A Chat with Jason Carlin, Organizer of #HoHoTO

Jason Carlin and his date to HoHoTO

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.”

Get your tickets for HoHoTO today, and support the Daily Bread Food Bank, Here!

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It’s Time to Donate & Party with Canada’s Top Marketing Experts & Entrepreneurs

Donate & Party for Small Business Superheroes – Dec 2 at 5:30pm – Downtown Toronto!

Join hundreds of Toronto’s top entrepreneurs and small business owners to enjoy an amazing night with complimentary drinks and snacks to get you in the holiday spirit.

Learn how to increase your business sales & leads from marketing experts at Constant Contact & Green Lotus while supporting moms and women-led families of the YWCA this holiday season!

RSVP here for a Free Event in Support of YWCA Toronto!

Mimetic’s Jade Robot Class – 5 weeks of robot goodness

MakeWorks & Mimetics have joined forces to put together a programming workshop to play and develop for the Jade Robot, and they’re making it available to you as low as $200.

The workshops begin on November 13, and are going down at MakeWorks’ Co-Working studio at 1139 College Street until Decemeber 11th.

You can make a Robot Hum-V too by signing up for Mimetic’s Jade Robot class

Check out more about the Jade Robot here, and register for your workshop by clicking here!

Also, don’t forget to share the workshop to take advantage of a 5% discount, and share with @DevTO and @MimeticsCanada whatever cool robots you program!

Hackernest Job Fair

Tech Nerds, UNITE! This Saturday, November 8th, we’re going to be hosting a booth at Toronto’s Hackernest Job Fair, along with lots of very cool Toronto Tech VIPs. If you’re looking for a job, or a way to get involved in Toronto’s Tech Community, this is the place to be. Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE? Who doesn’t like Free? Other than our awesome DevTO faces, you can expect to see people from City of Toronto, Desire2Learn, Clearpath Robotics, SOTI, Bionym, ESentire, Ryerson DMZ, MaRS and more! Register as a job seeker and you can even WIN stuff. So other than meeting wonderful people and making humblebrag worthy connections, you could walk away with a new iPad Mini. Just Sayin’. This is an event you won’t want to miss, so register today! It’s happening This Saturday, November 8th, from 1 to 6 pm, at the Exam Hall at University of Toronto’s St. George Campus: 255 McCaul Street.

If you’re an employer/recruiter, contact Hackernest today to find out more about registering for a table.

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Sports Hack Weekend

Be sure to not miss this exciting event, the Sports Hack Weekend, going down November 14 through 16 at the Ryerson University Mattamy Athletic Centre. It’s going to be Toronto’s First Wearable Technology Hackathon, and if you haven’t guessed it, the theme is going to be sports. So get your brains storming,  get that whiteboard out and start planning your hacks, because where better to host a sports related hackathon than the former Maple Leaf Gardens?

Oh, and be sure to register early using our promo code devto2014 for  10% off registration, but only for the first 100 users, so hurry up and click here to register, or find out more about this auspicious event by visiting the SportsHackWeekend website here.

This event is generously sponsored by Ryerson University, IBM, RC4, and WeAreWearables Toronto.  And if you’re into celebrity spotting, projects will be judged by Bruce Croxon, a former Dragon from CBC’s Dragon’s Den, as well as Graham Churchill, an IBM MobileFirst and Internet of Things solutions leader, and James Gibbons, CEO and Founder of Spabbit. All around, you won’t want to miss this event, so register early to take advantage of 10% off for DevTO members, and give it 110% at SportsHackWeekend.

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#EdAppHack: Saturday, October 25th & Sunday, October 26th

 

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.

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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.