Tech in Toronto Thursday! September 26 – October 3, 2013

It’s time for our Tech in Toronto event listing! FITC always has some great events going on for us Torontonians. This week, they are hosting an all-day event on September 28th called SPOTLIGHT: FREELANCE – teaching you the secrets to freelancing success. Covering client relationships, pitching, pricing, networking and much more, this is going to be a great Saturday! More info here.

September 26, 2013

Toronto Perl Mongers - Lightning Talks
7:00 P.M. (FREE) 

Toronto JavaScript - BeerScript
7:00 P.M. (FREE) 

Toronto Ruby Brigade – Geeky Drinks and Boardgames
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 27, 2013

Lean StartUp Weekends – Lean Startup Weekend #10: Pitch, Pivot and Be Productive
7:00 P.M. ($20.00)

September 29, 2013

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)

10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M ($139.00)

September 30, 2013

#DevTO – Accessibility 101: Beat the Tsunami with a Wave & 10 tips in 10 minutes
6:30 P.M. (FREE) 

Hackernest - Toronto September Tech Social

8:00 P.M. – 11:30 P.M (Voluntary 10.00 Donation)

October 1, 2013

GTA PHP User Group - Dependency Management with Composer
7:00 P.M (FREE)


October 2, 2013

Toronto Oracle User Group - TOUG Meetup
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M (FREE)

Toronto Facebook Developers and Marketers - Monthly Drinks Night
6:00 P.M – 10:00 P.M. (Voluntary $10.00 Donation)

Toronto Bitcoin Community - You’re Invited to Talk Bitcoin
7:00 P.M.


October 3, 2013

Tech in Motion Toronto - Collaborative Living Demo Night
6:30 P.M (FREE)

GPU Programming in Toronto - SIGGRAPH and OpenCL
7:00 P.M – 8:45 P.M. (FREE)


The DevTO Team
If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at

DayJob Doc

Day Job: Official Trailer from Fidelity Format on Vimeo.

You’re Invited!

OCTOBER 8, 2013 - TIFF Bell Lightbox, 
6PM Doors Open, 7PM Screening + Q&A, 8:30PM After Party
Get 20% Off

Are you a start-up? Hoping to become a start-up?  Joining a start-up? Or investing in a start-up?

Come and experience a film –   produced, financed and shot in Toronto – and now being launched in Toronto


Day Job follows three tech startup entrepreneurs in Toronto’s Extreme Startups accelerator. Jayesh, Jeremy, and Nima have jobs, families, and friends; they are also entrepreneurs.

We explore their stories—of hardship, sacrifice, and perseverance—as they go through Extreme Startup’s 12-week acceleration program. They quickly come to realize that being an entrepreneur requires 24/7 dedication.


Day Job was created to showcase the reality of entrepreneurship. Too often we are only shown the stars and the outliers, the wins, and the successes – we rarely see what is required to get there.

Day Job is story-telling at its most honest. We invite you to join us at the premiere of the film.

Adobe’s CreateNowTO

We have a great FREE event for you! Coming up this October, Adobe is holding an event to help you learn new ways to “create, collaborate and share” your work with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Join Adobe evangelists for free, half-day seminars to become intimately acquainted with Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite.

Some of the topics that the events will cover:

  • Syncing, organizing and sharing across computers and devices
  • Behance
  • Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Muse CC, InDesign CC
  • Designing responsive websites – without using code
  • Video editing and motion graphics

From Boston to Portland and all the way to Toronto, Adobe is holding CreateNow events across 13 North American cities to teach you new tips and tricks to work more efficiently and give you more control over your projects.

Speakers include: Terry WhitePaul TraniAlan Greenblatt

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time: 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

LocationMaRS Collaboration Centre, Suite 100, 101 College Street

Cost: FREE!

For more info, agenda and registration: check out the official event page, and don’t forget to use the hashtag: #CreateNow and follow Adobe Creative Cloud on Twitter!


DevTO Team

Want more Adobe Creative Cloud resources? Here’s a great resource.

Toronto’s Mini Maker Faire – Recap!

This past weekend was the Toronto Mini Maker Faire! What a great whirlwind of a weekend. From 3D printers making chocolate to tweeting typewriters, the event brought together over 4,000 people on the rainy weekend to partake in a DIY-wonderland.

