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Microsoft Build 2016 Conference – The Recap – Part 3

Cross-Platform Mobile with Xamarin and Microsoft

Xamarin and Microsoft are out to empower .NET developers to become native iOS, Android, and Windows mobile app developers overnight. Apps built with Xamarin deliver truly native user experiences, 100% native API access, and native performance. See how to leverage existing C# skills and .NET libraries to share code across all platforms and create a shared mobile app backend. In this video from Build, Miguel de Icaza covers the full development lifecycle end-to-end of these native apps.

 

 

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TechSpark is looking for a Facilitator For Their Spring Program!

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Are you passionate about technology and interested in exposing youth to an exciting and creative new world?

TechSpark is an innovative, free tech program that teaches inner-city youth coding skills in preparation for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. It is where consumers grow into creators and innovators. We are launching our program in the Spring of 2015, and currently seeking a paid full-time facilitator to develop and run the 8 week training portion of the program this Spring. Additionally, we are seeking volunteer mentors and internship partners to support the delivery of our program.

We are looking for a supportive, talented and committed individual to help us deliver exceptional content to youth living in urban communities in Toronto. Our 8 week program cover topics related to software development for mobile and web applications.

Our facilitator must be caring, energetic and knowledgeable of software development using a variety of industry accepted programs. They must have professional experience that relates to the subject, and a demonstrated portfolio of work that reflects their passion and excitement. Previous teaching experience to youth is preferred. Our facilitator must have a passion for providing an alternative, accelerated learning environment that is collaborative and accessible to all.

Why join the Facilitator team?

DRIVEN Accelerator Group was founded as a non profit in 2012, to provide underrepresented entrepreneurs with advanced startup training, mentorship and access to capital. Since then, we built our startup accelerator program into an internationally recognized brand, that helped its startups raise over one million in private investments. Running a one of a kind startup program taught us that our mission to increase economic empowerment to black, female and newcomer entrepreneurs must begin at the youth stage.

As a TechSpark facilitator you assist us in expanding accessible digital literacy through quality training. You will gain experience teaching youth of diverse backgrounds and ages, and accelerating their growth into Toronto’s tech community.

 

As a facilitator, you will have the opportunity to connect with our diverse network of mentors, volunteers as well as other non profits in the youth serving sector both socially and professionally. Most importantly, as a TechSpark facilitator, you will have the power to positively impact the self efficacy and confidence of youth who need it most.

Interested applicants must send a link to a CV or resume along with a portfolio and references to techsparkto@gmail.com by January 31, 2015. Please include your LinkedIn profile and social media handles if available.

’1 Million Women in STEM’ Networking Event

From our friends at Venus Ventures and an excellent follow up to one of our previous talks,  comes ‘1 Million Women in STEM’ Networking Event:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1-million-women-in-stem-networking-event-tickets-11979469917

Venus Ventures is excited to host this upcoming networking event to share, inspire and empower women of all ages in STEM and the trades with a focus on confidence. Over the last year we have been talking to women in STEM about how we can support all of you, and the idea of building a community to share knowledge, resources, support was one of the top identified needs.

 This event will offer a safe space for women to network and connect, meet role models, share successes and failures and build on individual confidence.

 The event is open to anyone who is interested and/or supportive of women in STEM and the trades.

Get your tickets! 

Teaching Tech & Tech for Learning

This month we’ll be learning from Shanta Nathwani and Marc Lijour on technology within the education space and a case study on how tech is used at Sheridan College.

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Teaching Technology – Shanta Nathwani 


Technology is changing fast, and so does teaching. Shanta will talk about an innovative program blending communication, design, and technology run at Sheridan College in partnership with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. They are taught to be the translators of business needs to technology solutions and learn a little bit of everything, including web design and photography. Her students work on real projects with local clients and employers who are looking for practical skills and creative thinking. Shanta is always on the lookout for the next technology and skills her students will need to compete in a rapidly changing world.

Shanta R. Nathwani is an IT and Social Media Consultant and an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few.

Technologies for Learning at Sheridan College – Marc Lijour
Sheridan students are involved in hackathons, working with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and they learn actively with the latest video and collaboration techniques. Their students are career-ready, some of them launching their own business while in school. This presentation will explore the main technology infrastructure based on Cisco which makes all that possible, as well as the involvement of Sheridan in leading programs such as VROC and Connected North. Developers won’t want to miss hearing about cool technologies like CMX, Jabber Guest, and other technologies available on DevNet.

Marc Lijour is an educator specialized in technology and innovation. He joined Cisco last year to lead the transformation of education in Canada. He helps school boards, colleges, and universities design strategies to improve student success and experience, positioning Canada as the best place to work, live, play, and learn. Marc is also a developer and an adept of Free/Libre Open Source Software. His first job experience was to develop a pre-Web site on the late 80’s French Minitel network (Bell Canada launched a similar system branded Alextel). He started experimenting with Linux before the Y2K, installing school labs. Later, he worked for the Mandriva Linux distribution. Specialized in software engineering, and distributed work, he is a big fan of DevOps and the cloud.

Thank you! We raised $1,616 for Girls Coding Camps!
Thanks to you and many others who donated and shared our crowd funding campaign to send 5 girls between 8 and 13 to a Kids Learning Code we were able to raise $1,616!We also decided that we will donate the remainder so that we can send 5 girls to these summer camps!
Bitmaker Labs are taking us to school!

Bitmaker would like to offer 10 DevTO members $50 off our upcoming Angular JS workshops. The workshops are taking place on July 12-13 and will focus on an immersive Angular JS experience for two full days! 

