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Thank you 1,616 times!

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!

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 6.10.39 PMWe 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!


Welcome to Creative Niche!

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

Help #DevTO send 5 girls to a Girls Learning Code Summer Camp!

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!

FITC Day 1: Sing-a-long with Stefan Sagmeister

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.

Anyway, enjoy!


Gary Vaynerchuk: Keep up the phenomenal hard work Toronto!

Gary sends a shout to the #DevTO community and the Toronto tech community at large to keep up the hustle and the phenomenal hard work!

Gary for those that don’t know is the founder of, WineLibrary TV and more recently Vayner Media.

Gary’s last book “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Book: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World comes out November 26th. Learn more about the book and Gary at

DayJob Doc

You’re Invited!

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Are you a start-up? Hoping to become a start-up?  Joining a start-up? Or investing in a start-up?

Come and experience a film –   produced, financed and shot in Toronto – and now being launched in Toronto


Day Job follows three tech startup entrepreneurs in Toronto’s Extreme Startups accelerator. Jayesh, Jeremy, and Nima have jobs, families, and friends; they are also entrepreneurs.

We explore their stories—of hardship, sacrifice, and perseverance—as they go through Extreme Startup’s 12-week acceleration program. They quickly come to realize that being an entrepreneur requires 24/7 dedication.


Day Job was created to showcase the reality of entrepreneurship. Too often we are only shown the stars and the outliers, the wins, and the successes – we rarely see what is required to get there.

Day Job is story-telling at its most honest. We invite you to join us at the premiere of the film.

AppSeed – From sketches to functioning prototypes!

An app that automates your sketches into functioning prototypes. Letting you create, prototype and test faster.

AppSeed exists to speed up how you create, test and share your ideas. We love the process and seeing how ideas start and grow with a team. We wanted to build a tool that builds on what designers currently do, and uses the processing power of your phone to take some of the manual labour out of going from a sketch to a prototype. We wanted to let you have an idea in a meeting and show it on device right away, letting you focus on your idea, not how to get it on device.


AppSeed uses computer vision to make the process of going from a sketch to a prototype faster and smarter. Using OpenCV, AppSeed:

Captures your sketched design

Identifies contained areas of your sketch and allows you to make them into a number of UI elements, including: Buttons | Maps | Streetview | Form text inputs with more to be added based on your feedback

Allows you to run the prototype on your mobile device

Allows you to share the prototype as an HTML5 prototype with others

Send the designs to a layered Photoshop file for editing

The Team

This app is the brainchild of Greg Goralski, technical lead and project director. Design, product consulting & support is provided by Adam Leon from Transmitter Studios. Dru Langemann was the cameraman for our video which was edited by Matei Kajs.

Greg Goralski – @greggoralski

Greg is an interactive media professor at Humber College and is fascinated with the creative process. He has won gold at the National Post Design Exchange Awards for is previous work on architectural visualization tool, IN_situ. He is an alumni of the Interactive Project Lab and holds an MBA from Ryerson University.

He is also co-author of Foundation Flex for Designers and Foundation Flash Catalyst.

Adam Leon – @trnsmttr

With industry experience beginning in 1996, Adam has been involved in all facets of online media such as design and development, motion graphics, art direction, and project management. His educational background is in audio engineering, computer graphics, and interactive multimedia, and a residency at the Canadian Film Centre’s new media lab.

Adam was Schools Without Borders’ volunteer of the year in 2010 and the co-publisher of A FACE A NAME: Artists Doing Well and Good. He is an instructor of Animation For The Web and Digital Media Branding Strategies at Humber College and is a proud FACTOR jury member.

#DevTO 27 – Let’s Talk About You & A Brief Intro Into AngularJS

Let’s Talk About You – Cassie Doubleday

Let’s Talk About You is a talk that focuses on providing you with tips and tricks as a developer to promote yourself online and become an invaluable member to any online community and company. From online portfolios and work samples to your online profiles to your personal style and brand, Let’s Talk About You, will help you understand how easy it is and why it is so important to have an online presence. Focuses include: github, twitter, linkined, interview styles, community events, personal branding, your dress code and awesomeness.

Cassie Doubleday is a Senior Digital Recruiter for the The Creative Group in Toronto. She works closely with front-end developers and designers to help them pay their bills doing what they love. Prior to recruiting Cassie worked as a Social Strategist and SEO Analyst for NVI, a Montreal based online search agency where she worked on clients like BIRKS and Reader’s Digest. During her free time after work in Montreal she and two of her friends managed and ran Montreal’s second biggest anglophone blogzine, from their living room. On the side in Toronto Cassie works with and trains local business owners such as, The Wedding Co. and The Carlu, and small digital arts/music shops such as CMW via AudioBlood, how to influence and promote their products, work and selves online.

AngularJS: A Brief Introduction – Alan Hietala

AngularJS is a great framework for building modular html5 based applications. With an architecture based around data binding, dependency injection, testability, and modularity AngularJS provides an excellent base to build applications both large and small. Follow along as I build a small app in 15 minutes that will give a taste of the core concepts within AngularJS and expose some of the tools used in modern javascript application development.

Alan has been working in the Toronto startup community since graduating from U of T in 2006. His main area of interest is how Javascript is breaking down barriers between mobile, web, server side and embedded applications. As a Sr. Software Developer at ecobee he tests those skills constantly while building out rich, Javascript powered mobile and web apps.

Agency Partner

Community is a dynamic and audacious, vertically integrated agency representing the digital, social, production and experiential arms of Pulp&Fiber. The Community is a multilingual, digitally focused agency with traditional expertise working on a variety of high level brands in the lifestyle sector. Community works with international clients in the Canadian market to create global partnerships that are mutually beneficial and directly support the business needs of the brands they represent.

Gold Sponsors

OANDA is an innovator and world leader in online foreign exchange trading and currency services. We have created a powerful trading engine that allows clients around the world to trade quickly and with confidence. We’re proud to have recently been named one of The 10 Non-California Tech Companies You Wished You Worked For by Wired magazine, and we’re growing, so please check out our Recruiting Page to see how you can make a difference!
To learn more about OANDA, our website and Forex LabNotes blog are great places to get started.

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Silver Sponsors

Mercatus Technologies enables retailers and advertisers to achieve competitive advantage, boost brand equity, and improve financial performance. Leveraging Mercatus’ smart shopping technology on a cross-channel marketing level, achieve the ultimate one-to-one relationship with shoppers throughout their buying cycle—from intent to influence to purchase. Check out their career page – they’re hiring PHP developers!


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