WordPress meetup this Thursday

 

When: Thursday March 23rd 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King St East, Hamilton, Ontario

Organzier: WordPress Hamilton meetup

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/237905024

Details:

 

Join us for our next meetup! Come and meet other WordPress users, developers, bloggers and more in and around Hamilton.

Presentation

Adam will be giving a demo of Local by Flywheel, a free tool that makes spinning up a local WordPress site incredibly easy.

If you’ve ever wanted to try editing a theme, or creating a new theme or plugin, working on a local development environment is a must. But this has traditionally been difficult for people just starting out.

https://local.getflywheel.com/

Agenda

6:30pm – doors open, networking

7pm-7:30pm – news, presentation

7:30pm-8pm – networking, discussing WordPress, Q&A

8:pm-? – Post-hangout beverage(s) – TBA

Grab a coffee, tea or soft drink before heading up at one of the nearby cafés.

 

canCode conference for high school students this weekend

 

When: Saturday March 18th from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Where: McMaster University at 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: canCode (@cancodecanada)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/cancode-2017-recode-tickets-31268917173

Details:

Conference aimed at high school students who are interested in learning more about Computer Sciences. The conference will be full of various activities including guest speakers, a pathways seminar, and various workshops and presentations led by Computer Science students. The conference is FREE to attend for high school and university students.

Some of the workshops:

-Introduction to functional programming in Elm
-Beginner and Intermediate Arduino Activities
-Post-Secondary Pathways Seminar/Panel
-User Interface Panel

 

Student Startup Competition next week

 

When: Thursday March 23rd from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: McMaster University Student Centre, CIBC Hall at 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: The Forge (@theforgehamont)

Register: bruha.com/event/761

Details:

Calling all budding entrepreneurs: come hear ten finalists pitch their ideas at this year’s Forge@MAC Student Startup Competition that could win them up to $20,000 in cash prizes!

You could also own your very own Nix Color Sensor by attending. Don’t delay – register today!

 

QReserve wins $50k IRAP for R&D

 

Hamilton, Ontario, March 13, 2017 — QReserve Inc. announces that it has been awarded a non-refundable financial contribution of up to $50,000 from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

With this award, IRAP’s total contribution to QReserve’s research and development program is $70,000 since 2015. This new funding will be used to boost the research, development, and expansion of QReserve’s resource management and promotion platform. With these resources, QReserve is better positioned to support the cutting-edge requirements of Canadian and international research organizations. This will give QReserve a clear competitive advantage in both national and global markets.

“QReserve is riding a tremendous wave of growth right now. It’s very exciting. This contribution from IRAP will allow us to respond to several market demands that will have immediate and significant growth opportunities for QReserve both within Canada and abroad. This award has already resulted in the creation of at least one new full-time position and more to come in the near future”, says QReserve’s Chief Strategy Officer, Graeme Brown.

QReserve’s resource management and promotion platform is currently focused at scientific research facilities and has experienced an astonishing 1,800% growth rate in the past year. This IRAP contribution will be leveraged to implement new features that have been highly requested by the research community and that are key requirements for enterprise wide implementations.

QReserve’s platform is already positioned to provide unprecedented insight into resource utilization and capacity within research organizations. Using QReserve’s cloud based software platform, organizations gain access to quantitative reports that can be used to justify funding and investment opportunities to researchers and administrators. This contribution will expand these capabilities and ensure QReserve becomes a dominate platform in research facilities world-wide.

About NRC-IRAP

The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada’s innovation system, and regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. Further information can be found at http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/index.html.

About QReserve Inc.

QReserve Inc., was founded in 2014 and offers state-of-the-art resource management tools that streamline resource access, improve utilization, decrease excess capacity, and report on critical capacity measurements that lead to revenue generation, investment justification, and capability promotion. QReserve aims to improve the visibility and transparency of public and private sector organizations by aligning resource owners with resource users. QReserve is located at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

QReserve accepted to CDMN Soft Landing Program

 

Hamilton, Ontario, March 10, 2017 — QReserve is proud to announce their acceptance into the Canadian Digital Media Network’s (CDMN) Soft Landing program to further expand into international markets during the second quarter of 2017.

QReserve is riding on a strong year of growth with an 1,800% increase in registered users. QReserve will leverage the Soft Landing program to be physically present in the United Kingdom, which will increase their growing user base and strengthen engagement with university officials to further deploy QReserve’s platform.

“We are seeing tremendous enthusiasm from research groups within UK universities. We’re excited for this opportunity to visit in person to meet with our users, meet with university administrators, and begin stronger and more widespread rollouts of QReserve’s platform across the UK.”, says QReserve CEO, Dr. Brandon Aubie.

