All posts by Kevin Kelly

PayPal Canada’s FIRST EVER Battlehack Toronto 2014 – May 31st – June 1st

In Toronto, Hackathons are either one of two things: Epic or not-so-epic. PayPal Canada will be showing us that come the weekend of May 31st in their monumental saga:

PayPal Battlehack 2014

 BattleHack is a series of hackathons held  at various cities worldwide that culminates in a World Finals held in Silicon Valley in November. Winner gets the title of Ultimate Hacker for Good and $100k USD. 

Seriously: the one reason to enter this contest of coding – a trophy’s an axe! A hefty axe.  The best way to kick off the hack season! Still, DON’T JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT! 1:00 in the video below. Yeah. That. So. Good.

Check out the link to register. Also, while you’re at it: check out some of the bodies after the jump! Alot of familiar faces looking to take this on! This is gonna be massive!

Stay Tuned to #devto for a chance to win a special hacking device at our next #devtoChat courtesy of PayPal Canada!

 

Day Job Screening – May 21st

So our friends at Acheivers, will be showing the startup documentary Day Job at Achievers on May 21st at 7pm!

Come join us for our third Toronto Screening of DAY JOB. For this event we will provide and extended fireside chat following the film with Jeremy Potvin, Founder of Shift Hub in conversation with Serial entrepreneur Murray McKercher Executive Producer. Ticket Price: $10. Click here for more information.

Playground Inc is looking for a Snr. Drupal Developer All Star

Our friends and future host, Playground Inc, are looking for a Senior Level Drupal Developer!

Playground is hiring! We’re looking for an experienced Senior Drupal Engineer to join our talented development team. Playground is a digital agency that strives to create beautiful, intuitive user experiences, and we have a track record of producing kick-ass, award-winning web applications, utilizing modern web technologies and standards.

Our ideal candidate is looking to design and develop fast and scalable web architectures based on the Drupal framework. As a member of the team, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of product development, in a team-based structure which handles clients from start to completion. As such, we’re looking for someone with multi-disciplinary interests, who can express their opinions in a clear and concise manner.

The responsibilities of this role include:
- Working with team members during planning and design cycles to develop ideas and prototypes.
- Architecting system components based on provided software specifications.
- Testing and maintaining personal responsibility for code quality.
- Participating in daily stand-ups and other agile practices.
- Staying up to date on emerging technologies and standards and sharing lessons learned with the team.
- As a senior engineer, providing guidance to more junior team members.

Requirements:
- Expertise creating web applications in PHP, specifically using the Drupal framework.
- Experience working with AJAX, JSON, and REST APIs.
- Experience integrating with web services such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Strong MySQL (or Postgres) skills.
- Self-motivated and able to function with minimal supervision.
- Basic Photoshop skills.

Nice to haves:
- Experience working in an agile development environment.
- Modern front-end development tools (HTML5, CSS3, WebSockets, etc)
- Experience integrating with common server processes such a RabbitMQ, memcached, Solr.
- Knowledge of other databases, such as MongoDB, Redis, Kyoto, Couchbase, etc.
- Version control systems (mercurial/git).
- Familiarity with other popular web frameworks (Django, WordPress, etc.)

Playground is an excellent place to work, with perks such as flexible working hours, casual work environment, a beautiful office with a great view, stand-up arcade machine, and ping-pong table. If you’re a self-starter who thinks you’d be a good fit for our family, get in touch with us! Please include links to your portfolio or relevant completed projects, if possible.

Apply here or get them directly and also, let them know who sent you. ;)

Girls Raising Tomorrow!

From our friends at Girls Raising:

Girls Raising is a resource network for female entrepreneurs and founders that helps spur female innovation in an actionable way. Currently we run a series of Presentation events in New York, San Francisco, Toronto & Vancouver.

Our next Toronto event will take place on March 5th.

Each month we have an esteemed panel that consists of two female representatives from the venture capital industry and two founders of successful startup businesses, along with five women founded startups that pitch their ideas. Our audience of 120-150 attendees is an engaged community of actionable entrepreneurs, venture influencers, young professionals and service providers who all see the massive growth potential for investing in women and female founded companies.

For Tickets to Girls Raising, go here! But, also, use the discount code, DevTO, for our members.

Reaching a new audience in less than 10 minutes and How Closure Compiler can help protect your IP

To all those who braved it out in the cold: thanks for attending our event last month. Too bad we can’t control random acts of God. As for the videos and presentations: these will be forthcoming. Now, for our second #devto this year!

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Got 10 minutes? Let’s see how BlackBerry can explain how to capture mobile experiences in this time frame. Also, IP closures.
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Reaching a new audience in less than 10 minutes – Manny Elwar

Many mobile developers these days focus their efforts on only a single platform, limiting the potential gains of an entirely new audience.  These same developers are also unaware of how much existing resources they can reuse to reach that audience in a short period of time. Join BlackBerry Developer Evangelist Manny Elawar as he walks you through some of the key ways you can start developing for multiple mobile platforms from the very start with little overhead.

