Software startup events we don’t have yet in Hamilton

This is just a list of different types of software, tech and startup events we don’t have in Hamilton. Checking out some of these events in Toronto and Waterloo is definitely recommended! But should we have some of these events in the Hamilton community? Maybe you can take up the creation of a Hamilton-version, or create an event of your own with a similar purpose or focus?

Open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants.

A 15-20 minute technical talk and 15-20 minute non-technical talk, developers sharing and learning from each other, free to attend.

Founders & Funders
Organized to get tech entrepreneurs to meet each other, and meet potential angel or VC funders.

Girl Geek Dinners
Informal dinners with speakers on technical, business or women in tech issues.

Presenters have 5 minutes to share personal and professional passions with 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds.

Intersect puts geeks and artists on stage to show off creative projects that merge the worlds of design, music, art, film, fashion, technology and other creative fields. Concepts, demos, samples, prototypes – but no powerpoint.

Ladies Learning Code
A women-run not-for-profit group working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social, collaborative way.

Lean Coffee
Lean Coffee Meetup is a gathering of business professionals and entrepreneurs who are living and breathing the Lean Startup principles.

Lean Startup Machine
Lean Startup Machine is a metrics-driven startup competition where teams learn to identify the key risks in their business model through hands-on mentorship and our framework of tools.

Canada’s leading online conference, mesh explores how the Internet is changing how we live, work and play.

Startup Job Fair – UBC, Startup Riot, BASES
Events to connect startups with talent; often focused on student talent.

TeamCamp is a series of events aimed at forming like-minded individuals into teams for the purpose of turning smart ideas into startups.

TechTalksTO is an ongoing boutique speaker series for developers in the Toronto area.

UserExperience Camp
Focus is on user experience – online and offline, no set agenda until everyone gathers, attendees are required to participate to some degree: either by leading a discussion, showing a demo, or by creating another type of collaborative session.

Hamilton-based online marketplace REfficient featured in Toronto Star

The Toronto Star recently featured an article about REfficient, a Hamilton based online marketplace led by CEO Stephanie McLarty. From the article: “Still in its infancy, this Hamilton-based company offers a business-to-business platform, linking buyers and sellers primarily of used telecommunications equipment, from set-top boxes to the switches, servers and wiring that bring telephone and cable to your home or business.”

Check out the article here. Follow REfficient on Twitter here @REfficient.


Mohawk College job opening – Research Project Manager – Software

Apply for the position in the job board here.

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The Mohawk eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) represents the point of access for industry, government, government agencies, employers, educators and students, to Mohawk’s software applied research capacity including eHealth systems integration, testing and mobile technology. The Research Project Manager (software), promotes, facilitates and manages projects within the MEDIC with a strong emphasis on software development related to enterprise service bus and services oriented architecture. The research project manager (software) will be responsive to industry needs and enable effective communication between faculty/student project teams and external partners.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

Manage a range of projects within the MEDIC with an emphasis on Health Informatics and Mobile Technology. The role of the Research Project Manager is to:
•Act as a liaison to industry, faculty, staff, students and funding agencies;
•Identify faculty and students for project development;
•Co-ordinate project funding within MEDIC and funding agencies;
•Maintain and develop knowledge of software systems and architecture and sectors of interest to the MEDIC;
•Design and implement prototype solutions
•Develop and participate in networking events, conferences and tradeshows in order to enhance the growth of the MEDIC;
•Manage financial and human resources (project team).

The Project Manager (software) is directly responsible for the performance of all project teams (directors, staff, consultants, external team members) to ensure successful project outcomes.


The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience and understanding:
•Software standards and systems including HL7 version 3;
•Enterprise architecture (service bus and services oriented architecture)
•Software development lifecycle (unified process and/or agile)
•Provide evidence of software development team leadership;
•Corporate training curriculum development and delivery experience

Educational requirements:
•Minimum 3 year diploma in Computer Sciences (software development)

Personal requirements:
•Highly developed analytical skills and exceptional written and verbal skills
•Superior interpersonal skills and a high level of personal integrity
•Self motivated with the ability to initiate and implement new ideas

Cutting the cost of knowing your customers

Customers are the foundation of any business.

Without customers you have nothing. The need to attract new ones and keep existing ones happy is a primary concern for all organizations. Gaining insights about them and taking action on those insights is the foundation of marketing. But how do businesses gain this type of market intelligence?

The largest multinational corporations hire armies of people and buy millions of dollars worth of market research, conduct focus groups, and survey their customers and markets. They spend an estimated $22 billion each year in North America just to convert this data into something business people can understand and act on.

But for all of the small- and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations, spending $100,000 on a market research project is simply out of the question.

In most cases, these relatively smaller organizations rely on piecemeal information they collect while surfing the web. Realistically, many of them just plain guess.