Given the high number of strong research focused universities within a geographically dense are, the United Kingdom is a key market for QReserve to focus on international expansion. QReserve’s laboratory management and promotion platform is currently deployed in laboratories across the UK including at the University of Sheffield, University College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Exeter, the University of Hull, the University of Leeds, Northumbria University, the University of Glasgow, the University of Plymouth, and several other research focused organizations.

The CDMN Soft Landing program “helps mature startups and small- to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) from across Canada to grow their businesses through new revenues or investments in foreign markets.”
CDMN Soft Landing Press Release dated February 23, 2017

About QReserve Inc.

QReserve Inc., was founded in 2014 and offers state-of-the-art resource management tools that streamline resource access, improve utilization, decrease excess capacity, and report on critical capacity measurements that lead to revenue generation, investment justification, and capability promotion. QReserve aims to improve the visibility and transparency of public and private sector organizations by aligning resource owners with resource users. QReserve is located at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

VEX Robotics Expo

 

Hamilton Community Robotics (@hcrvex) is a not-for-profit organization that offers Hamilton youth the opportunity to enrich themselves through competitive robotics programs, specifically VEX.

Last Sunday Hamilton Community Robotics held the the VEX Robotics Expo for teams of high-school students at McMaster Innovation Park. The teams will represent Hamilton in the world championships next month. Check out the video coverage of the event below!

 

 

Volunteer for Hamilton Code Clubs

 

Are you interested in inspiring the coders of tomorrow? What better way to share your passion then facilitating a local Hamilton Code Club!

Hamilton Code Clubs is a program that was designed to spark an interest, in Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) to students in grades 4 – 8. It is currently being offered through the Industry-Education Council (IEC) of Hamilton, in partnership with Software Hamilton, and is actively recruiting adult volunteers that would be willing to assist in introducing simple software programming to our program participants.

 

 

We are looking for individuals that could assist with facilitating and mentoring the following programs:

  • 8-week core Hamilton Code Clubs (approximately one hour a week, for 8 weeks)
  • Saturday sessions (approximately 3.5 hours)

Volunteer mentors will receive the web-based platforms (i.e.: LightBot, HopScotch, Scratch, and Khan Academy) as well as the necessary information and support as they deliver a club.

This is your opportunity to mentor our future ICT professionals, in a fun and interactive learning environment.

Contact us to join numerous other folks, just like you, who have made a commitment to inspiring and introducing students to software programming!

Opportunity Location(s): Hamilton Central, Hamilton West, Hamilton East, Hamilton Mountain

Vulnerable Sector Check Required: Yes

Interested in running a Hamilton Code Club? Contact Sue Clarke today!

Susan Clarke, Program Manager
IEC of Hamilton
experience@iechamilton.ca

 

 

Artificial intelligence and hacking healthcare next week

When: Thursday March 16th 2017 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@HHHamOnt)

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/237601788

Details:

This month, We are hosting another 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 two awesome groups presenting this meetup:

Dr. Richard Sztramko practices both Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine at St. Peter’s, Hamilton General, and Juravinski Hospitals.  He received his Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University and Medical Degree from the University of Toronto.  He completed his Internal Medicine and Geriatrics residencies at the University of British Columbia.  For additional training, Dr. Sztramko worked at the Memory and Aging Centre, University of California San Francisco, focusing on Behavioural Neurology.  He has been an Associate Program Director in the Core Medicine training program at UBC with an interest in Resident Wellness.  In his personal life, he enjoys playing and composing music (singer/songwriter genre), running, and dining out.  Dr. Sztramko has founded a startup involving inpatient physician communication and handover called the Virtual Ward, and provided advice on the implementation of telehealth.  He is pursuing a Masters of eHealth at McMaster with a focus on clinician user interface design and analytics.

Dr. Sztrmko will present Virtual Ward – Hacking Physician Handoffs

Omar Boursalie is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student at McMaster University aiming to overcome challenges in healthcare through big data and A.I. technology. His interest in healthcare began the day he was born at McMaster Hospital and with Hamilton being on the cutting edge of engineering and healthcare, there couldn’t have been a more fitting city to be raised in! When he’s not teaching, you can often find Omar biking and sailing!

Omar will present Monitoring Heart Disease with Wearable Sensors and Health Records.

Veronika Litinski is a company builder, health technology innovator, and growth junkie. At present, Veronika is establishing Konona Health, a management company and digital health accelerator focused on Consumer Health. Recently, she joined its first graduate, GeneYouIn, as COO. GeneYouIn is a Personalized Medicine company: www.pillcheck.ca.

