New export opportunities for Ontario’s tech sector

Dear Ontario technology companies:


Please see below a list of NEW export opportunities – details after signature. Please follow up directly with the person listed for each item.  Note that the ICT trade missions to TU Automotive, MWCA , and Money2020 are sold out;  however, you may send an email to be placed on waiting list in case we are able to enlarge the number of Ontario participants.


  • June 3-5: Export opportunities with Southeastern U.S.
  • Sept. 14-18, Amsterdam: Ontario trade mission to Int’l Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2018
  • September 18-21, 2018 (TBC): Ontario Mission to Japan Fintech Summit 2018 (FIN/SUM 2018), Tokyo
  • October 22-25, 2018: Ontario Fintech Mission to sibos 2018, Sydney Only 5 spots available
  • Oct. 22-27: Ontario ICT Trade Mission to India Mobile Congress
  • Nov 13-15, Cape Town, South Africa: Ontario ICT Mission to Africa Com
  • Jan 8-11, 2019: Canadian ICT trade mission to CES (wait list open now)
  • Jan 20-22, 2019, Dubai, UAE: Ontario Security Mission to Intersec
  • Innovation Canada: a Tool to Help Businesses Succeed


Please follow up directly with the person listed for each item

Mauricio Ospina

Area Director, USA – ICT

Ontario Ministry of International Trade

21 Floor, 777 Bay St., Toronto, Ontario

M5G 2N4 Canada

Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca Cell 416 845 0862


June 3-5: Export opportunities with Southeastern U.S.

Join the Ontario Ministry of International Trade in Mobile, Alabama and spend three days networking with SEUS-CP (Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces) Alliance is a strategic partnership between six southeastern U.S. states and seven member provinces from Canada. Meet face-to-face with pre-selected business prospects; get industry insights and share best practices; meet with multi-national companies seeking new products and services for their supply chain. The following ICT Anchor companies have confirmed their participation so far: BL Harbert International; CGI Federal; Prism Systems, Inc. In addition to these Anchor companies, you will be able to network and set up B2B meetings with approximately 200 conference attendees. Conference and registration details are available on www.seuscp.com  For more information, contact Sheri.Dosunmu@ontario.ca or call (416) 418-2961




Sept. 14-18, Amsterdam: Ontario trade mission to Int’l Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2018

IBC is the world’s leading electronic media and broadcasting technologies trade show and has become a ‘must attend’ event for manufacturers, companies and brands involved in the industry. The Ontario Pavilion (2.A41) will be strategically located in a central area of the show floor and provide a unique opportunity to showcase your company’s know-how and technology to potential customers, business partners and key decision makers from around the world. The participation fee of $2,500 will include fully equipped space with individual company signage in an open-concept setting, access to a shared meeting lounge in the pavilion as well as pre-arranged B2B meetings (TBC). Space for this popular event is limited and spots are allocated FCFS. For details contact Philipp.Kornitzky@ontario.ca , Tel. (416) 428-2569





September 18-21, 2018 (TBC): Ontario Mission to Japan Fintech Summit 2018 (FIN/SUM 2018), Tokyo

Participation fee: $500 (per company)

Hosted by Nikkei Newspaper, Japan Financial Services Agency, and Japanese Fintech Association, FIN/SUM 2018 is a key Fintech event in Japan. Hosting one of the largest financial service sectors in the world, Japanese conservative financial industry is now quickly catching up and is open to greater fintech adoption. Participation fee will include: fully equipped space within the Ontario/Canada booth; market/sector briefing; and pre-arranged B2B meetings. For details or registration, contact wenbo.pan@ontario.ca (416-433-4992)




