Microsoft Build 2016 Conference – The Recap – Part 3

Cross-Platform Mobile with Xamarin and Microsoft

Xamarin and Microsoft are out to empower .NET developers to become native iOS, Android, and Windows mobile app developers overnight. Apps built with Xamarin deliver truly native user experiences, 100% native API access, and native performance. See how to leverage existing C# skills and .NET libraries to share code across all platforms and create a shared mobile app backend. In this video from Build, Miguel de Icaza covers the full development lifecycle end-to-end of these native apps.

 

 

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Christina Truong & Darcy Clarke speaking at #DevTO on March 28th

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NOTE: #DevTO this month lands on Easter Monday.

Grunt, Gulp, Angular, Ember, Bootstrap, React, Sass, Less, Stylus… the possibilities are endless. Trends come and go but at the core of all these tools and frameworks is still HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Understanding best practices such as naming conventions, modular code organization and optimization techniques will help to make your projects flexible and scalable. Building a strong foundation is key to being able to confidentially use more advanced tools and apply best practices to any project, no matter what tools you choose.

With a decade in the tech industry, Christina has worked at digital agencies such as Teehan+Lax and Razorfish (formerly Nurun).  As an educator, she has taught and created curriculum for Humber College and Ladies Learning Code. And as a freelancer, Christina provides technical consulting services and workshops, webinars and coaching for developers. She also teaches BODYPUMP, at Goodlife Fitness, to offset sitting in front of a computer all day.

Sketch and Framer have become synonymous with designing and prototyping user interfaces and interactions. Unfortunately, these tools and their formats continue a legacy of unidirectional workflow that disconnects design from development. In this talk I’ll touch on build tools and libraries that allow for bidirectional creation of web experiences while seamlessly documenting our work along the way.

I’m a Full-stack Developer, Designer, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Mentor & Advocate who has been focused on creating amazing User Experiences, promoting web standards/best practices and developing useful tools for the design and development communities across the Mobile, Tablet and Desktop landscapes. I’m passionate about open source and love being involved and engaged with that community.

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Join the Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge

Hackworks brings together brilliant minds in collaboration and competition to find innovative technology solutions to important business, social, policy, scientific and technical challenges. We are very excited to announce our latest hackathon, the Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge.

Along with the excitement for the New Year, comes the holiday hangover. After spending the holidays unwrapping stacks of beautifully wrapped presents, January can bring stacks of bills to pay.

Scotiabank believes everyone has a right to become better offer and we are here to help our customers do that. If you’re going to borrow, do it to get ahead not fall behind.

It’s time to help tackle debt in Canada. Let’s leverage technology and build real solutions.

The Scotiabank Digital Factory is gathering some of the brightest minds to be inspired by new technologies and change the future of debt management. Current technologies have just begun to push boundaries in this yet to be defined era of the financial industry and we want you to be part of this change and make your mark!

So let’s join forces and help create a digital experience that helps Canadians manage their debt and be better off. Head over to registration now and Hack IT with us from February 5th – 7th at the brand new Scotiabank Centre.

We want you to be financially better off as well! There will be $25,000 in prizes, so don’t wait, register today and let’s Hack IT!

To equip participants with the insights they need to succeed in building something amazing in just one weekend, we’re hosting a workshop prior to the hackathon. While it’s not mandatory to attend, we highly encourage you to take this chance and network with peers, hang out with fellow participants, engage with {Scotiabank Hack IT} mentors and learn about debt and how it impacts Canadians. The workshop will be held at Steelcase, 200 King Street West, Suite 2400, Toronto on January 27th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Register for the workshop here.

For more information, check out the Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge website here.

Stay informed on all Hackworks events and engage with community members just like you! Register at hackworks.com: One account, all the hackathons.

IWDTO 2016 is here!

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A celebration of the past & ongoing achievements of women in STEM

After last year’s innaugural IWDTO event, #DevTO returns on March 7th 2016 with their 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Talks. In 2016 we are inviting 4 women in tech from across North America to visit us in Toronto to share inspirtational talks.

Grab your tickets and learn more at IWD.DEVTO.CA

 

SportsHack 2015: a 48hr hackathon in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax

SportsHack 2015 invites developers in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax to a 48-hour hackathon November 27-29, 2015. Teams will use big data to develop real world technologies in a competition for the opportunity to work with CFL and mentors to bring their idea to market.
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To register and for more information visit sportshackweekend.org.
 
