All posts by Anita Chauhan

Donate & Learn Expo! Do it for a great cause

Don’t miss GoDaddy’s first keynote in Canada, joining expert from Microsoft Bing, Big3 and Green Lotus. 100% of donations will go to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto!

Interested in learning how to increase your business leads and sales? and effectively manage your online marketing budget? Join 500 of Toronto’s top entrepreneurs, business owners and online marketing specialists to learn cutting-edge search engine and social media marketing strategies for your business.

Network, learn from experts and support a great cause!

The concept is simple – instead of paying a conference fee participants make a tax-deductible donation to the partnering charity of the Donate & Learn event. Donate & Learn Events have so far raised $8,350 for the YWCA Toronto, and the goal is to raise $10,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto!

Limited spots are available – Donate & Register now to reserve yours: http://greenlotus.ca/expo

Sponsors: GoDaddy, Microsoft Bing, Marin Software, BlogDash

* Note: Expo registration must be completed on the Donate & Learn Expo website to guarantee your spot!

 

arkOS: Should Google be Afraid?

What exactly IS arkOS? It’s a Linux-based server OS that runs on Raspberry Pi hardware with hopes to expand to other platforms eventually. arkOS is meant to be an OS that replaces all of Google’s services – from email to chat, file sharing and web hosting, arkOS purports to do all the things that Google or any other cloud company can do… securely.

How did this start? When Google Reader was shut down, arkOS founder 23-year-old Jacob Cook decided to build something reliable that is not subject to shutting down:

“Google, while it is a great service that has done wonderful things for the Web, is showing some troubling signs,” … “Their shutdown of Google Reader earlier this year means that none of the services [we] rely upon are sacrosanct if they are not profitable enough for them.” 

Cook has crafted an open-source Genesis application - so anyone can download and run arkOS. Check it out and if you like it, make sure to donate to Cook’s crowd funding campaign.

Are You a Front-End Developer Looking For a Job? Look No Further:

 

JAM Direct, located in Toronto is looking for a ‘Junior to Intermediate Front-End Developer’ – Could this be you? Read more below:

 

Job Description


We’re looking for a Junior to Intermediate Front-End Developer for an onsite contract.

The ideal candidate is an HTML/CSS programmer with the drive to make things pixel-perfect. From speedy Photoshop skills to solid cut-up work that generates valid HTML 5, XHTML and CSS markup, we’re looking for someone who can really make the work sing. If you can look at any website and instantly know how it was built, and what trade-offs were made when balancing the merits of the design against the demands of SEO, CMS, cross-browser compatibility and mobile support – then please give us a call.

 

Desired Skills & Experience

What we’re looking for from a good front-end developer:

1.) Code HTML Emails:

  • Take a completed PSD and build email-client-friendly HTML
  • Create low-k animated gifs
  • Understand the theory behind responsive design (so you can use our template and make it happen)
  • Run test deployments and inbox inspections

2.) Code websites and WordPress sites:

  • Take completed PSDs and build valid HTML 5,XTML and CSS markups
  • Load templates into WordPress and ensure all dynamic elements (nav, content area, etc.) function as designed
  • Make any and all updates to WordPress sites (content, plug-ins, theme and style updates)

3.) Basic knowledge of PHP:

  • Apply CSS and layout changes to dynamic PHP sites
  • Work with senior developers to ensure the styles are applied without breaking anything
  • Make minor scripting changes in PHP and similar script based languages

4. Qualifications:

  • Formal training (minimum 1-year course) in website design and development
  •  Fluency in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), Email Deployments and CMS Systems
  • The knowledge that Firebug is not actually a bug on fire

BBM on Android and Apple!

For a long time, it was strictly for their dear Blackberry users, but this past week the instant messaging service was released free for all platforms. While the chat aspect of BBM is available for Android and Apple users, the voice and video chat are still currently exclusive to BlackBerry.

With all the recent news surrounding BlackBerry and RIM, we wonder how they are going to monetize this service. The release of BBM seems to be a way to open up new revenue streams, but I can’t help but wonder if this is too little, too late for the Canadian company. There has been some buzz around BlackBerry’s ‘BBM Channels’, which is a social networking service that sounds like it will share some of the same features as Facebook. BBM Channels will allow users to share content and will give BlackBerry the potential to target ads and content to specific users.

Personally, I think that they should keep the app free and not go the eventual route of charging subscription fees. BBM should be keep free as a reminder of a great product from a great company, and maybe that can help to bring people back (if they ever bounce back). The app had 6 million users pre-registered for the app, and a whopping 10 million downloads within the first 24 hours of it’s launch. They are also said to be “processing new users at the rate of 500,000 per hour, with millions queued up.” These numbers are astounding, but the idea that 10 million users of different phones have downloaded the app does not bode well for the company.

Here is a great article on how BBM differs from other text messengers.

Anyway, will you be getting this app? Have you already gotten it? Let us know!

Anita

 

New Events Calendar!

At #DevTO we love tech events. We loving throwing them, hosting them, promoting them, and heck, even going to them. That’s what we’re all about. It’s also the reason why we decided to do a weekly “Tech in Toronto Thursday” event listing.

For the last 9-10 months we have tried out this format for listing events in and around the city – but improvement and change naturally happen, so we have created a new and exciting way for you to keep up with what’s happening in your city.

So, from here on out, if you want to know what to do on a Friday night (or any other night when you’re not at one of our fabulous events – btw, did you know we have one coming up this upcoming Monday?!), check out this great calendar of events!

