Last year we helped organize #ToTechWrap at the Court House with the whole Toronto Tech community crew. The event helped raise $3,000 for the Daily Bread Food Bank which helped feed 480 people.
This year Caroline and Matt are at it again organizing #ToTechBash on Dec 2nd, also at the Court House. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds (after paying for this massive party for 500 people) will go to Not Impossible Labs which crowd sources solutions for “previously insurmountable healthcare issues” by providing DIY and open source solutions that can change lives around the globe!
So can we count on you to be there? We already bought you a drink, you just need to get your ticket!
This month we are happy to welcome Q4 Web Systems to the DevTO gold sponsor club! Keep an eye out for them (our founder Chris Jones is a team member at Q4) at upcoming events.
Q4 Web Systems (Q4) is the leading provider of investor relations websites, social media and mobile solutions for public companies in North America. Hundreds of Fortune 1000 clients and global brands use our web platform to manage their online efforts.
Q4 Web Systems is currently growing at an explosive rate and is actively looking for to fill various developer (c#/asp.net and front end mobile) and other product related roles (product owner and QA engineers). You can find out more details and apply at Q4’s website
Q4 is also an active thought leader in the Investor Relations industry. You can find out more about them at:
- Corporate website
- Developer Blog at www.q4stack.com
- Blog at www.q4blog.com
- Tweet at www.twitter.com/q4websystems.com.
We’re going to be joining learners, teachers and community app developers this weekend at the MaRS Discovery District for the #EdAppHack, a two-day learning opportunity, using the Hackathon model to address the changing dialogue between students and their teachers, mentors, and industry professionals. #EdAppHack will be focusing on the theme of STEM and using the hands-on experience to address concerns and talking points on the changing nature of education, all while creating original apps and with the aide of various supportive collaborators. There’s also going to be a keynote by Robleh Jama, founder of Tiny Hearts, an award winning app studio based here in Toronto, and lots of industry professionals from all ends of Toronto.
Both students and teachers will be able to get their hands dirty, work together and collaborate to brainstorm, build and pitch their app ideas, and it’s all going down this weekend. To get involved, visit edapphack.com and sign up.
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.
The Digital Innovation Hubs provides access to many hardware and software tools including:
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Our next event is a very special DevTO presentation where we will chat with 4 experienced developers from Toronto to share their thoughts on issues that impact all programmers regardless of the technology stacks they work in, how long they have been in the field or even which industry they work in.
With over 80 years of combined experience in the field this will definetely be an event you will not want to miss!
Controversial or not, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge was an ingenious social campaign to raise much needed awareness to a medical condition that impacts many around the world. Here are the known facts:
- ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
- ALS can strike anyone, women and men, young and old.
- In Canada, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 are living with the disease. In the U.S approximately 5,000 people are diagnosed each year and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 people in the U.S may have the disease. How many world wide? That appears to be unknown today.
I found it rather difficult to find quantifiable global research around how many people have had this or even how many currently have it. This must indicate how greatly more funding is required for global ALS research, records and reports.
Here goes…pouring ice on yourself is fun… but make sure you also donate!
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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.