Intelligent Hamilton: Global Top 7 Celebration


When: Thursday April 5th 2018 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Waterfront Discovery Centre, 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer Hamilton Economic Development



In February, Hamilton was named one of the world’s Top7 Intelligent Communities by the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF). After competing with hundreds of municipalities, it’s down to just seven to compete for top spot. TOP7 is a significant recognition globally, but the competition isn’t over.

Hamilton will be hosting Robert Bell, one of ICF’s top city judges on April 5th and 6th where the city and its partners will showcase the programs and partnerships that were highlighted throughout this process.

As part of the program, we would like to invite you to an evening with Robert Bell on Thursday April 5th from 6:00-8:30PM

Come join the celebration and the discussion about Hamilton’s Intelligent Community TOP7 designation, what’s being done, what’s ahead and hear firsthand from Robert Bell what this designation means to communities.

RSVP Today! Light Refreshments and Cash Bar!


Hacking Health meetup tomorrow


When: Thursday March 29th 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: IBM Innovation Space, Suit 400, 1 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@HHHamOnt)



This month, IBM Innovation Space, Hamilton is hosting us at their space on the 4th floor of Commerce Place right at the centre of the city. The centre will give area healthcare providers, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs advanced technology tools and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes and put Hamilton on the map as a hub for healthcare innovation in Canada.

This Meetup, we will have three presentations about:

“IBM Innovation Space: Hamilton Update”
Launched last summer, the HHS Innovation Exchange in partnership with IBM Canada, is a unique innovation accelerator based out of downtown Hamilton aimed at improving our healthcare system. The HHS Innovation Exchange at the IBM Innovation Space gives area healthcare providers, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs advanced technology tools and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes and put Hamilton on the map as a hub for healthcare innovation in Canada. Gordon will provide an update on the progress and activity at the IBM Innovation Space with HHS and startups!

Gordon Alexander is the Healthcare Industry Technical Leader for the IBM Innovation Space in Hamilton. He is a Senior IT Architect with 30 years of experience in the IT industry.

“HacktheCity: Genesis” is the parent company of the ‘Genesis Program’ – an early-stage startup accelerator in partnership with IBM and McMaster University. The program selects high potential teams of McMaster graduate, professional, and undergraduate students and puts them through a week-long design sprint in the alpha phase of the program. Teams are then selected to move to the beta phase where they spend ~3 weeks turning their idea into the prototype with mentorship from a wide variety of entrepreneurs and professionals. Zehong will overview the Genesis program experience!

Zehong Cao is a student at McMaster University studying Mechanical Engineering and Management V. He is also the Director of business Development for HacktheCity.

“Health Data Privacy”
Yu Huang is a computer science Ph.D. student in the Data Science Lab at McMaster University. He got invited as an academic visitor to work at IBM Germany Stuttgart Research Centre, and collaborated with their Data Forge team to build a data quality project. Yu was the lead developer in a collaborative project with IBM Watson Analytics and was a Fellow at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies.


Machine learning Yelp challenge workshop


When: Saturday March 31st 2018 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton Machine Learning and Computing Research


Cost: $5


We will be working on the 2018 Yelp challange as a team!

This is an advanced workshop for machine learners who already have exprience with basics:

  • Python 3.x installed
  • Familiarity with Pandas and Numpy
  • Familiarity with neural networks

What you can expect to learn:

  • Natural Language Processing techniques
  • Convolutional/Recurrent neural network models
  • Keras/Pytorch/Tensorflow

The goal of this workshop will be to gather intermediated/advanced machine learners together to work on a larger project which may extend for several weeks and depending on interest, may include more hackathon-esque sessions. We’ll be supplying all attendees with further information about what you need to bring as we near the date. For those interested in catching up, we have collected some great CNN and RNN intro videos which we’ll send out to everyone before the event.

Food and drink will be provided.


Brandon Aubie takes home Young Entrepreneur award


Brandon Aubie, CEO and co-founder of QReserve, took home the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at last night’s Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards!

Brandon founded QReserve in 2014, a resource booking, lending, showcasing, and reporting platform for labs and researchers. The platform has grown to manage over 15,000 pieces of equipment used by thousands of researchers on hundreds of campuses!


Hamilton Blockchain meetup


When: Tuesday March 20th 2018 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton Blockchain meetup



Welcome to Hamilton’s first-ever Bitcoin and Blockchain meetup!

This is a casual educational networking event suitable to beginners and experts alike. Everyone is welcome.

Thanks to CoMotion for hosting us at their amazing downtown co-working space.


Webinar this Thursday for Columbia ICT trade

From Hamilton Economic Development

Hamilton Economic Development Department together with our local partners Innovation Factory and Chambers of Commerce encourage you to participate in the following webinar hosted by Gateway to Trade and ProColombia to learn more about doing business in Colombia and connect with ICT and digital media companies:

Thursday, March 8th, 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST (registration details available in this PDF)

In addition, Gateway to Trade and ProColombia will be bringing Colombian companies to our region week of April 23rd to meet with our local companies in a b2b networking format. The following link identifies the 27 companies including their profiles:

If your company is interested in doing business in Colombia and developing partnerships with Colombian companies in ICT and digital media, this program is for you.


Artificial Intelligence Linker at McMaster


When: Tuesday March 6th 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: CIBC Hall, McMaster University (3rd Floor of McMaster University Student Centre, 1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON)

Organizer: McMaster University



The Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare (MGD School of Medicine), Faculty of Engineering and DeGroote School of Business are bringing large-scale discussions about emerging technologies to McMaster University. Join us, as we engage with industry professionals, researchers, clinicians and students to discuss how artificial intelligence is contributing to the future of health, engineering and business.


5:45 – 6:00 PM – Registration

6:00 – 6:10 PM – Opening Remarks

6:10 – 6:40 PM – Panel Discussion

6:40 – 7:30 PM – Debate-Based Conversations on Key Questions Concerning Artificial Intelligence

7:30 – 7:45 PM – The Future of AI

7:45 – 8:30 PM – Open Networking

Food and refreshments will be provided. Come ready for a great conversation!

E-commerce meetup with Selling on Etsy panel discussion


When: Sunday March 4th 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton E-Commerce and Online Entrepreneurism



Join us for the Hamilton E-Commerce and Online Entrepreneurs Meetup! Let’s get together to share, learn and grow together. Meet real people doing real business online.

1) Meet & Greet

2) Panel Discussion – 4 sellers share their Etsy journey. Featuring:

– Lovely Little Design Co. by Alex Jones

– Munching Monster Chewlery by Melissa Robertson-Bye

– Random Ferret Felties by Nathan Clark

– Fingerprint Orgonite by Vanessa Langen

***Please send your questions ahead of time to the organizer.

3) Introductions

4) Networking

Bring your laptops and your projects.

Cost: $10 suggested

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.


New machine learning group forms


As an offshoot of the first ever Hamilton Machine Learning conference last December, a new machine learning and applied computing group has formed in Hamilton!

The group held its first ever meeting this past Saturday at CoMotion on King. About 40 attendees worked through a Kaggle machine learning problem together, using a dataset from the Titanic to predict which passengers would survive the tragedy. They also consumed copious amounts of pizza, thanks to the event sponsor, Hamilton machine learning startup Preteckt!

The group is planning its next meetup event and has started a Facebook group and Slack channel where you can join in the discussion and find out abut the next meetings! The group is being led by Masha Rahimi and Nick Miladinovic.