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#IWDTO 2017: Call for Speakers

In our six years as a successful monthly meetup in Toronto, #DevTO has worked diligently to organize timely, compelling, and engaging events for our tech-minded and developer community.

In 2015, we set out to create one of our biggest and most poignant events yet: International Women’s Day Talks (#IWDTO). A day we celebrate and set a stage for women in tech to gather, speak and cheer with their allies.

Past #IWDTO speakers have included talented women in technical roles at companies like TwittertwilioBitstrips, and Mozilla.

In March 2017, we renew our vows to support the movement, and hope you might join us too. We’d like to hear from you: we’re opening up a Call For Proposals to women in tech for our #IWDTO event. Are you in North America? Are you available March 6th, 2017? The primary theme is inspiration, with pinches of experience. Given the stage, what would you share with your community? That will be your job.

Our job? We will take care of all arrangements from transportation to accommodation. We will also provide a safe, inviting and inclusive space for you to speak and present. Lastly, Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world. As the fourth largest metropolitan area in North America, we have citizens from all corners of the globe. It’s important that our speakers reflect the fact.

You can submit a proposal here:

https://goo.gl/forms/3nDUKiOh7HiMeGQ63

We look forward to hearing from you.

Think It. Code It. Gift It.

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Are you a coder, designer or someone that loves to solve problems and find solutions?

Capital One Canada is kicking of a Hackathon on Friday, October 21, 2016 until Sunday, October 23rd, 2016. Join fellow coders, developers & designers as they problem solve & create solutions for six Toronto-based charities. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in a fun way! Participants will be put into teams of four to six people(or can sign up as a team) & challenged to create a technology solution for one of the charities involved. So come on out & make a difference.

It’s going to be hosted by Marc Saltzman at Brainstation in downtown Toronto. This is going to be a great opportunity to meet the developer community & partners of the hackathon. Charities being supported are Blake Boultbee, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Prosper Canada, Second Harvest, Toronto Pflag and Women’s Habitat.

Here is all the info you need to know for the Gift The Code Hackathon

WHEN: October 21st – October 23rd

WHERE: Brainstation, 460 King St. West (at Spadina), Toronto ON

WHY: Support accessibility for technology & innovation for the six charities!

WHAT: Hackathon – developers, designers & anyone with ideas come together to solve a problem through technology.

WHO: Capital One Canada with support from Hackworks & Brainstation.

So come out & support a great & unique hackathon experience while helping 6 charities make a difference & make an impact in your community! See you there.

Think It! Code It! Gift It!

For more information on the hackathon, or to sign up, visit http://giftthecode.ca

This post was sponsored by Capital One Canada.

Christina Truong & Darcy Clarke speaking at #DevTO on March 28th

By attending this event you are agreeing to abide by our Code of Conduct and Event Agreement.

NOTE: #DevTO this month lands on Easter Monday.

Grunt, Gulp, Angular, Ember, Bootstrap, React, Sass, Less, Stylus… the possibilities are endless. Trends come and go but at the core of all these tools and frameworks is still HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Understanding best practices such as naming conventions, modular code organization and optimization techniques will help to make your projects flexible and scalable. Building a strong foundation is key to being able to confidentially use more advanced tools and apply best practices to any project, no matter what tools you choose.

With a decade in the tech industry, Christina has worked at digital agencies such as Teehan+Lax and Razorfish (formerly Nurun).  As an educator, she has taught and created curriculum for Humber College and Ladies Learning Code. And as a freelancer, Christina provides technical consulting services and workshops, webinars and coaching for developers. She also teaches BODYPUMP, at Goodlife Fitness, to offset sitting in front of a computer all day.

Sketch and Framer have become synonymous with designing and prototyping user interfaces and interactions. Unfortunately, these tools and their formats continue a legacy of unidirectional workflow that disconnects design from development. In this talk I’ll touch on build tools and libraries that allow for bidirectional creation of web experiences while seamlessly documenting our work along the way.

I’m a Full-stack Developer, Designer, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Mentor & Advocate who has been focused on creating amazing User Experiences, promoting web standards/best practices and developing useful tools for the design and development communities across the Mobile, Tablet and Desktop landscapes. I’m passionate about open source and love being involved and engaged with that community.

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Join the Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge

Hackworks brings together brilliant minds in collaboration and competition to find innovative technology solutions to important business, social, policy, scientific and technical challenges. We are very excited to announce our latest hackathon, the Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge.

Along with the excitement for the New Year, comes the holiday hangover. After spending the holidays unwrapping stacks of beautifully wrapped presents, January can bring stacks of bills to pay.

Scotiabank believes everyone has a right to become better offer and we are here to help our customers do that. If you’re going to borrow, do it to get ahead not fall behind.

It’s time to help tackle debt in Canada. Let’s leverage technology and build real solutions.

The Scotiabank Digital Factory is gathering some of the brightest minds to be inspired by new technologies and change the future of debt management. Current technologies have just begun to push boundaries in this yet to be defined era of the financial industry and we want you to be part of this change and make your mark!

