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Looking for a Job? Introducing: Digital Howard

We are Digital Howard.

We’re a next gen. entertainment company that makes the kind of stuff you’d probably be into watching, or playing or talking about.

Our job is to give fans more of what they want and give them compelling reasons to bring others on board. 

We strive to create experiences that are fun and entertaining. Being a digital entertainment company, we consider that to be pretty important.

We work with T.V. producers and extend their story worlds onto digital platforms.  We take existing entertainment brands and create digital experiences for them to expand their reach.  We create original 360 series for television and all of the interactive that goes with them.

We make fun stuff all day long and can’t believe our luck. This is our job.  And it could be yours too.

A lot of what we do challenges conventional wisdom. Hell, a lot of what we do challenges unconventional wisdom! Like it or not, we’ve entered the post-industrial age where there are no road maps, all of the old rules are being broken and the rate of change is ever-increasing. It’s time for experimentation, creativity and fearlessness. If you’re cool with all that, we’ll probably enjoy working together.

We’ve got a kick-ass second screen project in need of a Lead Developer, a Creative Director and a Project Manager. We’re offering excellent pay, health and dental and an unparalleled work environment.

If you want to learn more about this opportunity, check us out at digitalhoward.com. The jobs are posted there, in all their splendour.

Hope to hear from you soon.

DH

 

 

This is a community post. If you have a job or an event that you would like to share with our community, please e-mail us at Talks (@) DevTO.ca

 

 

FIRST Robotics Canada: Educating and promoting students in science, tech and engineering

Have you heard of FIRST Robotics Canada? If not, here’s your chance: FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Robotics runs robotic competitions for elementary, junior and senior high school level students. Their aim is to push and inspire children towards careers in the science, tech and engineering fields. Established in 1992 by founder and inventor Dean Kamen, the organization now extends and reaches to over 250,000 students continent-wide.  There are a series of qualifying rounds across North America designed to ignite and impassion an interest in this industry.

Check out this video with Morgan Freeman discussing FIRST:

 

 

Today and tomorrow, cheer on Teresa Sing’s team FRC Team 1325 – Inverse Paradox through the webcasts featured on here.

Need more information on FIRST?:

2013 Canadian FIRST Robotics Canada Events by date:

• Waterloo Regional (March 21-23, 2013)

• Greater Toronto Regional West (March 28-30, 2013) – Hershey Centre

• Western Canadian Regional (April 4-6, 2013)

• FIRST Championships in St. Louis (April 24-27, 2013)

Regional and Qualifying Events

FIRST Robotics Info:

FIRST Robotics Canada
FIRST America

 

The DevTO Team

Want more information on Teresa’s Team? Or just want to cheer them on? Contact Teresa at teresa.sing@rogers.com

Tech in Toronto – March 28th to April 4th

Welcome to our third edition of Tech in Toronto 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.

March 28th, 2013

MaRS - Building a Software Development Team
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. 

Responsive Web Alliance - Responsive Web Thinkers Meet and Greet
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

 

April 2nd, 2013

MaRS Startup Book Club: “UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging” by Scott Stratten
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (Free)

GTA PHP User Group - PHP Performance: xhprof, xhgui, and profiling
7:00 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Ruby Brigade - Ruby Hack Night
6:30 P.M. (Free)

 

April 3rd, 2013

Dive into topic #1: Complex Navigation
6:30 P.M. (Free)

Launchpad x Accenture: From Tech to Consulting
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Web Entrepreneurs - Spring Networking Event
7:30 P.M. ($5.00)

Mobile Learning Lab - Bringing a Mobile App to Market
7:00 P.M. (Free)

 

April 4th, 2013

Centennial College Technology Fair 2013: Automation and Robotics Society
3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Free)

Achievers Tech Talks - Profiling and Tuning a Web Application – The Dirty Details
6:00 P.M. (Free)

 

The DevTO Team!

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


What They Don’t Teach You in Schools

We’re a little late on this, so many of you may have seen this video already.

But this a great little gem on learning coding, and all the great, inspiring people who code and have coded some of the programs that we use every day! With the amount of star power in this video, from Bill Gates, to Mark Zuckerberg to even Chris Bosh, I think society is on it’s way to making being a techie cool. Learning to code is the new literacy.

