Learn WordPress Plugin Development course released

Brian Hogg (@brianhogg) organizer of Hamilton’s WordPress meetup amongst other projects has just released a Learn WordPress Plugin Development online course for early access:

There’s a lot of WordPress plugins out there you can use, but what if you (or your paying client or employer) wants something that doesn’t exist, or maybe works a bit differently? Where do you start?

This course will teach you the fundamentals of building WordPress plugins. I’ll save you hours of googling around the internet trying to find what you need, and hopefully stop you from hacking things together.

Brian has released several WordPress plugins and previously released a WordPress and JavaScript course, early access to this course is only $57.


Rong Zheng added to HamOnt ML speaker line-up

When: Saturday December 2nd 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamont-ml-tickets-38294716528


HamOnt ML is only a couple weeks away now and more speakers are being added to the line-up each day – check out this opening keynote talk from Dr. Rong Zheng!


Rong Zheng

Professor, McMaster University

Mobile computing and machine learning: A happy marriage?

Significant progress has been made in recent years in applying machine learning in various applications. Today, predominantly, training of machine learning models and execution of inference tasks are done in the cloud due to the limited computation and storage capacity of mobile devices. However, such approaches are inadequate for latency sensitive tasks such as augmented reality and self-driven vehicles, or are too onerous when a large amount of data needs to be transferred over cellular data networks. In this talk, I will discuss ongoing projects in the Wireless System Research Group at McMaster university that develop machine learning algorithms for mobile applications and our efforts to make machine learning more amiable for mobile computing platforms.

Bio: Rong Zheng earned her Ph.D. degree from Dept. of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is now an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Computing and Software, an associate member of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engr., and a member of the School of Computational Science and Engineering in McMaster University, Canada. Rong Zheng is a Joseph Ip Distinguished Engineering Fellow. She is a steering committe member of the MacData institute, which promotes collaboration among centers and researchers whose work involves different facets of data. Rong Zheng is also a principle investigator of the Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC).

Rong Zheng’s research interests include Cyber Physical Systems, mobile computing and networked systems. She received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006. Her research team has won many awards including the best paper award in IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, the best demo award from Cyber Physical Week 2015, and the first prize in infrastructure-less category in Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition in 2017.


Mike Branch added to HamOnt ML speaker line-up

When: Saturday December 2nd 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamont-ml-tickets-38294716528


HamOnt ML is only a couple weeks away now and more speakers are being added to the line-up each day – check out this talk from Mike Branch VP of Business Intelligence at Geotab!


Mike Branch

Vice President of Business Intelligence, Geotab

Talk: Open Data, Machine Learning, and the Connected Car

Bio: Mike Branch is the Vice President of Business Intelligence at Geotab and leads the charge for developing solutions that enable insight from the over 2 billion telematics records that Geotab processes on a daily basis.  Mike joined the Geotab team in 2016, and prior to that was the CEO of Inovex Inc. — a software development company he founded in 2003 with expertise in the healthcare and energy sectors. Branch also served as president of the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association, currently serves on the board of Hillfield Strathallan College, and is past chair of the board for Streetwise Actors.  Branch has been honoured with the University of Toronto Arbor Award and Early Career Award, Professional Engineers of Ontario Engineering Medal, Engineers Canada Young Engineer Award, and has been inducted into Hillfield Strathallan College’s Hall of Excellence.


The Art of the Fail podcast


Kristian Borghesan (@KrisBorghesan) at Bruha and Chris Buttenham (@chrisbuttenham) at Obie.ai recently launched a new podcast called The Art of the Fail:

“We chat with startups and entrepreneurs about their f*ck ups, hardships and failures, in hopes to uncover great lessons and remove the stigma from failure today.”

They’ve interviewed founders like Hongwie Liu (@thehongwei) at MappedIn and more locally, Amir Kendick at Coosha Calendar.

Check out the podcast webpage or listen in on Soundcloud!


HamOnt ML adds talk from Jared Smith

When: Saturday December 2nd 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamont-ml-tickets-38294716528


HamOnt ML is only a few weeks away now and more speakers are being added to the line-up each day – check out this talk from Jared Smith who’s flying in from Oak Ridge National Laboratory!


Jared Smith

Cyber Security Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Talk: Beyond the Hype: Real Applications of Machine Learning in Security

Bio: From the foothills of Great Smokey Mountains, Jared is a Cyber Security Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest R&D laboratory, where he leads and collaborates on several R&D projects focused on securing modern computer networks, energy delivery systems, and vehicles. Pursuing a PhD in Computer Science while at ORNL, Jared is a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where his research focuses on Internet infrastructure resiliency and privacy-preserving methods of communication. Jared teaches data science, DevOps, and security at Treehouse and consults for both Fortune 50 companies and emerging Knoxville startups. Previously, Jared interned at ORNL and on the product security team at Cisco Systems, leveraged supercomputers and machine learning to discover IP risks in the patent ecosystem, and analyzed subatomic particle collisions produced from the Large Hadron Collider in CERN.


Big Data and ML at next Hacking Health meetup

When: Thursday November 16th 2017 at 6:30pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, 3rd Floor, Hamilton

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@hhhamont)

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/244473024/


This month, we are hosting a fantastic MeetUp at CoMotion On King in Hamilton. CoMotion On King is a new coworking initiative and Hamilton’s largest coworking space in the heart of downtown. Now we have a chance to get inside and enjoy their hospitality.

We have three awesome groups presenting this meetup:

Professor H.R.Tizhoosh is the director of KIMIA Lab. He has been researching in the fields of machine intelligence, medical imaging and computer vision since 1995.

Prof. Tizhoosh will present “Big Image Data: Tagging for Recognition”. It deals with how to identify histopathology images when we are searching in large archives of gigapixel scan. More information about Prof. Tizhoosh, please check Tizhoosh’s LinkedIn or Lab web.

