Internet of Things meetup

Internet of Things meetup on May 1st


When: Tuesday May 1st 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton IoT Meetup



Andrew Wynn-Williams will be giving a presentation on his wireless sleep study tool. I will be talking about my recent experiences teaching IoT and electronics at Mohawk College. I will also be looking for input on the future of the meetup group and the upcoming (fall) IoT conference.

We are at the Pheasant Plucker now 🙂


Internet of Things Meetup with Colin Cagich


When: Wednesday October 18th 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: The Cotton Factory at 270 Sherman Ave North, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Hamilton Internet of Things Meetup



Our first meetup this fall we be hosted by Colin Gagich of CENG Technologies (formerly NVC Software Solutions). He’s also one of the creators of Hitchbot. He’s graciously offered us access to the Cotton Factory and his new office space for this meetup. Colin will also be providing beer. Yes that’s right. Finally, beer at an IoT meetup!

So join us for some great conversation, maybe some quick lightning talks, and beer. Also, Colin will be offering up close looks at Hitchbot.

If you want to give a quick talk or presentation, let me know. See you there.


Internet of Things conference on Saturday June 24th


When: Saturday June 24th

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

Cost: $20 regular, $10 for students



9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Arrival and registration!  We’ll have coffee and snacks available!

10:00 a.m — 12:00 p.m.

Colin Gagich (@colingagich)

Owner, NVC Software Solutions

Talk: HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot (@HitchBOT)

Bio: Colin Gagich operates NVC Software Solutions, a software company which performs contract design and development work based in Hamilton, Ontario. Through NVC, Colin has worked with clients in the Aircraft Deicing Industry, HVAC Industry and Restaurant Point of Sales Industry. Colin specializes in embedded system design, mobile application development and web application development. Colin has been operating NVC Software Solutions since 2013.

Ian Pilon

Ambient Intelligence Specialist

Talk: Ambient Intelligence: Human-Computer Interaction Design & Smart Environments

Bio: Ian Pilon is an IoT product designer from Kitchener Waterloo Ontario. He studies the relationships between humans and computers and how to interact with physical objects that are evolving into the digital domain. Ian is the Founder and Managing Director of IoT Waterloo Region and IoT GTA, a peer to peer network group of over 2,000+ members who meet-up quarterly for professional networking and learning from industry speakers. He’s also the founder of the “Ambient Intelligence Conference” held annually in the Waterloo Region.

Nick Tomkin

Director of Orbital Studios

Lightning Talk: Creating Carina

Carina is a lightweight, portable structure that takes photos of guests at various public or private events and locations, and uploads them directly to Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram, complete with captions, photo frames, as well as the event hashtag and branding.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

  • Adrian Duyzer of Parallel on Taking Advantage Of The IoT Opportunity

12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Fantastic lunch! Gluten free and vegetarian option will be available.

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

James Arlen (@myrcurial)

Director of Risk and Advisory Services at Leviathan Security Group

Talk: Avoiding common security issues in novel IoT products

Bio: James Arlen is Leviathan’s Director of Risk and Advisory Services. Over the past twenty plus years, James has been delivering information security solutions to Fortune 500, TSE 100, and major public-sector organizations. James is involved in information security policy, process, and procedure improvements for internationally known manufacturing and financial organizations and has held key contributor roles as CISO of a publicly traded financial institution and as Information Security Coordinator at a large scale power utility.

Best described as: “Infosec geek, hacker, social activist, author, speaker, and parent”, James’ areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights and shiny things. James founded Hamilton’s first makerspace think|haus before the Internet had Things. He is also a contributing analyst with Securosis and has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. James is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a prolific contributor to standards bodies and media.

