CoderCamp this Wednesday

CoderCamp is next Wednesday the 12th of April at 6:30 p.m. upstairs at the Pheasant Plucker on Augusta street. Please register on

Damian Brady (@damovisa), a solution architect with Octopus Deploy will talk about Brownfield DevOps in Practice.

Are you ready to continuously deploy every commit to production and deploy 25 times a day? Can your operations team tear down and spin up VMs and containers for your app like they’re nothing? Can your company track production usage and toggle features at the whims of the marketing department? No?

We all know it’s not quite that easy. You can’t take an existing house-of-cards monolith and just start treating it like a unicorn, as much as everyone would like to. But as a developer, you can start to make practical inroads, and you can do it now.

This talk looks at DevOps culture from the point of view of a developer – how code changes can affect the agility of your organisation. We’ll discuss architectural changes, design techniques, deployment pipelines, and how to make large changes safely. Developers at any level will leave with some practical ways to support your company’s DevOps efforts and start working better with your ops team.

IBM and HHS issue call for proposals


Hamilton Health Sciences and IBM are seeking proposals for exciting, innovative new projects aimed at improving the delivery of health care in our community and beyond.

The innovation exchange will focus on six key domains that are complementary to the Hospital Information System. The opportunity is to develop Ontario-based solutions, addressing challenges that impact patient experience, optimal workflow and patient health outcomes using cloud based enabling technology.

  1. Smarter Workflow
    • based  on mobile devices and Internet of Things, internal HHS workflows, transitions and patient flow.
  2. Patient Engagement
    • will transform the way in which patients and families interact with HHS, to reduce administrative costs and improve quality via self-care.
  3. Decision Support
    • using advanced patient similarity analytics, will enable greater segmentation of HHS patient populations to improve care planning and decision support.
  4. Predictive Care
    • Leveraging home based monitoring to create predictive models and risk profiling using structured and unstructured data to proactively modify care plans in advance.
  5. Managing Closer to Home
    • Will reduce demand via preventative and early readmission reduction models using telemedicine, home-health, mobile devices and patient engagement.
  6. Cognitive and Knowledge Synthesis
    • Addressing the 100,000’s of articles published annually, will enhance decision support, by combining EMRs and text-based clinical notes.

The deadline for submissions is no later than April 10.  For more information about applying, please click here

In March 2016, HHS and IBM announced the establishment of a new collaboration initiative known as the Innovation Exchange. This initiative will provide experts from HHS, IBM and other organizations a dedicated space to partner on innovation projects in support of healthcare transformation. IBM provides innovators – research scientists, industry & academic partners, start-ups and scale-ups – with technologies they otherwise would not have access to, to advance the pursuit of solutions to challenges in healthcare and other sectors.

For additional questions, please contact Ted Scott (, the Chief Innovation Officer at Hamilton Health Sciences.


Nix wins Red Dot product design award


Hamilton, ON, April 3, 2017. – The jury has reached its decision: After several days of assessing thousands of products from all over the world, Hamilton’s very own Nix Pro Color Sensor received the “Red Dot” distinction. Nix Sensor Ltd. created an outstanding design that the expert committee for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 has recognized with the internationally sought-after seal of quality.

The Nix Pro Color Sensor was designed and built in Hamilton, Ontario by technology company, Nix Sensor Ltd. The Nix Pro is a handheld colour sensor that provides accurate colour measurement of any surface it is placed on and sends the colour data to the accompanying smartphone application. Once a colour is scanned, users can match to more than 12,000 colours in the application’s library. Its unique and patented shape blocks out all ambient light, which allows for its industry leading accuracy.

“It’s absolutely thrilling to win a Red Dot Award,” shares Matthew Sheridan, CEO and Founder of Nix Sensor Ltd. “As the most prestigious design award in the world, it doesn’t get much better than this! To be held to the same standard as legendary firms such as Apple, Ferrari, Dyson, Leica, and more is an absolute honour. It really shows that through dedication, teamwork and innovative design principals, anything is possible. Another big win for our remarkable team here in Hamilton!”

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award: “The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”



The significance of the international design competition, Red Dot Award: Product Design, with its headquarter in Essen, Germany is well established internationally. It was more than 60 years ago, that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. Since then, an expert team has been awarding the seal of quality for good design and innovation to the outstanding designs of the year.

Manufacturers and designers around the globe were also invited to enter their products in the 2017 competition. The jury of around 40 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists tested, discussed and assessed each individual product, awarding the Honourable Mention for a well-conceived detail solution, the Red Dot for high design quality and the Red Dot: Best of the Best for groundbreaking design. In total, the competition received more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries this year.

The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 will culminate in Essen on July 3, 2017. This is when the Red Dot: Best of the Best laureates receive their trophies during the Red Dot Gala award ceremony. At the subsequent Designers’ Night after-show party, the award winners will celebrate in the midst of all the prize-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, and the Red Dot winners will receive their well-earned certificates. For five weeks, the special exhibition “Design on Stage” will present the awarded products of the year as part of the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.

