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WordCamp Hamilton 2018 is coming!

WordCamp Hamilton (@WordCampHamOnt) returns to McMaster Innovation Park on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web. WordCamps come in all different flavours, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc.

The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, and since then local communities around the world have organized hundreds of others. The first WordCamp Hamilton took place in 2013, with additional events happening in 2015 and 2016.

The regularly occurring WordPress meetup group has done a fantastic job of keeping up momentum around the WordPress community in Hamilton. The next few meetups will be focused on gearing up for WordCamp.

Currently, WordCamp Hamilton is looking for local speakers and sponsors to help make this year’s event another success.

Looking for local speakers!

Do you work with WordPress and have some techniques, experiences or stories that you think might benefit others? If so, we’d love to have you consider sharing that information as a speaker. We’re always looking for local speakers to contribute. For more about speaking at WordCamp (including some topics if you want to speak, but aren’t sure what about), check out our call for speakers.

Sponsoring WordCamp 2018

Simply put, without our generous sponsors, WordCamp Hamilton would not be affordable to the vast majority of the WordPress community. For just $20 our attendees have a full day to gain insight from our speakers, network with others, and learn more about the open source WordPress project whose mission is to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. All of our valued sponsors, by donating to WordCamp Hamilton, continue to make this mission a reality. Thank you both to our sponsors, and all of those who sponsor WordCamps around the world! For more on sponsorship opportunities, check out our Call for Sponsors.

To stay updated with news about WordCamp Hamilton 2018 for ticket sale dates, volunteering opportunities and more, visit


New shared office space opens

Regus Opens Its First Co-working and Shared Office Space In Hamilton 

In response to Hamilton’s rapid growth and economic development, Regus, the world’s largest workspace provider, has opened its first shared workspace and co-working centre in Hamilton. The new workspace is located at 21 King Street, right in the bustling business hub of Hamilton’s downtown core.

The new centre caters to Hamilton’s startup and entrepreneurial scene. Regus offers local professionals and entrepreneurs a professional space and alternative to working from home. According to research by Regus Canada, the main reasons people choose co-working include working with like-minded people (77%) and the opportunity to network (78%). People also crave the flexibility that comes with working from a shared office environment.

The new Hamilton workspace offers private and shared offices, a large collaborative co-working space, and multiple team meeting rooms. The space will also host a calendar of networking events and educational workshops for the local business community.

Regus has an expansive network of flexible workspaces around the world and in Canada. The global workspace provider enters the Hamilton market as its 104th centre in Canada at a time of massive growth and development in the city.

Regus is the leading global workspace provider. We have built an unparalleled network of office, co-working and meeting spaces for companies to use in every city in the world. It’s a global infrastructure built for businesses to support every opportunity.

Our network of workspaces enables businesses to operate anywhere, without the need for set-up costs or capital investment. It provides our customers with immediate cost benefits and the opportunity to fully outsource their office portfolio. Designed to enhance productivity and connect 2.5 million like-minded professionals, it’s an instant global community and a place to belong.

For more information please visit:

Learning Technologies Symposium

October 11th-12th, 2017 ‚Äď McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton ON

Have you remixed traditional teaching practices using innovative technologies like open resources, social media, or VR? Are you exploring digital solutions for teaching and learning such as video, animation, interactive media, flipped approaches, or online and blended classroom environments? Or, are you thinking about accessible learning, conducting research on digital pedagogies or the impact of technology on learning?

Share your methods, experiences, and research¬†at the Learning Technologies Symposium 2017.¬†Join us as we explore an ‚Äėeducation remix‚Äô¬†that is making its way into classrooms everywhere.


Learn more about LTS2017 and register at:


YWCA Women in I.T. Program looking for Paid and Unpaid Placements

YWCA Hamilton offers the Women in IT (Information Technology) program designed to enable women to obtain further training and certification and secure employment in the IT industry. The program prepares women for well-paying employment in the information technology sector, and employers will be able to recruit and retain more skilled workers. It also includes training and certification towards an industry recognized certificate for IT related jobs and work placement. This initiative gives women the practical skills and knowledge as well as gender-sensitive in-class training to prepare them for on the job training and employment in the IT sector.

In this regard, we are asking you to consider supporting this program by providing a work placement (paid or unpaid) to one or more of the program participants for the role of web developers/designers or other IT related roles. The placements are looking to start in September 2017 and run for 12 weeks. Program participants will have completed their We Design & Development Certificate program with Mohawk College and developed the technical skills including but not limited to HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop.

Please contact Mimi John at if you can accommodate placement/s.

