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Digital Innovation Hubs Looking To Hire an Innovator in Communities

Toronto Public Library (TPL) is launching its first Innovator in Communities (IIC) program in October 2014. The IIC program supports the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) at the Toronto Reference Library (TRL) and the Fort York Branch (FO). These learning and making spaces support users in the development of knowledge with digital technology.

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The Digital Innovation Hubs provides access to many hardware and software tools including:

  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • MaKey MaKey
  • Mac desktop stations and laptops
  • Video and photo software and equipmentToronto Public Library invites applicants with extensive experience in coding and programming to fill the role of TPL’s Fall 2014 Innovator in Communities.Qualifications:
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in coding and programming
  • Expert knowledge and experience with coding and programming hardware and software,demonstrated through a range of experience and/or formal education
  • Excellent communication skills in coaching, teaching and public speaking
  • A commitment to supporting Toronto’s coding and programming community and to educatingand inspiring coders and programmers of all ages and skill levels
  • Facility with social media in a business settingThe Innovator in Communities will have the following core responsibilities:
  • Create an instructional series of programs and workshops related to coding and programming, with a focus on building employable skills
  • Deliver the series in identified community spaces such as neighbourhood hubs, community centres, etc.
  • Share expertise by posting on the library’s Digital Design and Technology Blog

Requirements of the Program:

  • An eight-week program from October 5 to November 30, 2014; 14 hours a week; flexible work schedule
  • Develop an instructional series of 5 to 6 workshops that develops the learner’s skills in coding/programming
  • Deliver the 5-6 workshops a minimum of 3 times in different communities
  • Develop and deliver at least 3 training sessions to TPL staff on coding/programming
  • Write a minimum of 2 blog posts to be published on the TPL websiteRemuneration: $3,600
  • TPL will be providing equipment needed to conduct the workshops i.e. laptops
  • The Innovator will be responsible for their own transportation to community spacesLocation: The IIC will be based at Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) however, the workshops will be in different community spaces around Toronto.For more information about the Digital Innovation Hubs, visit: www.tpl.ca/innovate

    The IIC program is open to, but not limited to: Computer programmer, Software developer,App designer,  or Web developer

  • Please e-mail Diana Lee (dlee@torontopubliclibrary.ca) your resume and proposal (maximum 2 pages for proposal) by Monday, September 22nd, 2014 and include:
  • Relevant education and professional experience
  • Summary of coaching/teaching experience
  • Proposals for public programs and workshops on coding and programming, particularly withrelation to employability
  • Two letters of reference
  • Optional: Include a sample of your coding/programming work.

Super-sizing your Ruby App & How Does Security Blanket Work?

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Super-sizing your Ruby App – Tracey Lauren

It is the story behind my endeavour to apply tried and true scaling strategies to a large Ruby on Rails app only to discover they did not apply.Why is there so much controversy over Enterprise level Ruby on Rails solutions? Why are there little to no examples? What was the eventual solution, and how can it be adapted to any large scale  Enterprise Application, RoR or otherwise.

Tracy Lauren is a self taught Software Engineer who has worked on many ground breaking projects in her 17 years in IT. She is currently an Enterprise Application Architect for Mosaic Sales solutions, and is responsible for the architecture of their flagship IT software mPower. Tracy likes to work with the newest technologies, and frequently will mentor startup tech companies.  As an avid gamer, Tracy is currently writing her own web based RTS in her spare time (ya right!), and does not believe that there is a problem that technology cannot solve.

How does Security Blanket Work?


The Security Blanket system is made up of two parts:
The first is a network of phones, computers, and other devices that are connected by having one of our applications installed. Security Blanket also offers a “plugin”, or SDK, that can be included in any application — so any organization with an app can let their users choose to help find lost children, too. This system is completely invisible to users and works in the background, so no effort is required in order to help. Data is only ever shared with law enforcement and a child’s information and/or location are never made public.
The second part lets parents attach a beacon to their child and register that beacon’s unique signal with our system. It’s up the parent to decide how much or how little personal information is included, and none of it is stored on our servers — anything identifiable stays solely on the parent’s phone or device. If the child goes missing, the parent can report them lost through the mobile app or website, which immediately triggers Security Blanket’s global network to start scanning for their child’s unique signal.

Once the network has found the child’s signal, law enforcement officers can see the child’s location, and coordinate search efforts appropriately. The more devices picking up the signal, the more accurate the location will become, until the child is located and returned safely home.

We’re looking for a Community Manager

#DevTO is on the hunt for an awesome volunteer Community Manager to join our ranks and help us help us promote our content and events online across our different online channels.

Responsibilities. Include creating and managing a content schedule for the blog, managing the conversation on the hashtag #DevTO during and outside of events, curating tweets and content of interest for Twitter posts about Toronto tech, startups, and other tech events we promote.

Committment. The position would require around 10-15 hours per month, ( 4 hours of which are during the event).

