All posts by Anita Chauhan

Turn Your WordPress into a Windows 8 App!

Do you own a WordPress blog? Are you interested in Windows 8? Say hello to “IdeaPress”!

IdeaNotion’s IdeaPress is an open source wizard that allows you to transform your WordPress blog into a Windows Store App in minutes! In 5 easy steps, you can get your new app up and running.

IdeaPress is on its second version and is primarily constructed using HTML5, WinJS, and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS).

When you sign up for IdeaPress, you not only get a new app, but you get a FREE developer account with Windows!

Interested in finding out more? Check out the app generator tool on the IdeaPress site and e-mail mwnwcan@microsoft.ca for the lowdown on how you can get $50.00! 

IdeaPress

IdeaNotion

GitHub - IdeaPress

 

The DevTO Team

Tech in Toronto: April 11th – 18th, 2013

Welcome to our fourth edition of Tech in Toronto events! 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.

April 14th, 2013

10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. ($50.00)

April 15th, 2013
 

MaRS: Revolutionizing How We Work Together
5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. ($25.00)

GTA PHP User Group - MySQL Marinate: Virtual Self Study Group
9:00 A.M. (Free)

April 16th, 2013

ITAC: ITAC Invites You To Find Out How Your Wallet Is Going Digital
8:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. ($100.00)

User Experience Design Toronto - Pub Night
6:00 P.M. (Free)

April 17th, 2013

3D Printing Group: Introduction to 3D Printing
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Free)

April 18th, 2013

Toronto-Titanium: Third Thursday Code Jam: Titanium Models
7:30 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Hadoop User Group (THUG) - Hadoop 2.0: What’s Coming?
7:00 P.M. – 9:45 P.M. (Free)

Mac Users Group GTA - Demo of Transparency in Adobe Illustrator
7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (Free)

 

The DevTO Team!

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


Looking for a Job? Introducing: Digital Howard

We are Digital Howard.

We’re a next gen. entertainment company that makes the kind of stuff you’d probably be into watching, or playing or talking about.

Our job is to give fans more of what they want and give them compelling reasons to bring others on board. 

We strive to create experiences that are fun and entertaining. Being a digital entertainment company, we consider that to be pretty important.

We work with T.V. producers and extend their story worlds onto digital platforms.  We take existing entertainment brands and create digital experiences for them to expand their reach.  We create original 360 series for television and all of the interactive that goes with them.

We make fun stuff all day long and can’t believe our luck. This is our job.  And it could be yours too.

A lot of what we do challenges conventional wisdom. Hell, a lot of what we do challenges unconventional wisdom! Like it or not, we’ve entered the post-industrial age where there are no road maps, all of the old rules are being broken and the rate of change is ever-increasing. It’s time for experimentation, creativity and fearlessness. If you’re cool with all that, we’ll probably enjoy working together.

We’ve got a kick-ass second screen project in need of a Lead Developer, a Creative Director and a Project Manager. We’re offering excellent pay, health and dental and an unparalleled work environment.

If you want to learn more about this opportunity, check us out at digitalhoward.com. The jobs are posted there, in all their splendour.

Hope to hear from you soon.

DH

 

 

This is a community post. If you have a job or an event that you would like to share with our community, please e-mail us at Talks (@) DevTO.ca

 

 

FIRST Robotics Canada: Educating and promoting students in science, tech and engineering

Have you heard of FIRST Robotics Canada? If not, here’s your chance: FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Robotics runs robotic competitions for elementary, junior and senior high school level students. Their aim is to push and inspire children towards careers in the science, tech and engineering fields. Established in 1992 by founder and inventor Dean Kamen, the organization now extends and reaches to over 250,000 students continent-wide.  There are a series of qualifying rounds across North America designed to ignite and impassion an interest in this industry.

Check out this video with Morgan Freeman discussing FIRST:

 

 

Today and tomorrow, cheer on Teresa Sing’s team FRC Team 1325 – Inverse Paradox through the webcasts featured on here.

Need more information on FIRST?:

2013 Canadian FIRST Robotics Canada Events by date:

• Waterloo Regional (March 21-23, 2013)

• Greater Toronto Regional West (March 28-30, 2013) – Hershey Centre

• Western Canadian Regional (April 4-6, 2013)

• FIRST Championships in St. Louis (April 24-27, 2013)

Regional and Qualifying Events

FIRST Robotics Info:

FIRST Robotics Canada
FIRST America

 

The DevTO Team

Want more information on Teresa’s Team? Or just want to cheer them on? Contact Teresa at teresa.sing@rogers.com

Tech in Toronto – March 28th to April 4th

Welcome to our third edition of Tech in Toronto events! 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.

March 28th, 2013

MaRS - Building a Software Development Team
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. 

Responsive Web Alliance - Responsive Web Thinkers Meet and Greet
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

 

April 2nd, 2013

MaRS Startup Book Club: “UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging” by Scott Stratten
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (Free)

GTA PHP User Group - PHP Performance: xhprof, xhgui, and profiling
7:00 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Ruby Brigade - Ruby Hack Night
6:30 P.M. (Free)

 

April 3rd, 2013

Dive into topic #1: Complex Navigation
6:30 P.M. (Free)

Launchpad x Accenture: From Tech to Consulting
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Web Entrepreneurs - Spring Networking Event
7:30 P.M. ($5.00)

Mobile Learning Lab - Bringing a Mobile App to Market
7:00 P.M. (Free)

 

April 4th, 2013

Centennial College Technology Fair 2013: Automation and Robotics Society
3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Free)

Achievers Tech Talks - Profiling and Tuning a Web Application – The Dirty Details
6:00 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 Toronto NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2013

This April, NASA is bringing together some of the world’s top designers, developers, scientists and engineers from 75 cities across the world for a weekend hackthon of intense proportions! Held at the Royal Ontario Museum, on April 19 – 21, the Toronto NASA International Space Apps Challenge will consist of a hackathon with several challenges developed to focus on “real-world design challenges, and on making our planet and universe accessible, visual and fun to explore.”

