It is our pleasure to announce a new and exciting partnership with BrightLane and Mercatus Technologies. DevTO is joining the community of entrepreneurs at BrightLane (including Mercatus) working together in a cool and historic building at 545 King West. Four years ago we started DevTO with a mission to bring developers, designers, techies and entrepreneurs together through monthly events, workshops and other seasonal events. Today we continue that mission in a new home at BrightLane as the newest member of that community!
“DevTO is the GTA’s premiere community of developers and, together with Mercatus Technologies Inc., we’re proud to jointly become a Partner-level sponsor,”
says George Horhota, BrightLane’s President. “We’re also excited that, only two months after opening our premiere coworking centre on King Street West, DevTO has decided to make BrightLane their home and will hold at least three DevTO events this year at BrightLane.”
Through this partnership, DevTO will have access to the fabulous facilities at BrightLane which opened in November 2014. This includes a dedicated space for our co-founders to meet and work on DevTO projects.
So, keep an eye out for BrightLane in 2015, check out their spaces and schedule a tour to see for yourself. Maybe we’ll even run into you there!
In the words of BrightLane’s and Mercatus Technologies co-founder, G. Raymond Chang:
“It’s people that make any successful enterprise”.
Are you passionate about technology and interested in exposing youth to an exciting and creative new world?
TechSpark is an innovative, free tech program that teaches inner-city youth coding skills in preparation for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. It is where consumers grow into creators and innovators. We are launching our program in the Spring of 2015, and currently seeking a paid full-time facilitator to develop and run the 8 week training portion of the program this Spring. Additionally, we are seeking volunteer mentors and internship partners to support the delivery of our program.
We are looking for a supportive, talented and committed individual to help us deliver exceptional content to youth living in urban communities in Toronto. Our 8 week program cover topics related to software development for mobile and web applications.
Our facilitator must be caring, energetic and knowledgeable of software development using a variety of industry accepted programs. They must have professional experience that relates to the subject, and a demonstrated portfolio of work that reflects their passion and excitement. Previous teaching experience to youth is preferred. Our facilitator must have a passion for providing an alternative, accelerated learning environment that is collaborative and accessible to all.
Why join the Facilitator team?
DRIVEN Accelerator Group was founded as a non profit in 2012, to provide underrepresented entrepreneurs with advanced startup training, mentorship and access to capital. Since then, we built our startup accelerator program into an internationally recognized brand, that helped its startups raise over one million in private investments. Running a one of a kind startup program taught us that our mission to increase economic empowerment to black, female and newcomer entrepreneurs must begin at the youth stage.
As a TechSpark facilitator you assist us in expanding accessible digital literacy through quality training. You will gain experience teaching youth of diverse backgrounds and ages, and accelerating their growth into Toronto’s tech community.
As a facilitator, you will have the opportunity to connect with our diverse network of mentors, volunteers as well as other non profits in the youth serving sector both socially and professionally. Most importantly, as a TechSpark facilitator, you will have the power to positively impact the self efficacy and confidence of youth who need it most.
Interested applicants must send a link to a CV or resume along with a portfolio and references to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2015. Please include your LinkedIn profile and social media handles if available.
So we’ve had this idea to do a podcast since early December last year. Nael went out on boxing day and picked up a couple of mic’s from best buy and last weekend we recorded a thing for you all to listen too.
Happy New Year!! We kick off our 4th year with two interesting topics on Dev Ops and How to evaluate employers.
We’d like to get your feedback on our past events, please help us make 2015 a great year of events for #DevTO by completing this survey.
Tales from the Ops Side: Taking Black Friday – Hany Fahim, CEO VM Farms
Beginning a series of talks presented by VM Farms, Tales from the Ops Side serves to educate developers on best practices for performance, stability, and security, as well as to share frontline stories from the battlefield (featuring such classics as The Bieber-bit, and Are You Sure This Is SSD?). The series is intended to share an operations perspective on running and supporting application infrastructures.
January’s talk focusses maintaining performance and uptime during spike and sustained increases in load for a large eRetailer during Black Friday weekend.
Hany Fahim is the CEO and founder of VM Farms, a 24×7 Operations Team and Cloud Provider. Hany has over 10 years of operations experience, both in building and supporting private and public cloud platforms, as well as Linux and OSS environments. You can reach Hani at @iHandroid and the folks of VM Farms @vmfarms
Evaluate Employers Like A VC Invests – Alex Stobe
Your career is an investment. One you make with a precious resource – your time. As you get to a point where more options become available, career change decisions can feel overwhelming. It helps to have a framework, especially if you’re interested in working for startups. You may want to borrow a few tips from the VC playbook and apply them to your job hunt. This talk will provide you guidelines for researching and interviewing potential employers to maximize your “Return On Experience.”
Alex Stobe headhunts for high-growth software companies and works to build recruitment solutions that connect skilled individuals with teams that will appreciate and nurture their talents. He helped design Hirefully (a candidate engagement product), and has placed software professionals at both the contributor and executive levels. Click here for his LinkedIn profile. This is Alex’s second talk at a #DevTO event.
Jason Carlin has had his hands involved with HoHoTO for just about three years now, and even before that, it was a social event that held special meaning for him.
“One of my closest friends has always been a part of [HoHoTO],” he says. “It helped me solidify friendships that only existed in social media, we connected in real life.”
He described hanging out with and meeting people that have become close friends and coworkers. As for the motivation for becoming a volunteer, and then an organizer, he said it was the kind of party he wanted to have.
“Ive been a part of organizations, companies, where, you go to the office party and its nice, kind of fun, but this is the best of that, with so many cool people and the Hangover Auction, and lots of cool prizes.”
He gives a lot of credit to the sponsors, like #DevTO, for making the event such a huge success year over year. “The tech community has been really supportive from the start. A lot of the founders came from tech, and the marketing only really happens on social media, so its amazing.”
The sponsors have provided gifts for prizes, as amazing as vacations and, his personal favourite, voice lessons. This year they’re in line to give out cell phones, restaurant vouchers, club subscriptions, tech toys and more. He also mentioned one really cool prize that is in the works. Believe me when I say, whoa.
Jason was especially thankful to the Mod Club: “They’re being super generous, every year. They donate the space and staff, it’s really huge.”
It’s easy to forget that it’s not just one giant party, but that it also is incredibly helpful to the Daily Bread Food Bank. It’s one of the main motivations for Jason to be a part of it every year.
“We’re living in a city that’s not doing all it can for the people. Just to be able to do this, for a really good cause.. this can really help.”
It really does. Last year HoHoTO raised $40,000 for the Daily Bread Food Bank, and has raised $300,000 to date.
Jason said he would really love to match last year’s fundraising total, and for people to come out and have fun; they’ve got lots of cool things planned for partygoers, so all attendees are guaranteed to enjoy themselves.
“Last year we had Panago Pizza come on board and do a midnight Pizza Drop. This year, donations will allow you to request a song on Tilt. So I’m expecting hours worth of ‘Shake It Off’.”
It’s going to be a great night full of fun people to meet, fun prizes being given away, and as Jason said, “you can’t forget the cause.”