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It’s a new year for #DevTO: May Tickets

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After wrapping up a full year of #DevTO events last month, we will be back at the ING Cafe at Yonge & Shuter this month. Get your tickets now before they’re gone, then come back and read about the exciting speakers this month.
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We are very excited to present our speakers Katherine and Yuriy this month.

The Decentralized Future of eCommerce

Katherine Hague – Founder at ShopLocket
In the past, selling online has meant setting up a storefront, or submitting your product to a marketplace. Katherine believes that these options are cultural artifacts. They resemble offline models like retail stores or print catalogs. But in the age of blogs, Facebook Pages, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter, many people have already established networks and communication channels online.

There was a time when watching a video required going to a specific host site. But those days are long gone. With services like Youtube, we’ve come to expect the ability to share our content anywhere. The same is now becoming expected in eCommerce.

Companies like Gumroad, Kout, Chirpify, Stripe, WePay, and ShopLocket that focus on new models for eCommerce are quickly changing the way people look at buying and selling online. The rapid decentralization of eCommerce will allow sellers to take advantage of their existing networks, and will lower the barriers to entry for selling online.

Katherine is the Co-Founder of ShopLocket. Katherine has worked as an independent digital media consultant, Shopify Theme Developer, and in a variety of Marketing positions for Toronto-based startups. Last summer Katherine was looking for a way to sell some cute t-shirts she had custom made. Despite a variety of solutions available to help sellers set up online retail stores, she couldn’t find an easy solution for those just wanting to sell a single product from their website, blog, or Facebook page. Katherine decided that hers was a problem worth solving. ShopLocket now provides a simple platform for anyone to start selling in minutes. You can follow Katherine on Twitter @KatherineHague.

Building a development platform: lessons learned

Yuriy Blokhin – Platform Evangelist at Kik Interactive

We are spoiled nowadays. There are thousands of APIs available for every possible need. Given the competition for developer time, API developers are becoming progressively better at making sure that adopters are informed and ready to rock’n’roll within minutes of downloading the SDK.

Over the last year, our development team has had to build two dramatically different sets of APIs, developer tools and developer portals for both of our products – Kik and Clik. I’d like to tell you about various mistakes that we have made, so that you won’t repeat them. I will also tell you some war room stories and API promotion tips, so that once you set your mind on adding an API to your product, you will be ready to nail it.

Yuriy started working at Kik 3 years ago on the server team, where he built the first version of the backend infrastructure for Kik Messenger. When Kik launched their API, Yuriy took on the job of building a developer community around it. Yuriy went to the University of Waterloo where he studied Mathematical Physics but never completed his degree because, well, sometimes Kik happens.

 

Three ways your brain lies about pain

A mobility restriction in your Ankle can cause you neck pain and a leg length discrepancy can cause your jaw to be Mal-aligned. These are just a couple of several ways in which your brain gets confused about the the source of pain. Furthermore. in this extreme era of specialization, Health Professionals often do not make the connection and the issue goes unresolved.

Faz Moosa RMT is a Sutherlan-Chan Massage Therapy Graduate who now runs his own practice in Downtown Toronto. He once worked as a Techie in a Fortune 500 company but could not advance his career because DevTO did not exist then.

High fives to all our great sponsors below helping us bring this event every month! By the way, if you’re looking for a change in career check these companies out, we’ll even introduce you to the right people to speak to! Want to learn how to sponsor #DevTO? Talk to us.

Partners


Headstart Solutions  is a social recruiting and career development agency. We specialize in social media recruiting on-demand and outsourcing solutions, using the latest social media tools and methodologies to engage, recruit, and stay in touch with the best talent.
You probaly have met Marc or Sue at some point in the past year, remember they spoke about personal branding and how to give awesome presentations? Marc and Sue are here to provide our community with personal branding tips,career advice, and exciting new job opportunities for FREE! Get in touch with us at talks@devto.ca for a FREE career coaching session!

Silver Sponsors



Thinkwrap is a team of outstanding software developers, engineers, architects, strategists, and designers whose ability to create responsive web environments serving 100,000 users doesn’t stop them from architecting for millions as if they were one.Our strong community of purpose is built on our clients’ lasting business success.


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.

Bronze Sponsors


Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. With Rypple, performance management becomes painless and effective.


Extreme Startups
is the epicenter of innovation in Toronto and is dedicated to providing everything it takes to see its startups succeed!

In Kind Sponsors


ThirdOcean is a social media marketing and community management company. Our communications are delivered by and hosted on social mediums.


FITC produces design and technology focused conferences and seminars worldwide which inspire, educate and challenge attendees.


The best skins on the planet! GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.


