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#DevTO 24 – A Critique in Modern Startups & Stay Calm and Integrate All

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Don’t miss Kerry Morrison, Karim Awad and Dan Drotts this month!
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Creating the Perfect Product or Your Idea Is Awful: Critique in modern startups

Kerry Morrison & Karim Awad

Discussions on the ideation, discussion, direction, creation, design, development and launch of a new app, product or startup.

Kerry Morrison – CEO Endloop Mobile

During a nearly 20 year career in the digital marketing world, Kerry has worked for some of the biggest brands and with a number of the largest ad agencies in North America. He’s worked for advertising agencies, startups, telcos, media conglomerates, dot-coms and one of the worlds largest consulting companies. He ran a consulting company called Reason Intelligent Design before becoming the CEO of Endloop Mobile. Over the years, Kerry has led the development of projects for a number of agencies (including TBWA, Cossette, Rethink, DDB, Blast Radius, MacLaren McCann and Wasserman Partners) and clients such as HSBC, Electronic Arts, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Concord Pacific, Earl’s, SFU, US Department of Health, and the World Junior Hockey Championship.

 

Karim Awad – Founder / Director Big Time Design and Communication Inc.

Karim founded big time design and communication inc. in 2001 and continues to be the director of the digital design and development studio. He has worked with clients ranging from local artists and musicians to some of the largest brands in the world. Karim has worked and partnered with a number of startups and new ventures.

Karim has a Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo and has shown his art in Canada, USA, Japan and Great Britain. He has a wife and cat.

 

 

 

Stay Calm & Integrate All 

Dane Drotts, Co-Founder & President GeneXus USA

Dane Drotts is the Co-Founder and President of GeneXus USA, a Chicago based Software Company that specializes in the rapid prototyping and development of Smart Device and Web applications.  Over the past 20 years, Dane has developed a reputation within the Chicago IT industry, and startup community as a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship lending his expertise, network and services to assist in the growth and development of bold and innovative new software and technology solutions.

In addition to working with several Fortune 500 companies, Dane spends a considerable amount of time working with local area startups to assist in the development of competitive technology and marketing strategies.  Among these startups are companies such as GlobalTap, SpotHero, CheekyChicago, FRUSA, and ZealousGood where Dane provides advisory services on technology and business model optimization.  Dane and his team are also busy working with AgileHealth, KickButts, Metropolitan Planning Council, Center for Neighborhood Technology, and TechCocktail to develop customer centric iOS and Android apps and, at Evanston based L2T Media, they are engaged in a year’s long project to build a customized digital marketing platform that encompasses a range of online media, e-mail, and social components with Google.  Dane also works very closely with the Democratic Governors Association, as his company is the preferred App vendor.

Dane is a member of the Democratic Governors Association, State’s Invest Illinois Venture Fund Program (IIVF), Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Young Presidents Organization, User Experience Network, Built In Chicago, Chicago Startups, i. c. Stars, Startup America, Illinois Technology Association, IPRO – Illinois Institute of Technology Advisor Board

Gold Sponsors


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Genexus Canada delivers a platform to enable you to create software for multiple platforms and technologies in less time. More than 7,000 companies worldwide use GeneXus to create and integrate mission critical applications that adapt readily to relentless technological changes.


Make your app the next big thing! It’s time to get motivated with The Developer Manifesto. We are the game changers. We won’t settle for second best. We are the ones who know hard work pays off and that victory is only an app away. We know that if we don’t build it, they won’t come, but when we do, we’ll create a phenomenon. We are the imaginative, the creative and the driven. We are going to Start Something! Join the Developer Movement today.

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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So you want to create a Win8 app from your WordPress blog?

So #DevTO is giving out a Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone on May 30th! This is what you need to do to enter this contest!

  1. Tweet something with the link to this blog post with the hashtag #DevTO
  2. Visit http://ideapress.me/devto and get started at creating a Windows 8 app from your WordPress blog
  3. Go through the IdeaPress Step-by-step post http://ideanotion.net/ideapress-step-by-step/ to create your app
  4. Create a Microsoft Developer account and submit the app to the windows store from the Microsoft Dev Center*
  5. Finally, just complete this form when you submit it to the store.
*If you hurry and do this soon, IdeaNotion is providing a free service where they will even publish your app to the store after you have completed the wizard.
On May 30th  we will pick a winner from those that have completed these steps! So, spend an afternoon with some friends and get your blogs up on the store, plus get entered to win a phone!
The Developer Movement. Make sure to check this out and join the movement to get some points and redeem them for some great prizes as you submit apps to the store!
UPDATE: Contest Ended. The winner picked was Alex Conde who submitted his blog “Searching for Happy“. You can get it from the Windows App Store here. 