October 22-25, 2018: Ontario Fintech Mission to sibos 2018, Sydney

Participation fee: $500 (per participant), Only 5 spots available

Hosted by SWIFT, sibos is one of the largest financial services events in the world, annually connecting more than 8000 industry leaders. The financial services industry is the largest industry in Australia (by its sector share to the national economy). Australia’s financial institutions are among the most profitable in the world, providing an attractive market for Ontario fintech companies. Participation fee will include: full access to the conference sessions and exhibition for all four days and the closing event, B2B meetings arranged by federal colleagues and a commercial service provider, and the reception at Canadian Consulate General in Sydney. Participants are also invited to join outreach programs in Melbourne and Auckland. For details or registration, contact wenbo.pan@ontario.ca (416-433-4992)




Oct. 22-27: Ontario ICT Trade Mission to India Mobile Congress

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade will take 6-10 companies on a trade mission to the India Mobile Congress (http://indiamobilecongress.com). The trade show, which takes place Oct. 25-27, is organized by the Cellular Operators Association of India and in two years has become the number-one conference + exhibition in the telecom ICT space in the country. The event will offer Ontario delegates B2B meetings in Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi, and visits to leading telecom companies, system integrators and other partners. Additional benefits include market intelligence and briefings, an introduction to C-level decision-makers from the Indian ICT industry, and access to a Canada Lounge at the India Mobile Congress for meetings and other events. Priority registration will be for first-time participants in an Ontario mission to India or for companies that have been inactive in the India market in recent years. For details, please contact fawzia.sheikh@ontario.ca, Tel. 416-314-2452.




Nov 13-15, Cape Town, South Africa: Ontario ICT Mission to Africa Com

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade in partnership with the Canadian High Commission Trade Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be organizing an Ontario ICT mission to Africa Com 2018 (https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/), which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, November 13 -15, 2018. Africa Com is the biggest platform for ICT in Africa. It is focused technology and ICT event in the world and serves as a meeting place for those driving Africa’s digital transformation. It is made up of 500 brands that showcase their solutions across 3 days in November and attracts in the region of 13,000 visitors, 500 exhibitors from over 140 countries.  Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, all telecom operators in Africa participate in this show, in addition to IT, Digital media, and latest technologies players. For details on this trade mission, please contact Eyad Qudsi at eyad.qudsi@ontario.ca or cell 416-627-2106




Jan 8-11, 2019: Canadian ICT trade mission to CES (wait list open now – registration will be sent later on)

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade, ICT West, Quebec and key Canadian Consulates in the USA invite you to be part of the Canadian trade mission to CES (www.ces.tech), the world’s largest trade show for the business of consumer technologies and next-generation innovations. CES attracts aver 170,000 attendees and 3,900 exhibiting companies from 150 countries. The program will be open to 24 companies – 16 from Ontario. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include exhibit space in the Canada pavilion, databases of U.S. contacts, meetings and more. To be placed on the waiting list, please email Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca (registration for this trade missions is NOT open yet – just the waiting list)




Jan 20-22, 2019, Dubai, UAE: Ontario Security Mission to Intersec

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade in partnership with the Canadian Consulate in Dubai will be organizing an Ontario Security mission to INTERSEC 2019, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, January 20 – 22, 2019. Intersec is the leading Security and Safety exhibition worldwide (www.intersecexpo.com/frankfurt/51/for-exhibitors/for-exhibitors.aspx). As the largest and most diverse, the show’s influence has spread not only across the Middle East and Africa plus the Indian subcontinent but has gone well beyond, offering thousands of influential trade buyers the latest security & safety solutions and exciting new opportunities from the world’s best brands. In 2018, Intersec attracted 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries, 33,501 visitors and covered 56,300 sqm.  For details on this trade mission, please contact Eyad Qudsi at eyad.qudsi@ontario.ca or cell 416-627-2106




Innovation Canada: a Tool to Help Businesses Succeed

From funding to expert advice, there are hundreds of Government of Canada programs and services designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. But if businesses can’t find them, they can’t take advantage of them. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) created Innovation.Canada.ca, a new tool to help businesses find the best federal, provincial and territorial programs and services to help them succeed. To learn more about Innovation Canada please contact: jennifer.lopes@canada.ca  Tel: 343-291-2053 ATS: 1-866-694-8389





Software Hamilton revamp

I’m Kevin Browne (@hamiltonkb), editor of this website that’s been running since January 2011. I’ve had one crazy last 7 years, especially the last couple years, and especially the last 8 months. Long story… finished a PhD, got married, bought a house, and a lot of other things. Suffice to say this blog has gotten dusty and broken as a result. Mea culpa.