Delicious, all-natural, healthier. that’s popchips. when they said it couldn’t be done, we raised the snack bar.


Toronto’s oldest craft brewery!

#FITCTO Recap – Tony SY Ke

Since Christmas last year the great guys and gals at FITC have been donating FITC tickets to #DevTO attendees. To top that off they generously offered the #DevTO gang complimentary tickets to attend this great festival of art and code at the Hilton downtown Toronto.

Steve Jobs Called My Work Sh*t, and Welcome to the Post-PC Era

I loved the title of this presentation and I knew it would be a great kick off to my FITC experience this year. Tony SY Ke’s 90 minute talk was all over the place but as he proceeded you could see how all these stories linked up together and eventually you get to the point where the title of the talk came from.

Come out from the trenches

Tony kicked off with a great statement about why you should be attending networking events such as meet ups and conferences. This advice goes out to everybody whether you are still in school, just graduating or have been in the trenches for a decade. The best thing about these events is the opportunity they provide you to step out of your trench or climb out of your hole and have a look around to see what everybody is up to. This helps you get a bird’s eye view of what is happening elsewhere and how all these trenches and holes people are keeping themselves busy with come together and connect.

10 billion

By 2014 there will be around 10 billion post-PC devices. Everybody will have not one, but multiple devices. Look around you today and you can see this trending towards that. Mobile devices are quickly becoming an extension of the brain, your bridge to the collective knowledge of everybody around you; online and offline. Today’s app developers have to fall into two camps to get a chance at being successful, either 1) your app creates content or 2) it organizes content. If it doesn’t do either then re-think your idea. Apps that create content like  DrawSomething also let you turn your creativity (good or bad) into a conversation. There is an abundance of content available offline and online and the other camp of apps help you make sense of this flood of information. A cool example is getabstract that allows you to read the key ideas of tons of business books available today in 10min! Yes, nobody has time to read these fairly big books that could end up being a little dry sometimes.

Context. Adaptive. Connected

Building a meaningful and powerful experience for your users requires you to consider three important concepts: 1) contextual data 2) adaptive data and 3) connected UX.

Contextual data. Time, data, location, movement. All external.

Adaptive data. Emotional data, learned data, recommendations.

Connected UX. How do you connect the digital world to the real physical world?

Portrait over landscape

There was a sudden diversion here into a discussion over what is better design for phone screens, landscape or portrait? Basically, for interacting with your website or app portrait is always better because it allows you to use the app with one hand. Also keep important interaction points away from the top left corner or bottom right corner as those make it harder to use the app with one hand. Once you design for landscape you force your users to use both hands which might not be ideal all the time.

…and this is why Apple will never create a phone bigger than the iPhone – unless Steve Jobs is dead

Tony continues on to talk about some of his best and most interesting projects and ideas throughout his career across London, Vancouver and New York.

 

Pretty vs. Functional. There is a difference

Interactive TV can be done fairly easily yet very few stations do this well or at all. Some key features here include things like a white background vs dark background for daytime vs nighttime. Auto-scrolling the schedule to the current time slow for more context.

Travel apps. A lot of travel apps and site suck. They don’t present data intelligently. They just present a lot of data. Why do they show what the current weather is? I’m not currently there. I don’t care. I care about what the weather will be when I’m there next week. Who cares where the airport is? How far is the hotel from the airport is more relevant.

Nike Plus. Weather context. If it it’s raining give me some motivation to go out and run.

Recommendations. Amazon recommendations suck but it’s hard to do recommendations well when they’re’ machine generated. Better yet, recommendations from friends are easier to implement and probably more relevant that machine based ones.

Wifi Calendar Router. This is a pretty crazy idea but I liked it. WiFi routers are one trick ponies, why not teach them some new tricks? Imagine your WiFi router is actually a calendar that sticks to your fridge or hangs on the wall. It’s also got a little screen and you can push and subscribe any data feed to it such as the weather, bus schedules, birthdays, etc. Makes routers are little more useful and you don’t have to tuck it away behind the TV.

Your Music DNA. A common conversation between kids and adults alike:

“Hey what music do you listen to?”

“A little bit of everything I guess”

We don’t all just listen to one type or another, some of us do, but most listen to different genres all the time and just something about certain songs trigger something inside you and you like it. This is where the idea for your music DNA comes from. Basically its an app that analyses your music and spits out a sequence of coloured shapes. These can be printed on a tshirt for example and could work at concerts or other festivals and break the ice between complete strangers since you already have something in common. You both have this shirt, and you might have similar music DNA.

