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Microsoft Build 2016 Conference – The Recap – Part 3

Cross-Platform Mobile with Xamarin and Microsoft

Xamarin and Microsoft are out to empower .NET developers to become native iOS, Android, and Windows mobile app developers overnight. Apps built with Xamarin deliver truly native user experiences, 100% native API access, and native performance. See how to leverage existing C# skills and .NET libraries to share code across all platforms and create a shared mobile app backend. In this video from Build, Miguel de Icaza covers the full development lifecycle end-to-end of these native apps.

 

 

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Hack The 6: Toronto’s First Creative Hackathon

On June 19th, teams of artists, developers, and dreamers are invited to collaborate Toronto’s first creative hackathon. Groups will be competing to build the most innovative product as judged by a panel of city creatives for a chance to win $10,000. Throughout the event there will be an art exhibition and a live DJ.

More info and registration here: http://www.6hack.com/

 

FISHACKATHON Toronto 2015

Partnering with 14 other cities around the world, Fishackathon Toronto 2015 will be challenging coders to help identify issues facing the ocean, fish and fisheries around the globe and to develop mobile and technological solutions to these real-world problems.

At the end of the weekend, teams will be able to present the solutions to their completed challenges to a judging panel. Winners will be chosen locally before being judged internationally for the grand prizes and local runners up will be selected for local prizes.

Whether you are a save the ocean crusader or don’t know the difference between a rock and a jellyfish; an amateur coder or a technology expert you can join Fishackathon Toronto 2015!

More info and registration here: http://fishackathontoronto.splashthat.com/

Fashion Meets Technology at the Ryerson Fashion Zone Hack’n’Talk

Our friends at the Ryerson Fashion Zone are hosting their second annual Hack’n’Talk May 1st to 3rd! The event is a three day conference and collaborative hacking session for fashion-inspired technology projects. This year’s focus will be on the style surrounding wearable technology. During the event, attendees will have the chance to attend workshops on Practical Aesthetics and Colour Theory, hear from industry experts, meet past winners, and play with cool tools to experiment, create, and innovate in fashion technology.

The event is open to developers, designers, and entrepreneurs and is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, build your network, and meet industry experts.

Want to attend? Friends of DevTO can get 20% off their registration using code HNTCOMMUNITY

Have questions? Want to volunteer? Reach out to the Hack’n’Talk team at info@fashionzone.ca

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!

It’s Time to Donate & Party with Canada’s Top Marketing Experts & Entrepreneurs

Donate & Party for Small Business Superheroes – Dec 2 at 5:30pm – Downtown Toronto!

Join hundreds of Toronto’s top entrepreneurs and small business owners to enjoy an amazing night with complimentary drinks and snacks to get you in the holiday spirit.

Learn how to increase your business sales & leads from marketing experts at Constant Contact & Green Lotus while supporting moms and women-led families of the YWCA this holiday season!

RSVP here for a Free Event in Support of YWCA Toronto!

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.

Digital Innovation Hubs Looking To Hire an Innovator in Communities

Toronto Public Library (TPL) is launching its first Innovator in Communities (IIC) program in October 2014. The IIC program supports the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) at the Toronto Reference Library (TRL) and the Fort York Branch (FO). These learning and making spaces support users in the development of knowledge with digital technology.

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The Digital Innovation Hubs provides access to many hardware and software tools including:

  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • MaKey MaKey
  • Mac desktop stations and laptops
  • Video and photo software and equipmentToronto Public Library invites applicants with extensive experience in coding and programming to fill the role of TPL’s Fall 2014 Innovator in Communities.Qualifications:
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in coding and programming
  • Expert knowledge and experience with coding and programming hardware and software,demonstrated through a range of experience and/or formal education
  • Excellent communication skills in coaching, teaching and public speaking
  • A commitment to supporting Toronto’s coding and programming community and to educatingand inspiring coders and programmers of all ages and skill levels
  • Facility with social media in a business settingThe Innovator in Communities will have the following core responsibilities:
  • Create an instructional series of programs and workshops related to coding and programming, with a focus on building employable skills
  • Deliver the series in identified community spaces such as neighbourhood hubs, community centres, etc.
  • Share expertise by posting on the library’s Digital Design and Technology Blog

Requirements of the Program:

  • An eight-week program from October 5 to November 30, 2014; 14 hours a week; flexible work schedule
  • Develop an instructional series of 5 to 6 workshops that develops the learner’s skills in coding/programming
  • Deliver the 5-6 workshops a minimum of 3 times in different communities
  • Develop and deliver at least 3 training sessions to TPL staff on coding/programming
  • Write a minimum of 2 blog posts to be published on the TPL websiteRemuneration: $3,600
  • TPL will be providing equipment needed to conduct the workshops i.e. laptops
  • The Innovator will be responsible for their own transportation to community spacesLocation: The IIC will be based at Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) however, the workshops will be in different community spaces around Toronto.For more information about the Digital Innovation Hubs, visit: www.tpl.ca/innovate

    The IIC program is open to, but not limited to: Computer programmer, Software developer,App designer,  or Web developer

  • Please e-mail Diana Lee (dlee@torontopubliclibrary.ca) your resume and proposal (maximum 2 pages for proposal) by Monday, September 22nd, 2014 and include:
  • Relevant education and professional experience
  • Summary of coaching/teaching experience
  • Proposals for public programs and workshops on coding and programming, particularly withrelation to employability
  • Two letters of reference
  • Optional: Include a sample of your coding/programming work.

#DevTO Does The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Controversial or not, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge was an ingenious social campaign to raise much needed awareness to a medical condition that impacts many around the world. Here are the known facts:

  • ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
  • ALS can strike anyone, women and men, young and old.
  • In Canada, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 are living with the disease. In the U.S approximately 5,000 people are diagnosed each year and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 people in the U.S may have the disease. How many world wide? That appears to be unknown today.

I found it rather difficult to find quantifiable global research around how many people have had this or even how many currently have it. This must indicate how greatly more funding is required for global ALS research, records and reports.

Here goes…pouring ice on yourself is fun… but make sure you also donate!

The DevTO Crew