Why join us? Although this a volunteer position, it is an excellent opportunity for meeting some fabulous folks in the Toronto tech community, as well as access to free tickets and discount codes to other events occurring in the city ex. jQueryTO, AndroidTO, FITC, etc., plus “DevTO” would look great on your resume and we will provide an amazing recommendation for your role as Community Manager if you are selected!

’1 Million Women in STEM’ Networking Event

From our friends at Venus Ventures and an excellent follow up to one of our previous talks,  comes ‘1 Million Women in STEM’ Networking Event:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1-million-women-in-stem-networking-event-tickets-11979469917

Venus Ventures is excited to host this upcoming networking event to share, inspire and empower women of all ages in STEM and the trades with a focus on confidence. Over the last year we have been talking to women in STEM about how we can support all of you, and the idea of building a community to share knowledge, resources, support was one of the top identified needs.

 This event will offer a safe space for women to network and connect, meet role models, share successes and failures and build on individual confidence.

 The event is open to anyone who is interested and/or supportive of women in STEM and the trades.

Get your tickets! 

Teaching Tech & Tech for Learning

This month we’ll be learning from Shanta Nathwani and Marc Lijour on technology within the education space and a case study on how tech is used at Sheridan College.

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Teaching Technology – Shanta Nathwani 


Technology is changing fast, and so does teaching. Shanta will talk about an innovative program blending communication, design, and technology run at Sheridan College in partnership with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. They are taught to be the translators of business needs to technology solutions and learn a little bit of everything, including web design and photography. Her students work on real projects with local clients and employers who are looking for practical skills and creative thinking. Shanta is always on the lookout for the next technology and skills her students will need to compete in a rapidly changing world.

Shanta R. Nathwani is an IT and Social Media Consultant and an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few.

Technologies for Learning at Sheridan College – Marc Lijour
Sheridan students are involved in hackathons, working with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and they learn actively with the latest video and collaboration techniques. Their students are career-ready, some of them launching their own business while in school. This presentation will explore the main technology infrastructure based on Cisco which makes all that possible, as well as the involvement of Sheridan in leading programs such as VROC and Connected North. Developers won’t want to miss hearing about cool technologies like CMX, Jabber Guest, and other technologies available on DevNet.

Marc Lijour is an educator specialized in technology and innovation. He joined Cisco last year to lead the transformation of education in Canada. He helps school boards, colleges, and universities design strategies to improve student success and experience, positioning Canada as the best place to work, live, play, and learn. Marc is also a developer and an adept of Free/Libre Open Source Software. His first job experience was to develop a pre-Web site on the late 80’s French Minitel network (Bell Canada launched a similar system branded Alextel). He started experimenting with Linux before the Y2K, installing school labs. Later, he worked for the Mandriva Linux distribution. Specialized in software engineering, and distributed work, he is a big fan of DevOps and the cloud.

Thank you! We raised $1,616 for Girls Coding Camps!
Thanks to you and many others who donated and shared our crowd funding campaign to send 5 girls between 8 and 13 to a Kids Learning Code we were able to raise $1,616!We also decided that we will donate the remainder so that we can send 5 girls to these summer camps!
Bitmaker Labs are taking us to school!

Bitmaker would like to offer 10 DevTO members $50 off our upcoming Angular JS workshops. The workshops are taking place on July 12-13 and will focus on an immersive Angular JS experience for two full days! 

Bitmaker Labs is offering 5 scholarships worth $1500 each to the DevTOcommunity for the 9 week intensive Web Development Course. The scholarship will be provided based on the application, interview and the zest for knowledge.

Please apply before July 18 to be eligible and enter DevTO in the comments section of the application.

Genesys Hackathon in Toronto July 18th.

Genesys will be hosting a Hackathon on Friday July 18 – Saturday July 19 with 2 Google Glasses as the top prize. Get more details and register for this free event here.

Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9pm for #DevTOChat on Twitter. We’ll be giving out 2 books from Pearson Canada tonight!
Recruiting Partner

Creative Niche is a temporary staffing, permanent recruitment and executive search firm specializing in advertising, communications design, development, marketing, mobile, public relations, and social media throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Founded in 2002, our firm connects top talent with leading companies from across the globe. That includes the marketing departments of multinational corporations, as well as advertising, digital, marketing and public relations agencies. Our clients—ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500s—include Cohn & Wolfe, Draft FCB, Edelman, Frontgate, Interbrand, Kroger, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, Ogilvy, RBC, SapientNitro, Sid Lee and TD Bank.

Gold Sponsors


Genesys is a leading provider of multi-channel customer experience and contact center solutions. Our platform helps companies engage with their customers, across all channels and interactions to deliver differentiated customer journeys, while maximizing revenue and loyalty. Join our award winning team at https://careers.genesys.com. And join us in our upcomingHackathon, with Google Glasses, Galaxy Tabs and Ubis as prizes.
At PayPal, we put people at the center of everything we do. Founded in 1998, we continue to be at the forefront of the digital payments revolution, giving people direct control over their money. Through our innovations, we make life better for our over 148 million active accounts in 26 currencies and across 193 markets, processing more than 9 million payments daily.Visit www.paypal.ca for more information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and our PayPal Canada blog.