Economy of Attention

90 minutes later after many stories that also included casino gangsters that looked friendly to 7 year old Tony, lighter clickers, and building the A-team van from card board because no stores carried it, and other stories of how he ended up in design Tony sums things up nicely with:

today we are living in an economy of attention more so than ever before. Our attention spans are declining but websites and apps that command our attention can get away with a $1B valuation or even $100B valuations.

Happy 12th #DevTO

Thursday April 19th 2012 Location update: Location for April 30th is now at the CSI Annex – 720 Bathurst Street – between 6pm and 9pm

#DevTO 12 is around the corner and I’m speaking on behalf of the four of us when I say we are absolutely humbled that we have received all this support from the Toronto community and that a year later we are still able to deliver this event. This is a huge milestone for us and confirmation that the vision we had a year ago is a reality today. Thank you to all our friends, supporters, sponsors, partners and fans that have helped us however which way they could through the first 12 months. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Feel free to leave us any comments below, don’t be shy now! : )

Your Tickets

Tickets for the event can be grabbed from here. We also have the mailing list which gives you ticket access 1 day before they are published on the site!

DevTO Inc.

If you missed our announcement at #DevTO 11 we have officially incorporated our humble little operation with the promise of building a tight knit community for all of Toronto’s techies. Yes all of them.

Speaker Lineup

Fight the Waddle and Get More Users Using Your Map
Kevin MacDonald – Loxcel.com

 

 

750 million consumers carry GPS smartphones wherever they go. They’re your biggest audience — but your harshest critics. Consumer maps display spatial information, just like GIS maps. But a consumer who might tolerate a map that waddles into his desktop browser will

probably “click & cancel” that same map on his smartphone. A consumer map needs the right perspective of what the user — and his smartphone — needs. Maps typically have small budgets, so its implementation must be economical. I will describe the evolution of mashup designs, identify shortcomings and propose “faster & simpler” alternatives that also reduce mobile bandwidth and CPU resources.

Kevin believes a map can be a consumer-friendly search tool, like Google or Bing search — but with location as its primary context, and you as its primary audience. He created consumer-facing maps to support TV and Web-based marketing campaigns. Invented and developed “faster & simpler” Web services that power popular consumer maps. Monthly magazine columnist, presenter and moderator in the Geospatial industry.

 

A new way of looking at event technology, and why all organizations should be running events.
Ahmad Iqbal – atendy.com

 

 

Atendy is an event technology company which specializes in Management, Promotion and Engagement of an event. The current event technology is very fragmented, with some vendors offering registration services, others offering networking solutions, and countless others selling event mobile apps. The fragmented model does little to no favours for the event organizer. Each element of their event takes too long for the host to complete one by one. In addition, since none of these applications are part of the same platform they don’t talk to each other, and therefor don’t provide smart analytics. They also fragment the experience for both host and attendee.
We treat events like an offline social networking event. Atendy technology helps you turn your event into a social network for your organization, while also delivering key metrics to get better results and meet your organization’s goals for running them.

Ahmad presently work at Atendy, which he co-founded with his business partner Christopher Carmichael. Atendy is an event technology platform which allows event organizers to create, promote and engage their events. Any event from small gatherings to large corporate conferences can utilize our services. Their proprietary technology is already actively selling out events in five countries, turning a profit for the company, while still in Beta testing. The platform aims at re-launching a further validated version in April, 2012.

Ahmad loves events and entrepreneurship and doesn’t believe in following a life path of least resistance, he believes in disruption.

DevTO Sponsored by

 

 

DevTO is sponsored by the following great companies! Make sure to thank them on Twitter for helping us bring this event to the Toronto community!

Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. With Rypple, performance management becomes painless and effective.

FITC produces design and technology focused conferences and seminars worldwide which inspire, educate and challenge attendees. Since 2002, FITC has brought together like-minded professionals and students in Toronto, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles and many other cities. Staying fresh by covering relevant topics including interactive design and business, HTML5, Flash, FLEX, AIR, mobile and more, FITC provides the professional development and networking opportunities needed to keep attendees up to date on the rapidly changing industry they work in. FITC produces a number of events internally and in collaboration with other event organizations throughout the year.

Headstart Solutions  is a social recruiting and career development agency. We specialize in social media recruiting on-demand and outsourcing solutions, using the latest social media tools and methodologies to engage, recruit, and stay in touch with the best talent.


Thinkwrap is a team of outstanding software developers, engineers, architects, strategists, and designers whose ability to create responsive web environments serving 100,000 users doesn’t stop them from architecting for millions as if they were one.Our strong community of purpose is built on our clients’ lasting business success.


ThirdOcean is a social media marketing and community management company. Our communications are delivered by and hosted on social mediums.

 

GelaSkins The best skins on the planet! GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.


