Machine Learning Workshop with Kaggle


When: Saturday February 17th at 1:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton Machine Learning and Computing Research





At this workshop, we will work through a Kaggle problem as a group to learn about machine learning and data science!

The workshop leaders will introduce the problem to the group.  The workshop leaders will work with the group to solve the problem on the projector screen.  You can ask questions, participate and help, or just follow along, whatever your comfort level.

But you’re also welcome to solve the problem on your own as part of a group together, this is a casual event to share and learn.

We recommend the following background knowledge for attending the workshop, you may find the links helpful to prepare in advance:

We recommend bringing your laptop!

Mahsa Rahimi and Nick Miladinovic will lead the workshop.


New IoT and Raspberry Pi workshops at Mohawk CE

Mohawk College Continuing Education is offering two new tech workshops for 2018 – The Internet of Things and Raspberry Pi. These unique and innovative workshops will be of great interest to makers, electronic hobbyists and those in the tech field looking to expand their skills. If you’ve always been curious and wanted to learn about smart devices – now’s your chance!

Starting in January, The Internet of Things Workshop, a three-part series, will cover the basics of electronics, microcontrollers, sensors and how to program them to be internet enabled. The workshops are conveniently held on Saturdays, and begin on January 27.

Starting in February, The Raspberry Pi Boot Camp caters to all levels and will take you through the Pi’s capabilities. You will work with the Raspberry Pi Zero W, which comes with wireless LAN and Bluetooth. The courses will be held Tuesday evenings, and will start on February 23.

All of the hardware will be provided and you do not have to have prior experience – just a willingness to learn something new.

For more information, contact

Or you can register online for the Internet Of Things Workshop, or the Raspberry Pi Boot Camp.


Teach kids how to code with 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 tech 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 post-secondary 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:

– 6-week core Hamilton Code Clubs (approximately one hour a week, for 6 weeks)
– Saturday sessions (approximately 3.5 hours)
– Daytime and evening courses delivered at 225 King William Street (approximately 1-2 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 tech 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


Beth Gibson, Project Consultant
IEC of Hamilton



Printing body parts at Hacking Health this Thursday


When: Thursday January 18th 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

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

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton



We have two awesome presentations this meetup:

1 Managing Diabetes–Prof. Joanna Wilson

Joanna Wilson is an Associate Professor of Biology at McMaster University and the mother of a Type 1 diabetic child. Her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) over a year ago and currently manages her insulin therapy with multiple daily injections and monitors her blood sugar with a continuous glucose monitoring device. Joanna will discuss the basics of care for a person with T1D and the major challenges that families face in delivering that care inside and outside of the home, including school. She will describe the options for insulin delivery and blood sugar monitoring essential for T1D and where technology has helped her family cope with the high demands of this disease. Lastly, she will discuss some of the needs of the T1D community such as a glucagon delivery device that can be adopted by schools.

2 Printing Body Parts–Mohawk 3D Printing Group

The Mohawk 3D Printing Group is a student group focused on applied research in the area of additive manufacturing. Jeffrey McIsaac, general manager of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre, suggested its formation in early 2017 to provide research opportunities for Mohawk students through access to AMIC resources and expertise.

Medical Phantom Project: Our student-led project aims to design a new type of 3D printer capable of producing viable medical phantoms, artificial body parts that can be used for medical purposes such as rehearsing surgeries or calibrating imaging instruments. AMIC lab technician Allan Michaud recommended the idea to the 3D Printing Group as a project that would be challenging but possible. Our aim is to produce a multi-extrusion printer that can print three distinct materials: synthetic bone, flesh, and organ material.

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Interview about DeltaHacks IV with Natalie Chin


Check out the interview below with Natalie Chin of the DeltaHacks (@deltahacks) hackathon team on what’s in store for this year’s hackathon and opportunities to get involved as judges/mentors! DeltaHacks IV will take place on January 27th – 28th on McMaster University campus.


Can you tell our readers about the history of DeltaHacks?

DeltaHacks was founded back in 2014 due to lack of hackathons in the area focusing on social change and social impact. It was a common instance, that projects were started during hackathons, and not continued and sustained afterwards. As a result, students from the McMaster Community banded together and created their own hackathon for change. DeltaHacks stands out from other hackathons by inviting industry professionals who know their field, to pitch ideas to our attendees. This allows our attendees to get a real world view of what’s missing in the field, and see what they can do to help.


What kinds of exciting creations have come out of past DeltaHacks events?

Generally, we’ve seen a really wide variation of hacks at DeltaHacks. We have a lot of social change and social impact projects. We’ve also had a variety of hardware and software projects at our event.

