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Tech in Toronto Thursday – Events for Oct. 17 – 24, 2013

This week we have a great listing for you! From GirlGeeks Toronto, AndroidTO and to Adobe’s FREE CreateNowTO event at MaRS, you have so many great options to pick from.

Don’t forget! If you can’t make our event on the 28th, but have RSVP’d, please adjust your RSVP so someone else can get on the list – we have a huge waitlist!

We’re working on putting this event into a calendar format, so expect some big and exciting changes soon!

- Anita

October 17th, 2013

Adobe CreateNowTO
8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (FREE)

8:00 A.M. – 4:15 P.M. (FREE)


October 21th, 2013

Girl Geeks Toronto – From Hype to Health: How 3D Printing is Shaping the Future
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. ($10.00)

Code Meet Print TO – #CMPTO Neighbourhood Watch 
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto OpenStreetMap Enthusiasts – How to Map Your Neighbourhood – A presentation on adding data to OpenStreetMap
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (FREE)

Mobile development using Xamarin for iOS, Android, Windows – Building Blackberry apps in .NET and c#
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Drupal User Group - October Meetup: Drupal 8
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)


October 22nd, 2013

Third Tuesday Toronto – Mathew Ingram: Online Journalism: What’s different? What’s the same?
6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M ($15.00)

Med Apps Developers - SickKids App Showcase
6:30 P.M – 8:30 P.M. (FREE)


October 23rd, 2013

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Roundtable C* Data Modeling (Part 1)
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge

Right on the heels of last month’s MaRS Energy Hackathon, MaRS is back again with another challenge for developers, activists and community enthusiasts alike. You could win $50,000 in funding! For what? Read more below:


Developers, designers & entrepreneurs: The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge is live! You have until 5pm on January 7, 2014, to submit a great new proof-of-concept app that will unlock the potential of Green Button-enabled electricity data.

Green Button is a standard that offers a secure way for consumers to share electricity data from smart meters. MaRS and the Ministry of Energy looking for the best apps that make use of the Green Button data standard to help Ontario households and small businesses better understand how they use electricity, and what they can do to conserve energy and save money.

In addition to the competition awards ($50,000), building applications on the Green Button standard unlocks the potential to access a growing market of consumers, in Canada and across the world, who are interested in solutions that help them manage their energy.

For details about the Green Button standard API, as well as the contest dates, times, requirements and judging criteria, please visit the contest website.


Check out this great little pdf. on the Green Button Initiative: GreenButton_Infographics_EN_04[6]


Toronto’s Mini Maker Faire – Recap!

This past weekend was the Toronto Mini Maker Faire! What a great whirlwind of a weekend. From 3D printers making chocolate to tweeting typewriters, the event brought together over 4,000 people on the rainy weekend to partake in a DIY-wonderland.

Some of the other notable booths and workshops included:

  • Lockpickers (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) spending a day  learning the mechanisms ockpickers (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) spending a day learning the mechanisms in a lock — and learning how to open them
  • The Matter Form scanner – the first affordable and home use scanner to hook up to your 3D printer
  • The University of Waterloo’s 3D Chocolateering - which uses chocolate powder to create 3D printed items
  • MakerKids‘s ROBOTBATTLE! – the name says it all.

A list of all participating Makers can be found here

The maker culture has been gaining momentum for the last couple years, and this weekend really helped highlight the amazing advances that these Toronto groups have made. The event had many hands-on projects from adults and kids alike; the MakerKids‘ Toy Hacking Booth (video) encouraged kids to use their imaginations and ‘hack’ or improve on existing toys (some of the concoctions looked like they came straight out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory).

This weekend really showcased a community that is growing. People from all over came to learn, hack and create. We can’t wait until next year’s event!

Interested in learning more about the Maker movement in Toronto? Want to get more involved? Make sure to check out the Maker Faire blog, and the MakerKids blog for more information, events and contests.


**Bonus**: Check out this cool video of me playing with a 3D Printed Geared Heart.

AppSeed – From sketches to functioning prototypes!

An app that automates your sketches into functioning prototypes. Letting you create, prototype and test faster.

