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Jo Handy Thoughts – Toronto Developer Community

As you may know by now, I co-organize DevTO with Nael, Chris and Kevin. I am probably the most opposite and have the least amount experience in coding of the talented group. To be honest the extent of coding is theblinktag for me. The purpose of me joining this group is to bring my event organizing experience to the helm of 3 pretty darn good coders. I have enough experience in organizing events from big to small with my work experience. I’ve also organized over 40 tweetups and love the social aspect of these type of events. I’m hoping to bring a mix of devs and regular people who do not code into the mix to learn. It’s also a great way to learn about myself and working as a team which has been rewarding. We’ve actually had a surprising increase in “females” joining our events which is a good thing for the developer community as a whole and our attendance and interest continues to increase.

That being said, it’s great to have DevTO as part of the Developer community to help encourage learning and build synergies and networks of developers, designers and much more. With many other events in Toronto such as “Ladies Learning Code” and “AndroidTO” of recent this bodes well for Toronto Tech community. DevTO is giving many a free opportunity to learn from industry experts, meet with recruiters and give first time presenters the chance to present and gain experience in a casual atmosphere. The most favourable thing about the DevTO sessions is the sense of community and helpfulness of those that attend. There seems to be a friendly collaboration in learning which is the opposite of others in such places as Silicon Valley. We hope to continue and evolve DevTO as technology changes. If you ever have suggestion or want to contribute please let us know.


Thanks for following DevTO and see you at the next event! :-)


Joallore Alon

#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?


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, 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!

Thinkwrap and Rypple Join #devTO’s Sponsorship Team


Our list of sponsors has grown again this time with two from our constantly expanding audience. Thank you Rypple and ThinkWrap for supporting us in bringing this event to the Toronto Dev community!

After last month’s success, #devTO is on the verge of getting the sixth edition down.Thanks to Mark Reale and Khori Armstrong of Bnotions, and Craig Wilson. for their presentations, #devTO Sprint 5 was quite inspiring! After a surprising fifth, we’ve decided to go at it again this month!

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.

And of course, Richmond Day for coming in with the venue support, as always!

- The #devTO folks.


#DevTO Sprint 5 – Sept 26th Announcement!

The fifth installment of #devTO is approaching! With each iteration, we’re trying out brand new things and making the event more unique to all crowds! Everything’s the same in terms of logistics:

- This is happening on the last Monday of the month(September 26th) on the usual time at the usual place – 6:30pm at the design shop Richmond Day.  Also, we’ve got two amazing quickies this round, also!

Right – BUT – we’ve got a change to the registration: #DevTO will be using the Atendy’s system!  We’ve also have a special announcement, too! Be sure to sign up and join us at the next #devto!



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


What’s #DevTO?

#DevTO is a monthly meetup for Toronto developers & designers that happens every last Monday of the month. We meet up once a month and listen to others present, chat about our work with different technologies and basically try to learn a new thing or two from someone else.

#DevTO started out with @kevinkvs and @jonezy thinking about the need to have a regular meet up for developers in Toronto to share and learn from each other. I first heard of this idea on Twitter from Chris and was immediately intrigued and offered to help out. @clickflickca also joined in later on the fun and brings his experience organizing and running other events around Toronto. [Continue reading @naelshawwa’s take on #DevTO on his blog]

Cherly and Melissa attended #DevTO last month. Here’s their take on the event from a PR perspective:

What is it that attracts so many people to get together and talk about social media, LinkedIn or JavaScript? Is it @clickflickca, the free pizza and beer, or are people honestly interested in hearing about these topics? Well Melissa and I decided to go to our first#devTO tweetup on Monday night and were pleasantly surprised at how much we learnt, and even happier about the amount of great people we got to connect with. A big thanks to ALL the organizers of #devTO!