CoderCamp this Wednesday

CoderCamp is next Wednesday the 12th of April at 6:30 p.m. upstairs at the Pheasant Plucker on Augusta street. Please register on

Damian Brady (@damovisa), a solution architect with Octopus Deploy will talk about Brownfield DevOps in Practice.

Are you ready to continuously deploy every commit to production and deploy 25 times a day? Can your operations team tear down and spin up VMs and containers for your app like they’re nothing? Can your company track production usage and toggle features at the whims of the marketing department? No?

We all know it’s not quite that easy. You can’t take an existing house-of-cards monolith and just start treating it like a unicorn, as much as everyone would like to. But as a developer, you can start to make practical inroads, and you can do it now.

This talk looks at DevOps culture from the point of view of a developer Рhow code changes can affect the agility of your organisation. We’ll discuss architectural changes, design techniques, deployment pipelines, and how to make large changes safely. Developers at any level will leave with some practical ways to support your company’s DevOps efforts and start working better with your ops team.

Employers wanted for YWCA Women in IT program



The WIT program funded by Ontario Women’s Directorate is a free employment program open to women facing multiple barriers to skills upgrading and access employment in the IT sector. The program provides academic training through Mohawk College, personal development and job search support to program participants.

Participants in the program are currently taking the Web Design and Development certificate program at Mohawk as their academic training. They will complete it on August 19th. Following their academic training is their placement as web developers/designers or similar role in the IT sector. Participants have knowledge in HTML5, CSS3, WordPress and Photoshop.

YWCA is wondering if you are open to providing placement opportunities to 1 or more women in the WIT program at your company. Placement will be from September 2016 to December 2016 (12 weeks). Schedule can be arranged but should be at least 20 hours per week.

Please let Jupiter Deveau know if you are able to accommodate and we can provide you with more information about the placement.

Thank you.

Jupiter Deveau
Career Development Specialist
Women in IT (Information Technology)
YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab Street South
Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1
T: (905) 522 9922 ext 142
F: 905.521.6455
S: jupiter.deveau


Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA @ Boston) – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

CTA @ Boston


DEADLINE:  Thursday, June 2 2016


Apply to CTA@Boston


Program Placement: Fall/Winter 2016 (September ‚Äď December)


The Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA @ Boston) is a 4-month immersion program that connects your business to the unique resources and contacts in New England to help accelerate your growth. The benefits of participating in the CTA and the resources in Greater Boston are highlighted below.


WHO:  Accelerator candidates are small to mid-sized Canadian companies from life sciences, IT (Including green IT and health IT), robotics and security technologies, and emerging food product sectors, with initial traction in the market, differentiated technology, a strong and committee executive team, and the potential to scale the business through the CTA experience in Boston.


WHY: Benefits of participating in the CTA@Boston:

  • Handpicked team of mentors for each client ‚Äď ¬†CENE Mentoring Service ‚Äď CENE mentors comprise a select group of 70 Canadians based in New England who are C-level executives from global technology and life science companies, successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors who are passionate about giving back to Canada by mentoring and growing a new generation of successful Canadian-led companies at the CTA@Boston
  • Space/services at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Kendall Square. CIC has approximately $7B of venture capital headquartered within two buildings and is the largest start up co-working space, housing 800 innovative tech companies
  • Introduction to industry leaders, venture capitalists and other key resources by the Trade Commissioners
  • Pitch Coach to refine your in-market investor, partner, or client-focused presentation
  • Member privileges at key industry associations (MassBio, MassMEDIC, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, Mass TLC, New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), New England Health Information Management Systems Society (NEHIMSS), TIE – Boston (The Indus Entrepreneurs Annual Conference is Tie- Con)
  • Weekly CTA@Boston Client Newsletter highlighting upcoming events/opportunities
  • Corporate Partnerships with Microsoft, HubSpot, Harvard Business School offering in-kind or discounted services and products


You’ll find the following resources in the Greater Boston area:

  • Highest Concentration of Global Technology and Pharmaceutical companies in the world
  • Strong technology and innovation cluster ‚Äď over 2000 companies – (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Akamai, IBM, Nuance ‚Ķ )
  • Over 400 biotechnology companies
  • World renowned research institutions -100+ academic institutions – (MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Northeastern)
  • 120+ Venture Capital Firms, Corporate VCs and Angel investors


Deadline is COB Thursday, June 2, 2016. More information at: website.


Click here for CTA@Boston Application

Export opportunities in edtech, fintech, digital media and more

Export opportunities in the ed:tech, fintech, digital media, wireless, M2M, cyber security and other technologies with seven upcoming Ontario IT trade missions overseas, two international buyers and a local sourcing forum. Summary below with details after my signature.