Extreme Startups
is the epicenter of innovation in Toronto and is dedicated to providing everything it takes to see its startups succeed!

 

Next #DevTO is March 26th @ ING Direct

After being welcomed by Richmond Day last year and BNotions for the past couple of months we are now moving on to the ING Direct Cafe at Yonge and Shuter. Yes, we’re like Toronto’s Techie Nomads. We don’t know if this is permanent or not but we will be there for the next few months. This location is also really nice and we’re very excited to host you there this month! Check it out!

Get your tickets!

#DevTO tickets go fast, so before you continue reading these announcements make sure you grab a ticket for yourself. Tickets are available here.

Join the mailing list!

As promised those that joined the mailing list already received the early bird ticket link in their inbox last night.  What do you get for joining? Join here!

Early Bird Sign up. Get your weekend reminder for #DevTO before the tickets are live on twitter and the inter webs! You know they go fast so here is your chance to get in before our limited spots are taken.

Announcements. Be the first to know about #DevTO announcements. Although most announcements will be posted on the site we will reserve some for you that join the mailing list. Those include other techie events in Toronto, sponsored job postings and community announcements.

Giveaways. We already gave away thousands of dollars worth of prizes at #DevTO events from tshirts and gift cards to a printer and FITC tickets. Sometimes there will be giveaways only open for you that join the mailing list.

Speaker lineup

 Bridging the gap between Native and Web with offline mobile web apps
Bijan Vaez – EventMobi

The native vs web debate continues to rage onwards while new web technologies continue to close the gap. In this presentation we’ll take a quick look at one of the main points of debate – offline access, and how we can make it possible on the mobile web. We’ll discuss a brief overview of what is possible with the offline web and techniques and technologies like HTML5 Local Storage and AppCache to build fast and robust mobile web apps that can take a bite out of most native apps!

Bijan is the technical co-founder of EventMobi, the leading mobile platform for events and conferences worldwide. An engineer by day and a mad scientist by night, he thrives in being able to push technologies to their absolute edge. Having worked on the hardware side of things at AMD, and an RFID consultancy startup in Silicon Valley, he’s settled himself in the software battlefield playing around with the newest and greatest in the mobile web. He has a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Toronto and can be found on twitter at @bijanv.

 

WordPress: Not just a blogging platform
Matt Read – Partner & Technical Head of Nat&Marie

With over 71 Million websites running it, there’s no doubt that WordPress is an extremely powerful and easy to use platform for building a variety of different websites.  Typically thought of as a blogging platform, this talk will demonstrate how WordPress can be expanded beyond its traditional implementation to become a powerful CMS system able to mange a wide assortment of data outside of a typical ‘blog post’.  This talk will also demonstrate how to implement a fully managed API service that can used to send data to any number of different devices and platforms which are able to consume JSON data.

Matt renowned as one of the “Tallest Guys in Tech”, is also one of the most resourceful. From Fortune 500’s to enterprising startups, Matt has used his unique blend of talent, experience and perseverance to implement complex solutions across a wide range of platforms and technologies.

With an interest in web development covering both front end user interfaces and the back end content management systems to power them, Matt found the WordPress platform where he has spent the last few years building client web sites and experimenting with expanding WordPress functionality outside of the traditional uses of the platform.

Currently, Matt is working on several projects ranging from mobile applications to live streaming video platforms as well as continuing his role as the technical lead on Nat&Marie (natandmarie.com), one of the first live format web series to hit the net in Canada.

Special Toronto GTUG – Developing for Google TV

We just heard from our friends at the Toronto Google Technology User Group about a special invite-only  event they are having Wednesday March 7th at the Google offices in Toronto with presenters Paul Carff and Les Vogel. Remember this is an invite-only event, however the GTUG guys are holding on to 5 spots for DevTO attendees.

So how do you get in?

  1. Visit the meet up page  and go to the invite form at the bottom
  2.  Submit your details and add the secret password: “#DevTO”  next to your name.
  3. They will select 5 of you to receive invites for this opportunity to talk Google TV and check out the Google offices!

 

That’s all for this month folks! See you there

Nael, Chris, Kevin and Jo

 

 

This month’s #DevTO is brought to you by:

Many many thanks to all our awesome sponsors below for helping us make this happen every month!

Shaw  proudly serves 3.4 million customers, including 1.8 million subscribers to Shaw Internet and more than one million Home Phone customers. Their extensive and reliable network is comprised of 625,000 kilometres of fibre — almost enough to reach the moon and back!

 

Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. With Rypple, performance management becomes painless and effective.

 

Headstart Solutions is a technology talent acquisition agency that combines digital media, employer and personal branding to complement great candidates with great employers.