Sam Reid (ioTcan)

Director of Business Development for ioTcan

Talk: Launching a nationwide loRaWAN M2M (machine-to-machine) IoT network

Bio: IoTCAN is a next generation wide area network designed specifically for IoT solutions. Sam’s talk will cover ioTcan’s work to deliver a robust, carrier grade network to enable the reliable bi-directional communication of connected devices and machines. Initially launching in the GTA IoTCAN will quickly expand their network to offer service in other major cities nationally and then full nationwide coverage. This network is being built on a recognized global standard for low power wide area coverage established by the LoRa Alliance. LoRaWAN™ is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things. For more information on LoRa please refer to the following sites: and Semtech.

Meg Smith (@megthesmith)

Ladies Learning Code Hamilton Chapter Co-Lead

Talk: Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Technology

Bio: Meg Smith is a Senior Designer at Parallel, the Ladies Learning Code Hamilton Chapter Co-Lead, and loves all things DIY. Her work with LLC was featured in Hamilton Business article.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

  • Terry George and team on their “FITWIZ” ECE capstone project (McMaster University)

3:00 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. (ish)

Break time with drinks and snacks!

3:15 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

John Gerryts

IT telecom analyst by day, uber blockchain hacker by night

Talk: Project Oaken – The intersection of blockchain and IoT

Bio: John Gerryts is a Technologist that has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013. Beginning as an active miner, John is the organizer for the Niagara Bitcoin Meetup Group, and has led a few projects surrounding IoT + Blockchain technology (mostly related to as early as PoC3). For the last 23 years, John has been involved at different levels of technology, with roles such as Network Administrator, Telecommunications Specialist, and Senior Network & Electronics Integrator. His Project Airlock placed 3rd at the “In Crypto We Trust” Hackathon which has since been mentioned in the Canadian Senate and on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast by Andreas Antonopolous.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

  • Lightning talk: Blake Laufer, award-winning investor and entrepreneur on his new IoT parking counter project
  • More speakers to be announced soon!

Q&A Panel: Succeeding as an IoT entpreneur

Ask whatever you like – this is your opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs and investors in person!

Panel participants:

  • Blake Laufer: Invester, entrepreneur, and board member of Angel One Investor Network
  • Colin Gagich: McMaster graduate, entrepreneur, hardware and software developer, and creative genius
  • Alex Ross: Lawyer and partner at Gowling WLG in Hamilton specializing in intellectual propert law

5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Beer and pizza! Make connections, ask more questions of the presenters, and start great conversations about IoT!


Omega party at Hamilton IoT meetup this Wednesday


When: Wednesday April 5th 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King (3rd floor) at 115 King St East, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Internet of Things Meetup (@hamontiot)



Beer and Pizza!!!!  I thought I would put that out first since its the most important 😉  I don’t have a speaker lined up so I had to come up with something different.  I’m going to bring my Omegas and a whole pile of sensors and motors and we are going to have a party Omega style.

Don’t worry if you can’t code.  There are lots of things you can do with them out of the box.  But you will need to bring your laptop if you want to experiment.  If not come out anyway and see what the others are doing and learn about sensors.  I got lots of them.  I’m going to pre-configure the Omegas on the weekend so we should be able to get up and running real quick.


John Gerryts at IoT meetup March 1st

When: Wednesday March 1st 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Internet of Things meetup



We now a speaker 🙂  John Gerryts from from Project Oaken will be speaking about IoT blockcain technology and his recent experience at the Blockchain Virtual GovHack challenge sponsored by the United Arab Emirates.  His team won first place!


Android Things talk at Internet of Things meetup


When: Wednesday February 1st 2017 at 7:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King St East (3rd floor), Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Internet of Things Meetup (@hamontiot)



I’m going to do a presentation on Google’s new IoT operating system called Thing. It looks cool and has great promise, but its early days still and Google has been known to pull the plug on popular products before. I’ll try and get it up and running on more than one platform. Specifically the Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel Edison.

I’ll also talk a little bit about the IoT workshop which is happening this weekend. Its sold out but if just want to come and check it out. Feel free to drop by.

