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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

Electronics Hamilton meetup on Monday

 

When: Monday May 22nd 2017 at 7:30pm

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

Organizer: Electronics Hamilton Meetup

Register: meetup.com/Electronics-Hamilton-Meetup/events/239991827

Details:

Hey all, hope you are well?

Can you believe its been about a month since the first meetup? I figured we should get together and talk more hardware!

This time I thought we’d do more of an informal night to get to know people and bring/show projects plus it has the advantage of little organisation 🙂

So this time it’s going to be held on Monday 22nd May at the Pheasant Plucker on Augusta at 7:30PM. I know it’s Victoria Day weekend, so if you can make it please RSVP so we get an idea of numbers.

1/2 price wings on Monday. $6 Cdn, Coors Lt, Stockie, and the Pilsner.

This meetup is going to be reliant on you guys bringing the hardware! So bring your favourite/most recent project or the best piece of hardware you own, that way we can see what everyones been up to. Don’t worry no one has to present – that is unless you want to 🙂

Looking forward to it and see you there!

 

Upcoming HTML/CSS workshop for grades 4-8

 

When: Saturday May 27th 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library (circuit 4.0 – zone 3), 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: IEC Hamilton (@IEC Hamilton)

Register: eventbrite.com/e/htmlcss-workshop-tickets-33924938404

Details:

This is a beginner to middle level workshop for local Hamilton students in Grades 4-8.

Have you ever thought of creating your very own website? If you answered ‘yes’, then this is the workshop for you! Note: this workshop provides nutritional snacks and computers. Bus tickets are available to those who require transportation. A parent/guardian must pick up their child at 4:00 pm.

This workshop experience offers local Hamilton students the opportunity to learn how to create their own website, using HTML and CSS, in a hands-on environment. The workshop will focus on the use of Khan Academy, an easy-to-use online platform where participants will learn the basics of website design through guided tutorials.

They will have the opportunity to explore various HTML concepts like inserting text, headers, and tables PLUS CSS so that they can change the colour, font, layout and more! After the session, they will be able to continue to explore to develop their coding skills and even show you their masterpiece!

 

The Big DiF open house this Thursday

 

When: Thursday May 11th 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/the-big-dif-2017-innovation-factorys-open-house-client-showcase-tickets-33598399718

Details:

Please join iF on Thursday, May 11, 2017 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.

 

VIZIYA acquired by WiLAN for $40.5 million

 

OTTAWA, Ontario and Hamilton, Ontario – May 4, 2017 – Wi-LAN Inc. (“WiLAN” or the “Company”) (TSX:WIN) (NASDAQ:WILN) and VIZIYA Corporation and its related entities (“VIZIYA”) today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement for WiLAN to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of VIZIYA. VIZIYA is a software and services provider that helps companies optimize their asset performance. All financial information in this press release is reported in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

VIZIYA’s asset management software help its many Fortune 1000 customers optimize their asset performance and uptime, allowing them to achieve their production targets, control costs, and manage safety and compliance.  Increasingly these asset management systems are an important part of the broader Industrial Internet of Things (“IIoT”) ecosystem, which represents a significant growth opportunity for VIZIYA.

“WiLAN, to be renamed Quarterhill in the second quarter of 2017, is focused on growth by identifying, acquiring and supporting IIoT companies with strong management teams, attractive financial fundamentals and promising growth potential; VIZIYA meets all these criteria,” said Shaun McEwan, interim CEO of WiLAN. “This is the second acquisition that follows our new growth plan and we believe that investing our capital in these promising technology businesses will drive the greatest shareholder returns over time.”

“VIZIYA has enjoyed substantial growth and profitability, and this transaction with WiLAN will give us the access to resources that will help us continue to build and grow our business,” said John Vujicic, President and CEO of VIZIYA. “The VIZIYA management team will remain in place and I want to personally assure our customers that our commitment to supporting your needs, and giving you the high level of personal service you are accustomed to, remains our top priority.”

The introduction of the IIoT enables organizations to builds intelligent connected equipment that monitors itself and constantly captures data to measure damage, wear and tear and other operational indicators. With significantly more data obtained on a real-time basis, operational systems can now move beyond preventative maintenance towards predictive maintenance through the use of analytics. Predictive maintenance reduces downtime and maximizes efficiencies.  

WiLAN’s cost of the acquisition is approximately $40.5 million with nearly 60% paid on closing and the balance subject to certain earn out provisions if the business meets specific financial targets.  Certain aspects of the transaction remain subject to the approval of The Toronto Stock Exchange. VIZIYA achieved revenue of $16.6 million and normalized EBITDA of $4.3 million for the year ended July 31, 2016.

WiLAN will fund the cash portion of the acquisition with cash and cash equivalents on hand, which at March 31, 2017 was $151.2 million (USD $113.6 million). The cash and cash equivalents total at March 31, 2017 does not account for the Company’s $63.5 million cash-purchase of International Road Dynamics, announced on April 17, 2017. That transaction is expected to close on, or about, June 1, 2017. Canaccord Genuity acted as exclusive financial advisor to WiLAN on this transaction and STS Capital Partners UK acted as exclusive financial advisor to VIZIYA.

About VIZIYA

Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, with offices in Brussels, Brisbane, Perth, Atlanta, Cape Town, Qatar, and Dubai, VIZIYA is the industry leader providing bolt-on software products to enhance ERP-based asset management systems. VIZIYA’s proprietary WorkAlign® Product Suite delivers seamless integration into existing ERP systems. With over 55,000 users at 850 sites across six continents, the world’s best companies use VIZIYA products to help them better maintain their assets.

