Category Archives: Announcements

1st Annual International Woman’s Day Talks

Over the last 4 years the team here at DevTO have been incredibly privileged and fortunate to be able to successfully throw a recurring monthly technology meetup, bringing together members of the Toronto tech community from all races, genders and walks of life. It has been one of the primary goals of the group since we started. To create an open and welcoming space for everyone in our community.

DevTO has become more of a platform than any of us could ever imagine. As with most power, it comes with a great deal of responsibility. With this recent realization of the power of our platform we’ve started to think of ways that this platform can be used for the overall benefit of the community we love.

Last year, #DevTO began to discuss the idea of organizing bigger events, calling on speakers from all over the world, to talk to our rich and diverse developer community. We wanted to ensure that these events would be meaningful, motivating and as inspirational as possible. We combed over a list of our more stand out meet ups, and we came to an easy and unanimous decision.

In a follow up to #DevTO’s very engaging WOMEN IN STEM meetup from summer 2014, we are very proud to announce our 1st Annual International Women’s Day Talks. On such a pivotal day, #DevTO wanted to celebrate the past and ongoing accomplishments and contributions of women in STEM with a present day talk from these gifted ladies who have decades of combined work experience in technology.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating this important occasion, but before getting to ticket’s and sponsor information, we’d like you to meet the speakers for this inaugural event!

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jenJen Simmons is a NY based web developer, consultant, trainer and an award winning speaker. Her beginnings are rooted in the earliest times of web, getting her start in 1996. In her career, her freelance company has enlisted clients the likes of CERN, W3C, Google & the New York Stock Exchange to name a few.

clarissaJoining us from Montreal, will be UX & Responsive design specialist Clarissa Peterson. Clarissa is a web developer, and co-founder of Peterson/Kandy, a Montreal-based digital consultancy specializing in creating responsive websites.

anitaAnita Clarke is the proprietress and Editor In Chief of the popular Toronto fashion blog, I want – I got. She’s been called a Toronto Fashion Hero by Now Magazine and one of Hello Canada’s Best Dressed. In addition to her Fashion tastemaker accomplishments, she’s a certified software test engineer with over 12 years of experience as a QA Lead and currently works for one of Canada’s top financial institutions.

mandyMandy Gilbert is the CEO of Creative Niche, a Toronto-based staffing, recruitment and executive search firm focused on the advertising, design, digital, data, marketing and social media fields. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading women entrepreneurs in recent years, Mandy is a passionate entrepreneur whose focus on international growth and embrace of cutting-edge technology has helped entrench Creative Niche as a leader in its field.

Full bios and more details on these fine speakers can be found at http://iwd.devto.ca

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Drop us a line at talks@devto.ca

Announcing BrightLane & Mercatus Partnership

It is our pleasure to announce a new and exciting partnership with BrightLane and Mercatus Technologies. DevTO is joining the community of entrepreneurs at BrightLane (including Mercatus) working together in a cool and historic building at 545 King West. Four years ago we started DevTO with a mission to bring developers, designers, techies and entrepreneurs together through monthly events, workshops and other seasonal events. Today we continue that mission in a new home at BrightLane as the newest member of that community!

“DevTO is the GTA’s premiere community of developers and, together with Mercatus Technologies Inc., we’re proud to jointly become a Partner-level sponsor,”

says George Horhota, BrightLane’s President. “We’re also excited that, only two months after opening our premiere coworking centre on King Street West, DevTO has decided to make BrightLane their home and will hold at least three DevTO events this year at BrightLane.”

Through this partnership, DevTO will have access to the fabulous facilities at BrightLane which opened in November 2014. This includes a dedicated space for our co-founders to meet and work on DevTO projects.

So, keep an eye out for BrightLane in 2015, check out their spaces  and schedule a tour to see for yourself. Maybe we’ll even run into you there!

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In the words of BrightLane’s and Mercatus Technologies co-founder, G. Raymond Chang:

“It’s people that make any successful enterprise”.

Welcome Q4 Web Systems to DevTO

This month we are happy to welcome Q4 Web Systems to the DevTO gold sponsor club!  Keep an eye out for them (our founder Chris Jones is a team member at Q4) at upcoming events.

Q4 Web Systems (Q4) is the leading provider of investor relations websites, social media and mobile solutions for public companies in North America. Hundreds of Fortune 1000 clients and global brands use our web platform to manage their online efforts.

Q4 Web Systems is currently growing at an explosive rate and is actively looking for to fill various developer (c#/asp.net and front end mobile) and other product related roles (product owner and QA engineers).  You can find out more details and apply at Q4’s website

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Q4 is also an active thought leader in the Investor Relations industry. You can find out more about them at:

 

Welcome Genesys to DevTO

This month we welcome Genesys to DevTO’s Gold Sponsor roster. Gensys is a leading provider of multi-channel customer experience and contact center solutions. Their platform helps companies engage with their customers, across all channels and interactions to deliver differentiated customer journeys, while maximizing revenue and loyalty.

Join their award winning team with several positions open in the GTA and Canada wide .

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Genesys is also organizing a hackathon in Toronto on July 18th and 19th with prizes including 2 Google Glasses and 2 Ubis.

Thank you 1,616 times!

Last month we reached out to all of you to help us send 5 girls between the ages of 8 and 13 to a Kids Learning Code summer camp and together we have raised $1,616 in 4 weeks!

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 6.10.39 PMWe decided that DevTO will donate the difference so that we can hit the target we set out to reach!

From all of us at DevTO thank you to everyone who donated and shared our campaign this month.

Stay tuned for an update post once we sort out the details with Ladies Learning Code and Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto!

 

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.

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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
 
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