How to win a free FITC ticket courtesy of @WebNotWar

So it’s that time of the year again when FITC hits town and brings with it 82 speakers (if I counted them right). We’re giving out a free ticket randomly to someone on Twitter via TwitterTwitterChickenDinner.com. All you have to do is tweet this:

Try ideapress.me to convert your WordPress blog into a Win8 app that you can submit to the store #devto

And if you’re curious about it, try it out, it’s really easy and will create the app for you to submit to the store yourself. If you need help make sure to follow the great folks at IdeaNotion on Twitter.

We’ll pick a random winner Wednesday April 17th at 12pm EST.

Pssst…there’s another giveaway happening right now for LeanStartupMachine. Get the details here.

 

#DevTO 23 – Near Future Trends in Tech and Building an Open Data Ecosystem

So you missed last month’s talks? Here’s what’s coming up this month!

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If you missed last month’s speakers check them out here. As for this month, it’s Lanny Geffen and Joey Coleman talking about near future trends and building an open data ecosystem for all to access!
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Where the puck is going: Near future trends in tech and UX
Lanny Geffen – Creative Director at Digiflare

In 15 mins I’d like to look at new hardware and ux possibilities to expect in the next decade and how that may also affect devs and it entrepreneurs.

Lanny Geffen has close to 14 years experience as a creative thinker and problem solver in the field of interactive design.
A large agency veteran, Lanny has spent his career working with many of the world’s most distinguished brands, successfully producing award-winning work across all interactive platforms.

Building an Open Data ecosystem for all to access, not just elites
Joey Coleman – Freelance Journalist

How do we build open data so it is accessible to all citizens and not just those with specialized skills such as information management or coding? In Hamilton, municipal open data is being implemented because of advocacy among neighbourhood associations and community groups, not solely from the developer community, with the goal of ensuring all citizens can use open data. It’s a unique partnership – what does it mean for open data, open government, and civic engagement? Join this discussion as we explore the question.

Joey Coleman is Canada’s first crowdfunded journalist. Based in Hamilton, Joey covers all municipal government and board meetings, responds to reader inquiries at all hours, and livestreams from breaking news events. Prior to breaking out on his own, Joey worked for Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. A nerd at heart, Joey is a leader in Hamilton’s Open Data movement believing that journalism is not gatekeeping, but gate-opening.

Gold Sponsors


Genexus Canada delivers a platform to enable you to create software for multiple platforms and technologies in less time. More than 7,000 companies worldwide use GeneXus to create and integrate mission critical applications that adapt readily to relentless technological changes.

Make your app the next big thing! It’s time to get motivated with The Developer Manifesto. We are the game changers. We won’t settle for second best. We are the ones who know hard work pays off and that victory is only an app away. We know that if we don’t build it, they won’t come, but when we do, we’ll create a phenomenon. We are the imaginative, the creative and the driven. We are going to Start Something! Join the Developer Movement today.

We’re not just quite ready to give out a car at #DevTO through TwitterTwitterChickenDinner : ) , but last month Acura Sherway joins us as a Gold sponsor! Connect with Ameer Khan on Twitter – GM of Acura Sherway. Thank you for your support Ameer!

Silver Sponsor

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!

A car2go is always a pleasure to drive: just take it, drive it, park it. Simple and straightforward. You can always find a vehicle in your area. You open it with the member card you receive after signing up. You go from A to B, park your car2go again and that’s that. It’s fun, saves money and helps the environment.

 

Hello OrderIt.ca

 

At the next DevTO on March 25th we will be providing food sponsored by OrderIt.ca! What’s OrderIt? It’s the BEST meal delivery and take out service from ALL your favourite restaurants in Toronto and Vancouver! They are a Canadian started, owned and operated company that loves working with local restaurants and chefs. Not only do they deliver food from over 500 restaurants but they also deliver for restaurants that might not offer delivery themselves like Ill Fornello, Poutini’s, Live Food Bar, Richtree and Caplansky’s!

20% off discount code: DEVTO2013

Try OrderIt.ca and use the above discount code between March 18th and April 8th for a great meal at home!

Make sure you visit their Facebook page where they almost always have a discount code published and follow them on Twitter for updates @OrderIt

April 6th 10am – 7pm is Toronto’s Web Apps and Games Code-Along

On April 6th, we’re planning our second workshop alongside DevTOHTML5 TorontoTorontoJS and Make Web Not War. This one will focus on highlighting applications and games built using javascript and web technologies. We’ve got a couple of excellent speakers coming in from the local community.