Enter Quant Interpretations, a Hamilton-based startup founded late last year by Brad Ross, the inventor, and Michael Saniga, the president (see Quant invented an online software tool that simplifies the process of market intelligence — in seconds at a price point that is reasonable for most businesses.

This online marketing tool delivers business decision makers and marketers fully interpreted and actionable insights about customers and markets that they can turn into better decisions and in turn, better performance.

Ross describes the process as follows: “For almost six years I worked with a team to help clients understand their customers. It was a manual process requiring weeks or months of number-crunching, expensive market research data and a dozen or so software tools. We invented a provisionally-patented process that automates and simplifies this entire process. We do all the number crunching so our clients have all the tools they need to make better business decisions.”

The product of Quant’s hard work is a flexible online portal that delivers presentation-ready reporting, insights that you likely never knew about your customers that go well beyond age and income.

Users can predict what customers will buy in the future based on what they are interested in, their attitudes and behaviours, where they prefer to shop, and how they prefer to collect information (i.e., newspaper, TV, radio, or the internet).

“Determining what your best customers look like — and more importantly how to find more of them — will have a significant impact on your bottom line,” says Saniga. “You can be more efficient with your marketing efforts, focusing on the people who want to hear from you. One thing for sure is that you’ll be more in tune with your customers, making your relationships stronger and longer lasting.”

Getting your hands on this type of intelligence may have seemed like magic in the past, but the experts at Quant Interpretations have harnessed the power of 10,000-plus variables and billions of market research data points to allow organizations to use this in both their most important strategic decisions and their everyday decision-making processes.

If your small- to medium-sized business is looking to spend some money on a marketing campaign, or if you want to learn where to find more clients like the ones you already have, ask Brad and Michael for a demo of their software solution. You will be as shocked as I was when they showed me how much they know about potential customers that you have not tapped into yet.

Job opening: Clinical DataFax Systems Inc is looking for a Software and Networking Wizard

As posted in the job board here.

About us:

Clinical DataFax Systems Inc. is a small Hamilton based software development company founded in 1991 that produces software for managing Clinical Trials data.

About you:

– entrepreneurial spirit, self-motivated, proactive, able to think outside of the box
– deep knowledge of networking – able to explain all the fields in a TCP/IP header
– demonstrated strong C, C++ and/or Objective-C programming skills
– experience with Qt GUI frameworks
– understanding of HTML, CSS, SOAP and/or JSON
– PostgreSQL database experience
– likely have contributed to an open source project
– in-depth Solaris, BSD and/or Linux experience
– strong debugging skills
– able to communicate clearly and concisely both in writing and verbally
– committed to creating tools users will find elegant, a joy to use and rock solid
– excellent collaborative skills
– genuine passion for software development and networking

If this list begins to describe you, we want to hear from you!

Attn: Martin Renters
Clinical DataFax Systems Inc.
25 Main Street West, Suite 500
Hamilton, Ontario
L8P 1H1


First StartupDrinks Hamilton of the year is next week!


When: Thursday January 12th 2011 @ 6pm

Where: The Winking Judge @ 25 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario


StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly presentation-free and sponsorship-free networking event for Hamilton’s startup community to make connections over drinks and relax a little! Feel free to talk about projects, ideas, funding, technology… or just shoot the breeze! We meet on every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 6pm.


Skate Hamilton is live!

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As the temperature starts to dip below freezing and we start to see some snow many people also start thinking about where to play hockey and go skating in and around the city.  We at OpenHamilton decided to help Hamilton area citizens with this problem this year by building a better experience to discover rinks than the city currently offers by building SkateHamilton.  We’ve been working hard on this for about a month and recently demoed it at DemoCamp Hamilton and got great feedback.  In total we 53 rinks listed at this moment including all the city owned/operated indoor and outdoor rinks.  Each rink also has a listing of any public activities that take place at the rink.

We have also built a mobile optimized version of this site to provides a better experience to you when you are looking for rinks on the go.  We are working hard on finishing the last few parts of Skate Hamilton including an embeddable version to put on your website.  We are also planning on adding some social features so that you can let others know when you are planning to go skating or to help you organize a game of pick-up hockey.  We welcome any feedback either via Twitter, @OpenHamilton, or via our email list.

Once again this application shows what developers and citizens can do when we’re empowered with municipal data.  Unfortunately, the City of Hamilton is not providing us with much open data and all the rink data in Skate Hamilton was collected manually.  We urge citizens to contact their councillors and the mayor to let them know how important open data is to them and how it can help developers build useful apps for all citizens.


Skate Hamilton also has a rudimentary API that you can use to get access to the data inside our database.  You can see all the API information at  If you have any feature requests or further thoughts on how we should expand our api you can drop us a line on our Google Group.