About WiLAN

WiLAN is one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the world and helps companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios.  The Company operates in a variety of markets including automotive, digital television, Internet, medical, semiconductor and wireless communication technologies.  WiLAN has announced plans to change its name to Quarterhill Inc. (“Quarterhill”) in the second quarter of 2017 after which, WiLAN, the patent license business, will become a subsidiary of Quarterhill.  Founded in 1992, WiLAN is listed on the TSX and NASDAQ.  For more information: www.wilan.com

Forward-looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other United States and Canadian securities laws.  Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are based on estimates and assumptions made by WiLAN in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and the expected effects of new business strategies, as well as other factors that WiLAN believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause WiLAN’s actual performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Such factors include, without limitation, the risks described in WiLAN’s February 10, 2017 annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2016 (the “AIF”). Copies of the AIF may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov. WiLAN recommends that readers review and consider all of these risk factors and notes that readers should not place undue reliance on any of WiLAN’s forward-looking statements. WiLAN has no intention, and undertakes no obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

All trademarks and brands mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners. 

For media and investor inquiries, please contact:

Shaun McEwan
Interim CEO
WiLAN Inc.
T: 613.688.4898
E: smcewan@wilan.com

John Vujicic
President and CEO
VIZIYA Corp
T: 905.544.4144
E: John.Vujicic@viziya.com

Dave Mason
Investor Relations
LodeRock Advisors Inc.
T: 613.688.1693
E: dave.mason@loderockadvisors.com

Star Pirates Infinity launched by SHG studios

 

Star Pirates Infinity, the next-gen CCG from SHG studios is live for limited release. You can play on PC or Mac, or if in Canada/Australia download on Android or iOS from here: www.starpiratesinfinity.com.

Star Pirates Infinity (SPI) is a free to play, Collectible Card Game, set within SHG’s dystopian space-opera known as the Starcrash Universe.

“Star Pirates Infinity focuses on competitive PvP, deck building, and completing missions”, says SHG’s Managing Director Colin Ferguson, “SPI contains SHG’s signature social features coupled with active moderating to keep the game about the game. We’ve been creating great communities for 9 years, with the original www.starpirates.net, and other SHG titles.”

“9 years later, some of those original players, are now enjoying SPI. People tend to come for the game, and stay for the community”, adds Greg Ferguson, CEO of SHG Studios. “This was, by far, our biggest project to date, and we think it’s the best. Hopefully the new players agree!”

Almost 2 years in the making, with dozens of contributors, SPI marks a monumental accomplishment for SHG Studios and we are extremely thankful for the support we have received from ODMC’s IDMF Production and CMF’s Experimental Fund.

SPI is available on PC or Mac and if in Canada/Australia download on Android or iOS from here: www.starpiratesinfinity.com.

The Game Trailer for Star Pirates Infinity can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uXLiI5bFN4

 

 

Questions about the game, including media requests, can be directed to: info@shgstudios.com.

 

About SHG

SHG Studios is an independent casual game developer. We create casual games focused on social interaction. Players come for the games, and stay for the community. Our focus since day one has been on engaging social and community mechanics with our games. Players who joined us over 9 years ago, and still play, will attest to this. Our community development dynamics allows us to punch beyond our size and battle it out with the big players in the casual gaming world. We are very cognizant this is why players choose us over our competitors, and we build our games and communities accordingly.

 

About IDMF

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.

 

About CMF

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships.

 

New IBM Cognos Analytics course at Mohawk

Mohawk College is offering a brand new analytics course this Spring, Applied IBM Business Intelligence, designed to enhance your analytics skills.

Explore the latest IBM Cognos Analytics (11.0.6) suite of products and underlying architecture. Build drill-through reports, animated infographics, geospatial visualizations, and executive style dashboards through hands-on demos and labs and gain the knowledge to become a report designer.

Network with guest speakers, IBM partners, BI developers and administrators. 27 hours in class, 15 hours online.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of “Database Theory” would be an asset.

Course Number: COMP 10192
Schedule: Wednesday Nights OR Weekends
Start Date: May 10

Questions?

Contact cetechnology@mohawkcollege.ca

More Information

 

Digital media and the environment workshop for grades 4-8

 

When: Saturday May 13th 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library (4th Floor, Circuit 4.0) at 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Code Clubs program by IEC Hamilton (@IEC Hamilton)

Register: eventbrite.com/e/digital-media-the-environment-tickets-34136604503

Details:

This is a beginner level workshop for local Hamilton students in Grades 4-8.

Have you ever thought of creating your own webpage? Have you ever wondered how digital media is used to help create awareness of the environment? If you answered ‘yes’, then this is the workshop for you! Note: this workshop provides nutritional snacks and computers. Bus tickets are available to those who require transportation. A parent/guardian must pick up their child at 4:00 pm.

This workshop experience offers local Hamilton students the opportunity to learn how digital media and the environment go hand-and-hand. Participants will research one of three Hamilton Habour Challenges, set out by the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) and then use their creativity and problem-solving skills to create awareness of environmental issue at the Hamilton Habour! Attendees will use Tryit, an easy-to-use editor and learn the basics of HTML. They will create their very own webpage by adding text, links, images and video! After the session, they will be able to continue to explore to develop their coding skills and even show you their masterpiece!