Ontario IT trade missions abroad:
1. Cyber security mission to RSA 2017, San Francisco, CA (must apply before May 27, 2016 so we can book space)
2. 9th annual SEUS‚ÄďCP conference and B2B meetings, May 26-28, Tennesee ‚Äď several tech subsectors
3. Connected Car trade mission to TU Automotive, Novi, MI, June 8-9, 2016 (3 spaces left)
4. Canadian Technology Hub in Japan (Jun-Sep, 2016), Free
5. Mobile tech mission to Mobile World Congress Shanghai, China, June 23 ‚Äď July 1, 2016
6. Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Australia, (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, August 1-5, 2016)
7. Wireless & M2M trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, NV (4 spots left)
8. Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Japan (October 24-28, 2016)

Incoming Buyers and local tech seminars
1) April 20, Toronto: Join Branham’s top 300
2) May 11: One-on-one meetings with TDSB’s CTO and briefing with Kevin Custer, founding principal of Arc Capital Рattached
3) U.S. fintech firm seeks Ontario software development firm
4) Japan firm seeks to invest in Ontario technologies (cyber sec, big data, digital media, etc)

Details after my signature. Please follow up DIRECTLY with the person indicated on each item.

Mauricio Ospina
Area Director, ICT sector
International Trade Branch
Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
5th Floor, Hearst Block, 900 Bay St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2E1
Tel. (416) 325 6151, Mobile: (416) 845 0862
Fax (416) 325 6509


1) Ontario cyber security trade mission to RSA Conference 2017 (must apply before Friday, April 22, 2016)
The Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch invite you to be part of the planned trade cybersecurity mission to RSA Conference 2017 ( Deadline to apply: Friday, April 22, 2016 or sooner. Qualified companies must have never exhibited at RSA or be on their list of potential exhibitors. Your cheque, which must be included with the application, will be processed after your company is approved. RSA is the premier annual information security conference in cyber security including cyber threats, data breaches, social engineering, compliance, risk management and cloud security. This year’s program builds on last year’s successful trade mission. It is open to eight Ontario companies and will include turn-key exhibit space at the Ontario-Canada booths, plus meetings with major international integrators, a market intelligence briefing, a breakfast with members of the C100 and two exhibitor passes to RSA. Cost: $3,500 plus travel and accommodation. Financial assistance may be eligible through Ontario’s and Canada’s CanExport Program. Travel and accommodation are extra. Applications are required by Friday, April 22, 2016 so we can confirm industry interest and book space before May 1, 2016. For details contact


2) 9th annual SEUS‚ÄďCP Conference and B2B meetings, May 26-28, Nashville, Tennessee
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to participate in the upcoming Trade Mission to the 9th Annual SEUS-CP 2016 Conference and B2B Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, May 26-28, 2016. Participate in the Business-to-Business (B2B) Meetings Program and meet with fellow delegates from six southeastern U.S. States in the following industry sectors featured at this year’s Conference:

‚ÄĘ Entertainment (IT firms with digital & mobile technologies with application to film/music, digital game developers/animation software developers; IP/copy right protection technologies; and accounting & financial management solutions).
‚ÄĘ Health Care (IT firms with self-health measurement systems; mobile health applications; solutions that integrate health status data with medical provider processes and the doctor-patient relationship; systems integrators)
‚ÄĘ Transportation (including digital/mobile technologies, connected intelligence software)

For details contact


3) Ontario connected car trade mission to TU-Automotive Detroit, June 8-9, 2016 ‚Äď Michigan (3 spots left)
The Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch would be leading a trade mission to TU-Automotive 2016, the world’s largest event dedicated to the connected car attracting over 3,000 delegates and 300 exhibitors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, will include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. Cost: $2,400 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for ‚ÄúEarly Bird‚ÄĚ is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,700 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario‚Äôs and Canada‚Äôs CanExport Program. For details contact


4) Canadian Technology Hub in Japan (Jun-Sep, 2016), Free
Canadian Embassy in Tokyo has established a new initiative ‚ÄúCanadian Technology Hub in Japan (CTJ Program)‚ÄĚ and is calling for application from Canadian ICT companies offering innovative solution/technology, who are interested in receiving an enhanced market-entry virtual program from trade commissioners. Ontario companies providing the following technology are welcome to consider this good opportunity for FREE: IoT & Connected Vehicles, Big Data Analysis; Digital Media, including Digital Marketing (AdTech), Omnichannel, E-commerce, and FinTech, Public Security, Smart Homes and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Contact