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About the Red Dot Design Award:

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organized by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. More information is available at

About Nix Sensor Ltd.

Nix Sensor Ltd. is a Hamilton, Ontario technology company who has developed what has become the world’s leading tools for precise color measurement. The innovative company provides advanced color measurement and custom color solutions to clients worldwide. Nix Sensor Ltd. helps solve the toughest of color problems by offering professionals an accurate, objective, and cutting-edge solution to the age-old problem of ‘what color is that?’ For more information, visit

Press contact at Nix Sensor Ltd.:
Elaina Principato
Marketing Coordinator
Nix Sensor Ltd.
175 Longwood Rd. S.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 905.581.6363

Press contact at Red Dot:
Catharina Hesse
Communications Manager
Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181
45309 Essen
Phone: +49 201 30104-50


ELEV8 pitch night this Wednesday


When: Wednesday April 5th 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)



Join Innovation Factory on April 5, 2017 for our ELEV8 Pitch Night!

ELEV8 has companies who have a product in-market (or close to launch) present themselves in an investment-style pitch presentation. It’s designed to help connect our partners, volunteer mentors and the broader Hamilton community with some of our up-and-coming startups.

ELEV8 Pitch Night is open to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to observe 8 five-minute presentations from local innovators, and network while enjoying delicious appetizers! This month’s presenters include: ToolLinked, Input Health, Pyngle, Iaqob Technologies, Empatico, Safedose,Training Seeker, and MedStack.

Our presenters will be pitching investment-style for the chance to take home a $250 or $750 prize!

The ELEV8 Pitch Night will be held at McMaster Innovation Park from 6-9pm.


6:00 pm: Networking, Registration

6:45 pm: Pitches begin

8:15 pm: Deliberation & Winners Announced

Interested in pitching at ELEV8 Pitch Night? All startups pitching April 5 are clients who are working with Innovation Factory and being coached by our mentors. To become a client, you can fill out an intake form, come in for an intake meeting and get the ball rolling! As a client of iF, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in programs and events like ELEV8 – who knows, maybe you’ll be pitching at our next one!


Omega party at Hamilton IoT meetup this Wednesday


When: Wednesday April 5th 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King (3rd floor) at 115 King St East, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Internet of Things Meetup (@hamontiot)



Beer and Pizza!!!!  I thought I would put that out first since its the most important 😉  I don’t have a speaker lined up so I had to come up with something different.  I’m going to bring my Omegas and a whole pile of sensors and motors and we are going to have a party Omega style.

Don’t worry if you can’t code.  There are lots of things you can do with them out of the box.  But you will need to bring your laptop if you want to experiment.  If not come out anyway and see what the others are doing and learn about sensors.  I got lots of them.  I’m going to pre-configure the Omegas on the weekend so we should be able to get up and running real quick.


Interview with Electronics meetup leader Marc Hickling


Check out the interview below with Marc Hickling (@marchickling) who is leading up the new Hamilton Electronics meetup group!

The first Hamilton Electronics meetup will take place at CoMotion on King (115 King Street East, Hamilton) on Wednesday April 19th at 7:00pm – sign-up to attend today!

Side note: Marc is looking for developers who may be interested in working with him on an open source Python project – “PCB is an open source package for semiautomated and manual PCB reverse engineering”.


Tell me about yourself.

I’ve been doing electronics since I was 10 years old when I wanted to electrify a project for a school science fair. My grandad (who was a Radio Engineer during the war) had some spare parts lying around his house which he passed on to me and taught me to solder, taught me ohms law and got me started on my first radio project. Since then I studied electronics at school and graduated university with a Bachelors in Electronic Engineering. Outside of work I love to make projects for in around the house, problem is I have so many that I never seem to get around to finishing them!


Why are you starting the Electronics meetup?

The electronics meetup came about after realizing the serious shortage of people passionate about electronics in the Hamilton + Niagara region. My boss has interviewed hundreds of applicants for jobs and there are so few people that applied who have a love for electronics. Many just see a job as a way to make some money – I see it as a passion and going to work is a pleasure.


Who will be speaking at the first meetup?

Our first speaker at the Electronics Hamilton Meetup will be Pierre Demers who is the Technical Manager for Marsh Instrumentation in Burlington. (The largest 3rd party instrumentation service company in Southern Ontario). He’s going to present on Electronic Reverse Engineering which is a little known about topic. He’ll be bringing some previous work and showing why and how reverse engineering works.



Why do people reverse engineer electronics? How does that work?

Reverse Engineering is the process of disassembling + analyzing a circuit for the purpose of generating documentation and/or re-manufacture as well as determining how it was designed and how it operates. Often the documentation even allows a customer to improve their product to surpass competitors. A big part of the process is knowing when and when it’s not allowed to do this – for instance one of the key attributes for copying/cloning PCB’s is that the product is obsolete and unsupported by the OEM.


What is the state of the electronics industry in Hamilton, and Ontario more broadly speaking?

