McMaster CIRC and Cinnos partnership


Hamilton, Ont., Canada. — McMaster University’s innovative experimental co-location between an academic research centre and a rapidly growing startup company has begun to yield successes.

The university’s Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC, which is a research centre in the Faculty of Engineering, shares space with its founding industry partner Cinnos Mission Critical Inc. at the McMaster Innovation Park. CIRC’s team of researchers and students are focused on developing cutting-edge technologies for data centres. Cinnos is a technology start-up forged in the McMaster Innovation Ecosystem, and designs and sells appliances for rapid, low cost, and highly efficient deployment of scalable data centre facilities.

Breaking with the traditional industry-academic research paradigm, Cinnos and McMaster decided to collocate their resources by forming CIRC. The space is designed such that researchers and students at CIRC mingle freely with Cinnos entrepreneurs, enabling a close alignment between the market opportunities and customer needs of the industry with research and technology. This seamless collaboration between the two organizations has already brought tremendously successful products into the market place, such as the Cinnos flagship Smart MCX, the world`s first data centre in a box, as well as the Smart MC-M, a modular, data-driven, intelligent monitoring system for computing facilities.

“CIRC is founded on a pioneering model of university-industry collaboration,” says Suvojit Ghosh, the centre’s co-founder and Executive Director. “It magnifies the impact of research, through accelerated translation of research for both economic and societal benefits, in a competitive real-world environment. Further, our students not only get a deep and meaningful research experience, but they also learn about the importance of the customer needs and market opportunities in defining and driving that research. These are things that could not happen if CIRC and Cinnos did not share the same space and similar visions.”

“Thanks to our innovative model, Cinnos proprietary MCX has sales both in Canada and internationally in less than 18 months from our inception. In addition, we have recently raised over $2M in financing to fund our global expansion. We simply could not have achieved this feat without the world-class team of CIRC and the strong and unwavering support from McMaster University and the Faculty of Engineering,” said Hussam Haroun, CEO and co-founder of Cinnos, and among the architects of CIRC.


With ambitions to be a global leader in the data centre industry, Cinnos envisioned a strong R&D program from its inception. This manifested in six projects that are designed to transform archaic and wasteful practices in the data centre industry. They were architected in a close collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. The projects are funded through over $3M committed by Cinnos, and augmented by grants from multiple Government agencies.


About Cinnos

Cinnos has developed and commercialized the world’s first data centre appliance that enables immediate deployment and a pay-as-you-grow model for data centre providers. Furthermore, thanks to its proprietary modular design, The Cinnos Smart MCXâ„¢ enables immediate deployment of data centres for a fraction of the cost of traditional mission critical facilities (MCF), hence accelerating revenues and bringing dramatically higher ROI to our customers as compared with the traditional construction-based MCF. Founded by Hussam Haroun in June 2015 following his graduation from McMaster MEEI program, Cinnos achieved breakeven in less than twelve (12) months of operations. For more information, please visit

Cinnos Media Contact:

Brook Azezew | t: 416.270.7807


About CIRC

CIRC, or the Computing Infrastructure Research Centre at McMaster University, is the first research centre focused on data centre innovations in Canada. CIRC was founded earlier this year, and is mandated to develop, promote, and advocate for technologies and products that eliminate wasteful practices in data centres, addressing a $100B+ global industry. The R&D functions of CIRC are unique in their emphasis on market validation from the conceptions stage, ensuring research relevance and guaranteed economic, societal, and environmental impact. This has manifested in high ROI on R&D expenses: within the first year of its existence, CIRC has developed technology that has led to revenue generating product lines for Cinnos.

CIRC Media Contact

Suvojit Ghosh | t: 289-659-5919


GameDevDrinks with Jesse Attard from Tactic Studios

When: Wednesday February 15th 2017 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street (2nd Floor) Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks



Hey GDDers,

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, Feb 15 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Jesse Attard from Tactic Studios (located in London Ontario) the studio behind Immortal Empire.

From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Jesse Attard speak about the trials and tribulations of Tactic Studios, and learn about their upcoming sci-fi puzzle game, as well as get a hands-on experience with their “pre-alpha” sci-fi game. Afterwards you can chat with Jesse Attard, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone – student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike – who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!


Tactic Studios was founded in 2007 and specializes in developing thought-provoking, story-driven games for PC. We’re located in London, Canada, roughly a 2 hour drive from Canada’s largest city, Toronto.
In 2009 Tactic released our first title, Immortal Empire to open beta, a free browser-based multiplayer role playing game set in a fantasy universe. Built from the ground up on Tactic’s proprietary Immortal Engine, Tactic officially released Immortal Empire to Steam as a fully downloadable game in December 2015.