Some of the other notable booths and workshops included:

  • Lockpickers (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) spending a day  learning the mechanisms ockpickers (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) spending a day learning the mechanisms in a lock — and learning how to open them
  • The Matter Form scanner – the first affordable and home use scanner to hook up to your 3D printer
  • The University of Waterloo’s 3D Chocolateering - which uses chocolate powder to create 3D printed items
  • MakerKids‘s ROBOTBATTLE! – the name says it all.

A list of all participating Makers can be found here

The maker culture has been gaining momentum for the last couple years, and this weekend really helped highlight the amazing advances that these Toronto groups have made. The event had many hands-on projects from adults and kids alike; the MakerKids‘ Toy Hacking Booth (video) encouraged kids to use their imaginations and ‘hack’ or improve on existing toys (some of the concoctions looked like they came straight out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory).

This weekend really showcased a community that is growing. People from all over came to learn, hack and create. We can’t wait until next year’s event!

Interested in learning more about the Maker movement in Toronto? Want to get more involved? Make sure to check out the Maker Faire blog, and the MakerKids blog for more information, events and contests.


**Bonus**: Check out this cool video of me playing with a 3D Printed Geared Heart.

Tech in Toronto Thursday! – Sept. 19 – Sept. 26

Hello Toronto! Happy Thursday… what are you up to this week? Maker Faire is this weekend! Have you gotten your tickets? If not: tickets are super discounted and available!

Have you gotten your tickets to September’s DevTO yet? Join us for great talks and as usual, great give aways and pizza! This month, Bill Gregory and Patrick Dunphy help us learn a little more about accessibility.

September 19, 2013

DevOps Toronto - Continuous Delivery with Jez Humble
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Ashley Beattie visits Bitmaker Labs: THINK Thursday
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (FREE)


September 21 – 22, 2013 

Toronto Mini Maker Faire 


September 22, 2013

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)


September 23, 2013

HTML5 – Back To Basics 01 - Getting started 
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. ($5.00)

Toronto Ruby Brigade – Geeky Drinks and Boardgames
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

Digital Usability Workshop Toronto - Quad-weekly Workshop
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M (FREE)

September 24, 2013

Toronto Software Journeymen - Software Design google Hangout with J.B. Rainsberger
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Achievers TechTalks - Diversity in Tech: It Will Happen to You
6:00 P.M. (FREE)


September 25, 2013

Toronto Data Science Group - Toronto Data Science Group, Technical Edition
4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

AngularJS Toronto - Back-To-School Meetup
6:30 P.M (FREE)

Toronto .NET Hackers - ASP.NET Web API
7:00 P.M.


September 26, 2013 

Toronto Perl Mongers - Lightning Talks
7:00 P.M. (FREE) 

Toronto JavaScript - BeerScript
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Ruby Brigade – Geeky Drinks and Boardgames
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)



The DevTO Team

If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at

Tech in Toronto Thursday – Sept. 12-19, 2013

Here is another one of our event listings for September. Don’t forget to pick up your Maker Faire tickets for September 21-22… thanks to some great donors, tickets are super discounted and available for great prices.

Psst! Have you gotten your tickets to September’s DevTO yet? Only a couple weeks (and tickets!) remain.

September 12, 2013

Toronto ALM User Group - Understanding Dev/Test scenarios in Windows Azure and Team Foundation Service
5:30 P.M (FREE) 

Toronto Code Retreat – Toronto Code Retreat
6:00 P.M. (FREE) 

Toronto Unity Developers – Toronto Unity Dev. Group Kickoff
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Mac Users’ Group – GTA – CSS 103 – CSS3 and modern web design
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

MaRS – Fireside Chat: hacker, hustler & designer: Building the Tech Team
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Lean Coffee T.O. – LeanCoffeeTO Episode 127: Lean Pricing
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. (FREE)


September 14, 2013

Leanstartupweekends – Pitch, Validate and Create: Starting New Businesses and Building on Old Ones
10:00 A.M. (FREE)

September 15, 2013

CoderDojoTO - CoderDojoTO 1
10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M (FREE)

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)

September 16, 2013

Girl Geeks Toronto – Seeing Double: The Second Screen Experience
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. ($10.00)

Mobile Development using Xamarin for iOS, Android and Windows – Building Android Apps in .NET and c# (Xamarin)
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Drupal User Group - September Meetup: Responsive Design and Drupal 
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