Veronika piloted the launch of Cogniciti (www.cogniciti.com), a for-profit arm of Baycrest Hospital, the world’s leading centre for the study of memory and aging. Cogniciti’s mission is to help the millions of adults with significant memory concerns get earlier assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Before taking on her leadership role with Cogniciti, Veronika led the Health Care and Life Sciences practice at MaRS Discovery District. She joined MaRS as Director of the Venture Group when their doors opened in July 2005. She continues contributing to MaRS as a Volunteer Advisor.

When not pitching Health Tech innovations to insurance companies, or taking long hikes with her dog, son and husband, Veronika can be found on the Lakeshore West GO train, somewhere between Toronto and Hamilton.

Veronika will present on Digital and Health Investment.

Join Us!

 

Jim had everybody’s back

I’m very sorry to say that Jim Rudnick passed away last week.

Jim was an important community builder in Hamilton’s startup community. Back in 2010-11 when institutions like Innovation Factory were first getting off the ground, Jim was the number one networker and community cheerleader in this area. They gave him the first DiFizen award for making a difference in the community. Jim had everybody’s back, and people loved him for it.

Some of us will be getting together this Friday March 10th from 5pm-7pm at SERVE Ping Pong bar to have a pint in honour of Jim and tell some of our favourite stories.

Corrected update: this article was briefly updated to mention that Jim’s memorial service had been made public. This was a miscommunication. That memorial service will need to remain private for his family, due to space restrictions it may not be able to accommodate everyone. The Friday drinks will go on as planned though.

 

I’m not sure it’s my place, I’m not so good at these things, but I’ll tell a quick story.

DemoCampHamilton1 was the first big community event I had ever planned. Until then my life was a more like a typical computer science grad student… sitting behind a desk, working away on math problems that had nothing to do with people.

I was way out of my element at the time doing something social and business oriented, and to be honest totally scared out of mind. I was worried sick things would go off the rails. The day of that first DemoCamp I actually hadn’t slept a wink for the prior two nights.

But this guy Jim Rudnick who had been e-mailing me since announcing the event really wanted to go out to lunch the day of the DemoCamp. He listened, gave advice, shared his own experiences, and put me at ease. You kinda had to know him, but he had a way of delivering advice that was fine-tuned to his listener in a way that let them know what they needed to know without causing them to put their guard up. I think it’s because you got the sense he really wanted you to succeed.

When we were done our lunch he made a small gesture that I’ll never forget. As we were about to leave the restaurant he turned to me and said, “I’m behind you” and patted me on the back, and then let me walk ahead of him. I know it’s such a little thing, but it meant a lot.

 

I think that’s what Jim did for a lot of people too – he had their backs. There was a bunch of us that were young and/or new to Hamilton. Maybe not as secure in themselves or their abilities just yet, let alone secure in their careers, or startup, or family life. And at the same time all these people were “trying really hard to make it in life”. They were stressed out from running the rat race, working long hours, and dealing with competition. And though a lot of these people were learners and hard workers with goals they wanted to achieve, due to their stage of life and career, they were understandably tense, anxious and unsure.

Where as Jim was our Obi-Wan Kenobi. He had the wisdom of seeing it before, and coming at things from the end of his career, he could be more relaxed and detached than the rest of us. He modelled a lot of behaviours that the rest of us followed… like the importance of “opening up the rolodex”, supporting people, leadership, sharing good ideas even if it meant others would implement them instead of you, and seeing the best in others (I’ve never met anyone better than him at that in particular).

 

Over the years Jim kinda became an informal mentor for me. We would meetup for lunch and beers every so often and talk about business, life and family. He retired not very long ago and wrote a lot of SciFi books, which was great to see him get to do something he loved. He had the best sense of humour, and always expressed love for his family and friends.

I’ll miss you buddy.

 

Upcoming responsive design for beginners workshop

 

When: Saturday March 18th 2017 from 10:0am to 4:00pm

Where: Lister Block at 28 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code (@llchamont)

Cost: $55

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-responsive-design-for-beginners-build-mobile-friendly-websites-with-html5-css3-on-march-tickets-31779601644

Details:

For this workshop, we are going to take a super crazy, complicated website and make it mobile friendly using HTML5 and CSS. Bring with you an understanding of HTML and CSS or none at all; it’s not a requirement.

We will be teaching you how to design for multiple screen sizes, select content that makes sense for mobile and of course, unmask the mysterious yet widely discussed HTML5.