Reserve your spot for $5 by March 30th and you can win an Xbox+Kinect bundle

Prerequisites. If you want to get the most out of this and other workshops it is recommended to install Windows 8. You can install it directly or host it in a Virtual Machine, including a Mac.You will want to install the tools and SDK and, if you get a chance, read Designing great games for Windows.If you don’t install anything, no worries, you will still be able to follow along. USB sticks and help will be available to get your computers ready to code-along.

Watch the online stream from the previous workshop

Submit your apps. If you think you have a great idea, we are having an application showcase competition where we will be giving away a Surface RT. Simply submit the URL of your idea hosted on a Microsoft platform (like the free trial of Azure) to Win8wsapps@outlook.com where you will be added to a list of presenters to be given a 2 minute “Best At” style pitch where the audience will be the judge, not just the ones there but also those online. We will be streaming the whole event as well so you can have friends and colleagues help vote for you too.

Prizes. Ticket price will be $5 and for those that register by March 30th, you’ll be entered to win an Xbox & Kinect Bundle.

Code-along. Along with speakers throughout the morning, we will also have a code-along for developing Windows 8 applications using web tools. We’ll have experts on-hand to provide 1-1 support to answer questions about using frameworks, best practices for user experience, and server side solutions for managing your application’s data.

GeneXus Canada Free 2hr Workshop Feb 10th 2013

Do you want to build cross platforms apps? do you need to prototype something for a project quickly? Well in 1 hour Raul Esquivel from our Gold Sponsor Genexus Canada will demonstrate deploying a database solution in Java and .NET as well as creating cross platform apps. Sounds too good to be true? Well if you’re a student, developer, startup or corporation make sure you check out this event.

Register for a free 2 hour lunch workshop on February 10th at the ING Cafe

“Spot someone you know in our holiday email” contest

So we just sent out an email to our members wishing you a happy holiday…here’s a quick fun contest for you.

  1. Read the email we sent to our mailing list
  2. Try and spot someone you know in the pictures
  3. Tweet that person like this “Just got the @DevTO holiday email! I spot ….” and include whatever else you want after that:
    Ex. “Just got the @DevTO holiday email! I spot @naelshawwa in the red shirt!”

We’ll select  5 random winners who tweet that and send them a $10 voucher to Against The Grain Urban Tavern on Queens Quay! Contest end Dec 24th at noon.

Day Job: Being an entrepreneur in the Toronto ecosystem

The folks at Fidelity Format have been working non stop the past few months filming a documentary about the five startups in Extreme Startup‘s  Fall 2012 cohort. In their own words “it’s been extra nuts for us trying to capture everything that encompasses being an entrepreneur in the Toronto ecosystem”

Day Job: Official Trailer from Fidelity Format on Vimeo.

We look forward to seeing this documentary hit the big screen soon! Enjoy the sneak peek above!

Our 2nd Annual #HoHoTO Ticket Giveaway

Just like last year we are giving away some tickets to #HoHoTO; the  party that was built on Twitter to raise funds for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Here are 5 other ways you can help raise funds for thousands of people in the GTA. Did you know that 65,000 children rely on food banks in Toronto? 65,000!!! So we can all try and do our little part and that will make a big difference in many people’s lives!

Get your Tickets Now!

You can help buy purchasing tickets to #HoHoTO here or sponsoring. It’s a great event, for a great cause! Just do it now.
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Or you can Donate

If you can’t make it, you can still donate. Just go to the site and click the big green “DONATE” button. It’s easy!
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Contest Details

So here is how #DevTO is trying to help. Just like last year, we bought some tickets and will be giving them out in usual #DevTO fashion, i.e. on Twitter via some contest!

Contest #3 – Draw Sunday 11pm

Here’s how to enter the last contest:

  • Tweet this: I donated $5 to support GTA food banks, #hohoto and The Daily Bread
  • We can’t verify the $5 donation, so we’re just going by the honesty rule. It’s for a great cause so please do donate folks!
UPDATE: The winner is Tina D – @emilovadragneva. Congrats to you too!

Contest #2 – Draw Friday 11pm

Tweet this to enter the second contest:

  • More than 1million people come through the doors of GTA food banks in 2012. Donate or buy your tickets today hohoto.ca #hohoto
UPDATE: The winner is Amy – @ameecq. Congratulations!

Contest #1 – Draw Wednesday 11pm

This one should be easy:

  • Show your holiday spirit by taking a festive picture of yourself and posting it to Twitter.
  • Make sure to include the hashtags #HoHoTO #DevTO.

This one should be fun! Let’s get things started! Winners will be posted here on Wednesday.

UPDATE: The winner is Alex Fleck – @discrepant. Congratulations Alex!