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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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.





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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The 416 Show – Episode 23: Would You Like to Play a Game?

This week’s episode of the show is almost 100% focused on the big September 9, 2015 Apple Event!

But before that, we cover a couple of quick bits of follow up. Including Nael’s recent Bocci and Kube experiences and Chris had a bit of a brain fart last episode that he get’s to make up for.

For our main topic we cover all the big topics, Apple TV, iPad Pro and the new iPhone 6S. We ponder the pencil, wonder why certain features have taken so long to make it to various products, agree that the Mac will never get a touch screen and Nael convinces Chris (sorta, kinda) that Siri will in fact come to the Mac!

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The 416 Show – Episode 22: Summer Vacation is Over!

Summer vacation is over and Chris and Nael are back!

This summer turned out to be an especially busy one for both of us, hence the 2 month break. But we are back for the fall with our summer vacation recap!

So a couple of big things happened this summer. Chris got married and Nael found himself a new job. Pretty big life events for both of us, so we hope your still subscribed and ready for more new episodes!

I also goes on a bit of a tangent about my meditation habit and how it’s progressed over the last year or so. If your in to meditation you might like this portion of the show.

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

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Path to CTO – August 31st 2015


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In our second panel of 2015 we are bringing together 8 CTOs from across various companies and startups in the GTA to discuss their roles, how their responsibilities differ from each other and their experience getting to their current role.

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This panel event is slightly longer than the typical #DevTO event. A rough outline of the evening will be:

Introductions – 15 minutes

Panel Questions Period – 45 minutes

Break – 10 minutes

Audience Questions – 30 minutes

Closing comments – 10 minutes


Dessy Daskalov, CTO Nudge Rewards
Dessy spent the better part of her life knowing she would one day be an entrepreneur. In 2011 she became the CTO and co-founder of Nudge Rewards. She’s passionate about building a better world through software. Dessy is happiest coding with the team at Nudge, participating in a riveting debate, or drinking a smooth ale.

Lars Laakes, CTO Sciencescape
A hands-on leader with over twenty-five years of experience in executive management, product management, team building, process and execution, business and technical architecture, and software development. Lars has delivered successful solutions in many domains including finance, sales, manufacturing, media, social, and human resource systems. Combining business, people, communication, and process skills with strong technical architecture experience and a passion for software craftsmanship, Lars has lead and inspired local and distributed teams to efficiently deliver highly successful customer solutions.

Gurminder Kandola, CTO Viafoura
“Serial CTO” develops long term technology strategies and aligns them with business objectives for his clients.  He has held strategic positions at FanXchange, and Redknee. His efforts have enabled partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 industry leaders across North America, and he holds the North American patent for the smart cloud-based bookmarking technology developed for Passionate about mentoring tech entrepreneurs and companies in commercializing their technologies, Gurminder has advised many area startups including the 2012 winner of a Global Startup competition.

Erik Levinson, CTO Uberflip
His career spans over a decade of diverse roles in support, QA, operations, development, infrastructure, and technical leadership in B2B, B2C, and public sector organizations. As CTO at Uberflip for the past four years, Erik leads a dev/QA/ops team responsible for delivering a highly-available, secure, and highly-scalable SaaS platform serving enterprise customers. Erik is the co-founder and former CTO of a Canadian regional telecom company, where he developed and commercialized innovative technologies. Erik is also active in Toronto’s tech community, including co-organizing the Toronto CTO Group and the DevOps TO meetups

Christine Day, CIO Questrade
Since joining the firm in 2005, she has defined the firm’s technology posture, steering the company from a small start-up to one of Canada’s top online financial services firms. Her vision and drive has ensured Questrade is now an undisputed leader in delivering disruptive financial services that benefit all Canadian investors. Christine’s philosophy is to deliver technology business strategy by bridging technological innovation and business innovation.

George Eichholzer, VP Engineering Top Hat
He brings more than 20 years of experience to Top Hat, executing business software solutions for companies across a wide range of industries. Prior to Top Hat, he served as CTO of the Financial Services division at NexJ Systems, responsible for the technical architecture and direction of the division. In addition, George  previously held product management and marketing positions at Oracle where he led efforts in integrating technologies onto Oracle’s CRM channel offerings.

Nathan Wong, CTO Foray
Nathan is the Co-Founder and CTO at Fortay, a hiring platform to help candidates and hiring managers assess cultural fit as part of the hiring process. Before Fortay, Nathan cofounded BuySellAds, the largest self-serve marketplace for online display ads, where he led the tech team as they grew to serve 5 billion ads each month.

Bohdan Zabawskyj, CTO Mercatus (Panel Moderator)
He leads the Engineering, QA, IT, and DevOps teams at Mercatus. Bohdan is also an advisor to a number of compelling companies including Kik, Staff, Yeplive, Parkbench, & DevBBQ.  Prior to Mercatus, Bohdan was responsible for evolving Rypple’s performance management solution whose clients included Facebook, LinkedIn, & Spotify. Previously, Bohdan was the CTO at Redknee were he contributed to Redknee’s growth from a start-up to a publicly traded &profitable entity with clients in over 60 countries.  Bohdan is also a named inventor in over 50 patents world-wide.

The 416 – Episode 21: Space Grey Edition

On this week’s episode of the show, I’m joined by iOS game developer and Mozillian Darrin Henein!

Darrin is one half of the team that created the highly addictive and super fun iOS game Lastronaut (well over a million downloads) in his spare time, while spending his days working on the mobile version of Firefox for Android and iOS!

We talk a lot about what it’s like to work on something in your sparce time, how to keep motivated to work on it, how to know when that thing your making is ready to be used by the rest of the world and what’s it’s like to have something exceeed your wildest expectations

Darrin also get’s a little inside baseball with the processes, tools and tricks that Mozilla uses to co-ordinate and manage a large distributed team.

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#AppStrategy Workshops – July 14th 2015


Join the App Developers Alliance for an App Strategy Workshop in Toronto on Tuesday, July 14. Attendees will:

  • Gain key insights from app industry leaders, such as OpenX, Millennial Media, Pollen, and more.

  • Learn how to boost user acquisition, increase revenue, and build a successful app startup.

  • Network with speakers and attendees after the workshop (Beer, wine, and appetizers served).

  • Have the chance to win a Nexus 9 tablet!

We hope to see you there! Register for free. Space is limited, sign up today!


Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 5:30-9 PM

Location: One Eleven, 111 Richmond St. W, Suite 5, Toronto, ON M5H 2G4 (map)

The 416 Show – Episode 20: Accidental Nap Podcast

Nael is back for this week’s episode of the show!

We talk about a range of topics including Ramadan and how Nael is dealing with his coffee addiction while not being able to eat or drink during the day, roman numerals, show titles and various other meanderings.

The main topic of the episode turned out to be productivity, one of Chris’s (and it turns out Nael’s) interests and passions. From personal productivity to productivity at work and the tools we use to try and achieve productivity.

We also touch on last week’s episode of the show where Chris got to talk to Drew Minns, and near the end of the show we discuss the new DevTO Code of Conduct.

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We really do hope you enjoy the show, if you have any questions, comments or feedback feel free to email

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