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Hack for Good This Weekend with Prepr and AngelHack!

Hey DevTO community! We have a great event that is happening this weekend that we’re sure you’d like to hear about: Hack for Good with Prepr and AngelHack

Sponsored by the Prepr Foundation, Hack For Good is a place for you to come out and to develop innovative solutions that benefit your community. Bring your best ideas and take it to the next level while competing for $100,000s in prizes and a chance to pitch to investors.

Here is more information on the event from the organizers:

Hack for Good with Prepr and AngelHack on May 18th
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Location: MaRS Centre, South Tower, 101 College Street Toronto
Price: $35, use coupon code preprhack for 75% off

Do you have an idea you’re ready to take to the next level and want to jumpstart it? Then join Prepr Foundation and AngelHack in our global hackathon this weekend, you can win $100,000′s in prizes, hack your way into our accelerator program and get to pitch to top investors – ALL that for just winning the hackathon! Register on eventbrite.

Prepr Foundation is sponsoring the event and inviting people to Hack For Good – come out and join our team to develop innovative solutions that benefit the community. We are an open education non-profit run by innovators, if you would like to learn more about our current hacks, or to join our team please contact us at info@prepr.org

The fun starts at AngelHack Toronto on May 18th, where you’ll find:

* 100′s of amazing developers & designers for you to work with
* Immediate attention and opportunity for your project to get accelerated
* Tech Media to run stories on winning teams
* An awesome community of mentors and expert judges
* And all those amazing prizes we mentioned above!

This isn’t your typical hackathon; this is the big leagues.
Show us what you’re made of, hack your way to the top all while making a difference.

For more information: Please visit AngelHack, Prepr or visit our eventbrite page.

Tech in Toronto – May 16th to May 23rd, 2013

Welcome to our Tech in Toronto event listing. We have pulled together all the technology related events in the city to one awesome place for you to check up on. Don’t miss another event! Check back every Thursday to see a new listing curated by us, here at DevTO.

This week is a little slim thanks to the long weekend, but there is an exciting event on Saturday and Sunday at MaRS: AngelHack! You can get 50% off with the code “DevTO”.  More info here.

 

May 16th, 2013

Lean Coffee Toronto - LeanCoffeeTO Episode 116
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. (FREE)

Toronto ALM User Group - Managing Technical Debt
5:30 P.M. (FREE)

 

May 18th, 2013

AngelHack - AngelHack Spring 2013
9:00 A.M. 

Achievers Tech Talks - Hack for Good with Prepr and AngelHack at MaRS
9:00 A.M. 

 

May 19th, 2013

AngelHack - AngelHack Spring 2013
9:00 A.M.

Achievers Tech Talks - Hack for Good with Prepr and AngelHack at MaRS
9:00 A.M. 

 

May 20th, 2013

Quant Finance - Spring Social for Quants, Traders, Techies, etc.
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

 

May 21st, 2013

Tech Entrepreneurs - Responsive Design for eCommerce
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Code Retreat - Code Retreat @ Bento Miso
6:00 P.M. 

 

May 22nd, 2013

Tech in Motion Toronto - Tech Start Up Night Ft. Wave, Epilogger, Waystation, and Uniiverse
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto .NET Hackers - Unsafe Code in C#
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

 

May 23rd, 2013

Achievers Tech Talks - Tech Leader Panel: Challenges of Growing a Dev Organization
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

IT Pro Toronto - Special Meeting: Windows 8
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Titanium - Third Thursday Code Jam: Analytics
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

 

The DevTO Team

If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at anita@devto.ca.

 

Tech in Toronto Thursday: May 9th to May 16th, 2013

Welcome to our Tech in Toronto event listing! We have pulled together all the technology related events in the city to one awesome place for you to build your schedule on.

Don’t miss another event! Check back every Thursday to see a new listing curated by us, here at DevTO.

May 9th, 2013

Toronto Accessibility and Inclusive Design - Celebrate Global Accessibility Day and Our First Birthday
5:30 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto ALM User Group - Managing Technical Debt
5:30 P.M. (FREE)

May 11th, 2013

Lean Start Up Weekends Toronto - Invalidate Ideas on Saturday, Deliver the Product on Sunday
SATURDAY: 9:00 A.M. – SUNDAY 11:00 P.M ($10.00)

May 12th, 2013

Lean Start Up Weekends Toronto - Invalidate Ideas on Saturday, Deliver the Product on Sunday
SATURDAY: 9:00 A.M. – SUNDAY 11:00 P.M ($10.00)