So let’s join forces and help create a digital experience that helps Canadians manage their debt and be better off. Head over to registration now and Hack IT with us from February 5th – 7th at the brand new Scotiabank Centre.

We want you to be financially better off as well! There will be $25,000 in prizes, so don’t wait, register today and let’s Hack IT!

To equip participants with the insights they need to succeed in building something amazing in just one weekend, we’re hosting a workshop prior to the hackathon. While it’s not mandatory to attend, we highly encourage you to take this chance and network with peers, hang out with fellow participants, engage with {Scotiabank Hack IT} mentors and learn about debt and how it impacts Canadians. The workshop will be held at Steelcase, 200 King Street West, Suite 2400, Toronto on January 27th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Register for the workshop here.

For more information, check out the Scotiabank Hack IT: Debt Challenge website here.

Stay informed on all Hackworks events and engage with community members just like you! Register at hackworks.com: One account, all the hackathons.

IWDTO 2016 is here!

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A celebration of the past & ongoing achievements of women in STEM

After last year’s innaugural IWDTO event, #DevTO returns on March 7th 2016 with their 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Talks. In 2016 we are inviting 4 women in tech from across North America to visit us in Toronto to share inspirtational talks.

Grab your tickets and learn more at IWD.DEVTO.CA

 

SportsHack 2015: a 48hr hackathon in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax

SportsHack 2015 invites developers in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax to a 48-hour hackathon November 27-29, 2015. Teams will use big data to develop real world technologies in a competition for the opportunity to work with CFL and mentors to bring their idea to market.
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To register and for more information visit sportshackweekend.org.
 
About SportsHack 2015 (organizer) 
 
SportsHack is organized by the Ryerson Centre for Cloud and Context Aware Computing (RC4), Big Data University, IBM Canada, and We Are Wearables in collaboration with the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program supported university partnership of Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University (SFU), and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), as well as Volta Labs.

Are You Afraid Of The Ops?

Join us this month at Design Cofounders for an evening of tales shared from the front lines of the DevOps world in Toronto.

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Submitted for the approval of the “Dev Ops Society” we call these tales…

Steve Pereira – The Tale of the Exploding Server Room
Steve is a software delivery and operations specialist and 18 year tech veteran. Starting from repairing PCs through tech support to IT management, moving to an eventual focus on large scale cloud operations and developer workflow. He’s worked with and consulted large enterprises and small to medium startups in areas like automation, continuous delivery and deployment, scaling and web operations.

 

Steve joined Statflo as CTO in May of this year to help it scale and meet demand for it’s wireless customer experience software. Statflo uses carrier and POS data to help wireless retail stores improve service, work smarter and turn customers into advocates. He runs Toronto’s monthly DevOps and OpenStack meetups and the DevOps Days Toronto conference, and is an active member of Toronto’s vibrant tech community.

Maria Hristova – The Tale of the Data Centre That Went Totally Dark
Maria has spent her career in tech moving between QA, Support, Dev and Operations focusing on early stage bootstrapping projects both at startups and at large enterprises. She spends her days sitting on the edge of her seat wondering “What now?” and living the unpredictable life of running a DevOps organization. She preaches the gospel of DevOps and is determined to abolish the virtual fence which Devs and Ops use to throw things over. She began her career at Microsoft before that was considered a liability and has worked at a number of startups, each one of them a liability in its own hilarious way.

 

Ian Penney – Fábula de Tres Anillos Malignos (Tale of the Three Evil Rings).
Ian Penney has been working as a Systems Administrator and Systems Manager for over 15 years. He’s worked at large companies like the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other enterprises through an IBM business partner, as well as with over 200 startups, from coast to coast.A few years ago, he realized Infrastructure as Code was the future, and so he began focusing on using tools like Chef, Puppet and Ansible.Most recently he’s celebrated his first happy anniversary at Nulogy as the lead of their Infrastructure Team during a rapid transition towards “moar devops” and less risk.

Trudy MacNabb – The Tale of the Legacy Systems That Just Won’t Die
Trudy had been a mainframe sysprog for 6 years at both the Ontario Government and RBC financial institution. In January 2014 she decided to take HackerYou part-time course in Ruby on Rails. After freelancing on the side for a year on various RoR projects, she finally decided to take the plunge, quit her job and took the HackerYou full-time webdev bootcamp in January 2015.  Now she freelances full-time.

Hany Fahim – The Tale of the Korean Hackers
Hany Fahim is the CEO and founder of VM Farms, a 24×7 Operations Team and Cloud Provider.  Hany has over 10 years of operations experience, both in building and supporting private and public cloud platforms, as well as Linux and OSS environments. You can reach Hani at @iHandroid and the folks of VM Farms @vmfarms

 

Lucas Fontes – The Tale of the Missing 1,000,000 Messages
Lucas Fontes is the Chief Architect at Uken Games. He’s DevOps by day, Top Fragger by night. Lucas survived data-center migrations, integer rollovers, bad nics and power outages. Currently he is focused on microservices and realtime communication in Ruby and Go.