5) Ontario mobile technology mission to Mobile World Congress Shanghai
Shanghai, Hangzhou and Guangzhou/Shenzhen, China, June 23 ‚Äď July 1, 2016
With 1.3 billion mobile phone owners and 700 million Internet users, China is the most populous digital telecom market in the world. MWC Shanghai is Asia’s best annual gathering of mobile C-Level executives as well as the consumers passionate about mobile. In 2015, MWC Shanghai attracted nearly 350 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees, a 54% increase in attendees from the 2014 show with over 100 countries represented. 3,400 people attended the main conference, 55% at C-Level. The Ontario government will participate in the exhibition in the Ontario Pavilion at MWC Shanghai with a trade mission. Market briefing, technical seminar company visits and one-on-one meetings will be arranged with the support of Canadian Trade Commissioners in China and local Chinese partners including Huawei and ZTE. Please contact if you are interested in learning more.


6) Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Australia, (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, August 1-5, 2016), Participation fee: $800/company)
Are you an Ontario ICT company and looking to supply to the Australian public sector? Ontario will lead a trade mission of ICT companies to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, in partnership with Canadian trade commissioners in Sydney and Canberra. Mission members will exhibit in Technology in Government, Australia’s largest ICT event for the public sector. Business to business meetings and related programs will be prepared for mission members in each visiting city, and Ontario companies can take advantage of this mission to showcase their ICT software, platforms, services and solutions that can contribute to drive Australian public sector & enterprise transformation. Contact for more details.


7) Ontario wireless & M2M trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, USA (4 spots left)
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to CTIA ( Twelve new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# 2425) located on a main aisle next to Verizon and Samsung. Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. In 2016, CTIA‚Äôs Super Mobility Week will feature the entire wireless ecosystem – Connected Heath and Home, M2M, content and networking technologies. Close to 50,000 people, over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 1,200 press and analysts worldwide. $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for ‚ÄúEarly Bird‚ÄĚ is June 30, 2016). Regular fee is $2,700. (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario‚Äôs and Canada‚Äôs CanExport Program For details contact or call 416 325 6151


8) Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Japan (October 24-28, 2016), Participation fee: $500/company
The Government of Ontario, in partnership with Canada Embassies in Tokyo, invites you to join with us to visit Japan in late October with the focus of IoT, mobile/wireless/digital solutions/FinTech. While in Japan, you will exhibit within the Canadian Pavilion at Japan IT Week Autumn, the largest B-to-B ICT event in Japan attracting 40,000+ visitors and 535 exhibitors in 2015. Business to Business meetings will be arranged for every participating company. Contact for more details.



1) April 20, Toronto: Join Branham’s top 300
Every spring Branham Group announces the results of our annual research into Canada’s Information and Communication Technology sector. The Branham300 is the definitive listing of Canada’s top publicly traded and privately held ICT companies, as ranked by revenue. We also highlight Up and Coming companies that are about to make a splash, and prominent multinationals operating in Canada. Come out to our free event on April 20th in Toronto to share some good food and drink, and to hear Branham CEO Wayne Gudbranson analyse the results of this year’s research. Be sure to arrive before 6:00 so you don’t miss his keynote. The results will go live on our Branham300 Web site on the same day. Details at


May 11: Ontario ED:TECH tech sourcing forum in Toronto:
Apply for one-on-one meetings with the CTO at the Toronto District School Board and a briefing with Kevin Custer, founding principal of Arc Capital. Joins us for the first Ontario technology sourcing forum focused on ed:tech. Learn about Do’s and Don’ts, Lessons Learned and Export Opportunities for Canada’s ed:tech sector, and meet with potential buyers for your technology. Partners include The Canadian Federal Government and ITAC. Details with and (attached applicatin)


2) Japan firm seeks to invest in Ontario technologies (cyber sec, big data, digital media, etc)
Marubeni ( is one of the largest Japanese trading houses with annual revenues of 7,834 billon Yen and 4,485 employees (excluding 1,931 local employees of overseas subsidiaries). Marubeni is interested in investing in Ontatrio companies with the following technologies: Cyber security, big data analytics, digital media for digital signboard and fintech (payment using smart device – ex. Paypal, International fund transfer – ex. Transferwise, Online venture ex. big data service – ex Affirm, Personal finance management – ex. Mint, Cloud accounting ex. Intuit, Investment support, big data – ex. Betterment, Crowdfunding service ex. Zopa). For details please contact