May 13th, 2013

Code Meet Print T.O. - Start Your Engines: Can publishing learn from the Start Up community?
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

Girl Geeks Toronto - To Infinity and Beyond: The Next Generation of Space Exploration
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M ($10.00)

Start Up Grind Toronto - Start Up Grind Toronto Hosts John Ruffolo (OMERS Ventures)
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M ($20.00)

Toronto OpenStreetMap Enthusiasts - How to use OpenStreetMap Data: Presentation and Mappy Hour
6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

May 14th, 2013

Toronto JavaScript Hackers - JavaScript Hack Night
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

The Burlington iOS Developers CodeJam Meetup - The Burlington iOS Developers CodeJam Meetup
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Metro Toronto .Net Users Group - Building Communication Applications with the Lync APIs
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

May 15th, 2013

Tech Entrepreneurs - The Power of Entrepreneurial Idea: Keynote David Chilton of “Dragon’s Den”
8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M ($75.00)

3D Printing Group - 3D Scan and Print with Photon 3D Scanner, Kinect and 123D Catch
7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Coding Dojo - Coding Dojo
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

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

Toronto SharePoint Users Group - How to Build Responsive Web Design for SharePoint 2013
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

May 16th, 2013

Lean Coffee Toronto - LeanCoffeeTO Episode 116
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. (FREE)

Toronto ALM User Group - Managing Technical Debt
5:30 P.M. (FREE)

 

The DevTO Team!
If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at anita@devto.ca.


Lean Start Up Weekends

Toronto’s about to get a little leaner! We at #DevTO are happy to welcome a new bi-weekly meet up for entrepreneurs in Toronto. Lean Startup Weekends aims to help you get your idea out there and make money—all in one weekend!

These events are not limited to just developers; marketers, strategists and designers are all welcome to join in these high-intensity weekends.

If you’re interested, check out their meet up group and RSVP for their inaugural weekend event! If you can’t make this weekend, follow through Twitter with the hashtag ‘#leanweekends’.

Take a gander at their bio:

So do you want to start a company and make money? 

This is how we do it: Saturday morning we all share our amazing startup ideas, we vote for the best ones and form teams around them. From here we get out of building, ask potential customers, invalidate those amazing ideas, cross-validate ideas between teams, and pivot until we find something that actual clients will pay money for. 

We deliver the Minimum Viable Product to our customers and get them to pay for it all by end of Sunday. Devs, marketers, strategists and designers, all are welcome.

Find out more through our meetup page and check out #leanweekends

 

DevTO Team

Calling All Android Users!

We have a shout-out to all Android users. PTPT (People, Things, Places, Time) needs beta testers!

PTPT is an Android-based app that allows users to extract knowledge from all the data from other apps in their mobile device and uses it “contextually”. Super cool. As one beta tester put it: “What Google does for search on the world wide web, PTPT does that locally on your mobile device.”

Here is the deal: PTPT just released a new version and they are looking for some new beta testers; ones not only intrigued by this cool project, but also to provide meaningful feedback on their daily use of the product.

The process is simple: just sign up, activate your account and you’re good to go. If you’re interested, check out more on the PTPT page or learn more about PTPT in a nutshell here.

So, what are you waiting for?! Sign-up here today (and don’t forget to follow them on the  Twitter machine)

The DevTO Team

Tech in Toronto Thursday – May 2nd – 9th, 2013

Happy Thursday!

Here is another edition of Tech in Toronto Thursdays! We at DevTO have pulled together all the technology related events in the city to one awesome place for you to check up on. Don’t miss another event! Check back every Thursday to see a new listing curated by us, here at DevTO.

May 2nd, 2013

EdTech Toronto Meetup - Survival of the Fittest: Native v. Mobile Web Solutions
6:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. ($7.00)

MedTech Thursday - Featuring Demo from Kangaroo Group
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

Responsive Design, Meet Web-app - Hack Away at Responsive Menu Concepts
6:30 P.M. ($5.00)

TWG - Startup Stories: An Evening with Shoplocket
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. (FREE)

Senior Women in Technology - SWIT Shopping Event in FREDA
5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

May 6th, 2013

Digital Usability Workshop Toronto - Quad Weekly Workshop
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

May 7th, 2013

MaRS Startup Book Club – “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. ($10.00)

MaRS - The Crowdfunding Success Pattern
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. ($15.00)

Infusion - CIE Drive the Future of Productivity
9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (FREE)

May 8th, 2013

MaRS - Passing the Health Care Innovation Torch: From Medicinal Chemistry, Through Biotechnology, to Digital Technology
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. ($15.00)

Toronto Coding Dojo - Web App in Clojure Coding Dojo
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

T4G - INcubes Meet and Greet
4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (FREE)

MongoDB - MongoDB User Group
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

May 9th, 2013

Toronto Accessibility and Inclusive Design - Celebrate Global Accessibility Day and Our First Birthday
5:30 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto ALM User Group - Managing Technical Debt
5:30 P.M. (FREE)

 

The DevTO Team

If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at anita@devto.ca.