Bitmaker Labs is offering 5 scholarships worth $1500 each to the DevTOcommunity for the 9 week intensive Web Development Course. The scholarship will be provided based on the application, interview and the zest for knowledge.

Please apply before July 18 to be eligible and enter DevTO in the comments section of the application.

Genesys Hackathon in Toronto July 18th.

Genesys will be hosting a Hackathon on Friday July 18 – Saturday July 19 with 2 Google Glasses as the top prize. Get more details and register for this free event here.

Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9pm for #DevTOChat on Twitter. We’ll be giving out 2 books from Pearson Canada tonight!
Recruiting Partner

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.

Gold Sponsors


Genesys is a leading provider of multi-channel customer experience and contact center solutions. Our platform helps companies engage with their customers, across all channels and interactions to deliver differentiated customer journeys, while maximizing revenue and loyalty. Join our award winning team at https://careers.genesys.com. And join us in our upcomingHackathon, with Google Glasses, Galaxy Tabs and Ubis as prizes.
At PayPal, we put people at the center of everything we do. Founded in 1998, we continue to be at the forefront of the digital payments revolution, giving people direct control over their money. Through our innovations, we make life better for our over 148 million active accounts in 26 currencies and across 193 markets, processing more than 9 million payments daily.Visit www.paypal.ca for more information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and our PayPal Canada blog.

Mosaic is among the fastest growing agencies in North America. By utilizing its People as Media™ approach to connecting brands with consumers, it conducts thousands of consumer events and retail visits across North America every year. Mosaic has established itself as a clear leader in helping brands connect with consumers in non-traditional ways, including retail events, community experiences, assisted selling, and online social media extensions.
Digital Ocean is simple cloud hosting that is built for developers. Deploy an SSD cloud server in 55 seconds! We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel. You’ll be amazed at how fast and easy it is to create a cloud server. Setup is super quick and painless.

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!

Bitmaker Labs is taking you to school!

DevTO and Bitmaker Labs are excited to share that we’re partnering to offer two part-time scholarship opportunities, available exclusively to DevTO members.

Five $250 scholarship for either part-time program 

Five $750 scholarship for enrolling in both part-time programs 

Who should apply:
If you’re looking to add to your career skills toolbox, our part-time programs can help you open up new opportunities.

Simply share the code BMDT10 in the comments section of your application to be considered and we’ll follow up within 48 hours.

Girls Raising Is Back! – June 24th

Our friends at Girls Raising are back with another hit panelist event!

Girls Raising Presentations are a unique series of events geared towards helping women founded startups get publicity, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and meet influential women that can move their businesses forward. This is a small private event with a limited number of tickets and curated guest list that helps us to provide optimal networking atmosphere offline and online.
The Girls Raising online and offline network of resources that supports, educates and encourages female entrepreneurs. We help them build the confidence and connections neccessary to start, build and raise for their company.

Our monthly events are an opportunity for guests to preview some of the great companies being built by women and to hear from some of the most successful and influential women of our time.
Men are invited too!

Use the code “devto” for a special discount!

Donate & Learn Expo – June 10th

From our friends at Donate and learn:

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Beat the Line! Join 600 Toronto Entrepreneurs to learn from online marketing gurus at LinkedIn, P&G, TekSavvy, FreshBooks, Microsoft. You’re not going to want to miss it! Register today!

 Mix & Mingle with 600 Toronto Entrepreneurs! Industry Experts at LinkedIn, P&G, TekSavvy, Freshbooks and Microsoft, are ready to help you plan your search engine & social media strategy.

You are not going to want to miss it! http://greenlotus.ca/expo 

 Be the Super Fan of the Donate & Learn and you could win an Xbox or 1 of 5 Lifetime Passes! Winners will be announced at the June 10 Expo! 

Enter Contest Now http://bit.ly/1owYXW2 

 Help raise $12K for Enactus Ryerson Project Pathway at the June 10 Donate & Learn Online Marketing Expo. It’s going to be a fun filled night of learning, networking and raffle prizes!

Donate & Register today to reserve your spot: http://greenlotus.ca/expo

 Want to learn about Health Spending Account Benefits for Small / Medium Business Owners? Don’t miss Donate & Learn Expo Workshop with YourHSA starting at 5-6pm!
Donate $20 & Get Your Full Expo Pass Today http://greenlotus.ca/expo

  Would you like to have 1on1 conversations with business & marketing gurus at LinkedIn, P&G, TekSavvy, FreshBooks, Microsoft, DMZ and more? Don’t miss Donate & Learn Expo Meet the Experts Workshop starting at 5-6pm!

Register today: http://greenlotus.ca/expo

 Want to learn about advanced Facebook Marketing Strategies? Don’t miss Donate & Learn Expo Workshop with Easypromos starting at 5-6pm!
Donate $20 & Get Your Full Expo Pass Today http://greenlotus.ca/expo

 Are you charged with introducing innovation and change in your organization? Do you struggle with finding the “right” idea? The FreshBooks Workshop is all about Design Thinking!

Donate $20 & Get Your Full Expo Pass Today http://greenlotus.ca/expo

Creative Cloud Event – June 20

Our friends at Adobe and After Effects TO are hosting a Creative Cloud event here in Toronto! 

Adobe worldwide evangelists will be coming to a city near you. Join us to see the latest in Adobe Creative Cloud since CS6. Learn new features that make everyday tasks easier and faster and how support for cutting-edge hardware and standards will free you to build anything you can imagine. Get answers to your questions and get inspired by designers who are creating amazing work.

To find more Creative Cloud events to attend around the world, go to: http://adobe.com/go/worldtour14

Creative Cloud

For more event info, check out their Eventbrite.