All posts by Anita Chauhan

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.

Anita

**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

Coffee and Code - SUNDAY: DRINK COFFEE AND WRITE CODE
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 anita@devto.ca.

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)

Coffee and Code - SUNDAY: DRINK COFFEE AND WRITE CODE
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


Coffee and Code - WEDNESDAY: DRINK COFFEE AND WRITE CODE
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 anita@devto.ca.

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!

 

Anita

MakerKids!

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 http://makerkids.eventbrite.ca/

Have a great weekend!

Anita

 

Tech in Toronto Thursday! September 5 – September 12, 2013

Fall is upon us! What’s better than spending a crisp September evening networking and updating your skills with one of the amazing events happening in Toronto?

Psst! Have you gotten your tickets to September’s DevTO yet? It’s all about accessibility!

September 5, 2013

WeBuildWeDesign - Monthly Meeting
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 6, 2013

AgileXDToronto - MeetUp for Agile Experience Design community
5:30 – 7:00 P.M (FREE)

September 8, 2013

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

September 9, 2013

Toronto OpenStreetMap Enthusiasts - Mappy Hour
6:30 – 10:30 P.M (FREE)

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

WordPress GTA – WordPress GTA Pre-Fall Gathering
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (FREE)

MakerKids – MakerKids at Heart: Monday Night Open Shop for Adults
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. ($20.00)

September 10, 2013

Third Tuesday Toronto - MITCH JOEL: Reboot your business. Reboot your life. Your future depends on it.
5:30 P.M. ($20.00)

NSCoder Toronto – Mac/iOS Developers – NSCoder September #1
6:30 (FREE)

Toronto JavaScript Hackers – Javascript Hack Night
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Techsoup Canada – Toronto Net Tuesday - Take the Next Step with Data Sharing
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. ($5.00)

GTA PHP User Group – Third Year Anniversary plus a great story from the trenches
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Ruby Brigade – Ruby Tech Talks (Downtown): HTTP Caching & Clojure through Ruby-coloured glasses
7:15 P.M. – 9:15 P.M. (FREE)

Startup Drinks TO - Start Up Drinks TO Aug/Sept.
4:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 11, 2013

Toronto/GTA Flow-Based Programming Meetup - Flow-Based Programming: Introduction
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (FREE)

Design with Dialogue: Bodies, Brains and Peak Performance in the Workplace
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. ($5.00)

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)

     

 

The DevTO Team

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

Tech in Toronto: August 15th – August 22nd

It’s August! We have a few, but great, events happening in our beautiful city. Check out the links and start networking. Hope you’re enjoying your summer. Have you gotten your tickets to August’s DevTO?

A little late, but still super cool, is this 12-part Android 101 series held by the YMC. Sign up here.

 

August 15th, 2013

NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network) Toronto Tech Club - Crowdsourcing Humanitarian Engagement Technology Solutions
6:00 – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Code Retreat - Code Retreat at Bento Miso
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

August 18th, 2013 

Mobile Learning Lab - Designing for Mobile – The User Experience
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Getting started with C* Installations
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Mobile Startups TO - Ep #20 Case Study: Green P
6:45 – 8:00 P.M. (FREE)

  

August 19th, 2013

Toronto Drupal User Group - August Meetup
6:30 – 10:30 P.M (FREE)

Mobile Development on Multi-Platforms iOS, Android and Windows - Building Windows Phone Apps in .Net, C# and XAML
6:30 – 10:30 P.M. (FREE)

DevOps Toronto - MySQL 5.6 & MySQL Tricks
7:00 – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

 

August 20th, 2013 

NSCoder Toronto – Mac/iOS Developers - NSCoder August
6:30 – 9:30 P.M. (FREE) 

Tech Entrepreneurs - Getting Engineers into the Lean Startup Cycle
2:00 – 3:00 P.M. (FREE)

 

August 21st, 2013

Python Toronto - Python August Meetup
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

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

 

August 22nd, 2013

HTML 5 Toronto - A Tale of Modern Web Development
6:30 – 9:30 P.M ($5.00)

Toronto Pivotal User Group - Introduction to Data Science on Big Data
6:30 – 7:30 P.M (FREE)

WeBuildWeDesign - WeBuildWeDesign Monthly Meeting
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.

 

The Community Announces Sponsorship

Happy Saturday! It’s the long weekend and we have some great news to share.

Last Monday, at our event, we announced that The Community is DevTO’s latest sponsor. A strategic planning and brand management agency, The Community aims to bring together a diverse group of people to “create, inspire and make brands a little more famous than they were yesterday” … all while building a strong community.

So today, DevTO is happy to announce them as our agency partner! Check out their official DevTO sponsorship announcement.

If you’re interested to join a great team, The Community is always looking for new talent. Drop them a line at hello@thecommunity.ca.

Learn more and connect with The Community:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

LinkedIn

Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great long weekend! Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do!

The DevTO team

Toronto Mini Maker Faire Discounts!

Earlier this summer, we were all lucky to have a small taste of an upcoming event, The Mini Maker Faire, during their launch party. It was an evening of creativity, resourcefulness and invention. From 3d printing demonstrations to mask making, the launch party really jazzed us up for the main event coming up this September 21-22, 2013.

Toronto Mini Maker Faire is coming up fast, and tickets have been released… with DevTO-specific discounts! If you buy before August 21st, it’s 20% off your tickets. From August 22nd onwards, you receive a 10% discount, so act fast.

For the 10% discount (after August 22), click here.

Make sure to keep up with the Toronto Mini Maker Faire blog as well, it’s chockfull of interesting information on local projects, contests, other Maker Faire events, and what to expect for the main event in Toronto.

Hope to see you there!

 

Anita