The DevTO Team

 

Tech in Toronto Thursday – Events for Oct. 17 – 24, 2013

This week we have a great listing for you! From GirlGeeks Toronto, AndroidTO and to Adobe’s FREE CreateNowTO event at MaRS, you have so many great options to pick from.

Don’t forget! If you can’t make our event on the 28th, but have RSVP’d, please adjust your RSVP so someone else can get on the list – we have a huge waitlist!

We’re working on putting this event into a calendar format, so expect some big and exciting changes soon!

- Anita

October 17th, 2013

Adobe CreateNowTO
8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (FREE)

AndroidTO
8:00 A.M. – 4:15 P.M. (FREE)

 

October 21th, 2013

Girl Geeks Toronto – From Hype to Health: How 3D Printing is Shaping the Future
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. ($10.00)

Code Meet Print TO – #CMPTO Neighbourhood Watch 
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto OpenStreetMap Enthusiasts – How to Map Your Neighbourhood – A presentation on adding data to OpenStreetMap
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (FREE)

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

Toronto Drupal User Group - October Meetup: Drupal 8
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

 

October 22nd, 2013

Third Tuesday Toronto – Mathew Ingram: Online Journalism: What’s different? What’s the same?
6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M ($15.00)

Med Apps Developers - SickKids App Showcase
6:30 P.M – 8:30 P.M. (FREE)

 

October 23rd, 2013

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Roundtable C* Data Modeling (Part 1)
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge

Right on the heels of last month’s MaRS Energy Hackathon, MaRS is back again with another challenge for developers, activists and community enthusiasts alike. You could win $50,000 in funding! For what? Read more below:

 

Developers, designers & entrepreneurs: The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge is live! You have until 5pm on January 7, 2014, to submit a great new proof-of-concept app that will unlock the potential of Green Button-enabled electricity data.

Green Button is a standard that offers a secure way for consumers to share electricity data from smart meters. MaRS and the Ministry of Energy looking for the best apps that make use of the Green Button data standard to help Ontario households and small businesses better understand how they use electricity, and what they can do to conserve energy and save money.

In addition to the competition awards ($50,000), building applications on the Green Button standard unlocks the potential to access a growing market of consumers, in Canada and across the world, who are interested in solutions that help them manage their energy.

For details about the Green Button standard API, as well as the contest dates, times, requirements and judging criteria, please visit the contest website.

 

Check out this great little pdf. on the Green Button Initiative: GreenButton_Infographics_EN_04[6]

 

Tech in Toronto – October 10 – 17, 2013

Welcome to our Tech in Toronto event listing. We have pulled together all the technology related events in the city to one awesome place for you to check up on. Don’t miss another event! Check back every Thursday to see a new listing curated by us, here at DevTO.
Have you gotten your ticket to our next DevTO? 29 events in, we’re going strong and always welcome new attendees. Join our free mailing list to make sure that you get all the great news on what is happening in and around the city!

October 10, 2013 

Symfony – Symfony2 advanced: Bundle configuration
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

Raspberry Pi - Help beginners to set up their RPis
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

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

 

October 15, 2013

Tableau Software in Toronto Meetup – October 2013 Tableau Software in Toronto Meetup
7:00 P.M (FREE)

 

October 16, 2013

Phone Gap Toronto – PhoneGap Best Practices and Strategies
7:00 P.M (FREE)

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

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

 

     

 

The DevTO Team

If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at anita@devto.ca.

theScore is Hiring Developers!

Looking for a great job, with a great company? Check out this listing from theScore:

theScore – the maker of one of the most downloaded sports apps in North America is looking for talented Ruby and iOS developers to join their team. Read below for what they’re looking for at each position:

Ruby:

 

theScore App is the best sports app available, with over 3.5 million monthly users. Our apps on iOS, Android, and Blackberry are amongst the most popular and highest rated out there. Our rivals are big players like ESPN and Yahoo! Sports.

We’re looking for a talented and passionate Ruby on Rails developer to help build and scale the modern API that powers our apps. You will be working with smart, friendly, and dedicated Ruby/Rails developers on one of Toronto’s top Ruby teams. You’ll get to push updates to over 3.5 million users daily on our modern stack: nginx, Varnish, Rails, RSpec, Resque, Backbone, Angular, Redis, MySQL, Amazon Web Services, Chef, and Urban Airship. We use GitHub to manage all of our code and are big believers in code reviews.

The ideal candidate has experience with some of the above technologies, but wanting to work with them is the most important thing. Knowledge of sports is a plus, but not a requirement.

 

IOS:

 

theScore Inc. is seeking a talented and passionate IOS developer to help build and extend one of the best sports apps on the market. The ideal candidate will possess 2+ years experience creating IOS apps.

You will be working with a team of smart, friendly, and dedicated developers in one of Toronto’s top Ruby shops. You’ll also get to push updates to over 3.5 million users every week.  As part of the development team, you will work along side a team of expert mobile developers from other platforms to deliver a seamless sports app experience across all mobile.

Enjoy free snacks, all the coffee and Vitamin Water you can drink, get your game on in FIFA ’14 and collaborate with some of the best developers in Toronto. Check out our space conveniently located in the downtown King West area recently featured in the Globe and Mail’s “Amazing Space”.

 

If you’re interested please email your resume / CV to: jobs@thescore.com

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

Coffee and Code - SUNDAY: DRINK COFFEE AND WRITE CODE
10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)

FITC – SPOTLIGHT: FREELANCE
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 anita@devto.ca.