Charles Mire talk on building a hardware startup


When: Thursday April 27th 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:30pm

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

Cost: $30

Organizer: @ACTIONConf2017



You have a hardware idea and want to build a startup around it. You know some of the initial steps you need to take, but surely there are more details you might not be aware of. What are the things to prioritize in the beginning versus later on? When is the right time to grow your team? Are patents right for you? What should you expect when it comes to fundraising vs. bootstrapping? How do you define success? This workshop is designed to intimately discuss all the gory details of building a hardware-focused startup, pitfalls to avoid, strategies to pursue, how to assess the growth metrics, and much more. The topic segments will include Legal & IP, Finance & Fundraising, HR, Sales, Manufacturing, Regulations, Logistics, Marketing, and Expectations.


HamOnt IoT Conference 2017


When: Saturday June 24th 2017 from 9:00am to 7:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King (3rd floor) at 115 King St E, Hamilton, ON

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student




HamOnt IoT is all about the Internet of Things … low cost and kick ass, featuring experts from within and abroad for a full day of talks… we would love for you to join us on Saturday June 24th!

Check out the schedule of talks below! HamOnt IoT attendees can also expect morning coffee & snacks, lunch, afternoon drinks & snacks, and an after party!


9:00am – 10:00am Arrival and registration! We’ll have coffee and snacks availalbe! Network with your fellow attendees!

10:00am – 12:00pm Speakers 1-3

12:00pm – 1:00pm Fantastic Lunch!

1:00pm – 3:00pm Speakers 4-6

3:00pm – 3:20pm Break time with drinks and snacks!

3:20pm – 4:30pm Speakers 7-8

4:30pm – 5:00pm Q&A panel for those looking to work in IoT, start a business, or create a product.

5:00pm – 7:00pm Beer and Pizza. Make connections, ask more questions of the presenters, and start great conversations about IoT!

Speaker Linuep (as of March 27th)

Speaker: James Arlen (@myrcurial)Director of Risk and Advisory Services at Leviathan Security Group

Talk: Avoiding common security issues in novel IoT products

BIO: James Arlen is Leviathan’s Director of Risk and Advisory Services. He is responsible for development and delivery of Leviathan’s professional services, assisting clients as they develop and implement their information security policies and strategic plans. Over the past twenty plus years, James has been delivering information security solutions to Fortune 500, TSE 100, and major public-sector organizations. In both consultant and staff member roles, James led business and technical teams of professionals in short-term projects as well as multi-year organizational change initiatives. James held key contributor roles as CISO of a publicly traded financial institution and Information Security Coordinator at a large scale power utility. James is involved in information security policy, process, and procedure improvements for internationally known manufacturing and financial organizations.

James is best described as: “Infosec geek, hacker, social activist, author, speaker, and parent.” His areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights and shiny things. James founded Hamilton’s first makerspace think|haus before the Internet had Things. He is also a contributing analyst with Securosis and has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. James is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a prolific contributor to standards bodies and media.


Speaker: Colin Gagich (@colingagich) Owner, NVC Software Solutions

Talk: HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot (@HitchBOT)

BIO: Colin Gagich operates NVC Software Solutions, a software company which performs contract design and development work based in Hamilton, Ontario. Through NVC, Colin has worked with clients in the Aircraft Deicing Industry, HVAC Industry and Restaurant Point of Sales Industry. Colin specializes in embedded system design, mobile application development and web application development. Colin has been operating NVC Software Solutions since 2013.


Speaker: John Gerryts – IT Telecom Analyst by day, uber blockchain hacker by night

Talk: Project Oaken – The intersection of blockchain and IoT

BIO: John Gerryts is a Technologist that has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013. Beginning as an active miner, John is the organizer for the Niagara Bitcoin Meetup Group, and has led a few projects surrounding IoT + Blockchain technology (mostly related to as early as PoC3). For the last 23 years, John has been involved at different levels of technology, with roles such as Network Administrator, Telecommunications Specialist, and Senior Network & Electronics Integrator. His Project Airlock placed 3rd at the “In Crypto We Trust” Hackathon which has since been mentioned in the Canadian Senate and on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast by Andreas Antonopolous.


Speaker: John Renfrew – Owner, Harvest Robotics

Talk: IoT barn gas sensors


Interested in sponsoring? E-mail for details!


Code of Conduct

Our conference will follow this standard code of conduct.

Code of Awesomeness

We encourage everyone to be excellent to one another!


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Students welcome, but minumum age for attendance is 16.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

CoMotion is located in downtown Hamilton so getting here by public transit is easy. During the weekend there’s lots of parking within a few blocks.

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets may be refunded until 1 week before the event. After that contact the organizer to transfer your ticket to someone else.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Unless you want to give your ticket to someone else at the last minute in which case we will need to see the printed version of the ticket.