Last year, there was a really cool hardware hack called Lifeline that tracked tilts and changes in the head direction while driving, to prevent drowsy driving and prevent it. If the driver was getting continuously more and more drowsy as time went on, it would send audio feedback to try to keep the driver alert. Throughout the process, if the driver is still drowsy, the response would continue to escalate through texting and/or calling emergency contacts. The hack ended up winning the “Best Hardware Hack” and “Second Prize” Category. Seeing the implementation fully functional was really cool. It had an effect on the real world.

At a past DeltaHacks event, we saw Project Julius, which was created to prevent photosensitive epileptic seizures due to quick flashes in video content. The hack would essentially analyze the screen with historical analyses, looking for pixels which have changed very quickly to prevent seizures. Once the pixels change dramatically, the hack shows a window overlay covering all other windows on the screen, and show the warning. A hack like this is pivotal to social change.



What’s your role with the hackathon?

I am the Director of Supportive Relations. I always try to think of a descriptive name for my team – I’m not sure Supportive Relations does it justice. But ultimately, we handle the UX of the event, which consists of contacting mentors, judges, challenger (idea-generation) mentors for our event, which adds to the attendee experience. We make sure that participants have enough mentors so they can get their questions answered timely. We also reach out to not-for-profits in the community, government organizations, startups, and and student chapters, inviting them to an idea generation session. We essentially give challengers 3-5 minutes to talk about their project, and provide time for participants to discuss with mentors afterwards.


What’s new and exciting for DeltaHacks IV?

In our past iterations of DeltaHacks have mainly focused on health-care related hacks, and the idea-generations typically came from doctors, physicians and pharmacists. We’ve expanded that this year, to include a variety of other fields, and reached out to not for profit organizations, student chapters at McMaster, and leveraging our professors and hacks that they may benefit from. Our list is currently located here:, so our participants know what the challenges are before coming to the event. The list is going to be continuously updated until the event, as we finalize the mentors.

Another exciting thing that we’ve got in store is a focus on blockchain development. It’s been a pretty hot topic recently, and has been brought up quite a number of times in the HamOnt Conference Series for Internet of Things. DeltaHacks is super happy to welcome a few local and international organizations that focus on crypto, namely STACK, Parity, and Oraclize. This is the first time that we’ve put aside funds for a specific cryptocurrency prize category, and is the first time that we’re inviting small and large companies for mentorship. I can’t wait to see the hacks that are created once the hackathon is done.



How many participants are you expecting? Where do the participants come from?

We’re expecting 400 attendees. Participants are coming from all over Ontario. Most of our participants are coming from Waterloo or the Toronto Area.


What do you hope students get out of participating in DeltaHacks?

I don’t expect our participants to fly themselves in a spaceship to Mars (though that would be really cool) after DeltaHacks. All I want is for our participants to leave, feeling like they have learnt something. There’s nothing more rewarding than the feeling after you’ve created something that you never thought you’d finish, be it understanding classes, or full implementation of a feature.

This year, 52% of our attendees are beginner hackers – who have been to 0-1 hackathons in the past. As an application rate, this is nearly unheard of. I hope that the beginners feel welcomed at DeltaHacks, and feel comfortable to ask for help when they need it. I would encourage anyone to take advantage of this opportunity, to ask for help from mentors and help with implementing your ideas.


What’s your own personal favourite hackathon creation?

My personal favourite hackathon creation would probably be one created at ETHWaterloo, a hackathon based on Ethereum Development, called the Decentralized Autonomous Charity (or DAC for short). It was a transparent way for people to donate funds to charities, and see the flow of funds, to see how it was broken down, and what it was used for. This was my favourite hackathon project because it had such a large social impact and use-case. Blockchain in itself was a new concept, not to mention being able to apply it in the real world in such an important way.


Though it’s getting better, there’s always been a bit of a disconnect between Hamilton and McMaster (e.g. the “pop the bubble” initiative at McMaster a few years back). What do you think we can do to better bridge the gap, pop the bubble, etc, between the awesome students and innovations happening at McMaster and the civic renaissance happening in Hamilton?

Stepping in and out of the bubble with an interchange of ideas, is most useful. I think the HamOnt Conference Series does it well, in providing discounted student tickets to events, and of course, free food. I find that it gets quite a few Mohawk and Mac students out to the events in the Hamilton area. I think information flow in our bubble, and continuous propagation between the campus borders will continue to better bridge the gap.

I, myself, have pushed the Machine Learning HamOnt Conference to a course that I TA’d, and was met with great enthusiasm, as many of my students had wanted to learn about Machine Learning. Continuous flow of information in and out of the bubble, convinces students to leave campus and explore the community outside it; while events like DeltaHacks help pull the Hamilton Community into our bubble.