We are both believers of the power of networking. Networking allows you to meet new people and promote your own personal brand – who doesn’t love talking about themselves? And, what made the night even better was interacting with people from different industries who were just as passionate about their careers. It was a room filled with great energy! [Continue reading their PeRspective on PRetty and PRimal]

Shanta attended a couple of our #DevTO meetups – her first was when she was the only woman out of 6 attendees – include four organizers; @naelshawwa, @kevinkvs, @clickflickca and @jonezy… : ) This is her take on her experience at #DevTO:

I attended the second #DevTO session held at Richmond Day. I read a tweet about it and though it might be a good way to network and meet some new people. I knew some of the people involved more than the event itself, so though I wasn’t sure what to expect, I knew it would be great.

This particular time, I was the only woman out of 6 people; four organizers, one presenter and me. It was marketed not only to developers specifically, but also to anyone who has an interest or deals with developers. I’ve done a bit of coding in my time and work as an IT Generalist, so I deal with developers, designers and more acting as a translator between the technical types and the business types.

An event like this helps me understand what developers face and perhaps help my clients by asking the right questions the first time, hence saving time and becoming more efficient. [Continue reading Shanta’s experience on her blog]

Finally we have Kevin’s thoughts on this. Remember #DevTO is not just for developers by trade, but as Kevin once put it “even if you touched some HTML”:

With #devTO gaining the momentum that it has, more and more people, who do really not code much, have begun coming out to this coding focused meetup – which is awesome. And we’re glad for that. It was something very surprising because we’ve never seen it coming. The last meetup, July 25th a.k.a. Sprint 3, was a split between the two: those who got their hands dirty in production of code, and those who did not. Something we’ve never thought of when #devTO started out as an idea between the two developers, @jonezy and myself, looking to meet up to share thoughts. It also wasn’t really a forethought after @naelshawwa took an interest to the idea, or when @clickflickca came into the picture. We had no idea that it would come to this. And thanks to those who do attend: you guys are the reason why we do this. Learning. Still, I do have something to say to those who probably say things like “oh, I don’t code” or “it’s not really my thing”. [Read more on Kevin’s blog]

So there you go folks. Yes we will talk Dev and tech every last Monday but you will most definitely meet people who work online that are not developers. We had marketers and PR people show up, we had designers, we had entrepreneurs, project managers. Also guess who else comes to these events? Recruiters. So if you’re looking for a new gig come out. If not, then come out to meet some awesome people in Toronto from different industries that all come together because of the web.



#DevTO Sprint 4 – Aug 29th Tweetup

Our 4th iteration of #DevTO is almost here! As before, it’s at the usual place, and time – last Monday of every month at our awesome hosts Richmond Day.

We have lined up a few great #DevTO quickies:

  •  Sue Varty and Marc Roginsky on a follow up presentation to last month’s talk about “How to showcase your dev projects on LinkedIn”. This time around they will be talking about “Personal Branding for Developers”. To learn more about Sue and Marc, make sure to follow them on Twitter, and check out their bios.
  • Brian Hogg will introduce us to web-based mobile application development using JavaScript and HTML5. Brian is a developer and tech consultant and has been running his own consulting company since 1999. Read more about Brian’s work on his blog.
  • Shoukry Kattan will follow Brian’s intro and lead us into using Titanium for mobile web apps. Shoukry is a developer and software architect working in telecom solutions. He also used to work at before coming to Toronto. Find out what Shoukry is up to on his blog.

We have a few sponsors this time around – some we can’t just yet announce – but we will be giving them a shout out at the event and publishing that here soon.

A few thank you’s:

First up, thanks to Sue and Marc for offering to present at our meetup again. Last time was great, and we are all looking forward to Sprint 4! They also graciously offered #DevTO registrants discounted tickets to their branding workshop.

Toronto’s Sticker You provided us with awesome stickers to give out this time. They turned out awesome and everybody is looking forward to getting them on Monday! Big thanks to Joseph and Nicole from Sticker You for helping out!


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