 


Thinkwrap is a team of outstanding software developers, engineers, architects, strategists, and designers whose ability to create responsive web environments serving 100,000 users doesn’t stop them from architecting for millions as if they were one.Our strong community of purpose is built on our clients’ lasting business success.

 


ThirdOcean is a social media marketing and community management company. Our communications are delivered by and hosted on social mediums.

 

GelaSkins The best skins on the planet! GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.



AltCareer We help working professionals find exciting careers within smaller companies who offer the best perks, lifestyle and benefits for their employees. We want to be the number one destination for professionals who want to re-energize their career and take home more than just a paycheque. If you’re looking for something more, sign up, browse, fill out a profile, and tell us what you want in your AltCareer. Join today.

 

#DevTO welcomes 3 new sponsors!

It has been a busy kick off to 2012 with our first two events at BNotions being 2 weeks apart. Reason for that is we wanted to give you yet anotherevent to attend during Social Media Week in Toronto. We will be back to regular #DevTO schedule i.e. last Monday of the month for now.

SalesForce / Rypple

You must have heard that recently SalesForce acquired one of our long time supporters and sponsor Rypple. We are extremely happy and excited to share that Rypple+Salesforce will still continue to support #DevTO going forward!

Rypple’s support for DevTO started way before they became official sponsors in October. We have welcomed many of the Rypple crew to our events from the beginning so a big shout out to all you Rypplers out there and congratulations on joining the SalesForce family! We look forward to seeing you at our future events!

 

 

 

Shaw

Over the past month we have been chatting with Terry Yan (@cubiclegeek) from Shaw. He’s down here from Calgary helping with their expansion in their Toronto offices. Shaw also joins us this month as one of #DevTO’s official sponsors. Shaw is expanding their Technology Transformation department into their Toronto 121 Bloor E office! We are looking for Devs, BAs, QAs, PMs and other IT professionals. For more information, please visit www.shaw.ca/careers. If you don’t see a posting, please hang tight; postings for all roles will be published shortly!

 

ThirdOcean
Finally our friends at ThirdOcean in Toronto have also jumped on board to help us bring this event to the rest of the Toronto tech community. ThirdOcean is a social media marketing and community management firm in Toronto. Make sure you check out their XConnectTO project.

 

So a big thank you to all of you who have supported us thus far. We have a lot of great things in the plans for 2012 and we look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming events. Remember our next event is March 26h 2012 and the tickets will be posted online March 5th. Make sure you are following @DevTO to know when and if you join our mailing list you will get a reminder when tickets go live!

 

That’s all folks!

Nael, Chris, Jo & Kevin!

 

#DevTO 9 coming up Jan 30th 2012: new location, FITC, Design Edge giveaways & more!

Happy New Year everybody! We hope everybody had a safe and happy break. The folks at #DevTO are super refreshed and ready to bring twelve kick-ass #DevTO events to you in 2012!

Before we get into our starting line up – we have some important announcements for you:

Get your tickets!

#DevTO tickets go fast, so before you continue reading these announcements make sure you grab a ticket for yourself. Use the RSVP button on the right.

New Location!

First off, many thanks to the folks at Richmond Day for hosting us (and all of you) the past 8 months. We started off at Richmond Day with a dozen or so attendees in the first few months before blowing past 70 attendees in the past couple of months. The guys at #DevTO are working hard on relocating the event to a new home for this year.

 

While we finalize where we are going, we thank our friends at BNotions who have offered us their space for the events in January and February at:

46 Hayden Street (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1V8 CANADA

 

 

FITC Giveaway!!

Remember Marc Levy won a ticket last month? Well we can’t send him alone. So FITC is giving us another ticket ($500 value) to giveaway on January 30th for FITC Toronto 2012 April 23- 25th.

FITC produces design and technology focused conferences and seminars worldwide which inspire, educate and challenge attendees. Since 2002, FITC has brought together like-minded professionals and students in Toronto, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles and many other cities. Staying fresh by covering relevant topics including interactive design and business, HTML5, Flash, FLEX, AIR, mobile and more, FITC provides the professional development and networking opportunities needed to keep attendees up to date on the rapidly changing industry they work in. FITC produces a number of events internally and in collaboration with other event organizations throughout the year.

 

 

Design Edge Giveaway!!!

Design Edge Canada Regional Design Awards has a Mobile Design Category and would like to encourage more mobile app designers/developers to enter. They have offered us two free early-bird entries (value $85 each) to DevTO attendees. Early-bird deadline is Feb 3.

So is your app awesome? Then make sure you are following @DevTO on Twitter to learn when we are giving you two entries to submit your brilliant app!

 

 

Steam Whistle Giveaway!!!!

Canadas Premium Pilsner Steam Whistle Brewing is offering #DevTO attendees 10 voucher tickets for their souvenir tour. You get to tour the brewery, sample their awesome Pilsner and even take home a souvenir glass or retro bottle opener!

So that is another reason to be at the next #DevTO! We will be giving these out during the event!

 

Like every month we have two great presentations waiting for you, say hi to Peter, Sue and Marc:

Make your data dance

Peter Newhook – Cineplex Entertainment
Peter is a Business Analyst at Cineplex Entertainment in Toronto where he focuses on Workflow and Business Intelligence on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. Prior to joining Cineplex, Peter was a student at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. In his spare time Peter likes hacking on various .Net technologies and isnt above venturing beyond the walls of the CLR and experimenting with Hadoop and data mining. When he isnt talking tech, Peter enjoys running marathons and inline speed skating.

The Silverlight PivotViewer is possibly the coolest tool available to developers to make large amounts of data meaningful and accessible to end users. In this presentation Peter will show how any developer, regardless of platform, can expose information in a way thats fun to use, and invites exploration.

How to Deliver Effective Client-facing Presentations: A Crash Course for Developers

Sue Varty & Marc Roginsky – HeadStart Soltuions

We have been seeing Sue and Marc since the early days of #DevTO, they have presented a couple of times in the early months and now continue to support #DevTO as one of our sponsors. Sue and Marc are presenting at #DevTO for the 3rd time now – we are looking forward to it!

Marc Roginsky is a Toronto-based recruitment strategy consultant with more than 10 years of experience.

A power LinkedIn user since 2004, he is a senior recruiter and resourcing specialist who has implemented recruitment strategies for start-up and Fortune 500 companies in the telecom, software development and mobile sectors.

Susan Varty has been providing communications, digital strategy, and technology advice to corporate clients and small businesses since 2006. With a strong background in enterprise software, she is a non-traditional recruiter, marketer, and established social media consultant/blogger.

You know your stuff. As a developer with extensive technical abilities and exceptional problem solving skills, you have a good career. However, not-so-strong communication and presentation skills can inhibit your full potential when it comes to your professional growth.  Under-practiced communication skills can hamper your career especially when there are client-facing situations at your workplace.  Would you like somebody else to present and communicate your brilliant technical ideas to the client and get the spotlight?

By following a very basic formula in making a presentation, borrowed from the internationally acclaimed Toastmasters Club, we will show you how to take your career to the next level and really show your clients that you are an expert in what you do, including:

  • How to make effective, simple presentations easily without breaking a sweat.
  • How to develop a positive, winning, and convincing attitude when working with your clients.
  • How to present technical concepts to non-technical audiences and get them to agree with you.

 

Hope to see you out there to kick off DevTO 2012!

 

DevTO Folks:

Nael, Chris, Kevin and Jo

 

 

This month’s #DevTO is brought to you by:

Many many thanks to all our awesome sponsors below for helping us make this happen every month!

BNOTIONS is a technology company. We develop and design mobile applications, social applications and API’s. Our goal is to deliver rich, dynamic applications while using the latest, most flexible technologies.
Our development methodologies believe in an organic and iterative approach. Our respect for your brand resides in the usability and aesthetics. Our teams are comprised of creative technologists.

 

Headstart Solutions is a technology talent acquisition agency that combines digital media, employer and personal branding to complement great candidates with great employers.

 

GelaSkins The best skins on the planet! GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.

 

 

 

Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. With Rypple, performance management becomes painless and effective.

 


Thinkwrap: A team of outstanding software developers, engineers, architects, strategists, and designers whose ability to create responsive web environments serving 100,000 users doesn’t stop them from architecting for millions as if they were one.Our strong community of purpose is built on our clients’ lasting business success.

#DevTO 8 Lineup

We had our biggest event last month with 60 people showing up at Richmond Day for our 7th monthly meet up for great presentations by Farhan Thawar and Wes Bos. We also had a massive giveaway of about 20 #DevTO t-shirts (thanks to Headstart Solutions!) and 20 GelaSkins $20 gift cards (Thank you!)

 

Speakers

On Dec 12th we welcome all our attendees to the 8th #DevTO with some more great presenters for you:

Tyson Kingsbury – Creative Director, ThinkWrap Solutions
Tyson has been working as a visual designer since the mid 90’s. By the end of the decade, he had worked his way up the design ladder to become Art Director at Montage eIntegration. Tyson has produced magazine ads, POP displays, direct mail, corporate branding and numerous web and intranet designs, with clients including Honda, AT&T Canada, Chapters, The U.N. and Canada 3000 airlines. When Montage was bought out by Manitoba Telecom, Tyson formed his own graphic design company and continued to develop award-winning designs for clients like Allstream, SQL Power and various other corporate and new media clients. Finally in 2004, Tyson became the Creative Director for Pentura Solutions and has contributed on the following projects: The No Phone Zone initiative, Automotive XPrize, Allstream Inc., Barack Obama’s Inauguration, DNCC, Bridgepoint Health, Google, Novell, Martha Stewart, and numerous ‘in-house’ projects.

Tyson is our first design talk at #DevTO, he’s going to share with us some of his experience in the creative process involved in designing logos. Make sure you ask him how the #DevTO logo came about!

Epilogger – We’ll remember it for you
Epilogger wants to answer the question: “What the hell happened last night and where are my pants?” We found that after attending an event its a feat trying to track down all the great content shared by all those who tweeted, blogged, or checked-in. We went ahead and did the work for you and put all that content time capsule. We’ll even give you the stats!

The team is going to give us a demo of Epilogger and show you how you can tell your boss that your night of hedonism was really a clever ethnographic study in disguise!

This month’s #DevTO is brought to you by:

Many many thanks to all our awesome sponsors below for helping us make this happen every month!

Headstart Solutions is a technology talent acquisition agency that combines digital media, employer and personal branding to complement great candidates with great employers.

 

GelaSkins The best skins on the planet! GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.

 

 

 

Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. With Rypple, performance management becomes painless and effective.

 


ThinkwrapA team of outstanding software developers, engineers, architects, strategists, and designers whose ability to create responsive web environments serving 100,000 users doesn’t stop them from architecting for millions as if they were one.Our strong community of purpose is built on our clients’ lasting business success.

Richmond Day is a full-service marketing and design agency committed to partnering with clients to further promote and develop their brands.
Through our innovative ideas and creative strategies, we have successfully implemented numerous campaigns and tactics to assist the world’s largest brands in increasing awareness, sales and positioning in their respective markets.

#DevTO 7: Speaker lineup

#DevTO 7 broke some new grounds – first, we sold out in around 24 hours; usually it takes us a week or so to fill our 50 spots. Second, we added a couple of new sponsors bringing our total to 5 sponsors for November. Say hello to HeadStart Solutions and GelaSkins that join Rypple, ThinkWrap and Richmond Day in their quest to support the Toronto developer community.

Atendy Profile Pictures: Please remember to update your profile with a picture, name and description – these will get printed on lanyards and you can pick them up when you arrive. ALSO…first 15 to arrive with pictures on their Atendy lanyards get free #DevTO TShirts.

Want to present at a #DevTO? Just send us an email at talks@devto.ca

Speakers

Farhan Thawar, VP Engineering at Xtreme Labs Inc.

Named one of “Toronto’s Top 25 Most Powerful People In 2010”, Farhan is a well-known and respected figure in the city’s tech community. Before joining the Xtreme team, Farhan held the positions of Chief Software Architect at I Love Rewards, the Head of Search & MSN Platform for Microsoft Canada and Technical Lead at Trilogy Software. In addition to being a programming and engineering guru for Xtreme Labs, Farhan also uses his wealth of industry and mobile expertise to mentor aspiring mobile and tech startups. Farhan has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in Financial Engineering from Rotman.

Managing an Agile Engineering Team. As the VP of Engineering at Xtreme Labs, Farhan has dealt with his fair share of programming dudes and divas. From project inception to the final build release, Farhan doesn’t miss a beat. Along with hiring world-class engineers, Farhan is also tasked with matching them to the appropriate project. Navigating personal preferences for platform-specific projects can be difficult, but with a certain level of persuasion anything is possible. His previous work experience in both small (I Love Rewards), and large (Microsoft Canada) work environments has allowed him to develop an effective management style for Agile Engineers in a start-up environment.

 

 


Wes Bos, Founder at DealPage

Wes is an independent Designer and Developer from Toronto with a passion for cutting edge web technologies. Wes spends most of his time hacking on JavaScript, his library of choice being jQuery. More recently Wes has focused his time on some of the new guys to the JavaScript scene including HTML5, NodeJS, and Backbone.js. Wes has a strong background in PHP development and loves WordPress to no end. You can check out his online tutorials at www.wesbos.com and follow him at http://Twitter.com/wesbos.

HTML5 Canvas. Wes will introduce us to one of the hottest parts of HTML5: the canvas element. Canvas is a blank slate which can be used to programatically draw, animate and manipulate pixels. There are many uses for Canvas from face detection to the next genere of online games. Canvas will show up to Flash’s funeral, only to sink a nail into its coffin.