With these events – like the Hamilton Conference Series and DeltaHacks, students at McMaster get to network and talk to industry-leaders in the Hamilton Area. They get to find mentorship, advice, tips, guidance, and are introduced to a really unique atmosphere. With the Hamilton Conference Series, we have students leaving the “bubble,” to learn about Internet of Things, or Machine Learning; and we have industry-leaders in the Hamilton Area coming to mentor for DeltaHacks. Having events like these, make many people willing to “pop” and/or willing to leave the bubble.



How can the Hamilton technology community help and engage with DeltaHacks?

We have a lot of different roles available.

Hacking is 1pm on Saturday to 1pm Sunday, so if you are comfortable with showing and teaching technologies, mentoring would likely be a good fit for you. The role of a technical mentor is to help with development environments, helping debug code, and more generally, help with problems participants may have while implementing something. We don’t specify a time that you have to be available, nor do we have requirements on what you’re mentoring. A question that we get a lot from people who want to mentor, is what technology they should choose. My answer – whatever you’re comfortable with. There are no boundaries for what you can mentor in, and we have never said no to mentorship before. In the past, our mentorship was mainly based on web development, android development, and IOS development – but we’re more than happy to open up the doors to anything this year. If you are interested, you can sign up at

You can also help out by judging at our hackathon, from 1pm to 4:15 pm on Sunday. Essentially, at the end of the hackathon, we hold a science-fair style expo, to show off everyone’s projects that they made during the course of the hackathon. As a judge, you get to look at the creativity and innovation of our students, and get to see their final projects. You can sign up at


Freelancer meetup this Thursday


When: Thursday January 11th 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Hamilton Freelancer Group



Freelancer Meetups are monthly events run by the Hamilton Freelancers Association. They are free, and open to all professionals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in the Hamilton area, whether you’re just starting a freelancing consulting business, or you’re running a consulting business full time.

We bring in some of the best and brightest to give talks on ways to help you build and grow your entrepreneurial venture, along with networking.

The Hamilton Freelancers Association is free to join to become a member and is open to freelancers of all skills and specialties, including designers, developers, marketers, videographers, photographers, writers, and everyone in between.


Learn to Build a One Page Website Workshop


When: Saturday January 27th from 10:00am to 4:00pm

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

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code – Hamilton Chapter

Cost: $0 – $55



If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. HTML and CSS are the backbone of all websites, and knowledge of them is a necessity if you are interested in things like web development, creating marketing emails, or even blogging! The web without HTML and CSS would be would be a world without colourful, pretty websites, not to mention the web applications we all use daily. It’s easy to learn, and was designed so that everyone – even non-programmers – can do it. No fancy programs are needed, just Notepad and a web browser!

The Ladies Learning Code Introduction to HTML & CSS workshop is designed to be a hands-on experience. During the session, you’ll learn:

Basic techniques and concepts that are translatable to other programming languages

– The building blocks of how HTML and CSS work together to create richer online experiences

– How to create a rich website with images, video, and a CSS-defined layout

– What resources are available if you’d like to continue learning at home (and we think you will)


Hacking Health Hackathon returns in February


When: Friday February 9th to Sunday February 11th

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

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@HHHamOnt)



Pitch ideas, form teams, get advice from experts, and build a health app in one weekend. Present your finished product in front of a panel of judges for a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

Healthcare faces many critical problems. 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. Our weekend hackathons are fun, intense, hands-on events where small teams tackle tough problems in a supportive community of peers and mentors.

REGISTER TODAY and join us February 9-11 for our Hacking Health Hamilton Hackathon.
Be part of a global movement bringing innovation to healthcare…right here in Hamilton!


January EhList Drinks Meetup


When: Wednesday January 10th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: 68 King Street East, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Organizers: Chris Buttenham and Kristian Borghesan of Startups in Canada & The Art of The Fail Podcast



SOMETHING GOOD IS BREWING! Come join us for the SIXTH (and FIRST of 2018!) monthly meetup for the YHM #EhList chapter.

If you’re a founder, you’re a fit! Come chat with like minds and enjoy a TASTY BEVERAGE at Redchurch Cafe + Gallery downtown Hamilton.


E-Commerce meetup this Sunday

When: Sunday January 7th 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs



Join us for the Hamilton E-Commerce and Online Entrepreneurs Meetup!

Let’s get together to share, learn and grow together.

1) Meet & Greet

2) Show & Tell – Tashinga Mawema, McMaster student and Owner/Operator of – a profitable online store specializing in beauty products that are white-labeled and drop-shipped from Alibaba. Tashinga’s presentation will cover influencer marketing, sourcing products, e-packaging, outsourcing, marketing, up-selling, must-have tools plus much more. Co-Presenter Farhan Munshi.

3) Introductions

4) Questions & Discussion

Bring your laptops and your projects.

Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs No Solicitation Policy

Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs members or guests may not solicit at any time, for any purpose, during Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs events or related activities. This includes the distribution of materials, promotion or marketing of other businesses and/or professional services, unless pre-authorized by Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs organizer.