I’m going to be making some immediate changes to the website itself, and some longer term changes as to how it operates. In short, I’m going to be more formally treating it and operating it as an indie media outlet. I have wanted to get to this for a long time… shifting gears takes time itself though.

Here’s what’s changing listed below in terms of website structure and operationally. For a pedantic naval-gazing tome as to why, keep scrolling past the list!


  • Mostly batch updates, mostly on the weekend. Software Hamilton has more or less had one daily update Monday-Friday since 2012. This has been resulted in a major “user behaviour” as most users, 80-90%, check the website daily Monday-Friday, and traffic goes to very little on the weekend. This made sense in 2011 when there were hardly any startups, and maybe 3 regular tech/startup events in the city. This format has increasingly made less sense as time has gone on. So now, expect a cluster of postings on the weekend, and some sporadic postings during the week if some big news happens (e.g. product launch, funding, etc.).

  • “News magazine” front page. The “blog” format of one post on top of the other was great for the earlier daily-update and associated user behaviour, but it won’t be anymore. So expect the new website to look closer to BetaKit and other proper news websites – a wall of stories and happenings that you can click on that take you to an individual page.

  • Automated newsletter updates. There is a plugin for pushing out newsletters that I can use. It’s good for generating a simple list of events, but it would need 5 PhDs and some good machine learning algorithms to turn full-detailed calendar event descriptions into something suitable for a newsletter format (maybe that Reddit-bot that summarizes news stories could do it). As a result, the plan is for the newsletter to only list event titles, dates, locations, and links, and it’ll be on users to click through to find out about each event. I know it makes the newsletter less user friendly, but that’s the nature of a scaling community anyways, and it’s what can be realistically done at this point.

  • Automated calendar updates. The number of events and meetups in Hamilton has scaled ridiculously in the last few years, despite my best efforts I’ve lost track, and it’s become a job to just try to maintain the calendar. There are some ways (plugins, scripts, etc) I can automate 80% of this, and I’ll be implementing those. For the other 20%, see below.

  • Contributor role. Even with some automation, there’s still a lot of updates and churnalism to be done. What I could really use to keep things at the quality-level I’d like to see is a dedicated intern. But I, and maybe you too, have moral concerns with having interns and not paying them (especially not even a stipend). That said, even with a part-time 4-8 hour a week intern, quality and quantity could be much better. Which leads me to…

  • Monetization. I never want to personally make money off Software Hamilton, I’ve lost/spent money, and I’ll release “financials” if this is ever in any doubt. It’s a passion project, inspired by sorta-similar efforts (e.g. Raise The Hammer, The Public Record), I’d die a little inside if it ever wasn’t, and I don’t want to “sell out”. At the same time, if you care to read through the pedantic thoughts below, I’ve come to realize some monetization is better. With monetization, I can pay that contributor, even if it’s only a stipend, it’s at least something. So you might see some advertisements, a Patreon button, or maybe even some fun merchandise. The website and all related features will remain free for anyone reading.


Expect the website update over the next 3 weeks, and the operational updates (contributor/monetization) over the next 3 months.


OK, now for the pedantic naval-gazing I promised you.

Software Hamilton was initially started to act as a community hub similar to other regional websites and initiatives that were happening around Canada at the time (and really the world). I read everything I could, attended everything I could, and talked to everyone I could. But I really didn’t know what I was doing, I was just trying my best to give the community something similar, and my plan was to figure it out as I went.