Tactic has since made significant improvements to the Immortal Engine, growing it to a fully-featured modern 3D game engine. With support for Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Immortal Engine offers a fully deferred 3d renderer, including a comprehensive level editor, animation blending, rigid body physics solver, AI navigation mesh, and much more. Using this technology, we are currently developing a new unannounced 3D first person game.

Obie accepted in 500 startups


Very exciting news for the Tasytt (@tasytt) team – their AI edtech / virtual assistant Slackbot Obie (@AskObie) was accepted into the newest cohort of 500 startups!

500 startups is one of the world’s leading startups accelerators… staying true to the name the program really has funded 500+ startups, many of them going on to very successful exists. For example 500 startups alumni MakerBot sold for $403 million. The seed program takes 6 equity in exchange for $150k in funding. The batch of startups Obie was accepted into will be the 20th for 500 startups.

On top of that great news, Obie released a 2.0 version was listed on Product Hunt today! Wow – congrats, Tasytt!


Sean Licata of VIZIYA talks sales tomorrow

When: Wednesday February 8th 2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am

Where: Innovation Factory at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)


February’s Sales Peer2Peer session will be led by Sean Licata. Join us to hear him speak on the enterprise sales and marketing strategies that VIZIYA used to grow to the Hamilton technology leader to what it is today. Sean will cover tactics, strategies, CRM, marketing automation, and tools used by VIZIYA.

Sean Licata is the VP of Marketing & Business Development at VIZIYA. He will be discussing how VIZIYA grew from inception into a Hamilton based technology success story with more than 55,000 users at 850 sites around the globe. VIZIYA has been Listed in Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies for the Profit 500 as well as recognized with the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 four years in a row. Sean has been in Sales and Marketing roles for over 25 years at Nortel, Sun, Pictorvision, Trivaris, and other Canadian technology leaders.


Real stories by real entrepreneurs next week

When: Wednesday February 15th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Thode Library Makerspace at McMaster University

Organizer: The Forge @ Mac (@theforgehamont)




Join The Forge@Mac team and our panelists for Real Stories by Real Entrepreneurs.

Real Stories by Real Entrepreneurs is a live storytelling discussion where (as you guessed it), Real Stories will be told by Real (& local) Entrepreneurs. Our panelists will engage with you by telling you their personal stories and experiences of things such as: managing the early days of starting up, building a winning team, biggest failures and learning from them, experiences with their first customer, etc..

Each panelist will have approx 15-20 minutes to share with us their personal experiences. At the end of the sotrytelling presentations, we’ll be hosting a casual/ networking-style question period, giving you the chance to personally introduce yourself and ask each panelist any questions you might have about theirs or your own experiences.

PANELISTS include:

Graeme Davis (Bruha Inc), Co-Founder & CEO. 

Graeme Davis Bruha CEO

Graeme is a driven and passionate leader with prior experience as the founder and president of Showdom Inc. Graeme’s previous experience as a project manager, coupled with his entrepreneurial instincts, have allowed him to gain familiarity with managing teams and building a software-based business. Graeme remains responsible for contributing and overseeing duties with Brüha including server and backend design, and oversees product development, branding, marketing, sales, and the financial standing of the company.


Peter Mokrycke (Architect Hair Design), Owner Operator 

Peter Mokcrycke Owner AHD

Peter Mokrycke is the Owner Operator of Architect Hair Design located on Hamilton’s James Street North. After completing his studies from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Program, Peter joined Target as an Executive Team Leader. He is a natural leader with strengths in operations, marketing and business development.


Dan Johnston (Collective Arts Brewing), Business Development Manager

Dan Johnston Collective Arts

Dan Johnston is the Business Development Manager for Collective Arts Brewing. He cut his teeth in the industry opening and managing some of the largest craft beer bars across Australia before returning home to Toronto. Recent projects with Collective Arts include securing distribution channels into Spain, Australia and the North East of US. Outside of the beer world Dan is an active volunteer in his hometown community, loves his Blue Jays and is always spreading the good word of craft beer!


Bruha interview with Urbanicity


Ubanicity (@urbanicityyhm) recently had an interview with local event ticketing startup Bruha (@BruhaExclusive) about their platform, their experience in Hamilton and thoughts on the ecosystem.

Q: Where did this idea for Brüha come from?

A: The idea came from a simple problem that all of us [partners] had in common; finding out about all the cool local things happening. It wasn’t just something we were experiencing in Hamilton, everywhere we went the same problem kept coming up.

Check out the full interview on, and the infographic below documenting their growth.



Joe Crozier releases Sensor Logger iOS app

Hamilton-area developer Joe Crozier (@joe_crozier) released the Sensor Logger on the iOS app store today.

Check out the details below, and if you’re interested in seeing how it works some docs are available on his website.



Sensor Logger is the easiest way to stream sensor data from your iOS device straight to a locally hosted server in the form of or HTTP requests. With a stripped down, minimal interface, Sensor Logger provides exactly what you need and nothing that you don’t.

