It’s an exciting time for Hamilton’s software community!

It’s an exciting time for the Hamilton software community! Last night Weever Apps came away with the “lion’s share” of the available prizes at Lion’s Lair. The excellent well-executed event was put on by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and was attended by over 500 Hamiltonians passionate about seeing innovation and entrepreneurial efforts succeed in their city.

Andrew & Rob were actually one of the first people to agree to demo at the inaugural DemoCampHamilton1 event, so it was nothing short of thrilling to see Weever Apps, a software startup in Hamilton, come away with the top prize of $50k in cash and services in front of everyone at Lion’s Lair. Andrew’s post-award speech was from the heart – his passion for what he does is infectious and simply inspiring. Congratulations on another success guys!

The event was a big win for Weever Apps. But most importantly, it was a big win for Hamilton.

In addition to all the excitement of seeing a DemoCampHamilton veteran come away with the big prize, there are several upcoming events for Hamilton’s software community:

DemoCampHamilton3 is set to take place Wednesday September 28th @ 7pm at the Twelve Eighty pub on McMaster University campus. With just under 2 weeks left to go DemoCampHamilton3 already has over 100 entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students and others registered to attend, which would match the attendance of our first two events. Come out and see some cool demos and become part of the community that night by registering to attend here:

StartupDrinks is being brought to Hamilton due to a lot of talk about the need for a monthly meetup for Hamilton’s software startup community. 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! Free registration here:

Startup Weekend is also coming to Hamilton! Startup Weekend is an event where startups go from an idea to a prototype in a single weekend. Startup Weekend is very relevant to Hamilton’s software community as approximately 95% of the ideas at a typical Startup Weekend are either web or mobile focused. For tickets and all the details on the first ever Startup Weekend Hamilton visit:


Developed by Andrew J. Holden and Robert Porter of Hamilton’s own CartaNova, Weever turns almost any website into a web app that look and feel like an app installed from an “app store” for platforms like iPhone, Blackberry Touch, Android and iPad.

With so many operating systems and app stores to in the mobile space, it’s no wonder that 80% of small businesses and most non-profits do not have a mobile web presence. They simply can’t afford the development costs that would be required to build an app for all these platforms. Weever is an accessible and affordable way for such organizations to participate in the mobile web – installation of Weever takes 5 minutes and the cost starts at a mere $30 a year!

The Spectator did a great write-up of Weever not too long ago. Hats off to Andrew and Robert for launching Weever!

More Hamilton businesses doing cool software stuff!

More businesses doing all kinds of cool stuff with software in Hamilton have been added to the directory.

Mabel’s Labels is an awesome Hamilton-based eBusiness – just check out the press they’ve received! And it looks like some bright students supported by The Hatchery Program at Mohawk College have created Signal Flow Software in order to make some really cool educational software!

Have you heard of these businesses and what they do yet?


Design by DDC – Web & interactive programming, design & print, CD & DVD replication.

Healix Computing – Healix Computing provides a wide range of services related to computing and information technology, including: systems administration and maintenance, internet programming and backend design, hardware and software procurement, application implementation and deployment, and IP solutions including web hosting, spam and virus protection, instant messaging, and Voice over IP.

Full of Design – Web firm that specializes in design, eCommerce, Content Management (CMS), Site Architecture, Workflow Automation, Usability & Accessibility Analysis, Search Optimization (SEO) Measurement & Analytics, Branding & Identity, Flash Development, Logos, Print Collateral, and Photography.

iDesign – iDesign is a design, invitation, web & print company.

Inchroma Digital Media, Inc. – A media development company specializing in leading-edge website design & development, film/video editing and CD/DVD-Rom authoring.

Mabel’s Labels – eBusiness offering sticky labels and clothing labels that are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe, and customized with a child’s name, choice of colours and icon.

Rodrigues Design & Production – Rodrigues Design & Production offers the following services: website & web graphics design, logo and/or icon design, advertisement & graphics design, promotional material (ie. t-shirt designs), PHP & MySQL development, interactive online form development, search engine optimization (SEO) of new or existing websites, multimedia production, website & FTP server setup, web hosting, website deployment & website project management and Flash animation & Flash Actionscript programming.

Serious Monkey – Web development, design, marketing, branding.

Signal Flow Software – Create a fun, social learning experience for students who are preparing for quizzes and tests.

Sleek Design – Small design company that uses leading Web development tools to build beautiful websites and create powerful brand identities for local, small businesses.

Quant Interpretations Inc. – Quant Interpretations Inc. (QI) is dedicated to improving the productivity and performance of Canadian companies by improving the speed and accuracy at which they receive market data for use in key business decisions.


Software Hamilton Pub Night – One Week Away!

Software Hamilton Pub Night


When: Tuesday June 28th @ 7:00PM
Where: The London Taphouse – Rooftop Patio!!! (31 John Street South)

You can bring whatever software you develop or work with on your laptop, tablet or smartphone to show off to others in the Hamilton software community! We’ll have some tables setup for people to put their laptops on, and everybody will be free to walk around checking out what kind of things other people are working on and getting to know one another. The London Taphouse has a beautiful rooftop patio that is perfect for a drink in the summertime – come out for a fun night!