Coding Ladies’ Hangout - First Meetup
5:45 P.M. – 8:30 P.M (FREE)

September 17, 2013

Joomla! Users and Developers: Joomla HQ of the GTA - My First Joomla! Site Workshop
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

September 18, 2013

4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Java APIs of Apache Cassandra: Thrift, Hector, JDBC, and Datastax Java Driver
6:30 P.M (FREE)

Python Toronto - Python September Meetup
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M (FREE)

The Toronto Apple User Group - Toronto Mac Meetup
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 19, 2013


DevOps Toronto - Continuous Delivery with Jez Humble
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (FREE)


The DevTO Team

If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at

AppSeed – From sketches to functioning prototypes!

An app that automates your sketches into functioning prototypes. Letting you create, prototype and test faster.

AppSeed exists to speed up how you create, test and share your ideas. We love the process and seeing how ideas start and grow with a team. We wanted to build a tool that builds on what designers currently do, and uses the processing power of your phone to take some of the manual labour out of going from a sketch to a prototype. We wanted to let you have an idea in a meeting and show it on device right away, letting you focus on your idea, not how to get it on device.


AppSeed uses computer vision to make the process of going from a sketch to a prototype faster and smarter. Using OpenCV, AppSeed:

Captures your sketched design

Identifies contained areas of your sketch and allows you to make them into a number of UI elements, including: Buttons | Maps | Streetview | Form text inputs with more to be added based on your feedback

Allows you to run the prototype on your mobile device

Allows you to share the prototype as an HTML5 prototype with others

Send the designs to a layered Photoshop file for editing

The Team

This app is the brainchild of Greg Goralski, technical lead and project director. Design, product consulting & support is provided by Adam Leon from Transmitter Studios. Dru Langemann was the cameraman for our video which was edited by Matei Kajs.

Greg Goralski – @greggoralski

Greg is an interactive media professor at Humber College and is fascinated with the creative process. He has won gold at the National Post Design Exchange Awards for is previous work on architectural visualization tool, IN_situ. He is an alumni of the Interactive Project Lab and holds an MBA from Ryerson University.

He is also co-author of Foundation Flex for Designers and Foundation Flash Catalyst.

Adam Leon – @trnsmttr

With industry experience beginning in 1996, Adam has been involved in all facets of online media such as design and development, motion graphics, art direction, and project management. His educational background is in audio engineering, computer graphics, and interactive multimedia, and a residency at the Canadian Film Centre’s new media lab.

Adam was Schools Without Borders’ volunteer of the year in 2010 and the co-publisher of A FACE A NAME: Artists Doing Well and Good. He is an instructor of Animation For The Web and Digital Media Branding Strategies at Humber College and is a proud FACTOR jury member.

Free Code Ninja Lessons for Kids

Hey DevTO community!

Know any kids that would like to learn to code? Well there is a great and free event happening this Sunday, September 15 at the CSI.

From 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. kids from ages 10-17 are invited to come down and to “work proactively to eliminate gender and socioeconomic barriers to computer science by providing a no-cost way for young people to experience programming early—and have fun doing it!”

CoderDojoTO is a free, friendly environment where kids can learn programming. Their aim is to provide free and open learning to youth, with a special emphasis on computer programming. Start those kids early and open them up to a world of possibilities and opportunities.

9 tickets are left, and you can buy them here.

The hashtag for the event is #CoderDojoTO, and if you’re interested in mentoring or just plain volunteering, drop them a line!

Happy Wednesday!




Hey DevTO community!

You’ve heard of us gabbing about the great maker movement and the Toronto Mini Maker Faire (that’s happening in only a couple weeks! Tickets are 50% off now!), but have you heard about MakerKids? Now your kids have a chance to be inspired, to think creatively and to hone in on those great talents with Toronto’s MakerKids!

MakerKids is a makerspace for youth in Toronto. They offer hands-on after school programs, open shops for kids, teens and adults, workshops, Minecraft programs and birthday parties for adults and kids based on 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, programming, sewing, crafting and making of all kinds! Their 10 week after school programs are starting next week: Inventions on Mondays and Robotics on Wednesdays.

To register for these programs and other events for kids, teens or adults, sign-up at

Have a great weekend!