This brings to light other things, such as: why haven’t most schools jumped on this yet? As many DevTO people can attest, coding is a big part of their lives, and becoming an even bigger part of society as we integrate more of our lives with emerging technology.

It’s interesting because there has been a push for teaching coding in elementary schools in places such as Estonia, but many schools in North America have not caught on to the trend yet.

Either way, check out the video, show everyone you know, and get inspired!

The DevTO Team

Women in Tech – An interesting infographic

We hear it all the time: there is a serious lack of female representation in industries related to tech.  Historically, women have been a minority in the tech world, but more recently, there has been a specific push towards empowering more and more women to enter into traditionally male-dominated industries.  This campaign for empowerment can be seen with women in tech positions championing the cause and pushing for equality and representation through taking a more active role in their communities.  This old boy’s club is changing, rapidly, and couldn’t be happening at a better time.

New evidence suggests that companies that have women sitting in higher positions, as well as on their boards, simply do better than ones that are entirely constituted by men.

Further, according to this infographic, research shows that “Venture capital firms with even just one female partner are 70% more likely to in business co-founded by women.”

So, why not have more women in tech? We are in a time where inclusivity should be heralded, if not just for the social aspect, but also for the clear evidence of success when equality is promoted.

Again, on the same infographic regarding the “Rise of Women in Tech”: the world of tech is in serious need of women, but not to fear, this statistic is on the rise.

Here are some interesting tidbits of information on the current state of women in tech:

  • Only 1 in 4 jobs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  (STEM) fields are held by women.
  • Between January 2011 and January 2012, the percentage of women in IT jumped 28.9%.
  • Women in STEM jobs earn 33% more than women in comparable non-STEM jobs (I don’t know about you, but this is undoubtedly impetus for more women to seek out careers in this field)
  • The wage gap is 7% less in the STEM fields!

However, this infographic has been generated with data centered on U.S. data and statistics; so, understanding this in the context of Canada is probably not too difficult, but some of the statistics may be different.

The DevTO Team

The Windows Store Opportunity–Why You Should Care

Here’s a post from Paul Laberge on Windows 8:

You’re an app developer because you build software. Maybe your software is targeted at the web. Maybe it’s targeted at Android, iOS, Blackberry or some other mobile platform. Maybe it’s server-based or cloud-based. It could be Mac OS X, Linux or (yes) even Windows. Regardless of where you build your software or where that software resides in its end state, you clearly are an app developer.

As you can tell, there are lots of options for you to deliver your vision and it’s very possible your app is targeting more than one platform. With the release of Windows 8 last week, another platform is available to you and as a result your options have grown. Windows 8 is not the Windows that you have used in the past. The slogan used at Microsoft is “Windows, Reimagined” and it truly is. If you have not seen Windows 8 in action, you can check out some videos here or you can even download a 90 day trial of the operating system here.

So why should you care about Windows 8 as an app developer? There are several reasons that may make sense and appeal to you:

  • Windows has a very large install base and that user base appears to be upgrading to Windows 8 in large numbers
  • Windows 8 has a built in app store called the Windows Store that will get your app noticed more effectively
  • You can build Windows Store apps with the skills you already know and use (you can build truly native Windows Store apps in HTML/JS/CSS, C++, C# and VB).

How you can get started

Your time is limited so we try to make it as easy as possible for you to get started building Windows Store apps. Below are the resources you’ll want to look at:

  • Windows Store app design site: Visit this site to get guidance on how to design your app’s experience and flow. This site will challenge you to define what your app is awesome at and make it a focus for your UI and app experience.
  • Windows Store app developer site: The one-stop shop for getting the SDK and free tools needed for building your Windows Store app. Also on this site are literally thousands of code samples that you can use in your apps or to learn from (in all supported platform languages).
  • The Windows Store portal: The main web portal for the Windows Store. This site has guidance for iOS developers, Android developers, web developers and others on how to port their apps to the Windows Store.
  • Woot Studio: Microsoft Canada’s blog focusing on app development and design. Get tips and tricks from Microsoft Canada’s developer division on how to build great app experiences.