AppSeed exists to speed up how you create, test and share your ideas. We love the process and seeing how ideas start and grow with a team. We wanted to build a tool that builds on what designers currently do, and uses the processing power of your phone to take some of the manual labour out of going from a sketch to a prototype. We wanted to let you have an idea in a meeting and show it on device right away, letting you focus on your idea, not how to get it on device.


AppSeed uses computer vision to make the process of going from a sketch to a prototype faster and smarter. Using OpenCV, AppSeed:

Captures your sketched design

Identifies contained areas of your sketch and allows you to make them into a number of UI elements, including: Buttons | Maps | Streetview | Form text inputs with more to be added based on your feedback

Allows you to run the prototype on your mobile device

Allows you to share the prototype as an HTML5 prototype with others

Send the designs to a layered Photoshop file for editing

The Team

This app is the brainchild of Greg Goralski, technical lead and project director. Design, product consulting & support is provided by Adam Leon from Transmitter Studios. Dru Langemann was the cameraman for our video which was edited by Matei Kajs.

Greg Goralski – @greggoralski

Greg is an interactive media professor at Humber College and is fascinated with the creative process. He has won gold at the National Post Design Exchange Awards for is previous work on architectural visualization tool, IN_situ. He is an alumni of the Interactive Project Lab and holds an MBA from Ryerson University.

He is also co-author of Foundation Flex for Designers and Foundation Flash Catalyst.

Adam Leon – @trnsmttr

With industry experience beginning in 1996, Adam has been involved in all facets of online media such as design and development, motion graphics, art direction, and project management. His educational background is in audio engineering, computer graphics, and interactive multimedia, and a residency at the Canadian Film Centre’s new media lab.

Adam was Schools Without Borders’ volunteer of the year in 2010 and the co-publisher of A FACE A NAME: Artists Doing Well and Good. He is an instructor of Animation For The Web and Digital Media Branding Strategies at Humber College and is a proud FACTOR jury member.

Tech in Toronto: August 15th – August 22nd

It’s August! We have a few, but great, events happening in our beautiful city. Check out the links and start networking. Hope you’re enjoying your summer. Have you gotten your tickets to August’s DevTO?

A little late, but still super cool, is this 12-part Android 101 series held by the YMC. Sign up here.


August 15th, 2013

NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network) Toronto Tech Club - Crowdsourcing Humanitarian Engagement Technology Solutions
6:00 – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Code Retreat - Code Retreat at Bento Miso
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

August 18th, 2013 

Mobile Learning Lab - Designing for Mobile – The User Experience
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Getting started with C* Installations
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Mobile Startups TO - Ep #20 Case Study: Green P
6:45 – 8:00 P.M. (FREE)


August 19th, 2013

Toronto Drupal User Group - August Meetup
6:30 – 10:30 P.M (FREE)

Mobile Development on Multi-Platforms iOS, Android and Windows - Building Windows Phone Apps in .Net, C# and XAML
6:30 – 10:30 P.M. (FREE)

DevOps Toronto - MySQL 5.6 & MySQL Tricks
7:00 – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)


August 20th, 2013 

NSCoder Toronto – Mac/iOS Developers - NSCoder August
6:30 – 9:30 P.M. (FREE) 

Tech Entrepreneurs - Getting Engineers into the Lean Startup Cycle
2:00 – 3:00 P.M. (FREE)


August 21st, 2013

Python Toronto - Python August Meetup
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Apple User Group - Toronto Mac Meetup
7:00 P.M. (FREE)


August 22nd, 2013

HTML 5 Toronto - A Tale of Modern Web Development
6:30 – 9:30 P.M ($5.00)

Toronto Pivotal User Group - Introduction to Data Science on Big Data
6:30 – 7:30 P.M (FREE)

WeBuildWeDesign - WeBuildWeDesign Monthly Meeting
7:00 P.M (FREE)


The DevTO Team

If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at


Toronto Mini Maker Faire Discounts!