Manny Elawar travels the globe in the hopes of finding talented developers eager to pursue new opportunities on the new and exciting BlackBerry 10 Platform. Manny’s technical background primarily includes C/C++ development for simulation tools, specifically in the areas of Mobile Device Management, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and VoIP. He has an educational background in Software Engineering and Business Administration. 

How Closure Compiler can help protect your IP

Sharing can be a good thing. But would you “borrow” a box of Blu-ray movies from Best Buy and share them with your friends? Of course not. Unfortunately, when it comes to purely digital assets like proprietary databases, some people consider it open season to share what does not belong to them.
Our small firm, which owns and licenses proprietary databases, faces this threat on a daily basis. We’ll describe some techniques we use, including Google Closure Compiler, to protect our IP and the integrity of our online system.

Kevin Macdonald is a partner with Loxcel, a geomatics consulting firm whose online tools and products help clients in the cellular and brewing industries.

… THAT’S NOT ALL!

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Join us for the 2nd annual jQuery conference in Toronto on March 15th-16th for a 2 day series with international speakers including Matt Seeley, Dave Methvin, Darcy Clarke, Wes Bos, Nahim Nasser and many more!

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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.

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Myplanet Digital emerged in 2009 with a commitment to unifying meaningful user experience design with technical excellence. We’re a quickly growing team of over 90 designers, developers, and business types headquartered in Toronto, Canada. We embrace everything digital, but design and build primarily for web, mobile, and tablet form factors.


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The Hackernest Inaugural Hackathon: CONSTUCT!


Our friends next door, Hackernest, are hosting a hackathon next month!

The Hackernest inaugural hackathon is Feb 22-23 - with a “next gen interface devices” theme. HNC is judging is based entirely on creativity and the innovative use of technology, not business plans or commercial viability. We’ll have hardware for you or you can bring your own.

Details: hackernest.com/construct. $10 for students, and a ridiculous 60% discount code for our DevTO friends:HACKERNESTLOVESDEVTO. Early bird tickets going fast – ZOMGhurry!

Come out to #devto, this month, for a chance to win a team pass to enter the hackathon!

Scaling WordPress & How the private cloud can help improve access and security

Obviously, it’s the start of the year and #devto’s back to ring in the… oh wait: we’re a bit late for THAT party. Come to ours instead! At Wave Accounting

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#devto comes out swinging this month! What a great way to start the year! Get your tickets

Scaling WordPress for the world and on a (relatively small) budget – Alan Lok

WordPress deployments are mostly on a single LAMP stack, but what happens when you have been asked to help scale WordPress to handle an international press release? In October 2013, Alan deployed the Global Slavery Index for the Walk Free Organization (the world’s largest anti-slavery movement with an international audience). This presentation will discuss the technologies and strategies utilized in this deployment.

Alan Lok is currently the developer advocate at Yellow Pages Group, responsible for community outreach for YellowAPI. In his spare time he cycles, dabbles in DevOps work and teaches piano. Alan is obsessed with gadgets and always try to find the latest tech ‘toy.’ His most recent purchase was the Recon Jet.

Multiple Devices: Increasing fragmentation of data & decreasing security of information – Ziyan Hossain

The increasing prevalence of smartphones, tablets, ultra books, public cloud providers, phablets and other devices with unfortunate monikers has led to widespread fragmentation of data across devices and platforms. With this fragmentation comes reduced security. The talk will cover ways in which the private cloud can help improve access and security for both consumers and corporations alike.

Ziyan specializes in experiential and social media/inbound marketing, along with product development. He has a wealth of experience in developing creative strategies and technological solutions for organizations ranging from the Canadian government to America’s Next Top Model. He has also worked on a number of award winning projects in the web and music sphere. he was a recipient of the University of Toronto’s Hart House “Good Ideas Fund” and has also worked with OOHLALA mobile. His travels have allowed him to build up a global network and he has been invited on numerous occasions to speak about social media and technology at Universities such as McGill and the University of Toronto of which he is a graduate.

In his free time Ziyan is a professional musician and has performed extensively around the world. He is also an accomplished napper.

devto 30: Wrapping up the year with IdeaNotion and CodeProject

Hey, everyone!

With this month’s edition of #DevTO we enter our “dirty thirties” and wrap up a year full of awesome talks and events. Get a recap on what happened this year by checking out the talks and video section of our site! A few months ago we also started trying out a monthly Google Hangout, check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. In December we will be having our second annual tech social in partnership with the other tech communities in Toronto!

