Category Archives: Announcements

Welcome to Creative Niche!

Today we welcome the team at Creative Niche to our #DevTO Sponsor roster as our exclusive recruiting partner!

Check out the Creative Earners Survey of salaries and billing practices in the Communication Design Industry and get entered to in one of 15 $100 Umbra gift cards and one of two passes to 2014 Design Thinkers Conference in Toronto November 6th and 7th.

Creative Niche is a temporary staffing, permanent recruitment and executive search firm specializing in advertising, communications design, development, marketing, mobile, public relations, and social media throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Founded in 2002, our firm connects top talent with leading companies from across the globe. That includes the marketing departments of multinational corporations, as well as advertising, digital, marketing and public relations agencies. Our clients—ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500s—include Cohn & Wolfe, Draft FCB, Edelman, Frontgate, Interbrand, Kroger, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, Ogilvy, RBC, SapientNitro, Sid Lee and TD Bank.

They’ll be at our next event coming up June 30th! See you there

Girls Raising Is Back! – June 24th

Our friends at Girls Raising are back with another hit panelist event!

Girls Raising Presentations are a unique series of events geared towards helping women founded startups get publicity, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and meet influential women that can move their businesses forward. This is a small private event with a limited number of tickets and curated guest list that helps us to provide optimal networking atmosphere offline and online.
The Girls Raising online and offline network of resources that supports, educates and encourages female entrepreneurs. We help them build the confidence and connections neccessary to start, build and raise for their company.

Our monthly events are an opportunity for guests to preview some of the great companies being built by women and to hear from some of the most successful and influential women of our time.
Men are invited too!

Use the code “devto” for a special discount!

Day Job Screening – May 21st

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

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

Featured Startup: speakme

You read an interesting article online. You get to the end, and your eye glosses over the comment section, because you know it’s full of spam and rage.

You see someone’s thoughtful input on a reddit post, think to yourself: “wow, I feel exactly the same way.” And completely forget their username 5 minutes later.

You send an email or text message, and you’re surprised to find out the recipient was upset because your tone got lost in translation.

While anonymity and text communication serve crucial purposes online, it shouldn’t be universal. At speakme, we want to make the world feel smaller by giving you a way to truly connect.

speakme is a social video experience where users collaborate in global discussions about anything and everything they care about. Members login with social media profiles, and record videos of up to 30 seconds about topics that matter to them. Others publicly respond via their own recorded videos, and these responses play sequentially, creating a full, vibrant conversation; less like a bulletin board, and more like a dinner conversation with familiar faces. By combining users’ social media presences with face- to-face interactions, we are seeking to make the internet a friendlier, more engaging, and collaborative place.







The team starts with two co-founders, Zack and Adam Fisch. Adam’s focus is on product, UI, marketing, and finance. He has a JD from Western University and spent several years doing investment research. Zack is technical manager, with knowledge in HTML, CSS and Python, and a degree in History from the University of Waterloo.

screen3speakme is working with GrandBright Software, a development firm in Richmond Hill, Ontario, to bring the idea to life. GrandBright’s two principals each have over 20 years’ experience in developing enterprise applications.

speakme is currently looking to bring on a technical cofounder, as we ramp up prototype testing and prepare for beta launch in the coming weeks. If you or someone you know wants to know more, please get in touch!

Check out this great video on speakme:

FITC’s Women’s Initiative gives 62 women a chance at attending FITC Toronto

FITC is a leader in many ways – they do amazing work in different communities throughout the world and offer great resources to the tech community here in Toronto. They are always looking for ways to enrich the experiences of all people in tech, and care about important causes like accessibility to their resources and try to make their events as inclusive as possible. That’s why it’s our pleasure to announce the great work they have done for their Women’s Initiative, or the #WomenAtFITC initiative. 
For the initiative, FITC welcomes submissions from women explaining why they would like to attend the FITC Toronto conference at the end of April and do it in the most creative way possible – this means in the form of an animation, a poster, a web page or even a short film. Yesterday, FITC announced on their blog that 62 women were chosen to attend the event. Congrats, guys! 
Women are a valuable part of the tech and design communities, but make up only a small portion of them. It’s an important initiative since we should all be striving towards equality and equal representation for both genders. We as a community have to work hard to ensure inclusivity and show girls and women alike that this is not only a male dominated industry, and FITC is doing just that! 
If you’re interested in attending FITC Toronto, there is still time! Tickets can be purchased here (we’re still in the early bird stage! So get on it fast!) and event info (speakers, times, location, etc.) can be found here


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls Raising Tomorrow!