Hamilton Health Innovation Week


Hamilton, ON – April 13, 2017 – Hamilton Health Innovation Week (HHIW) 2017 (April 24-30, 2017) is being launched in Hamilton.  The event serves as a showcase for world-class health innovation happening in Hamilton and from across the country. It brings together hundreds of public and private sector practitioners around a common vision: to turn inspiration into innovation that can be used by our healthcare sector to improve patient outcomes.

HHIW 2017 will bring together startups, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics, private and public partners to create new networks, explore new ideas, and raise the profile of cutting-edge innovation. Throughout the week, practitioners will be challenged to confront real-world problems facing the healthcare industry, and work collaboratively to explore and develop real-world solutions using technology, research and innovative insights from a cross-section of disciplines.

WHAT:     Hamilton Health Innovation Week 

WHEN:    April 24-30, 2017
WHERE:  Across Hamilton
WHO:       McMaster University, Mohawk College, IBM, Hamilton Health Sciences, City of Hamilton, Hacking Health Hamilton and MIIRC@M

WHY:       Hamilton is home to a thriving and dynamic life sciences ecosystem. from world class research hospitals to cutting edge digital health IT firms. Together, the Hamilton life sciences cluster employs over 35,000 people, more than 5,000 scientists and researchers, and is investing $450 million in innovative research each year.  In 2016, Hamilton welcomed a major downtown investment from IBM Canada – the Innovation Exchange – and work has begun on the new 40,000 square footFranhofer Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.


Key Events Include:

  • Apps For Health (Thursday, April 27th)–  Featuring Jane Philpott, Federal Minister of Health and Nathalie Le Prohon, VP, Healthcare Industry, for IBM Canada, Apps for Health is one of Ontario’s premier information-sharing, networking and recruiting events for the digital health industries. This interactive, one-day event provides a valuable opportunity for professionals from healthcare, technology, education to come together to discuss current and emerging trends in health, technology, medical education, and entrepreneurship.
  • Hacking Health Hamilton Hackathon (Friday, April 28th– Sunday, April 30th)– Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.
  • FHIR North (Wednesday, April 26th)– FHIR implementers will once again come together this April at Mohawk College to develop and test innovative applications using the HL7® FHIR standards framework.
  • #MIIT17 (Friday, April 28th)– Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology (MIIT) focuses on emerging technologies and practices for acquiring, processing, managing, accessing, and sharing medical images, along with topics driving changes in relevant policies within Canada.
  • CCHL Study Tour – Digital Transformation in Health Care (Thursday, April 27th) – The Canadian College of Health Leaders is offering a full-day tour aligned with the Apps for Health conference; gain insights about working on the frontlines of digital transformation in healthcare, including case studies on how Ontario’s second largest hospital network is executing its digital strategy.

For more information, including the schedule of events, visit:


Scratch workshop for grades 4-8 next weekend


When: Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library (circuit 4.0 – zone 3), 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Code Clubs program by IEC Hamilton (@IEC Hamilton)



This is a beginner to middle level workshop for local Hamilton students in Grades 4-8.

Whether you are new to the world of ‘code’ or you want to ‘level-up’ your coding skills, this is your chance to create your own video game! Note: this workshop provides nutritional snacks and computers. All workshop attendees require a FREE Scratch account in order to participate. Bus tickets are available to those who require transportation. A parent/guardian must pick up their child at 4:00 pm.

This workshop experience offers local Hamilton students the opportunity to learn how to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to create a video game! The workshop will focus on the use of Scratch, an easy-to-use online platform where participants will learn the basics of software programming through recipe-style drag and drop technology. They will have the opportunity to explore various templates and add text, links, images and audio as they customize their very own video game! After the session, they will be able to continue to explore to develop their coding skills and even show you their masterpiece!

GameDevDrinks with Andrew Spearin this Wednesday

When: Wednesday April 19th 2017 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street, 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, April 19th for a night of good times and good cheer. This month Andrew Spearin is the co-founder of the original Insurgency mod, and now the Insurgency game’s Creative Director. This also marks our first returning guest speaker.

From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Andrew Spearin speak about the differences between two Steam Early Access games in four years, outlining the experiences of developing and releasing Insurgency and Day of Infamy, as well as answer your game dev questions during the Q&A portion of their talk. Afterwards you can chat with Andrew Spearin, 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 19th.

From Andrew Spearin,
“Some Hamilton influences have found their way into Day of Infamy! There is an air support feature that has a Lancaster bomber for the Commonwealth forces – after a visit to the Warplane Heritage Museum, I provided reference photos to the artist to make the Lanc model. We have a new character unlock system that features historic regiments including both the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (my former regiment) along with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.”

AppsForHealth 2017 keynote speakers announced

Annual digital health conference AppsForHealth has announced their keynote speakers – Jane Philpott Minister of Health and Nathalie Le Prohon VP of healthcare industry at IBM! The conference will be taking place on Thursday April 27th at Mohawk College.