You’re invited to Windows 8 Pure Imagination

You may have received an invitation via the #devTO Meetup group regarding Microsoft Canada’s premier Windows Store app development conference called Pure Imagination. It is being held in Toronto on November 24-25, 2012 and this conference will give you all the in-person guidance you need to get a head start on building your Windows Store app.

The conference is free and is packed with some of the best developers presenting how to build amazing Windows Store apps. It’s also pretty exclusive as we are being selective as to who gets to attend and as a member of #devTO, you’re in the “in-crowd”. Are you in? Great – you can register here!

There might be a few cool surprises there as well. So if you are thinking of passing on attending, give it a second thought; you might be happy you did.

Join the Developer Movement

If you think there is a good opportunity for you in building apps for the Windows Store, then that’s great! Even if you don’t, you may want to look at this extra incentive program we are running in Canada for building and publishing Windows Store apps (as well as Windows Phone apps and Windows Azure services). You can check out the Developer Movement site here for more info.

Have questions? No problem.

If you have questions, we’re here to answer them. My name is Paul Laberge, a GTA-based Technical Evangelist for Microsoft and focused on our app platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure). If you want to talk to me, you can email me or find me on Twitter or LinkedIn – give me a shout and I’ll be happy to help!

Driven Accelerator Cohort Starts August 27

Driven is a mentorship program focused accelerator designed to provide advanced training, one-on-one mentoring and access to capital to tech start-ups led by women and people of colour.

The 12-week program provides start-up founders with an advanced curriculum facilitated by Toronto’s most recognized and respected entrepreneurs. Driven’s program will help you raise outside capital, build relationships with companies to help accelerate their business, and create traction by learning from proven mentors. Including, yours truly, Kevin.

Early deadline for applications is August 6, 2012. Program starts August 27, 2012 www.drivenaccelerator.com/APPLY 

Mixpanel Office Hours in Toronto

Hey folks!  Mixpanel is hosting a free office hours at Uniiverse HQ in Toronto this coming Thursday!

Mixpanel engineer Neil Rahilly will be hosting office hours on Thursday, July 5th from 6 – 8pm. The good folks at Uniiverse have generously offered to host this event at their office, so come to:

111 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5C 2T9

Come with questions about how to use Mixpanel. If you don’t have questions, just come for the Pizza and Beer.

Event: HACK with Facebook in Toronto on June 16th

Facebook is running their largest ever developer event in Canada on Saturday June 16th at 99 Sudbury.
There will be two presentation tracks dedicated to developers and creative/marketing professionals and plenty of time dedicated to cranking out code during the all day event. In the morning, Facebook Platform Engineers from New York, California, and Dublin will be kicking things off with an intro to the platform, open graph, and mobile, and the creative track later in the afternoon will cover storytelling, social design, apps for marketers, and advertising on Facbeook – all delivered by local platform experts.
Facebook Engineers will be on hand to answer questions and help you make the most out of the APIs and tools offered by the platform. There will be a demo session at the end of the night and prizes for best overall app, best open graph integration, best game, and best mobile app.
Registration is free and filling up fast! Check out more details and register at  http://facebook.regsvc.com/E8.
– Sachin Monga

Girl Geeks Toronto Presents The Mobile Evolution

We may be designers. We may be mathematicians. We may be digital experts. We may be educators. Whatever we are, we are all geeks.

Formed with the premise of making technology exciting and available to everyone, Girl Geeks Toronto is happy to announce our upcoming event Mobile Evolution: Thinking Beyond The App. The evening will be jam-packed with three great speakers: Kitty Shum, Tom Purves and Matthew Fabb, addressing the hot topic of mobile, what we need to know, and what tools we need to be involved. Along with these fabulous talks, the evening will offer hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and networking opportunities.

After a period of dormant activity, Girl Geeks Toronto has reformed it’s team and are back bigger and better than ever! Each month we will tackle a new theme with three speakers, providing you with the hottest talks in technology from the best in the industry. Your dedicated organizers are Breanne Schroder, Rachel Lane, Caroline McGregor and Cassie Doubleday (pictured from left to right).

We are pleased to be supporters of and affiliated with DevTO, who have done a remarkable job of building the dev community here in the city. Thanks, gents, for your support!

To join us at the event RSVP here. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.