3) U.S. fintech firm seeks Ontario software development firm
A US fintech company that is developing a technology platform to facilitate interest rate swaps is looking for a development firm that has the financial services experience (ideally in swaps) to engage with them on a contract on all Software Development Phases. Languages (Java, Erlang, JavaScript, Python, Bash); Development Expertise (Multithreading, FIX protocol, Spring, Camel, React); DevOps Expertise (Linux (Ubuntu), Jenkins, Puppet, Git, Continuous Integration); QA Expertise (Test automation, Potato); General Expertise (Finance experience – ideally swaps, Good communication skills). Interested parties please send a 200 words company profile including strengths, experience, awards and major clients to (contact Roshan also for details)

Women in IT – Info Session on Friday April 15th, 10am

YWCA Hamilton’s Women in I.T. program is now in its third year offering support and training to women with multiple barriers to skills upgrading, industry certification and access to employment in the IT sector completely free. In partnership with Mohawk College, participants can access IT academic training, work placement and job search support. In order to be eligible you must currently:

  • be¬†unemployed or under-employed
  • have at least a highschool completion
  • limited personal income
  • computer literate

I’ve had a small part in helping train Women in I.T. clients in year 2, as well as¬†hiring them¬†for some amazing logo design (¬†) and administrative assistance and research work. I’ve been extremely¬†impressed by the output of their select candidates. Not only does this program put¬†these women¬†through a gauntlet of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and WordPress but they are given support and opportunities to redefine their careers¬†and solidify their paths within the IT sector.

If you’re interested in hiring a Women in I.T. graduate, contact the YWCA Hamilton.

If you’re interested in participating as a student,¬†the next information session will be held at YWCA on Friday April 15th at 10am. The program is completely free. For registration, contact Jupiter Deveau at


Motorola Solutions seeking Public safety, infrastructure and computing/mobile technologies

Motorola Solutions Inc. ‚Äď Second Scouting Mission

Canada, Spring 2016


On behalf of the Government of Ontario and in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Chicago, you are invited to apply for meetings with Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI) and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital (MSVC) in both Ontario and Quebec (date and city TBC).


Motorola Solutions Inc. ( is a Chicago-based data communications and telecommunications equipment company, ranked 363 of the Fortune 500 companies. MSI is an industry leader in areas that include public safety communications from infrastructure to applications and devices such as radios as well as task-specific mobile computing devices for enterprises. If selected by MSI/MSVC, your company you will get 30-45 minutes to present to:


  • Reese Schroeder, Managing Director of Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
  • Eduardo Coronado,¬† EVP and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
  • Paul Steinberg Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Motorola Solutions Inc.


Complete this form and send to Only companies of interest to MSI and MSVC will be contacted with details.


Motorola is particularly interested in technologies for Government, Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness Markets as follows:



Intelligence-Led Public Safety Solutions


·      Mobile Intelligence Applications: mobile work force; digital evidence

·      Citizen engagement solutions

·      Big Data and Date analytics

·      Portable communication: location technology

·      Internet of Things


Connected First Responder of the Future


·      Sensors

·      Wearables

·      Real time transmission of information

·      Device and information management through non physical gesture (eye and voice interaction; mind control)

·      UI/UX Innovation


Mobile Application Ecosystem


·      Core Communication Apps

·      Core Collaboration & Productivity Apps

·      Core Device Enhancement Apps

·      Workflow and Workflow Enhancement Apps

·      Civilian Apps





Emerging areas


·      Block chain technology

·      Drones software

·      Artificial intelligence

·      Robotic company



Confidential information (once completed)





[company name]




A) Contact Information
Address of the company


Number & Street:



Postal Code:



Contact Person






B) Company Description

1.    Provide a company description no more than 100 words (include date you began operation and number of employees).




2.    Describe your core executive team.



3.    Financial Information: revenues in 2015; projected revenues for 2016; capital raised to date (if any and source); capital sought (if applicable).




4.    State of development: concept/proof of principle, prototype, commercial product/service.


C) Value Proposition

1.    What problem do you solve?




2.    What is your solution?




3.    What sets you apart from your competitors?



D) Business Plan

1.    Describe your revenue model/Go-to-Market strategy.




2.    Describe any obstacles or challenges you face in accomplishing your objectives.




3.    What is your ideal customer(s) to grow your business?




4.    What are your next milestones?




5.¬†¬†¬† What are you seeking from Motorola Solutions (this can take the form of an investment ‚Äď Series A/B or a strategic partnership)?



E) Optional Additional Information

1.    Is there any additional information you would like considered in the review of your application (Industry recognition; Awards; News Releases)?