Dr. Jane Philpot, Minister of Health in Canada

The Honourable Jane Philpott was elected Member of Parliament for the riding of Markham-Stouffville on October 19, 2015.  On November 4, 2015 she was appointed Minister of Health.

Before entering politics Jane served as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital from 2008-2014.  She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family & Community Medicine.  Jane led the opening of the Health For All Family Health Team – a new primary care home for 10,000 patients in the Markham-Stouffville community.  She also led the opening of the Markham Family Medicine Teaching unit, which trained 46 new family physicians in the community since 2010.

Jane studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario.  She completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto.  In 2012 she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto.

Jane worked in Niger Republic, West Africa from 1989 to 1998 where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers.



Nathalie Le Prohon – VP IBM Canada 

Nathalie Le Prohon is the Vice President, Healthcare Industry, for IBM Canada. She rejoined IBM in 2016 to lead a national team of industry professionals dedicated to working with clients in their Healthcare transformation journey.

Ms. Le Prohon has over 30 years of extensive experience in management and strategic planning. She began her career at IBM Canada and held several management and executive positions including Vice President Strategic Outsourcing Sales, IBM Global Services.

After leaving IBM, Ms. Le Prohon was President of Nokia Canada in 2003 and 2004.

Since 2007, Ms. Le Prohon was a full time director for various public and private entities and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently a director of 5N Plus ( and serves as the Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee. She is also currently a director of BlackRock Metals, Casavant Frères and Make-A-Wish Québec.

Ms. Le Prohon was Chair of the Board of Groupe Conseil OSI from 2013 to 2015, which was purchased by Alithya, for which she continued to serve as Board member until May 2016. She was Chair of the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation for five years and a director of Bentall Kennedy LP and Hydro-Québec. She was a member of the external audit committee of the Department of National Defence (Canada).

Ms. Le Prohon has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Major in MIS) from McGill University, an MBA from Concordia University and was named Concordia University ‘Alumna of the Year’ in 2009. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has attained corporate governance certification at McGill University in 2009. She was honoured in 2013 by the MBA Association of Québec, and is a member of this association.

Our healthcare industry in Canada is facing many challenges, while at the same time, is undergoing tremendous change. New technology breakthroughs are helping our health providers improve both patient care and population health and reduce costs across the country. This is an industry inundated with data, most of it either unstructured or invisible – and the challenge lies in how to analyze it, gain insights from it, and apply those insights to drive healthcare transformation.

Come to this keynote to learn more about IBM’s unique perspective on cognitive systems in healthcare and how they are helping clients tackle the big healthcare issues. Nathalie Le Prohon, Vice President, Healthcare Industry with IBM Canada, will speak to how data, cloud, mobility and cognitive computing are transforming approaches to healthcare. Ms. Le Prohon will provide tangible examples of how this transformation is occurring in the areas of research, oncology, imaging and valued based care. Finally, she will highlight how IBM is focused on driving meaningful outcomes as well as supporting enablement of healthcare in non-traditional practice settings.


Data Insights with Python for Beginners this Saturday


When: Saturday April 15th 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: CoMotion 302 at 302 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: @LLCHamOnt

Cost: $55



Python is a great language for beginners. It’s beautiful and clean-looking syntax means you’ll spend less time being confused (it looks sort of like English!), and more time understanding and applying the fundamentals of programming. Python has a wide variety of uses from creating web applications to hardware programming to data analysis and scientific computing.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts of programming and how you can use this powerful tool to analyze data. You will learn how to read data from a file and extract useful insights for marketing and data analysis.

What will I have learned by the end of the workshop?

By the end of the workshop, you’ll know the answers to the following:

– What is programming?

– What is Python used for?

– How do I write and run a python program?

– How can I read & analyze data in a file?

You’ll be introduced to important concepts such as variables, types, conditionals and loops, and learn how to use an IDE to write more code even faster. (Not sure what any of that means? This workshop is perfect for you!)

Click and convert sales p2p this Wednesday

When: Wednesday April 12th from 8:00am – 10:00am

Where: Innovation Factory at 175 Longwood Road South

Organizer: Innovation Factory (@itbeginswithIF)



Innovation Factory’s Sales Peer2Peer sessions are great opportunities for business professionals from all industries and companies to interact with each other, share best practices, and network with peers!

This month’s topic: Click & Convert – How to use Paid Search to get More Leads!

Presenter: Robert Clarke

Innovation Factory’s April Sales Peer2Peer will be presented by Robert Clarke. Robert is the Managing Director at Op Ed Marketing, a Google Partner Agency that helps B2B Businesses attract, convert, and keep customers.

In this workshop, we’ll cover the main paid search channels (Google AdWords, Linkedin, Facebook Ads) for generating leads, as well as the fundamental principles of Website Conversion Optimization (CRO).

Tickets are limited so register today!

Your entry to this event constitutes implied consent to be photographed and to have those photos published.

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.