Fifteen Minutes with ArtSocket

An up-close and personal interview with one of Toronto’s emerging entrepreneurs. 

Last month I was very lucky to grab a coffee with Dmitri Tcherbadji of the start-up ArtSocket. He sat down with me over a coffee and spilled his guts about his amazing e-commerce project and told me all about what motivates him and how he got started.

ArtSocket is “a boutique art gallery featuring prints by a select group of artists and photographers. All of the images in the collection are professionally curated and arranged thematically into “exhibitions”. Every drawing or photograph is supplemented with a short story about it”.

You can browse through exhibitions of art, find your favourite, pick, print and have them delivered right to your door! This can all be done through the easy-to-use site.  What really got me about the site was it’s ease of use, and how it embodied the very thing that it promised to do: create an accessible online space to art. It was, in essence, art at my fingertips.

Talking to Dmitri about ArtSocket has made me realize that the lack of art and push for the arts in our society has truly hurt us. Dmitri really made me think about the link between ethical living and art, as well as the impact that such type of forms of entertainment have on our lives and how we interact. Taking time away – from being in a situation that we can’t conquer, to having something akin to a writer’s block – can really help us to refocus and regroup, which exactly what I got from my brief and interesting conversation with this effervescent entrepreneur.

Needless to say, I left inspired and just had to share my experience.  Below is a transcript of my conversation with Dmitri.

Anita

 

1. What made you decide to create ArtSocket?

There needed to be a place for art, and though there are a lot of websites out there that let you do it, like 500px, Flickr and such; they are all amazing, but I thought that there must be another way to do it without it being a photo dump.

2. What challenges did you face in terms of converting and integrating the different pieces of art, both digital and print into the interface?

In terms of arranging the art, you are making art out of art. You have to have a theme in your head; you have to imagine—if this person goes into this part of the website or the gallery, you want this person to feel a certain way.

You want the person to feel why you arranged the pictures this way. It’s a challenge to achieve that because it’s really hard to gauge your feelings on other people.  For example, I will do an arrangement, and say ‘hey, it’s great, it makes sense to me”, but then I will have to go and ask some other people their thoughts.

3. Do you travel to different places to look art galleries to see if there are different things? Do you go to smaller ones, or do you look at big — is there rhyme or reason to what you do?

Basically I quit my day job and I’m thinking about just travelling around and visit galleries. If I see great art I will make sure to approach that person.

4. Do you have a team? Or is this just you? What is your process?

There is not much of a process, we’re not getting so many entries right now that we have to wait, which is great. I actually prefer to see somebody whose work is great and approach them in person. That is how I acquire much of what I have on the site.

5. Were you inspired by any specific galleries? 

So, what I thought of for this website was just to go in the opposite direction from Amazon, because everyone wants to have a huge website, a multi-billion dollar company—which is great and it’s an amazing business idea, but it’s very hard to accomplish. But, one thing that’s kind of my direction is to make it have a personality, right? When the people go there they know what they want in mind; this is a website just for art. Which doesn’t mean that it’s better than anybody else, but what I mean is that if you go there and whether make a purchase or not, you know that everything in there took a lot of work. That gives it that personal touch.

6. What type of payment system do you have with the artists? Do they get a certain percentage cut? 

I like to be as friendly with people as possible, so I’m always going to realize that business is all formalities. So basically, the only person I don’t get to sign a contract is myself; so if my photos are there and I know I’m not going to need the contract. But generally the first thing is: I will approach the person and be like, “you have great art work, and it would be amazing if you would like to submit something.” Or sometimes, people come up to me and say “I’d like to submit something.” I will then go through their art work – and I usually take the pictures and mock it up to what it looks like on the website. I will actually make the mock-up and send it to the artist and tell them that this is how it will look, and ask them what they think.

At that point, I’ve already picked the photos I think are going to go in the gallery. From there it’s the process of “is it going to work or not?” So, from there they either agree or they don’t. At that point, I have already asked them to review a contract that basically states that their art work still is exclusive and whatever they sell, they will get 75 per cent and basically I will ask their permission to use their art work to promote the website, ArtSocket.