We are now 6 months old! Its been fantastic so far. A big thank you to everyone who has presented and helped out. And too our sponsors as well. And of course to everyone who has showed up.

After my presentation I’m hoping we can talk about the future of the IoT meetup. What do want to see in 2017? What did you like/not like in 2016. Or anything else you want to bring up.

Thanks and hope to see you there, Doug


Intro to Internet of Things with Particle Photon


When: Saturday January 21st 2017 from 9:30am – 4:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King at 115 King Street East (3rd floor), Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Internet of Things Meetup (@hamontiot)


Cost: $25


Interested in microntrollers? Internet of Things? Electronics? Then this workshop is for you. Participants will learn what microntrollers are. Some very simple electronics. How microntrollers/electronics can be used to send sensor data to the internet. How to use the data from and control an internet connected device remotely using different web services.

The hardware we willbe using is called the Photon from Particle and we will also use the Particle Cloud IoT platform to connect the Photon to the Internet. Thanks to our sponsor Netquity, every participant will get to take the Photon kit home after the event.

No experience is required. Just some enthusiasm and interest in learning about this emerging technology called Internet of Things. But, if you have some experience with Arduino then you will feel right at home using the Photon programming environment.

All you need to bring is a laptop. Light refreshments will be supplied.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Students welcome, but minumum age for attendance is 16.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

CoMotion is located in downtown Hamilton so getting here by public transit is easy. During the wekend there’s lots of parking within a few blocks.

What should I bring into the event?

You will need a laptop running either windows (Win7 or newer), Linux, or MacOS.

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets may be refunded until 1 week before the event. After that contact the organizer to transfer your ticket to someone else.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?



Internet of Things meetup with Grek Trasuk

When: Wednesday November 30th 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton Internet of Things meetup



gregGrek Trasuk of Web Age Solutions (our snax sponsor) will be giving a talk about using GPIO on the Raspbery Pi. The RPi has a lot in Common withe Onion Omega so it should be a good introduction for those waiting anxiously for their Omega2s. Like me!!!! And did I mention snax? We will have fine snax provided by our sponsor Web Age. Thanks.

Probably won’t see the Omega2 🙁 But John Gerryts will be giving an introduction to blockchain technology. Blockchain is more than just cryptocurrency and will soon play a significant part in IoT deployments.


Internet of Things meetup tomorrow



When: Wednesday October 26th 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton Internet of Things Meetup



I don’t have anyone scheduled to speak yet and I really don’t want to talk for the whole night last I did last time. I’ll be giving a guest lecture at Guelph University that week so I’ll be all talked out. If anyone is interested in doing a talk please let me know. Even if you just want to talk for a couple of minutes and show off something you’ve done, that’s okay. Also, suggestions for talks would be welcome. We are now over 100 members, so there has to be someone besides myself who can talk. Pleez 😀

And don’t forget there will be great refreshments provided by our sponsor Web Age Solutions. Thanks.


Internet of Things meetup this Wednesday



When: Wednesday September 21st 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton Internet of Things Meetup



First I’d like to thank Greg Trasuk of Webage Solutions for generously sponsoring the snacks and drinks for our next meetup. Now, I just have to see about sneaking beer into CoMotion 😉

Also, I’d like to thank everyone who come out to the last meeting. I’m sure you were as disappointed as I was that the Onion folks did not make it. But Its understandable. BTW their Kickstarter reached ~$672K!!! Hopefully I will be able to get them to come to a future meetup.

This time around I’m going talk about the many different ways that microcontrollers can interact with other devices and services on the internet. Its not just about getting data off a sensor platform to a database or webpage. A large part of IoT cloud computing is connecting IoT devices, web APIs for services, databases, and other devices together to create applications. There are a lot of offerings out there from Temboo on the simple side to the full blown enterprise IoT cloud solutions offered by the big players such as Amazon. And the Omega has its own cloud solution as well.

If anyone else is interested in presenting a talk, let me know.