb
Communications Director
E: jay.robb@mohawkcollege.ca
P: 905.979.8893

Redeemer University College
Bethany Van Lingen
Communications Manager
E: bvanlingen@redeemer.ca
P: 905-648-2139 ext.4326