Mosaic is among the fastest growing agencies in North America. By utilizing its People as Media™ approach to connecting brands with consumers, it conducts thousands of consumer events and retail visits across North America every year. Mosaic has established itself as a clear leader in helping brands connect with consumers in non-traditional ways, including retail events, community experiences, assisted selling, and online social media extensions.
Digital Ocean is simple cloud hosting that is built for developers. Deploy an SSD cloud server in 55 seconds! We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel. You’ll be amazed at how fast and easy it is to create a cloud server. Setup is super quick and painless.

Silver Sponsors

Mercatus Technologies enables retailers and advertisers to achieve competitive advantage, boost brand equity, and improve financial performance. Leveraging Mercatus’ smart shopping technology on a cross-channel marketing level, achieve the ultimate one-to-one relationship with shoppers throughout their buying cycle—from intent to influence to purchase. Check out their career page – they’re hiring PHP developers!

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Featured Startup: Sniply

 Do you share content on social media? Like so many others, you are probably doing an amazing job driving traffic to other people’s websites.

Content curation has become an important part of social media. People share great content across the web to establish thought leadership and become a source of credible information for their followers.

While curation is great, it does take time. The challenge is that no one knows how to calculate, or even generate a return on investment for the time spent in curating content. At Sniply, we are making this possible with a new approach to link sharing.

 

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Sniply is a simple tool that lets you embed your own message and call-to-action into any page on the web. For example, as you share an article from Mashable, you can use Sniply to embed a custom message and link back to your own website directly within Mashable. All you have to do is to input the URL of the page into Sniply, type a message, and Sniply will give you a special link which contains the article with your message inside.

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Sniply was founded in early 2014 by three Next 36 alumni, Michael Cheng, Christopher Bowal and Nigel Gutzmann. Michael specializes in product design while Chris and Nigel take the charge on software development. Within 4 months post-launch, Sniply already attracted thousands of users, acquired two of their competitors and expanded their team from 3 to 10 people.

Sniply links have generated over 1.3 million clicks so far and you can expect a conversion rate of 7-10% with every link you share. The best thing about Sniply is that you can share great content from your favourite sites but still drive traffic back to your own website.

Last but not least, Sniply is free to use! Check out this short video on how it works:

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Welcome Genesys to DevTO

This month we welcome Genesys to DevTO’s Gold Sponsor roster. Gensys is a leading provider of multi-channel customer experience and contact center solutions. Their platform helps companies engage with their customers, across all channels and interactions to deliver differentiated customer journeys, while maximizing revenue and loyalty.

Join their award winning team with several positions open in the GTA and Canada wide .

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Genesys is also organizing a hackathon in Toronto on July 18th and 19th with prizes including 2 Google Glasses and 2 Ubis.

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Thank you 1,616 times!

Last month we reached out to all of you to help us send 5 girls between the ages of 8 and 13 to a Kids Learning Code summer camp and together we have raised $1,616 in 4 weeks!

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 6.10.39 PMWe decided that DevTO will donate the difference so that we can hit the target we set out to reach!

From all of us at DevTO thank you to everyone who donated and shared our campaign this month.

Stay tuned for an update post once we sort out the details with Ladies Learning Code and Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto!

 

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Welcome to Creative Niche!

Today we welcome the team at Creative Niche to our #DevTO Sponsor roster as our exclusive recruiting partner!

Check out the Creative Earners Survey of salaries and billing practices in the Communication Design Industry and get entered to in one of 15 $100 Umbra gift cards and one of two passes to 2014 Design Thinkers Conference in Toronto November 6th and 7th.

Creative Niche is a temporary staffing, permanent recruitment and executive search firm specializing in advertising, communications design, development, marketing, mobile, public relations, and social media throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Founded in 2002, our firm connects top talent with leading companies from across the globe. That includes the marketing departments of multinational corporations, as well as advertising, digital, marketing and public relations agencies. Our clients—ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500s—include Cohn & Wolfe, Draft FCB, Edelman, Frontgate, Interbrand, Kroger, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, Ogilvy, RBC, SapientNitro, Sid Lee and TD Bank.

They’ll be at our next event coming up June 30th! See you there

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Girls Raising Is Back! – June 24th

Our friends at Girls Raising are back with another hit panelist event!

Girls Raising Presentations are a unique series of events geared towards helping women founded startups get publicity, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and meet influential women that can move their businesses forward. This is a small private event with a limited number of tickets and curated guest list that helps us to provide optimal networking atmosphere offline and online.
The Girls Raising online and offline network of resources that supports, educates and encourages female entrepreneurs. We help them build the confidence and connections neccessary to start, build and raise for their company.

Our monthly events are an opportunity for guests to preview some of the great companies being built by women and to hear from some of the most successful and influential women of our time.
Men are invited too!

Use the code “devto” for a special discount!