From our friends at Girls Raising:

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

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

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

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

StartupBus is looking for some Great Canadians to Compete!

Apply Now for the StartupBus North American Competition 2014!

StartupBus Canada is rolling towards Austin, TX in March, and we’re looking for some extreme Canadians to represent the Great White North.

If you already know what StartupBus is, apply at and tell us why you’d be an awesome part of this global community.

If you don’t know what StartupBus is, read on.

What is StartupBus?

StartupBus is an exercise in time, resource, and comfort-constrained creativity – it’s a hackathon on a bus moving at 100km/hour for 3 days across the continent. It pushes people past their limits, and finds greatness on the other side.

Why Do It?

It’s a life changing trip that has seen people step off the bus and into incubators, new jobs, a new startup, or just a new way of looking at life. The competition a shared experience that has brought together a community of truly amazing people in countries around the world. StartupBus represents a network of amazing entrepreneurs, investors, journalists, and builders that is genuine and celebrates the do-ers in life. Also, a cross-country hackathon road trip makes for an epic story.

How Do I Apply?

Tell us why you’re awesome and what you bring to the community. The bus is stacked with do-ers (mostly coders and designers who can implement) but if you bring something unique, then we want you. In the past, we’ve had lawyers, environmental policy wonks, students, and retirees who all brought something special and make the community stronger for it.

Apply now- applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there are a limited number of seats.

When Do We Leave?

StartupBus rolls from March 2 to March 6, 2014 and ultimately lands in Austin, TX in time for the biggest tech conference in the U.S. From there, you get yourself back however and whenever you want.

I want more information!

Visit for more information on the competition or email with questions.

Welcome to the club, Digital Ocean and The Laudi Group

2014 is off to a great start already! Last week we had a fabulous event and we are already ramping up for the next one. But some of the biggest news is in our sponsorship! 

We would like to welcome two new sponsors to our fold:
Digital Ocean - has designed a cloud hosting platform that allow developers to deploy a SSD cloud server in “55 seconds within an intuitive control panel interface”.  Check out this great video to learn more about the company.
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The Laudi Group - a tech recruiting firm that has 25 years of experience and they “invest in research that follows the leaders, experts and agents of change that impact the industry”. They have created Red Canary, a site that helps job seekers connect with their ideal employer, all while offering helpful tips and opportunities for updating their skill set. 
We are happy to have you on our team and can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us. Thanks for supporting us and our community! 
The DevTO Team

FITC is back! Great discounts for DevTO-ers!

It’s February! Did you make it out to our event last week? If you didn’t, don’t fret… here is a quick little recap.
At last weeks event, Caroline from FITC came by to give away some FITC tickets and let us know about the great DevTO-specific discounts available for the FITC Toronto 2014 event this April. 
FITC is a much anticipated, annual, 3-day conference in Toronto that features sessions for you to learn and upgrade your skill set. Whether you’re on the business end of things, a developer, or even just someone who is curious, this conference is for you. FITC aims to find that sweet spot “between Creative Technologists, Designers, Developers and all-around awesome thinkers from various innovative industries across the globe”.
Check out these links for information on the different
speakers or the presentations sessions that FITC will be holding. 
FITC has set us up with an amazing code for $100 off all tickets (excluding Workshop only tickets and the 4-packs). If you’re a student, this applies to you as well – which means that student tickets will cost you just $99 for the three days! (What a deal!). To get this deal, check out our specific DevTO link.
Don’t delay! Early bird tickets will sell out soon.
Happy February,