 

Luke Reeves – The Haunted (VPN) Tunnel
Luke is the Director of Software Engineering at theScore.  He split his career between development and operations, and still trying to be somewhat involved in both. Luke enjoys working with higher level languages and platforms such as Ruby, Rails and Python and he is a large proponent of leveraging free software to increase productivity and prevent people from re-inventing wheels.

Path to CTO – August 31st 2015

 

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In our second panel of 2015 we are bringing together 8 CTOs from across various companies and startups in the GTA to discuss their roles, how their responsibilities differ from each other and their experience getting to their current role.

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This panel event is slightly longer than the typical #DevTO event. A rough outline of the evening will be:

Introductions – 15 minutes

Panel Questions Period – 45 minutes

Break – 10 minutes

Audience Questions – 30 minutes

Closing comments – 10 minutes

Panelists

Dessy Daskalov, CTO Nudge Rewards
Dessy spent the better part of her life knowing she would one day be an entrepreneur. In 2011 she became the CTO and co-founder of Nudge Rewards. She’s passionate about building a better world through software. Dessy is happiest coding with the team at Nudge, participating in a riveting debate, or drinking a smooth ale.

Lars Laakes, CTO Sciencescape
A hands-on leader with over twenty-five years of experience in executive management, product management, team building, process and execution, business and technical architecture, and software development. Lars has delivered successful solutions in many domains including finance, sales, manufacturing, media, social, and human resource systems. Combining business, people, communication, and process skills with strong technical architecture experience and a passion for software craftsmanship, Lars has lead and inspired local and distributed teams to efficiently deliver highly successful customer solutions.

Gurminder Kandola, CTO Viafoura
“Serial CTO” develops long term technology strategies and aligns them with business objectives for his clients.  He has held strategic positions at FanXchange, Audiobooks.com and Redknee. His efforts have enabled partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 industry leaders across North America, and he holds the North American patent for the smart cloud-based bookmarking technology developed for Audiobooks.com. Passionate about mentoring tech entrepreneurs and companies in commercializing their technologies, Gurminder has advised many area startups including the 2012 winner of a Global Startup competition.

Erik Levinson, CTO Uberflip
His career spans over a decade of diverse roles in support, QA, operations, development, infrastructure, and technical leadership in B2B, B2C, and public sector organizations. As CTO at Uberflip for the past four years, Erik leads a dev/QA/ops team responsible for delivering a highly-available, secure, and highly-scalable SaaS platform serving enterprise customers. Erik is the co-founder and former CTO of a Canadian regional telecom company, where he developed and commercialized innovative technologies. Erik is also active in Toronto’s tech community, including co-organizing the Toronto CTO Group and the DevOps TO meetups

Christine Day, CIO Questrade
Since joining the firm in 2005, she has defined the firm’s technology posture, steering the company from a small start-up to one of Canada’s top online financial services firms. Her vision and drive has ensured Questrade is now an undisputed leader in delivering disruptive financial services that benefit all Canadian investors. Christine’s philosophy is to deliver technology business strategy by bridging technological innovation and business innovation.

George Eichholzer, VP Engineering Top Hat
He brings more than 20 years of experience to Top Hat, executing business software solutions for companies across a wide range of industries. Prior to Top Hat, he served as CTO of the Financial Services division at NexJ Systems, responsible for the technical architecture and direction of the division. In addition, George  previously held product management and marketing positions at Oracle where he led efforts in integrating technologies onto Oracle’s CRM channel offerings.

Nathan Wong, CTO Foray
Nathan is the Co-Founder and CTO at Fortay, a hiring platform to help candidates and hiring managers assess cultural fit as part of the hiring process. Before Fortay, Nathan cofounded BuySellAds, the largest self-serve marketplace for online display ads, where he led the tech team as they grew to serve 5 billion ads each month.

Bohdan Zabawskyj, CTO Mercatus (Panel Moderator)
He leads the Engineering, QA, IT, and DevOps teams at Mercatus. Bohdan is also an advisor to a number of compelling companies including Kik, Staff, Yeplive, Parkbench, & DevBBQ.  Prior to Mercatus, Bohdan was responsible for evolving Rypple’s performance management solution whose clients included Facebook, LinkedIn, & Spotify. Previously, Bohdan was the CTO at Redknee were he contributed to Redknee’s growth from a start-up to a publicly traded &profitable entity with clients in over 60 countries.  Bohdan is also a named inventor in over 50 patents world-wide.

#AppStrategy Workshops – July 14th 2015

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Join the App Developers Alliance for an App Strategy Workshop in Toronto on Tuesday, July 14. Attendees will:

  • Gain key insights from app industry leaders, such as OpenX, Millennial Media, Pollen, and more.

  • Learn how to boost user acquisition, increase revenue, and build a successful app startup.

  • Network with speakers and attendees after the workshop (Beer, wine, and appetizers served).

  • Have the chance to win a Nexus 9 tablet!

We hope to see you there! Register for free. Space is limited, sign up today!

 

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 5:30-9 PM

Location: One Eleven, 111 Richmond St. W, Suite 5, Toronto, ON M5H 2G4 (map)