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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!

Humber Digital x #devTO x ING Cafe

To follow up with the impressive attendance, Humber’s Interactive Multimedia Alumni of 2012 did the same thing that we #devto’ers pulled off last month:

Bring the awesome to ING Cafe!

But, unlike us: Humber brought their OWN talent to the spot including our latest photography talent Adam Chow(UI Developer), Daniela Turchiaro(UI Developer), Joanna Barretto(Graphic Designer), and Chris Flemming, of that class. Glad they were able to get the responsive design locked down already! App development via iOS was also present, and also, just as incredible. A great way to follow up after the FITC 2012 Best Canadian Student Website, JeJun Lee, win. Especially with …


… the branding! Daniela did an awesome job making her skill stick. What a calling card!

Glad I was able to pop in and take a peak at what the predessesors became and possibly will become. As one of their proffs and my favorite Humber alumni artist, Linda Nakanishi, pointed out that night: we can’t wait to see them in the industry!

Be sure to check out their new student portfolio reel.

Thanks to Greg, Tom, and James, for the catch-ups.

What is a #DevTO Ticket worth to you?

When #DevTO started out it was the four of us pitching in together to cover the expenses of holding an event, of course back then we didn’t know where we are going with this and just went with the flow. Today we have sponsors that help us cover those expenses.

We have some big plans for 2012 including more events, hackathons, full day events, more speakers, etc. To fund these big plans we need to consider charging for tickets. Everything we have done thus far at #DevTO was driven by feedback from the community. Location, food, presentation length, topics, etc.

Survey

So please help us answer this question: What would you pay for an evening that includes 2 presentations, pizza and drinks amongst Toronto’s broad developer and designer community? $5? $10? $15?

Have a safe and happy long weekend folks!

 

The #DevTO Crew!

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.

 

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

 

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Toronto Windows 8 Camp

Happy Friday Developers!

We’ve been given the opportunity to pass on the early registration information for an amazing Windows 8 developer event that is happening April 16th and 17th in Toronto.  Below are all the details and links to registration that you require!

Big thanks to our friends at Microsoft Canada for letting us pass this information on!

Toronto Windows 8 Camp

Dates: April 16 & 17, 2012

Venue: Le Meridien King Edward – Sovereign Ballroom

A Windows 8 Camp is a free, two-day event where developers and designers will discover HANDS-ON how to build their first Metro Style App for Windows 8At these camps, we’ll also share the next steps on how to get Windows 8 apps out there!

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 does Social Media Week Toronto

After 10 consecutive rounds( and a thanks for coming out to our first ever #devTO of 2012, which happened last Monday. Braving winter like that), we’ve decided to give our friends a bit of a background story. And with Social Media Week creeping around the corner, we’ve ALSO devised a session solely to deliver it.

#devTO 10. Or… Creating a community of Developers and Designers” for short. Atendy and Epilogger will also get a spotlight as they are a key part of #devTO’s story. Social Media Week’s focus is complimentary to the very meet-up that this post is referring to. Heck, this event WAS built through twitter btw.  We’re all excited about being a part of this worldwide event. Very much so that we’re doing the presentation with our two companies. Who better to know the story than the Full House-esque dads of #devto?  Talk about a real narrative!

“I went to the event posting and there’s no more spots! What’s up with THAT?!”

I know, I know: we’re sold out already and ALOT of folks can’t wait until March’s #devTO 11. Understandable. There MAY be openings, for sure, but the policies for SMWTO are pretty set in stone. There could be more spots opened in the next week! For those who had their Kung Fu-trigger finger coding hands: this will be at #Bnotions  on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 6:30pm.

 

 

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

We’re grateful for the community’s support in assisting with this event, especially guys like these:

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.

 

 


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.

 

And of course, our new friends: thirdocean is a communications and marketing agency with offices in Toronto, ON.  Founded in 2011 by Karim Kanji and Carolyn Van, our focus is on social media marketing communications and community management. Thirdocean pride’s itself on being experts in the social media space offering, effective marketing communication, facilitating online communities, creating engaging and interactive content, seeding online conversations, creating positive sentiment towards the brands we work with. Thirdocean’s services compliments traditional marketing initiatives and digital communications initiatives – providing an increase in audience reach, measurable results and the ability to keep on top of an audience’s pulse.

 

Keep it locked on our blog. We’re going through changes and would LOVE to keep you guys informed!

#devTO and Design Edge Are Calling All Mobile Developers

  We here at #devTO encourage the Toronto Interactive scene in app making. Heck, we’ve backed Atendy and Epilogger to produce a high calibur solution to both run and cherish those special events. Supporting a contest that can produce this sort of quality is no exception. Especially with our friends from Design Edge Canada involved. So…

WE’RE CALLING YOU OUT!

Yes, you with the passion for production. The ambition for quality assurance tests on even your own devices. Yes – you, the one with the innovative, head-turning idea that will shine on any platform. Whether it’s the Green Bots or looking through glass panes.  #DevTO is giving you a chance at Regional Design Award in Mobile Design glory with two free early bird entries to be used before February 3rd! You’re thinking…

No way! There must be SOME sort of catch to this!

A bit of leg work, on your part, is our style! If you’re still really reading this: you’ve guessed it right: there is ALWAYS leg work. Nael, Jo, Chris, and I, will be the gatekeepers here. We will be evaluating the best idea to send off to duke it out with some of the best app makers(yeah – I said “best”. You know how Toronto gets down with apps). Anyway,  to submit your entry idea thesis, get this to #devTO at contests@devto.ca with the subject of “Regional Design Award Winning Mobile App”. Make sure you have your name in the body someplace. This should be in our hands by Friday, January 27th, 2012. Design Edge’s rules for the submissions are here, too.  So…

GET APP-ing!