Some of the outlined challenges are as follows:

  • Space Station Benefits to Humanity
  • EPA Earth Day Challenge
  • Tour of the Moon
  • Interplanetary Atlas for CubeStats
  • Renewable Energy Explorer App
  • ESA’s 3D Printing Contest

Come out and try your hand at solving some of these challenges, pitch your idea to the judges and see if you win! You can view last year’s winners here.

For schedule, times, registration and other FAQs, check the site today!

The DevTO Team

What They Don’t Teach You in Schools

We’re a little late on this, so many of you may have seen this video already.

But this a great little gem on learning coding, and all the great, inspiring people who code and have coded some of the programs that we use every day! With the amount of star power in this video, from Bill Gates, to Mark Zuckerberg to even Chris Bosh, I think society is on it’s way to making being a techie cool. Learning to code is the new literacy.

This brings to light other things, such as: why haven’t most schools jumped on this yet? As many DevTO people can attest, coding is a big part of their lives, and becoming an even bigger part of society as we integrate more of our lives with emerging technology.

It’s interesting because there has been a push for teaching coding in elementary schools in places such as Estonia, but many schools in North America have not caught on to the trend yet.

Either way, check out the video, show everyone you know, and get inspired!

The DevTO Team

Tech in Toronto – March 21st to March 28th

Welcome to our second edition of Tech in Toronto events! 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.

Thursday, March 21st

6:30 P.M. – 9:15 P.M. ($5.00)

Central Toronto (CenTor) Amateur Radio Club - Introduction to Social Media
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Sunday, March 24th
Girls Learning Code - Intro to Programming with Python
10:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M. ($50.00)

Monday, March 25th
Team Coding: Toronto Learns to Code -jQuery Hackathon – Beginners Welcome
6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)
ProductTO - Meetup #2
6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE) 
HackerNest Toronto Tech Socials - HackerNest Toronto March Tech Social
8:00 P.M. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 26th

6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. ($65.00)

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

Toronto Semantic Web Meetup Group - Designing Applications for the Semantic Web
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 27th

6:00 P.M (FREE)
The Toronto Apple User Group - iOS Development Meetup
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto .NET Hackers - Microsoft Rosalyn
7:00 P.M. 
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)


Thursday, March 28th

12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. 

Responsive Web Alliance - Responsive Web Thinkers Meet and Greet
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.

Women in Tech – An interesting infographic

We hear it all the time: there is a serious lack of female representation in industries related to tech.  Historically, women have been a minority in the tech world, but more recently, there has been a specific push towards empowering more and more women to enter into traditionally male-dominated industries.  This campaign for empowerment can be seen with women in tech positions championing the cause and pushing for equality and representation through taking a more active role in their communities.  This old boy’s club is changing, rapidly, and couldn’t be happening at a better time.

New evidence suggests that companies that have women sitting in higher positions, as well as on their boards, simply do better than ones that are entirely constituted by men.

Further, according to this infographic, research shows that “Venture capital firms with even just one female partner are 70% more likely to in business co-founded by women.”

So, why not have more women in tech? We are in a time where inclusivity should be heralded, if not just for the social aspect, but also for the clear evidence of success when equality is promoted.

Again, on the same infographic regarding the “Rise of Women in Tech”: the world of tech is in serious need of women, but not to fear, this statistic is on the rise.

Here are some interesting tidbits of information on the current state of women in tech:

  • Only 1 in 4 jobs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  (STEM) fields are held by women.
  • Between January 2011 and January 2012, the percentage of women in IT jumped 28.9%.
  • Women in STEM jobs earn 33% more than women in comparable non-STEM jobs (I don’t know about you, but this is undoubtedly impetus for more women to seek out careers in this field)
  • The wage gap is 7% less in the STEM fields!

However, this infographic has been generated with data centered on U.S. data and statistics; so, understanding this in the context of Canada is probably not too difficult, but some of the statistics may be different.

The DevTO Team

Tech in Toronto Thursday: March 14 – March 21

Welcome to the first edition of DevTO’s Tech in Toronto Thursday.  We will be updating our blog every Thursday with the upcoming week’s tech-related events in Toronto.  From conferences to Meet Up groups, we’ll try and have all the major events posted every week.

Here are Toronto’s Tech events for the week of

Thursday, March 14th – Thursday, March 21st:

Sunday, March 17th

Coffee and Code:
Code over Coffee

Monday, March 18th

Girl Geeks TO:
Build, Analyze & Optimize with Google

Team Coding:
Toronto Learns to Code – jQuery Workshop Series & Hackathon

Toronto Drupal User Group:
March Meeting

Tuesday, March 19th

Lean Analytics:
Using Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

Wednesday, March 20th

The Toronto Apple User Group:
Toronto Mac Meetup

Thursday, March 21st

Python Developers:
Meet and greet

Toronto Code Retreat:
Code Retreat @ Bento Miso

 

Conferences:

March 19th – 20th

Digital Media Summit:
http://digitalmediasummit.ca

March 18th – 20th

Predictive Analytics World Conference:
http://www.predictiveanalyticsworld.com/toronto/register.php

 

Anita

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