Eric is the Director of Software Development at DF/Net Software. In addition to clinical trials data management, Eric’s primary interests are in application programming and human/computer interaction.

Yiguo is a student of McMaster’s eHealth MSc program in Computer Science stream. Currently, Joshua (another eHealth student) and Yiguo are developing a mobile solution for clinical trials data management in DF/Net Software.

Through our lens of DF/Net Software, we have the first-hand experience with clinical trials data collection for over 25 years. This presentation will reflect upon the key challenges of clinical trials data management and the intersection of software solutions.

Arinai Inc. Team:

Mohamed Ibrahim is a software architect and a full-stack developer with 10 years of experience designing and building enterprise level software in eHealth. He has comprehensive experience with startups, small-to-medium enterprise, and governments of different countries.

Nadia Ashoori is a Master of Science eHealth candidate at McMaster University. Nadia is a business development professional and marketing wiz with several years of experience in a variety of sectors, especially in the health sector.

Robert Zeni is a full-stack Software Developer with 5 years of experience in designing and building scalable enterprise level solutions in the mHealth and eHealth space. These experiences also encompass working on projects with organizations such as eHealth Ontario, MOHLTC and McMaster University.

They will present Restoring independence to patients and improving quality of care with Arinai.


Aaron Maxwell talk added to HamOnt ML

When: Saturday December 2nd 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamont-ml-tickets-38294716528


HamOnt ML is only a few weeks away now and more speakers are being added to the line-up each day – check out this talk from Aaron Maxwell!


Aaron Maxwell

Data Scientist, Paladin:Paradigm

Talk: Anomalous Flight Detection: Using Unsupervised Machine Learning Methods

Bio: Aaron has spent the last nine months working as a data scientist at Paladin:Paradigm, where he helps to use machine learning to build an artificial intelligence engine that can improve the way airline pilots are trained throughout the world. Prior to this, he spent six months as an intern at the Council of Canadian Academies using his skills in data analysis and visualization to help craft a report on the state of Canadian Science and Technology and Industrial Research and Development. He’s a passionate science communicator, and an ex-astronomer, receiving his doctorate from McMaster University in 2015.


Flyte Studios receives $50k in funding from ODX Ventures


Editor’s Note: Hamilton’s own Flyte Studios was part of this funding announcement – way to go!


Waterloo, Ontario – Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX) has launched their second investment into the Ontario startup ecosystem through the ODX Ventures program. Through a planned $438,000 investment into 10 Ontario-based companies, the program aims to accelerate data-focused projects which have traditionally struggled to secure funding.

ODX Ventures is a non-repayable contribution of $50,000 that is applied to projects involving the commercialization of open data. ODX is focused on companies who use open data to create a product or service.

Ten companies out of over 80 high-quality applications were chosen to participate in the program’s second cohort, and include: Apply Board, Borealis Wind, Surgically Clean Air, Flyte, Focus21, Intellizence, Knowledgehook, Sherpa, Tabnex, and Ukko Agro.

“We’ve seen huge growth in the number of Canadian companies using open data in their projects. More and more entrepreneurs are capitalizing on using open data to create better products and services. Because of this, it is imperative we support them with resources they might not otherwise have access to,” said Kevin Tuer, Managing Director, ODX. “ODX Ventures has one clear mission: get resources into the hands of those who can use it to accelerate their ideas, and ultimately help Canadian companies compete on a global stage.”

In December 2016, the first ODX Ventures cohort included $400,000 worth of investment across eight startups, and to date, has led to 26 unique contractors developing work in the open data space.

“The ODX Ventures program enabled us to invest in the development of a piece of technology that we knew the market needed, but wasn’t willing to purchase until a working prototype was deployed,” said Bryan Smith, CEO of ThinkData Works, who participated in the program’s first cohort. “Open Data is a very new sector with fresh problems and solutions. ODX Venture funding allowed us to build out what we knew was needed to get large corporate clients to start investing in public data.”

For more information please contact:

Samantha Clark
Manager, Public Relations, Communitech

About Open Data Exchange

ODX is a public-private-academic partnership based in Waterloo Region serving all of Canada. The initiative presents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to multi-national companies to be a global leader in the commercialization of open data. Founding partners include University of Waterloo, D2L (Desire2Learn), CDMN (Canadian Digital Media Network), OpenTextand Communitech — with funds matched by the Government of Canada.


Girls Learning Code workshop


When: Saturday November 11th 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code Hamilton

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-girls-learning-code-animating-storytelling-with-scratch-parentchild-for-girls-ages-8-13-on-tickets-39405404626


From Saturday morning cartoons to blockbuster films, animating has the power to inspire, educate, and entertain.

Traditionally, animation involves drawing several pictures, sometimes thousands, then playing them in sequence to create the illusion of movement. Today, we have digital tools that help us create animations more easily by letting us control characters, backgrounds, and even sounds with code.

This experience offers learners the opportunity to express their creativity in a super fun environment, and learn about the different elements of a story, as well as basic design principles. Using Scratch, a beginner level programming environment, learners will create interactive stories through animation. They will also be introduced to Scratch’s amazing online community, where they will have the opportunity to upload their projects for others to enjoy!

Each Animating & Storytelling with Scratch workshop has the same flow, but different activities. Come and create a new animation every time!


Product Hunt Global Hackathon on November 18th


When: Saturday November 18th 2017 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON

Organizers: obie.ai

Register: bruha.com/event/2411


We’re hosting the #HamOnt chapter of the Product Hunt Global Hackathon! Come work on your side project and be among peers.

View the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/126309104742600

More details here: https://www.producthunt.com/hackathon

More details to come VERY soon!