– Track your device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer.
– Adjustable streaming period with a maximum speed of roughly 3 polls/second.
– Two protocols to use, HTTP or (WebSocket library)
– Sample node.js server with JSON and CSV exporting is available from the developer’s website,

Please note – this app is meant for developers who wish to use their iOS device to monitor the world around them. If you’re not comfortable writing code it’s recommended you use a different application for this task.


SURGE Funding Panel


When: Wednesday February 8th from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where: The Collaboratory at 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario


Organizer: Mohawk College SURGE (@MohawkSurge)


Note that this event is open to the general public.

Our funding panel members will include representatives from OCE, Futurepreneur, City of Hamilton Small Business Enterprise Centre and First Ontario. Each member will share details about funding and programs available that would be applicable to the SURGE audience and Mohawk student and alumni population. After the panel shares their information we will have some specific questions delivered to the funding panel members and the audience will be welcome to ask their questions as well.

Join us to get all the details on funding that make be a fit for your business! FREE lunch will be provided.


deltaHacks continues to impress


deltaHacks (@deltahacks) took place for the 3rd year running at McMaster University this past weekend! The hackathon again did not fail to impress, with hundreds of students and 19 teams spending 2 days working on “building real world applications that create positive change”.

This “hack for change” aspect of the competition really sets it apart from many other hackathons and similar events. The quality of the work accomplished in what essentially amounts to 24 hours is always mind blowing (check out Holo Body below). Perhaps equally important, volunteers tell me that teams of first year students will show up not knowing how to program on Saturday morning and leave on Sunday with a working Android application and an ability to use GitHub!


Here are the six finalists that demo’d at the closing ceremonies…


Holo Body – an edtech solution that allows students to view 3D augmented reality holographs of the human anatomy using their smartphones.




Lifeline – a hardware solution to detect when a driver is falling asleep and alert them in order to prevent an accident.





Voice of Reason – a mobile application that allows users to check if purchases will keep them within their budget (i.e. is it affordable), meant to prevent poor impulse purchase decisions.




VATS – stands for Very Awesome Tipping Solution, a hardware solution to detect whether an elderly person has fallen over.





Phonetic English – a Google Chrome extension that translates webpage text into an encoding that makes words easier to pronounce for those learning English (the mismatch between spelling and pronunciation can be a barrier to learning).




Cardio Protect – a hardware solution to detect cardiac arrest and report it to allow for earlier treatment.




The final winners were: 3rd place – VATS, 2nd place – Lifeline, and 1st place – HoloBody.

The event is basically a recruiter’s dream. So it’s no surprise the competition was well sponsored and supported from private sector and public sector partners alike, with a ton of give-aways and special category prizes.

It’s wonderful to see what this event has blossomed into, and it’ll be exciting to see where it goes next.

CHCH covered the event in a report on Saturday.



Canadian tech leaders publish open letter


Editor’s note: Originally published on with a list of 150 initial signatures.


The Canadian tech community comprises many different nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, mental and physical abilities, and perspectives. We believe that this diversity is a source of strength and opportunity.

On this topic, we are united.

Canadian tech companies understand the power of inclusion and diversity of thought, and that talent and skill know no borders. In choosing to hire, train, and mentor the best people in the world, we can build global companies that grow our economy. By embracing diversity, we can drive innovation to benefit the world.

The 21st century will be driven by pluralistic economies powered by pluralistic societies.

This is a belief founded upon personal experience for many in our community. Many Canadian tech entrepreneurs are immigrants, are the children of immigrants, employ and have been employed by immigrants.

As connected economies, decisions by the United States can directly impact every business north of the border. The recently signed Executive Order to block entry of citizens from seven countries has already impacted several in our community. As a community, we are all affected.

As a community, we stand together in opposition to the marginalization of people based on their birthplace, race, or religion.

The Canadian tech community supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s message that Canada will and must remain inclusive to all nationalities. We also stand directly opposed to any and all laws that undermine or attack inclusion, and call on Prime Minister Trudeau and our political leaders to do the same.

The Canadian tech community also calls on the Canadian federal government to institute an immediate and targeted visa providing those currently displaced by the US Executive Order with temporary residency in Canada. This visa would allow these residents to live and work in Canada with access to benefits until such time as they can complete the application process for permanent residency if they so choose. We encourage provincial and municipal governments across Canada to lend support as they can.

Diversity is our strength. We, as Canadians, recognize our privilege as a prosperous nation. We believe providing refuge to people seeking safety should remain our compass.

In the hours following the US decision, many members of our community have privately shared personal stories of their immigrant experience. We ask them now to share those stories publicly so they may be amplified.

This open letter was drafted, revised, and signed by over 150 members of the Canadian tech community. Those wishing to add their names to the list may email: