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A Chat with Jason Carlin, Organizer of #HoHoTO

Jason Carlin and his date to HoHoTO

Jason Carlin has had his hands involved with HoHoTO for just about three years now, and even before that, it was a social event that held special meaning for him.

“One of my closest friends has always been a part of [HoHoTO],” he says. “It helped me solidify friendships that only existed in social media, we connected in real life.”

He described hanging out with and meeting people that have become close friends and coworkers. As for the motivation for becoming a volunteer, and then an organizer, he said it was the kind of party he wanted to have.
“Ive been a part of organizations, companies, where, you go to the office party and its nice, kind of fun, but this is the best of that, with so many cool people and the Hangover Auction, and lots of cool prizes.”

He gives a lot of credit to the sponsors, like #DevTO, for making the event such a huge success year over year. “The tech community has been really supportive from the start. A lot of the founders came from tech, and the marketing only really happens on social media, so its amazing.”

The sponsors have provided gifts for prizes, as amazing as vacations and, his personal favourite, voice lessons. This year they’re in line to give out cell phones, restaurant vouchers, club subscriptions, tech toys and more. He also mentioned one really cool prize that is in the works. Believe me when I say, whoa.

Jason was especially thankful to the Mod Club: “They’re being super generous, every year. They donate the space and staff, it’s really huge.”

It’s easy to forget that it’s not just one giant party, but that it also is incredibly helpful to the Daily Bread Food Bank. It’s one of the main motivations for Jason to be a part of it every year.
“We’re living in a city that’s not doing all it can for the people. Just to be able to do this, for a really good cause.. this can really help.”
It really does. Last year HoHoTO raised $40,000 for the Daily Bread Food Bank, and has raised $300,000 to date.
Jason said he would really love to match last year’s fundraising total, and for people to come out and have fun; they’ve got lots of cool things planned for partygoers, so all attendees are guaranteed to enjoy themselves.
“Last year we had Panago Pizza come on board and do a midnight Pizza Drop. This year, donations will allow you to request a song on Tilt. So I’m expecting hours worth of ‘Shake It Off’.”
It’s going to be a great night full of fun people to meet, fun prizes being given away, and as Jason said, “you can’t forget the cause.”

Get your tickets for HoHoTO today, and support the Daily Bread Food Bank, Here!

Mimetic’s Jade Robot Class – 5 weeks of robot goodness

MakeWorks & Mimetics have joined forces to put together a programming workshop to play and develop for the Jade Robot, and they’re making it available to you as low as $200.

The workshops begin on November 13, and are going down at MakeWorks’ Co-Working studio at 1139 College Street until Decemeber 11th.

You can make a Robot Hum-V too by signing up for Mimetic’s Jade Robot class

Check out more about the Jade Robot here, and register for your workshop by clicking here!

Also, don’t forget to share the workshop to take advantage of a 5% discount, and share with @DevTO and @MimeticsCanada whatever cool robots you program!

Hackernest Job Fair

Tech Nerds, UNITE! This Saturday, November 8th, we’re going to be hosting a booth at Toronto’s Hackernest Job Fair, along with lots of very cool Toronto Tech VIPs. If you’re looking for a job, or a way to get involved in Toronto’s Tech Community, this is the place to be. Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE? Who doesn’t like Free? Other than our awesome DevTO faces, you can expect to see people from City of Toronto, Desire2Learn, Clearpath Robotics, SOTI, Bionym, ESentire, Ryerson DMZ, MaRS and more! Register as a job seeker and you can even WIN stuff. So other than meeting wonderful people and making humblebrag worthy connections, you could walk away with a new iPad Mini. Just Sayin’. This is an event you won’t want to miss, so register today! It’s happening This Saturday, November 8th, from 1 to 6 pm, at the Exam Hall at University of Toronto’s St. George Campus: 255 McCaul Street.

If you’re an employer/recruiter, contact Hackernest today to find out more about registering for a table.

Sports Hack Weekend

Be sure to not miss this exciting event, the Sports Hack Weekend, going down November 14 through 16 at the Ryerson University Mattamy Athletic Centre. It’s going to be Toronto’s First Wearable Technology Hackathon, and if you haven’t guessed it, the theme is going to be sports. So get your brains storming,  get that whiteboard out and start planning your hacks, because where better to host a sports related hackathon than the former Maple Leaf Gardens?

Oh, and be sure to register early using our promo code devto2014 for  10% off registration, but only for the first 100 users, so hurry up and click here to register, or find out more about this auspicious event by visiting the SportsHackWeekend website here.

This event is generously sponsored by Ryerson University, IBM, RC4, and WeAreWearables Toronto.  And if you’re into celebrity spotting, projects will be judged by Bruce Croxon, a former Dragon from CBC’s Dragon’s Den, as well as Graham Churchill, an IBM MobileFirst and Internet of Things solutions leader, and James Gibbons, CEO and Founder of Spabbit. All around, you won’t want to miss this event, so register early to take advantage of 10% off for DevTO members, and give it 110% at SportsHackWeekend.

Women 2.0 City Meetup – Toronto Launch Event

Women 2.0 City Meetup is coming to Toronto, and will be launching with their first meetup on November 6th. Women 2.0 is a media brand focused on connecting with the next generation of tech leaders, both men and women, and they currently host their networking events in over 20 cities globally.

The launch of Women 2.0 City Meetup Toronto will host featured speakers Shaherose Charania, the CEO and Founder of Women 2.0, as well as Betty Devita, President of MasterCard Canada. You can also expect to see and rub shoulders with a veritable who’s who of Tech in Toronto, so make sure to set this event in your calendar!

Women 2.0 City Meetup Toronto welcomes both men and women, and will continue to host their events on the 1st Thursday of every month. Visit Women 2.0 City Meetup Toronto to find out more or to get your ticket.

#EdAppHack: Saturday, October 25th & Sunday, October 26th

 

We’re going to be joining learners, teachers and community app developers this weekend at the MaRS Discovery District for the #EdAppHack, a two-day learning opportunity, using the Hackathon model to address the changing dialogue between students and their teachers, mentors, and  industry professionals. #EdAppHack will be focusing on the theme of STEM and using the hands-on experience to address concerns and talking points on the changing nature of education, all while creating original apps and with the aide of various supportive  collaborators. There’s also going to be a keynote by Robleh Jama, founder of Tiny Hearts,  an award winning app studio based here in Toronto, and lots of industry professionals from all ends of Toronto.

Both students and teachers will be able to get their hands dirty, work together and collaborate to brainstorm, build and pitch their app ideas, and it’s all going down this weekend.  To get involved, visit edapphack.com and sign up.