7. What do you see next for this? Do you have anything you’re working on to improve the current interface or the process of receiving the artwork? 

Basically, the way I see it right now is like a solid exhibit online. It’s a place to go and kind of be entertained in a certain way; it’s similar to going to an art gallery at your fingertips. It’s like a recipe for thinking beyond concrete terms.

8. How do you contend with legal issues when concerning the artwork? Does the artwork remain under the artist’s possession once they post it on your site?

I don’t agree with taking ownership; if you do this, this is your work that you did in your own time. I’m selling the right to print it and make money off it. I’m just kind of renting it.

 

Thanks to Dmitri and ArtSocket! If you want to be featured on our site, please get in touch with us at anita (@) devTO.ca. 

Tech in Toronto: April 11 – 18, 2013

Welcome to Tech in Toronto, your one-stop shop for events! We have pulled together all the technology related events in the city to one awesome place for you to check up on. Don’t miss another event! Check back every Thursday to see a new listing curated by us, here at DevTO.

So, what are YOU doing tonight?

April 25th, 2013

Toronto Salesforce Developer User Group: Mobile Developer Week
7:00 P.M. (Free)

April 26th, 2013

Lean Mean StartUp Machine Toronto
April 26th – April 28th
7:30 P.M. (Free)
[WIN A FREE TICKET HERE!]

April 27th, 2013

STC – Society of Technical Communication: Toronto Tech Brunch
10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (FREE)

April 28th, 2013

Toronto Android Users Group - Workshop: Native Android Development with NDK
2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. (FREE)

April 29th, 2013 

eTail Canada - 2013 Hyatt Regency in Toronto
Monday, April 29th – May 1st ($1999.00)

DevTO - Near Future Trends in Tech and Building an Open Data ecosystem for all to access, not just elites
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (FREE)

HackerNest - Toronto April Tech Social feat. Girls in Tech with Chris Ye and Judy Sims
7:00 P.M. (Free)

Windows Azure Conf. - Get Your Cloud on with Windows Azure
8:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. (FREE)

April 30th, 2013

Toronto Pivotal User Group - Where to Put your Data and Why
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

May 1st, 2013

Mobile Learning Lab - Pioneering a Mobile Photo App
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

May 2nd, 2013

EdTech Toronto Meetup - Survival of the Fittest: Native v. Mobile Web Solutions
6:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. ($7.00)

MedTech Thursday - Featuring Demo from Kangaroo Group
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

Responsive Design, Meet Web-app - Hack Away at Responsive Menu Concepts
6:30 P.M. ($5.00)

The DevTO Team
If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at anita@devto.ca.

Tech in Toronto Thursday: Events for April 18th – 25th, 2013

This is a big weekend in Toronto, with two very amazing and awesome events running this weekend. As you all know, FITC is in town! Starting Sunday, April 21st to Tuesday, April 23rd! Tickets are still available here. The second big event is the NASA Space Apps Challenge at the ROM on April 19th to April 21st. Find out more and join the wait list here.


April 18th, 2013

Toronto-Titanium: Third Thursday Code Jam: Titanium Models
7:30 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Hadoop User Group (THUG) - Hadoop 2.0: What’s Coming?
7:00 P.M. – 9:45 P.M. (Free)

Mac Users Group GTA - Demo of Transparency in Adobe Illustrator
7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Code Retreat - Code Retreat @ Bento Miso
6:00 P.M. (Free)

April 22nd, 2013

Toronto Hadoop User Group (THUG) - Cloudera Sessions
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. ($150.00)

April 24th, 2013

3D Printing Group - Introduction to 3D Printing
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Accessibility & Inclusive Design - Socialize and Network
5:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto.NET Hackers - Xamarian.Android apps with C# and .NET (Mono)
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

The DevTO Team
If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at anita@devto.ca.

Turn Your WordPress into a Windows 8 App!

Do you own a WordPress blog? Are you interested in Windows 8? Say hello to “IdeaPress”!

IdeaNotion’s IdeaPress is an open source wizard that allows you to transform your WordPress blog into a Windows Store App in minutes! In 5 easy steps, you can get your new app up and running.

IdeaPress is on its second version and is primarily constructed using HTML5, WinJS, and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS).

When you sign up for IdeaPress, you not only get a new app, but you get a FREE developer account with Windows!

Interested in finding out more? Check out the app generator tool on the IdeaPress site and e-mail mwnwcan@microsoft.ca for the lowdown on how you can get $50.00! 

IdeaPress

IdeaNotion

GitHub - IdeaPress

 

The DevTO Team