I’ve had a lot of people tell me exactly what “Software Hamilton” should be over the last 7 years, all great folks, all with wildly different opinions. Some people wanted me to get grants and turn it into another non-profit with another mandate, carving its way into a patchwork of existing non-profits (that I feel is a bit overcrowded already). Some people wanted me to turn it into a member-driven organization (paid or otherwise) that would try to formally represent the sector, and exert political clout. Some people wanted the loose, informal club model that you see at meetups and whatnot.

All of these different kinds of structures can create different kinds of value, there’s nothing wrong innately wrong with them, they can all be forces for good. There’s a few reasons why they aren’t a fit for Software Hamilton though.

For starters, all those things listed above already exist. I have no interest in duplicating them. If you want a non-profit pushing along the sector, Innovation Factory. If you want the member-driven organizations and political clout, there’s the Chamber of Commerce and different taskforces put together by different institutions. If you want the informal club, there’s a ton of meetups and similar things.

I think community building efforts are best when they’re trying to “fill gaps” in the community, and when they try to create new value. Maybe not always, but for the most part, these existing tools fill the gap they should, and create the value they should.

The other, bigger reason is harder to describe properly (…here comes the hardcore naval-gazing). I’m not sure if I’ve stumbled on something in human nature that’s hard to describe, or whether I’m bad at describing.

But the idea is this… pre-existing power dynamics and interests tend to be re-enforced by many efforts aimed at assembling people together with a structure. I’ve gotten to do a lot of social things in the last 7 years… organized events, own and partner in private sector companies, partner with non-profits to create new programs, chair committees, etc, and this is something I’ve seen everywhere, so that’s why I think it’s a human nature thing.

So for example, if you were to bring together a bunch of mover and shakers in a city to talk about increasing economic growth and related ideas, they’d tend to go for expanding their current industries, rather than trying to create new industries altogether (that they don’t have an interest in and/or don’t understand). This goes doubly so when talking about how to allocate money or resources to anything. They’d describe the existing industries as differentiators and strengths, they’d create programs to grow these industries, and they’d allocate money to them. And a lot of the time, this process is great, and value is created, but only a certain kind. Nobody is a moustache twirling villain in this scenario either, it’s not about “down with the system” or whatever…. it’s just how it is… people have their interests, “they know what they know and not what the don’t”, etc.

What’s interesting is that this process… of pre-existing power dynamics and interests being re-enforced by social activities, applies just as much at things as simple as pub nights as it does at board tables. You’ll get someone coming out to the pub night that does awesome stuff that just doesn’t quite fit with the group dynamics, and poof, even without any ill-intent or malice, they’re left out, and so are there ideas. Whereas if they had another group to go to that fit their interests, they could more likely contribute and create value.

It’s honestly like Nash equilibrium, Prisoner’s Dilemma game theory type stuff. By everyone choosing to re-enforce their own interests and understanding over possible other interests or things they don’t understand, we all lose out on the value that isn’t created by the unexplored paths, and people capable of creating value that we just don’t appreciate or include.

This doesn’t make structures bad. Again, personally I work with all kinds of structures (private sector, non-profit, etc) and at a certain point they are necessary to create and especially amplify creating value (e.g. you get a grant, you hire an employee, and all of a sudden you’re able to reach 3000 people instead of 30). It just means that structures aren’t perfect, especially when it comes to making change happen. This is why people say “real change happens from the bottom-up”, because at the grassroots any sort of social dynamics or interests don’t really matter.

The problem is, a lot of those roads untravelled and a lot of those people capable of creating value are folks we need engaged. To use one example, there’s still a disconnect between McMaster students and Hamilton (though it’s 10x better than a decade ago). The McMaster brain drain was one of my biggest motivations for doing this at all… being a McMaster student for so long, and seeing my friends leave year after year, to create value in other cities.

Anyways, this whole “pre-existing interests being re-enforced” stuff” is why it’s particularly hard to create and grow new things. I remember when I was creating Software Hamilton 1.0, there was a point where I had to tell a mentor who was advising me how bad an idea it was that, “I’m not asking your permission, this is happening, I’m asking whether you will help”. I remember when I was creating a new initiative in the city, a bunch of movers and shakers told me it wouldn’t work, was a bad idea, etc. Nope, they were well-intentioned, but wrong. And I’ve been at the other end of it too… I’ve gotten to watch all kinds of people create things I never thought would work, and few others did either.

