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The 416: Episode 5 – Stop Resisting and Start Listening

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On this week’s episode:

  • Chris is MIA
  • Nael look’s things up
  • Jen get’s rambly.

In all seriousness though, for this weeks episode I am incredibly proud to bring to you a show featuring one of our International Women’s Day speakers Jen Simmons. I have been fortunate that I get to edit the show before it makes it’s way here so I’ve already had a chance to listen to this great conversation, and I think you’ll enjoy it as well.

While I was away in Mexico soaking up the sun, Nael and Jen spent well over an hour going over topics ranging from how to get more women into STEM related fields, to how Jen got her start on the web to smacking Drupal upside the head to get it to run faster.

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The 416: Episode 4 – Podcast Lullaby

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On this weeks episode:

  • Chris goes on vacation
  • We have a cohost next week
  • The boys really don’t like SVN

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We hope that you enjoy listening to these shows as much as we love making them! If you have feedback or idea’s you can email us at or get in touch with us on twitter @naelshawwa @jonezy

The 416: Episode 3 – The Costanza Wallet

On this week’s episode:

  • The boys agree on something
  • Nael channel’s the Costanza
  • Chris practices sponsor reads

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We hope that you enjoy listening to these shows as much as we love making them! If you have feedback or idea’s you can email us at or get in touch with us on twitter @naelshawwa @jonezy

Show Notes

1st Annual International Woman’s Day Talks

Over the last 4 years the team here at DevTO have been incredibly privileged and fortunate to be able to successfully throw a recurring monthly technology meetup, bringing together members of the Toronto tech community from all races, genders and walks of life. It has been one of the primary goals of the group since we started. To create an open and welcoming space for everyone in our community.

DevTO has become more of a platform than any of us could ever imagine. As with most power, it comes with a great deal of responsibility. With this recent realization of the power of our platform we’ve started to think of ways that this platform can be used for the overall benefit of the community we love.

Last year, #DevTO began to discuss the idea of organizing bigger events, calling on speakers from all over the world, to talk to our rich and diverse developer community. We wanted to ensure that these events would be meaningful, motivating and as inspirational as possible. We combed over a list of our more stand out meet ups, and we came to an easy and unanimous decision.

In a follow up to #DevTO’s very engaging WOMEN IN STEM meetup from summer 2014, we are very proud to announce our 1st Annual International Women’s Day Talks. On such a pivotal day, #DevTO wanted to celebrate the past and ongoing accomplishments and contributions of women in STEM with a present day talk from these gifted ladies who have decades of combined work experience in technology.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating this important occasion, but before getting to ticket’s and sponsor information, we’d like you to meet the speakers for this inaugural event!


jenJen Simmons is a NY based web developer, consultant, trainer and an award winning speaker. Her beginnings are rooted in the earliest times of web, getting her start in 1996. In her career, her freelance company has enlisted clients the likes of CERN, W3C, Google & the New York Stock Exchange to name a few.

clarissaJoining us from Montreal, will be UX & Responsive design specialist Clarissa Peterson. Clarissa is a web developer, and co-founder of Peterson/Kandy, a Montreal-based digital consultancy specializing in creating responsive websites.

anitaAnita Clarke is the proprietress and Editor In Chief of the popular Toronto fashion blog, I want – I got. She’s been called a Toronto Fashion Hero by Now Magazine and one of Hello Canada’s Best Dressed. In addition to her Fashion tastemaker accomplishments, she’s a certified software test engineer with over 12 years of experience as a QA Lead and currently works for one of Canada’s top financial institutions.

mandyMandy Gilbert is the CEO of Creative Niche, a Toronto-based staffing, recruitment and executive search firm focused on the advertising, design, digital, data, marketing and social media fields. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading women entrepreneurs in recent years, Mandy is a passionate entrepreneur whose focus on international growth and embrace of cutting-edge technology has helped entrench Creative Niche as a leader in its field.

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The 416: Episode 2 – Anita Completes the Trifecta

Thanks for stopping by to listen to this weeks episode of The 416.

On this weeks episode:

  • Nael rediscovers the Apple Calendar list view
  • Anita completes the DevTO trifecta
  • We both hate Apple stock apps

We also have a couple of big announcements at the start of the show, so be sure to listen for those.

As usual if you have any feedback or comments get in touch with @jonezy or @naelshawwa

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Episode 2: Show Notes

The 416: Episode 0 – Do Not Disturb Nael

So we’ve had this idea to do a podcast since early December last year. Nael went out on boxing day and picked up a couple of mic’s from best buy and last weekend we recorded a thing for you all to listen too.

For anyone that’s interested, we used blue snowball ice microphones and double ended recording. The show was edited in GarageBand.

You can also download the show here

Show Notes

There wasn’t much to pluck out in terms of a link list to put here, sorry about that :\

Podcast editing video Chris talks about

Welcome Q4 Web Systems to DevTO

This month we are happy to welcome Q4 Web Systems to the DevTO gold sponsor club!  Keep an eye out for them (our founder Chris Jones is a team member at Q4) at upcoming events.

Q4 Web Systems (Q4) is the leading provider of investor relations websites, social media and mobile solutions for public companies in North America. Hundreds of Fortune 1000 clients and global brands use our web platform to manage their online efforts.

Q4 Web Systems is currently growing at an explosive rate and is actively looking for to fill various developer (c#/ and front end mobile) and other product related roles (product owner and QA engineers).  You can find out more details and apply at Q4’s website


Q4 is also an active thought leader in the Investor Relations industry. You can find out more about them at:


Spotlight: Advanced JS


Next up in FITC’s Spotlight event series is a day dedicated to Advanced JavaScript. They’re lining up professional developers to target the key information, skills and tools for you to push your coding abilities to the next level.

Push your skills to the next level with Spotlight: Advanced JS! Join other developers for a full day of learning from industry professionals. December 7, 2013 at University of Toronto’s Bahen Center for Information Technology.


• Vladimir Vukicevic / Engineering Director at Mozilla

• Matias Niemelä / Core Developer on AngularJS

• Grant Skinner / Owner at

• Harry Brundage / Performance Team Lead at Shopify

• Robin Ward / co-founder of Discourse

• Nick Van Weerdenburg / Founder of


Early bird deadline is Nov 8 -


Grab your tickets before November 8 to get early bird pricing!

Calling all Startups‚ Students‚ Developers and Designers!

The App Pitch competition is coming to MaRS Discovery District in Toronto on January 29th‚ 2013!

What is The App Pitch?

The App Pitch is the opportunity to show the Toronto startup‚ student and developer community YOUR app ideas for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Register to pitch your app as an individual or as a team of two. You will have three minutes to pitch your app idea to a team of amazing judges. The judges will then select six finalists‚ based on the judging criteria. Those teams will then pitch to the audience who will decide the top 3 apps who will receive a spot in the elevator to pitch your startup to investors during the International Startup Festival Elevator World Tour.

The first 20 people at the door for The App Pitch on January 29th will receive a discount code to register for a complimentary pass to attend the International Startup Festival Elevator World Tour stop in Toronto on January 31st. Although‚ you must register in advance of the event to receive the discount code!

Finally‚ bring your hardware with you as Microsoft representatives will be in attendance to conduct a Developer Installfest! Get support from experts to set up your machine with all the necessary developer tools‚ SDKs‚ code samples and more to get started on your app!

How Do I Get Started?

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Good luck to all those pitching apps and please reach out to me at if you have any questions!