Earlier this summer, we were all lucky to have a small taste of an upcoming event, The Mini Maker Faire, during their launch party. It was an evening of creativity, resourcefulness and invention. From 3d printing demonstrations to mask making, the launch party really jazzed us up for the main event coming up this September 21-22, 2013.

Toronto Mini Maker Faire is coming up fast, and tickets have been released… with DevTO-specific discounts! If you buy before August 21st, it’s 20% off your tickets. From August 22nd onwards, you receive a 10% discount, so act fast.

For the 10% discount (after August 22), click here.

Make sure to keep up with the Toronto Mini Maker Faire blog as well, it’s chockfull of interesting information on local projects, contests, other Maker Faire events, and what to expect for the main event in Toronto.

Hope to see you there!




Introducing: CoFoundersLab

Hi DevTOer’s,

We just want to let you know about a great event happening tomorrow, June 25th at CSI. Do you want to start something up, but just don’t have the means or know where to start? CoFoundersLab will help you match up with the right people to make your business happen.

CoFoundersLab is a relatively new entrepreneur and developer matchmaking site in Toronto. They have a great co-founder matching platform online that you can peruse here.

Here is more information about their great event happening tomorrow:

Co-Founders Wanted of Toronto

When: Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM

Where: Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street)

Cost: Free

What: Co-Founders Wanted is an opportunity to find a co-founder for your business, or to help you find a business to join. Brought to you by CoFoundersLab, come meet other aspiring entrepreneurs and build the team to make your business happen. Start networking now by creating a free profile at!

RSVP Here:


Ross & Bank: Toronto’s Tech and Software Development Lawyers

Attention DevTO community!

Are you starting up a company? Do you need tech-oriented legal advice? Well, check out Dan Bank from Ross & Bank. Here is a quick profile:

In 2011, Dan Bank co-founded the boutique commercial law practice, Ross & Bank, in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. After working previously on Bay Street, at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, and as in-house counsel for a renewable energy company, Dan shifted focus, launching his firm in order to focus primarily with clean-tech, software and development companies. Offering competitive rates and flat fees that reflect the needs of the often-lean startup world, Dan assists clients with a range of day-to-day legal needs, including establishing corporations and shareholder agreements; drafting supplier, subcontractor or consultant agreements; and preparing license, hosting and software development agreements. He also sits on the board of four start-up companies, which he advises on how to operate in a start-up environment.

Dan can be reached at His phone number is 416-882-5731. Or, simply check out his website:


SurfEasy is hiring! Could you be their next developer?

SurfEasy is hiring!

We’re looking for a front end web developer to join our team! Could it be you?

Here’s a little bit about us:

Our beginnings…

SurfEasy started in 2012 out of a desire to enable people to protect their online privacy and security. Our CEO and founder Chris Houston asked himself, “Just how many Wi-Fi networks do I connect to on a daily basis?” Sixteen networks later he knew there was a real need for online privacy on the go. And so the idea for our Private Browser was born.

With the help of the Kickstarter community, who helped us exceed our funding goal by over 555%, we launched at CES 2012. Today, the browser is used by customers in over 55 countries.

What’s next…

In mid-June, we’re releasing SurfEasy VPN for iOS, Android, OSX and Windows. This next-generation of our product portfolio extends the SurfEasy protection our customers know and love to every device they use to access the web. All Internet traffic in and out of computers, smartphones and tablets will be encrypted through our global SurfEasy Private Network.

That means our user’s personal information is safe and secure from prying eyes; consider it a secure tunnel to the Internet – all in an easy-to-use package. Want to check it out? Download SurfEasy VPN on Google Play and iTunes.

Why you want to work with us…

We’re a friendly and dedicated team of devs, PR, marketing and sales folks. Sharing our King Street West office space with other start-ups means the energy here is palpable. We work hard but never hesitate to connect over a beer from the fridge, conveniently situated near our printer.

The opportunity for growth is high so the sky is the limit. You’ll have the opportunity to share your ideas, be heard and manage projects.

If you’re results-oriented and love a challenge, you’ll fit right in. Don’t delay. Apply today! Visit our Careers page to apply for the web developer position. We can’t wait to hear from you.


Visit our Careers page to apply for the web developer position.