This month’s #DevTO is brought to you by:

Headstart Solutions is a technology talent acquisition agency that combines digital media, employer and personal branding to complement great candidates with great employers.

 

GelaSkins The best skins on the planet! GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.

 

 

 

Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. With Rypple, performance management becomes painless and effective.

 


ThinkwrapA team of outstanding software developers, engineers, architects, strategists, and designers whose ability to create responsive web environments serving 100,000 users doesn’t stop them from architecting for millions as if they were one.Our strong community of purpose is built on our clients’ lasting business success.

Richmond Day is a full-service marketing and design agency committed to partnering with clients to further promote and develop their brands.
Through our innovative ideas and creative strategies, we have successfully implemented numerous campaigns and tactics to assist the world’s largest brands in increasing awareness, sales and positioning in their respective markets.

#DevTO Sprint 6 is here!

Yes it is here – October 24th is coming up! Each #DevTO is a milestone in its own, but numero 6 is a big one and we are extremely happy with the progress being made here, the high quality of the quick talks, our great attendees.

We are also grateful to our newest sponsors who you are going to meet on Monday as well: ThinkWrap, Rypple & Richmond Day, as well as our previous sponsors: PopChips, StickerYou, Social Tactics, Tundra Technical & Richmond Day.

Anyway, Sprint 6 is here, what do we have in store for you?

Speakers

Shey Sewani from FreshBooks
He’s a coder @ FreshBooks, bike nerd and TechTalksTO co-founder. Sheheryar grew up in the concrete jungles of Space City and is now living his dream in Toronto. A self-described geek, usually found behind a computer monitor or a camera lens, Sheheryar is a University of Houston graduate with degrees in Computer Science and Business. His experience includes developing mission critical systems and algorithmic trading. In his free time he blogs, rides his bike around town and tries to hack the market.

Shey will be presenting RabbitMQ at FreshBooks.

Alex Stobe from The Laudi Group
Alex Stobe is a Researcher/Recruiter at the Laudi Group, an Executive Search & Recruitment Consulting firm that focuses on Southern Ontario’s emerging tech sector. He has conducted industry & salary research for The Laudi Group’s publication, RedCanary.ca and filled technical positions ranging from entry level to Vice President and General Manager. Companies he’s worked with range from Venture-backed teams of 5 to $100MM+ publicly traded companies that have maintained their startup culture.

At #DevTO 6 he will show you how to maximize your relationships and accelerate your career through networking.

We hope you enjoy these 2 “quickies” next Monday and we are looking forward to another great sprint!

See you then,

#DevTO Folks

This month’s #DevTO is brought to you by:


 

 

Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. With Rypple, performance management becomes painless and effective.


ThinkwrapA team of outstanding software developers, engineers, architects, strategists, and designers whose ability to create responsive web environments serving 100,000 users doesn’t stop them from architecting for millions as if they were one.Our strong community of purpose is built on our clients’ lasting business success.

Richmond Day is a full-service marketing and design agency committed to partnering with clients to further promote and develop their brands.
Through our innovative ideas and creative strategies, we have successfully implemented numerous campaigns and tactics to assist the world’s largest brands in increasing awareness, sales and positioning in their respective markets.




 

 

Anyway, make sure you RSVP and we hope to see you out there!

Big thanks to popchips, StickerYou, Social Tactics, Tundra Technical, & Richmond Day

First there were 6, then there were 12, on Monday we are hoping there will be 50. For the first 3 months it was the co-founders chipping in for drinks and pizza for everybody, but as we get more people out we understand we need to have some sponsors to help us out along the way.

Thanks to our first four sponsors that helped us with making #DevTO that much better for our attendees. Here’s a little bit about each sponsor:

popchips. They’re delicious and healthy! That’s hard to combine inside a bag of chips – but these guys did it, and they have sent us boxes of them for our attendees to snack on on Monday.

StickerYou. Big thanks to Joseph Puopolo and Nicole Simone for helping us out with #DevTO stickers. They turned out great and everybody is going to get one! StickerYou’s are high quality, removable, vinyl and custom stickers that everybody loves.

SocialTactics. Sue Varty and Marc Roginsky have graciously given our attendees discounts to their social media & personal branding workshops this month. They are also presenting for a second time this Monday. It was a hit last month, and we are so happy to have them back.

Tundra Technical is among North America’s leading providers of Information Technology and Engineering staffing and consulting services. These guys are helping us out with other expenses such as the food.

Thanks you all!!

         

 

 

O f course we cannot forget our hosts Richmond Day for offering us their amazing space every last Monday of the month for the past 4 months. Thank you so much guys!!

 

The #DevTO crew