Controversial or not, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge was an ingenious social campaign to raise much needed awareness to a medical condition that impacts many around the world. Here are the known facts:
- ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
- ALS can strike anyone, women and men, young and old.
- In Canada, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 are living with the disease. In the U.S approximately 5,000 people are diagnosed each year and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 people in the U.S may have the disease. How many world wide? That appears to be unknown today.
I found it rather difficult to find quantifiable global research around how many people have had this or even how many currently have it. This must indicate how greatly more funding is required for global ALS research, records and reports.
Here goes…pouring ice on yourself is fun… but make sure you also donate!
The DevTO Crew
#DevTO is on the hunt for an awesome volunteer Community Manager to join our ranks and help us help us promote our content and events online across our different online channels.
Responsibilities. Include creating and managing a content schedule for the blog, managing the conversation on the hashtag #DevTO during and outside of events, curating tweets and content of interest for Twitter posts about Toronto tech, startups, and other tech events we promote.
Committment. The position would require around 10-15 hours per month, ( 4 hours of which are during the event).
Why join us? Although this a volunteer position, it is an excellent opportunity for meeting some fabulous folks in the Toronto tech community, as well as access to free tickets and discount codes to other events occurring in the city ex. jQueryTO, AndroidTO, FITC, etc., plus “DevTO” would look great on your resume and we will provide an amazing recommendation for your role as Community Manager if you are selected!
This month we welcome Genesys to DevTO’s Gold Sponsor roster. Gensys is a leading provider of multi-channel customer experience and contact center solutions. Their platform helps companies engage with their customers, across all channels and interactions to deliver differentiated customer journeys, while maximizing revenue and loyalty.
Join their award winning team with several positions open in the GTA and Canada wide .
Genesys is also organizing a hackathon in Toronto on July 18th and 19th with prizes including 2 Google Glasses and 2 Ubis.
Last month we reached out to all of you to help us send 5 girls between the ages of 8 and 13 to a Kids Learning Code summer camp and together we have raised $1,616 in 4 weeks!
We decided that DevTO will donate the difference so that we can hit the target we set out to reach!
From all of us at DevTO thank you to everyone who donated and shared our campaign this month.
Stay tuned for an update post once we sort out the details with Ladies Learning Code and Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto!
Today we welcome the team at Creative Niche to our #DevTO Sponsor roster as our exclusive recruiting partner!
Check out the Creative Earners Survey of salaries and billing practices in the Communication Design Industry and get entered to in one of 15 $100 Umbra gift cards and one of two passes to 2014 Design Thinkers Conference in Toronto November 6th and 7th.
Creative Niche is a temporary staffing, permanent recruitment and executive search firm specializing in advertising, communications design, development, marketing, mobile, public relations, and social media throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Founded in 2002, our firm connects top talent with leading companies from across the globe. That includes the marketing departments of multinational corporations, as well as advertising, digital, marketing and public relations agencies. Our clients—ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500s—include Cohn & Wolfe, Draft FCB, Edelman, Frontgate, Interbrand, Kroger, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, Ogilvy, RBC, SapientNitro, Sid Lee and TD Bank.
They’ll be at our next event coming up June 30th! See you there
This month we are trying to help send five girls between the ages of 8 and 13 to a Kids Learning Code Summer Camp in July and August.
At our May event we will be discussing how to retain more women in STEM. It is a known fact that to achieve this we have to start at a young age AND make it fun and that’s where Kids Learning Code comes in!
These camps experiences are meant to take kids on a journey of discovery, empowerment, creativity and making! Each camp includes at least one field trip to a relevant technology company, a panel discussion with some of Toronto’s most energized professionals and experts, small and large hands on projects, demo presentations at the end of each day of camp, a demo day for parents and the community at the end of the week, and more!
In June 2013, Kids Learning Code began offering monthly workshops, camps and events for boys and girls. Like Girls Learning Code, these programs are beginner-friendly, hands-on and fun. Featuring a 3:1 ratio of kids to mentors, we ensure kids are guided by balanced numbers of male and female role models. At Kids Learning Code, we believe that if we want to encourage more diversity in the field of technology, we need to help boys and girls learn to work in technical environments together effectively. Thus, at Kids Learning Code events, 50% of tickets are reserved for boys and 50% for girls. If your child hasn’t yet experienced the fun of a Kids Learning Code workshop or camp, we encourage you to check out one of our upcoming events!
We need your help to achieve this goal in June!
Definetely today was an awesome kick off to the FITC talks and festivities. The day was jam packed with tons of fabulous sessions that made it really really really difficult to pick one to go to.
One of the main highlights though was Stefan’s keynote and especially the sing-a-long belong. Definetely up there with some of the greatest FITC talks I’ve seen in Toronto.