The one thing I did with Software Hamilton that I think I did right was to give support to people who wanted to step up into a leader role. So if somebody wanted to start or were starting a new company, or a conference, meetup, co-working space, or whatever other initiative, Software Hamilton gave them publicity and a push how it could. This let people explore those pathways that maybe an organization that is more structured would not see the “interest” in doing so. And some pathways work, and some didn’t. But the point is people could try weird, new stuff and find out for themselves. Many community initiatives don’t operate like this, some people want to control and direct, harness the power of others, or have this notion of turf, etc, and it just doesn’t work at creating an organic, real community.

The approach I’ve tried is what I interpreted as being advocated for by others in further along communities, and I just imitated it as best as I could (they’re better, but I did my best). I think that approach played a positive role in developing a more vibrant community than the type of “community” that is captured or represented by a specific organization, with all those interests and power dynamics. That’s also why it’s important to me that I don’t ever cash a cheque with Software Hamilton on it, I also want to keep my own interest in it such that I’m not ever depending on it for money (though, short of perhaps ultimately unsustainable grants, I don’t think it’s possible to live off something so niche). Personally, I think you can’t really blame someone for bending to prevailing interests if they need something to put food on the table.

That’s why I want to keep Software Hamilton as a lightweight indie media outlet. So when somebody has a crazy, weird new idea, or I have a crazy new idea (as I often do), Software Hamilton can just push it out there, free from any of those “interests”, and let the market decide what has value.

But the other problem is sustainability. In my travels over the last 7 years I’ve come to appreciate that structure can provide value and make things last longer and improve in quality. It’s great to have this indie sort of approach, but how do you make something sustainable longer term? If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. That’s where some lightweight monetization and the creation of a contributor role come in. It’s the minimum amount of structure that I can get away with for the project, while making it less dependent on me alone, improving the quality/quantity and especially consistency of content, and keeping it independent.

Anyways, I know this is a tomb, I just wanted to explain the rationale.

I’ve got some crazy ideas left to try that my gut tells me aren’t so crazy. And if you’ve got something you want to try, and your gut tells you you’re right, even if some others think it’s crazy, you should give it a try, and just see what happens. Hopefully Software Hamilton can help you push it out there!


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 2018.hamilton.wordcamp.org.


Create a Valentine workshop with HTML/CSS


When: Monday February 12th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

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

Organizer: Canada Learning Code – Hamilton Chapter (@learningcodeyhm)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/ladies-learning-code-valentines-day-creating-valentines-day-cards-with-html-css-hamilton-registration-42044216383


Join us for a 3 hour, beginner-friendly, HTML/CSS workshop and create your own personalized, digital Valentine’s Card with HTML & CSS!

In this workshop, you will learn how to create an online Valentine’s Day card (like this one) using the fundamentals of HTML & CSS and new CSS3 features to create fun animations to make your card really special.

You will also learn how to use CodePen (a popular developer playground) to share your sweet, sweet design.

Come with that special someone, best friend or favourite person and say Happy Valentine’s Day the Ladies Learning Code way!


Jason Hofing talks success during chaos at HamOnt UX

Jason Hofing (@RelayCoffee) (Owner, Relay Coffee) was added to the line-up at this Saturday’s HamOnt UX conference!


Jason Hofing (@RelayCoffee)

Owner, Relay Coffee

Talk: UX Always: Succeeding in Chaotic Times

For most of 2014, the entire street in front of RELAY’s Concession St. coffee bar was ripped up limiting access to its front door. In this talk, Jason will share his team’s story of abandoning panic and instead see it as an opportunity to engage their audience and customers with creativity, positivity, and hospitality.