About SportsHack 2015 (organizer) 
 
SportsHack is organized by the Ryerson Centre for Cloud and Context Aware Computing (RC4), Big Data University, IBM Canada, and We Are Wearables in collaboration with the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program supported university partnership of Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University (SFU), and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), as well as Volta Labs.

Are You Afraid Of The Ops?

Join us this month at Design Cofounders for an evening of tales shared from the front lines of the DevOps world in Toronto.

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Submitted for the approval of the “Dev Ops Society” we call these tales…

Steve Pereira – The Tale of the Exploding Server Room
Steve is a software delivery and operations specialist and 18 year tech veteran. Starting from repairing PCs through tech support to IT management, moving to an eventual focus on large scale cloud operations and developer workflow. He’s worked with and consulted large enterprises and small to medium startups in areas like automation, continuous delivery and deployment, scaling and web operations.

 

Steve joined Statflo as CTO in May of this year to help it scale and meet demand for it’s wireless customer experience software. Statflo uses carrier and POS data to help wireless retail stores improve service, work smarter and turn customers into advocates. He runs Toronto’s monthly DevOps and OpenStack meetups and the DevOps Days Toronto conference, and is an active member of Toronto’s vibrant tech community.

Maria Hristova – The Tale of the Data Centre That Went Totally Dark
Maria has spent her career in tech moving between QA, Support, Dev and Operations focusing on early stage bootstrapping projects both at startups and at large enterprises. She spends her days sitting on the edge of her seat wondering “What now?” and living the unpredictable life of running a DevOps organization. She preaches the gospel of DevOps and is determined to abolish the virtual fence which Devs and Ops use to throw things over. She began her career at Microsoft before that was considered a liability and has worked at a number of startups, each one of them a liability in its own hilarious way.

 

Ian Penney – Fábula de Tres Anillos Malignos (Tale of the Three Evil Rings).
Ian Penney has been working as a Systems Administrator and Systems Manager for over 15 years. He’s worked at large companies like the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other enterprises through an IBM business partner, as well as with over 200 startups, from coast to coast.A few years ago, he realized Infrastructure as Code was the future, and so he began focusing on using tools like Chef, Puppet and Ansible.Most recently he’s celebrated his first happy anniversary at Nulogy as the lead of their Infrastructure Team during a rapid transition towards “moar devops” and less risk.

Trudy MacNabb – The Tale of the Legacy Systems That Just Won’t Die
Trudy had been a mainframe sysprog for 6 years at both the Ontario Government and RBC financial institution. In January 2014 she decided to take HackerYou part-time course in Ruby on Rails. After freelancing on the side for a year on various RoR projects, she finally decided to take the plunge, quit her job and took the HackerYou full-time webdev bootcamp in January 2015.  Now she freelances full-time.

Hany Fahim – The Tale of the Korean Hackers
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

 

Lucas Fontes – The Tale of the Missing 1,000,000 Messages
Lucas Fontes is the Chief Architect at Uken Games. He’s DevOps by day, Top Fragger by night. Lucas survived data-center migrations, integer rollovers, bad nics and power outages. Currently he is focused on microservices and realtime communication in Ruby and Go.

 

Luke Reeves – The Haunted (VPN) Tunnel
Luke is the Director of Software Engineering at theScore.  He split his career between development and operations, and still trying to be somewhat involved in both. Luke enjoys working with higher level languages and platforms such as Ruby, Rails and Python and he is a large proponent of leveraging free software to increase productivity and prevent people from re-inventing wheels.

The 416 Show – Episode 24: We’re Talking About iOS9!

Welcome back to another episode of the show! This week we cover two very different topics; iOS9 and what work is going to look like in 10-20 years.

We have our first real piece of follow up from last week’s episode, Chris gives his initial thoughts on iOS9. Nael and Chris get there wires crossed when talking about certain features.

We then get into a pretty long conversation about work, should we get more time off? What will happen when robot’s are doing all our jobs for us and we completely mess up the ending of the show (it turns out pretty hilariously in the end so lol!)

Thanks so much for listening and stay tuned for more episodes!

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