In Hamilton there are a handful of electronics companies and particularly companies working in industrial/commercial space. To my knowledge the company I work for ENA Electronics is one of the only electronics companies in the city with most of the other electronics companies working in the consumer market. In Ontario there’s obviously the Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge area who are a hot bed for innovation in electronics however with the decline of stocks at Blackberry the once power house of the region is faltering and we need to innovate!



Do you see room for growth? If so, why?

There is plenty of room for growth in the Electronics space in Hamilton, there’s a ever growing software scene but very few electronics companies. The advantage of growth in the area is synergies between companies allowing for shared resources and collaboration.


If someone is “technical” in terms of knowing how to code, are there any good ways you can suggest for them to dive into the hardware and electronics side of technology?

Electronics these days need not be all about discrete components (although knowing basic electronics principles is a huge advantage), but embedded electronics bridges the software hardware gap with firmware development being critical in many electronic products. Aside from the obvious programming of Arduino + Raspberry Pi, a great way to really learn electronics is to get them connected to the real world – adding sensors, timers and output devices allows the interface of software to the physical world.


Do you see any possible collaborations between electronics professionals and others in the technology community – health tech, gaming, etc.?

Absolutely – there are so many possibilities, take health for example, how do you monitor a heartbeat without electronics? Just the software alone is one thing but the complete product is at the intersection of electronics hardware and software. Its often very easy to come up with some electronics for a project but the real skill is when an electronics professional gets involved and turn a hobby project into a proper product with noise suppression and protection, its only then that a project should be turned into a product for market.



What about a young person that’s interested in electronics, how would you recommend they get started?

One of the best ways to get involved in electronics is to join us at the electronics meetup! – shameless plug ( not only here will you find experience but you’ll be able to learn with people from the same starting point. Outside of the meetup I’d recommend making some kind of project – theory makes no sense without a project! One of the best circuits I know for starting electronics is the good old 555 timer circuit, it gives a real flavor of how electronics works it’s how I started learning electronics and love that integrated circuit to this day!


What are you hoping to accomplish with the meetup group going forward?’

When I was growing up and even through my degree I struggled with finding people that had a practical view of electronics with a passion for wielding a soldering iron and getting down to the board level. I’m hoping that by starting Electronics Hamilton that we can forge a community of electronic hobbyists in the Hamilton, Niagara and Burlington region with a passion for electronics, from this I hope that networking and collaboration occurs at all levels of the market place, from startups to established companies.


Pitch it to win it this Thursday


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

Where: The Collaboratory in Mohawk College at 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton

Organizer: @MohawkSURGE



Each year, SURGE runs “Pitch it to Win it” providing an opportunity for all Mohawk College students to get in front of a panel of judges, and an audience, to pitch their business idea.

This year, the SURGE Pitch it to Win it! Pitch Competition will take place on March 30, 2017.

We hope to have a big audience of students, supporters and community join us for Pitch it to Win it!

Listening in, networking and enjoying some free food! You have nothing to lose. We look forward to seeing you and showcasing Mohawk’s very own, and very impressive, young entrepreneurs.


HamiltonSeen to showcase history of women in computing


Local film studio HamiltonSeen (@HamiltonSeen) has launched a crowdfunding campaign for their newest film: Women’s Work – A History of Women in Coding.

Women’s Work (@womensworkfilm) aims to inspire the future of women in computing by showcasing the history of women in computing:

“From the first program, to sending humanity to the moon, the work done by women in the field of computing has pushed us all forward into the now and into the future. Given the immense disparity in numbers between men and women active in and entering the field of computing (and STEM fields in general), we believe it is imperative to create a mainstream documentary film that showcases the breadth and depth of the IMMENSE FEMALE CONTRIBUTION to the world of computer programming.”

Check out the video below and visit their crowdfunding page for more details!



Agile meetup next Thursday


When: Thursday March 30th 2017 at 6:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton

Organizer: Hamilton Agile Meetup



Join us on our second 2017 meetup!! Come and meet other Agile people, scrum masters, product owners, project managers, developers and more in and around Hamilton area!

This meetup we will cover the SAFE framework as main topic, please check this 5 minutes video for your reference:

Let’s share some time exchanging topics, experiences, doubts, methodologies, questions and all around this amazing Agile journey!!!

Parking beside the pub

PS: Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or doubts about this meetup!!


Mohawk Coding Competition for high school students


When: Saturday May 6th 9am to 3pm

Where: Mohawk College, Fennell Campus, Collaboratory

Who: High School Students (teams of 1 to 4)

Prizes: $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, $125 for 3rd

Cost: $10 per student

Registration deadline: Sunday April 30th


Mohawk will be hosting its first annual programming competition open to all high school students. All participants will receive a t-shirt, lunch and an opportunity for prizes. Students may form teams of up to 4, but each student must register individually.


Competition Rules

  • Bring your own computer, one computer per team (a limited number of Mohawk College supplied computers are available and can be reserved upon request)
  • No communicating with any person not on your team during competition
  • No phone use during competition
  • No internet access
  • Participants may use any programming language
  • Participants may bring any printed or electronic resources (textbooks, PDFs, etc.)


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