Bio: Jason Hofing is the owner of RELAY Coffee Roasters, a craft coffee roaster of with two coffee bars and roasting for the best restaurants in Hamilton. Jason is the recipient of the First Ontario and Hamilton Spectator 1AWARD in 2012, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Small Business Award in 2013 and a 40 Under 40 Award in 2014. Jason believes in a human-centric approach to taking your business to where your customers are and serving their needs.


HamOnt UX


When: Saturday October 28th 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King – 115 King Street East (3rd floor), Hamilton, ON



The HamOnt conference series continues with HamOnt UX on Saturday October 28th!

HamOnt UX is filling in for Embrace UX this year… low cost and kick ass, featuring experts from within and abroad for a full day of talks… we would love for you to join us!

Check out the schedule of talks on the event ticket page! HamOnt UX attendees can also expect morning coffee & snacks, lunch, afternoon drinks & snacks, and an after party!

Tickets are just $20 regular, and $10 for students.


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 meetup.com.

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 – how 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.

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 – 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 –  CENE Mentoring Service – 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 – over 2000 companies – (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Akamai, IBM, Nuance … )
  • 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

PLUG IN: Media Mixer


When: Thursday January 28th 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Spice Factory @ 121 Hughson Street North, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: hamiltonmediaguild.net

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/plug-in-media-mixer-registration-19737227579


Discover up to a dozen media organizations & socialize with upcoming media professionals!

Join us for an energized evening of drinks, networking, and inspiration as we meet other students, graduates and experts from ALL media industries including: Advertising, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Journalism, Public Relations, TV/ Film, Web Development and more. You will also have the chance to interact with up to a dozen media organizations and networks who exist to provide opportunities to upcoming media professionals like you. A series of recent graduates will also be participating in a Q&A where they will share advice on finding jobs and cultivating their passions that lead to a fulfilling and dynamic career.



Cable 14


CPRS Hamilton

Director’s Guild of Canada Ontario

Hamilton Economic Development Centre

Hamilton Spectator


Innovation Factory

Interactive Ontario

Software Hamilton



Chawana Champagne, Freelance Graphic Designer and Design & Marketing Manager for Nickel Brook Brewery Co.

Matt Lattanzio, Digital Mareting for Weight Watchers Canada

Karim Mosna, Radio News Reporter and Host on 101.5 The Hawk and Fill-in Reporter on Jewel 92

Joe Pockaj, Stereo Conversion for Legend 3D

Haya Waseem, Filmmaker and Editor for Documentaries Airing on OMNI Smithsonian, Super Channel and more

For more information, visit us on twitter and facebook.



$10/ person and only available to guests aged 19+.

Please bring your ID and a printed or digital copy of your ticket. The ticket must match the attendee’s name. Tickets are limited so please make sure to secure yours as soon as possible!



All PLUG IN attendees will be entered to win a 3-month Commons Membership ($300 value) for CoMotion on King!

More to be released!


Schedule of Events

6:00pm – Doors Open

6:30pm – Q & A Session

7:00pm – Networking

*subject to change


Parking and Transportation

Parking: Free Street Parking after 6pm

Go Train: A 10 minute walk from the Hamilton GO Station


Interactive Elements

Brainstorm Opportunity Wall: Looking to collaborate on a project? Need to hire a student or graduate? This wall is here to help initiate conversations and partnerships surrounding job/volunteer opportunities. Post your name, skills and what job you are looking for OR post what position you’re looking to fill on your upcoming project. Post-its will be provided.

Q & A with Successful Grads: Listen in on how recent graduates from all types of media are “making it”. These graduates are from schools all across the GTA. They will also be available for one-on-one conversation afterwards.

Social Media Photo Booth: Take some silly pictures with our provided props and post online to twitter and facebook using #HMGPlugIn for your chance to win a prize!

Live Twitter Feed: Tweet at us using @ham_mediaguild and the hashtag #HMGPlugIn to see your pictures and tweets up on our main screen.


Social Media Links

@ham_mediaguild   #HMGPlugIn

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