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We’ve got two great presentations this month! The last devTO of the year! You coming or what?!  Get your tickets

 

Making mobile app updates easier for developers and users

Mobile app developers and users are constantly plagued with the task of updating their apps with bug fixes and new features. Developers have to resubmit the new app to the store, while users have to download updates as they become available. Our talk will focus on an alternative approach to this and show how an hybrid app (native and HTML5) can automatically push updates directly to users without republishing the app. Michael Siu and Raymond Tsang are partners and developers at IdeaNotion, a lean software consulting firm delivering enterprise web and mobile solutions.They are also the creators of IdeaPress, a platform that empowers the transformation of WordPress websites into mobile apps. Michael and Raymond love everything to do with mobile and cross-platform technologies and are always looking for new ways to innovate in the field.

Learn more about one of the first online coding communities in the world

CodeProject is celebrating its 10 millionth member milestone, and continues to be a go-to resource for developers around the globe Agency Partner. Carrie is Director of  Marketing for CodeProject Solutions, and the Senior Product Manager of CodeProject.TV.  She has held management positions at several technology companies, including co-founding a computer reseller that grew into a $20-million business.   She is currently directing the marketing and business development team at CodeProject Solutions, and works with one of the greatest coding communities in the world, CodeProject.

Sean Ewington is the Content Manager for CodeProject.   His background in programming is primarily C++ and HTML, but has experience in other, “unsavoury” languages. He loves movies, and likes to say “inconceivable” often, even if it does not mean what he thinks it means.  He works with developers acros

s the globe through his role at CodeProject.

 

 

 

 

And… here are our sponsors!

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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.

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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.

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!

 

Ross & Bank is a business-oriented law firm committed to providing its clients with superior representation. We serve a diverse range of clients, including entrepreneurs, large businesses, private individuals and other lawyers. Practicing in the areas of Commercial and Business Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Wills and Estates and Energy Law, the firm’s practice is rooted in a commitment to hard work, integrity and professionalism.

Myplanet Digital emerged in 2009 with a commitment to unifying meaningful user experience design with technical excellence. We’re a quickly growing team of over 90 designers, developers, and business types headquartered in Toronto, Canada. We embrace everything digital, but design and build primarily for web, mobile, and tablet form factors.


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#devto 29 – “Thanks, Toronto: We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You” and “Uniting Designers and Developers”

Hey, everyone!

Thanks for coming out to our previous #devto. We should be expecting the recaps soon on our youtube page! We also got on the chat horn last Sunday still talking about it! Seriously – it was one of our most informative #devtos to date! Thanks to Bill Gregory and Patrick Dunphey. If you’d like to learn more about the last #devto’s headliner topic in a more broader spec, AccessibilityCampTO is coming November 16th, 2013!

And like clockwork, we’ve got our next one coming up, also! 29, too!

For this month’s event, our talks are all about bringing people together in our industry!  We’ve got Heather Payne and James Costa to share their stories with us.

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The Ladies Learning Code story and the combination of both content and aesthetic hybrids in one room! This HAS to be good! October 28th! Mark this down and… Get your tickets

 

Thanks, Toronto: We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You – Heather Payne

Come and hear from Heather Payne, founder of Ladies Learning Code & HackerYou, about what exactly Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou have been able to accomplish over the past two years, how they did it, and why Heather and her team think Toronto is leading the way in creating a tech industry that is diverse and balanced. Heather Payne is the founder of Ladies Learning Code,  a Toronto-based not-for-profit startup that runs wildly popular  workshops for women (and men) who want to learn computer programming and  other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Recently, she founded HackerYou as  a way to bring more learning experiences around technology, startups  and entrepreneurship to Toronto.

Uniting Designers and Developers – James Costa

Having an environment where design and development work together efficiently can be tough without the right tools and processes in place. During this tech talk, James will be sharing his experiences of bridging the gap between design and development, and some things we can all do to ensure that working together is seamless and there are no hand-offs. James Costa is the Founder and Creative Director of The Phuse where he works with his team of designers and front-end developers to lovingly craft websites, interfaces, and brands. Having worked with everything from startups to government agencies like NASA, James’ goal is to constantly iterate and improve on process and culture in remote teams

This feels like a can’t miss event! Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

And… here are our sponsors!

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.

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!

 

Ross & Bank is a business-oriented law firm committed to providing its clients with superior representation. We serve a diverse range of clients, including entrepreneurs, large businesses, private individuals and other lawyers. Practicing in the areas of Commercial and Business Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Wills and Estates and Energy Law, the firm’s practice is rooted in a commitment to hard work, integrity and professionalism.

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AndroidTO
is Canada’s largest Android development, design and business conference. AndroidTO provides a forum for 700 mobile developers and enthusiasts to gather under one roof to chat about the latest technologies in the Android space, share new development ideas and, ultimately, make business connections that actually matter. With October 17th approaching, you can still get a $10 discount for using promo code devto!