McMaster CAS Outreach

The McMaster Department of Computing and Software is running an outreach program, the details of which can be found at the recently revamped website: http://outreach.mcmaster.ca. The program provides resources to students, teachers and parents to learn and have fun with Computer Science and Software Engineering. In particular, the outreach program is now able to conduct classroom visits with teachers that request them: http://outreach.mcmaster.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=38&Itemid=56.

Here is one testimonial from a teacher who participated in a classroom visit:

“My students found the outreach program to be very informative and were excited to learn about an area of study that is relevant to their lives. They are looking forward to further exploration of computer science and are eager to take part in any workshops that may be available to them.” – Cherie Lewis, Gr. 7 teacher at W.H Ballard Elementary School

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop talks about “The Mobile Future” at McMaster

Stephen Elop, CEO and President of Nokia, will be giving a talk this April 1st, 2011 at 2:30pm in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning (MDCL) Room 1305/1307 at McMaster University. Mr. Elop graduated from the computer engineering and management program (1986) at McMaster.

Full details on the event can be found here: http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/hodginslecture.

Excerpt:

“Hear what the future holds for mobile communications. Stephen Elop, the first Canadian to head Nokia worldwide, and a graduate of McMaster University, will discuss how mobile technology is connecting the world.”

Startup Drinks comes to Halton-Hamilton

Startup drinks is coming to Halton-Hamilton, March 29th 2011 at 5:00pm at the Black Bull British Pub!

Information on Startup Drinks taken from the Startup Drinks about page:

“Startup Drinks is a monthly freestyle networking event hosted in pubs and bars by startup community instigators from coast to coast. We keep it a presentation free and sponsor free because the point is to make connections over drinks and…..relax a little. You can talk shop, geek out or just shoot the breeze. Startup Drinks promotes synchronized drinking so if you’re out of town, chances are you could attend in another city.”

You can find information on the Halton-Hamilton Startup Drinks here: http://www.startupdrinks.ca/index.php/hamilton/

The Big DiF – Innovation Factory’s annual open house

The Big DiF, Innovation Factory’s annual open house, networking and celebration event for Hamilton’s innovation community:

“Join Innovation Factory for Refreshments, Music, Networking, Keynote Speaker Mark Chamberlain of Trivaris, and the Unveiling of Our Flight Program.”

Click here for tickets and more information

When: Thursday March 24, 2011 from 5:30-8:00pm
Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton ON

CIPS-GH Event – Understanding Open Data

Time: March 23rd 6P.M. – 8P.M.

Location:
The London Tap House
31 John Street South (John at Main)
Phone: 289-396-8779
Note: Meeting is taking place in the basement level only accessible by stairs

Topic: Understanding Open Public Data

Open public data is publicly available information that is also findable, accessible, machine-readable, and sharable. Liberated from proprietary and read-only formats, open public data allows citizens to understand their government better, make more informed decisions, build useful public services, and even realize entrepreneurial opportunities

Presenter: Ryan McGreal – Editor of Raise the Hammer <http://www.raisethehammer.org/>

Ryan McGreal is the editor of Raise the Hammer, a Hamilton based web magazine focused on urban issues. He lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant.

Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Several of his essays have been published in the Hamilton Spectator, and he occasionally blogs for OpenFile Hamilton.

Register for the event here: http://gh.on.cips.ca/?q=node/84

NextCamp

Think you’ve got what it takes to build a cool app or website in one weekend and try to make some money off the idea too? Then NextCamp might be for you!

The inaugeral edition of NextCamp will be made up of two events: NextCamp.IdeaPitch and NextCamp.Demo. At NextCamp.IdeaPitch presenters get 5 minutes to propose a software project that can be developed in one weekend. At NextCamp.Demo presenters will get 5 minutes to demo that software. At both events, presenters will get 5 minutes of Q&A feedback from the audience.

NextCamp.IdeaPitch will be happening March 17th at 7:00pm-10:00pm at McMaster University – though it is open to anyone interested.

For tickets and full details on the event check out: softwarehamilton.com/nextcamp.

“I Sing the Data Open” – Open Data Initiative talk by Nik Garkusha

Tickets: Registration is free, but the room has a limited capacity.

Speaker: Nik Garkusha, Open Source Strategy Lead of Microsoft Canada

Date: Thursday March 10th, 2011.

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Location:

Engineering Technology Building – Room 227
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario

Topic: “I Sing The Data Open” (Open Data Initiatives)

We’ll discuss what’s and why’s of open data, why it’s a big deal both in Canada and WorldWide, how it fits as part of Open Gov initiatives as well as how private companies and organizations can find business opportunities to use open data, talk about developer opportunities with open data in Canada, walk through some examples & talk about short term and long term views on development in the open data space.

Biography:

Professional geek, technology evangelist, open source strategist, open data enthusiast, web developer and consultant and marketing professional. Nik is the founder of OpenHalton.ca, and works as the Open Source Strategy Lead at Microsoft Canada (Port25.ca) responsible for building relationships with the local Open Source developer and Open Government communities.

More Information:

See Nik Garkusha’s blog post for a preview of the talk.

Recap: DemoCamp Hamilton 1

The inaugural DemoCampHamilton took place last night at Slainte Irish Pub in downtown Hamilton. A packed audience consisting mainly of developers, entrepreneurs and students as well as an excellent keynote presentation by Ali Asaria and demos by CartaNova, AlboDigital, PoolingPeople.ca, FluidMedia and “mad inventor” Dan Zen made the event a success.

Sponsors Fluid Media Inc. and Innovation Factory deserve a special thanks for their support and sponsorship of the event.

The night started off with a great keynote speech by Ali Asaria of Well.ca which gave the audience insight into life inside the successful online health and beauty store.

This was followed by 5 demos:

Andrew Holden and Rob Porter of CartaNova showed us Weever – an upcoming service that will quickly grab data from a website to generate HTML5 touch-interface “web apps” of said website for mobile devices on Android, iOS, Blackberry.

Magda Lutcher of AlboDigital showed us their Content Management System for end users and graphic designers.

Hannah McKinnon showed us PoolingPeople.ca, a new online business to business community that brings overstaffed and understaffed companies together, enabling them to directly lend / borrow / permanently transfer employees without an intermediary.

President of Fluid Media Justin Hogeterp showed us CoffeeTablet – an iPad app for creating and sharing “Coffeetable” books from photos and video.

The “mad inventor” Dan Zen showed us Opartica, an online Op Art tool that lets people create and fly through their op art in 3D.

Thanks again to everyone for coming out, we’ll be doing this again, and the tentative plan is to take this to Mohawk College and McMaster University by the end of the year.

New Greater Hamilton web media

Several new Greater Hamilton media websites have gone online which use the medium in innovative ways to keep us connected and informed.

Hamilton-ON.ca mashes together content from a plethora of local news sources into a convenient format; it also includes a really cool language translation feature.

Metropolitan Hamilton is a “Collaborative Innovation Network facilitating transformational thinking in the evolving Hamilton Metropolitan Region – comprising Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, and Stoney Creek.”

OpenFile is a collaborative local news website that allows viewers to suggest a story by opening a “file”, after which a professional journalist is then assigned to the story to ensure stories are accurate and informative (though the community itself also contributes to the story). OpenFile Hamilton has launched, along with OpenFile sites for several other Canadian cities.