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Think It. Code It. Gift It.

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Are you a coder, designer or someone that loves to solve problems and find solutions?

Capital One Canada is kicking of a Hackathon on Friday, October 21, 2016 until Sunday, October 23rd, 2016. Join fellow coders, developers & designers as they problem solve & create solutions for six Toronto-based charities. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in a fun way! Participants will be put into teams of four to six people(or can sign up as a team) & challenged to create a technology solution for one of the charities involved. So come on out & make a difference.

It’s going to be hosted by Marc Saltzman at Brainstation in downtown Toronto. This is going to be a great opportunity to meet the developer community & partners of the hackathon. Charities being supported are Blake Boultbee, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Prosper Canada, Second Harvest, Toronto Pflag and Women’s Habitat.

Here is all the info you need to know for the Gift The Code Hackathon

WHEN: October 21st – October 23rd

WHERE: Brainstation, 460 King St. West (at Spadina), Toronto ON

WHY: Support accessibility for technology & innovation for the six charities!

WHAT: Hackathon – developers, designers & anyone with ideas come together to solve a problem through technology.

WHO: Capital One Canada with support from Hackworks & Brainstation.

So come out & support a great & unique hackathon experience while helping 6 charities make a difference & make an impact in your community! See you there.

Think It! Code It! Gift It!

For more information on the hackathon, or to sign up, visit http://giftthecode.ca

This post was sponsored by Capital One Canada.

#DevTO5K

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#DevTO started five years ago. As part of celebrating five years, we decided to host a 5K run / walk.

As a technical, creative, computer-loving person, you likely spend a lot of time sitting. The #DevTO5K objective: get people up, active, and away from their devices for a bit, while helping a great cause.

The #DevTO5K gave us the opportunity to support and highlight Techsdale, an awesome organization that you should check out. Techsale teaches young people to make games, apps, and websites. The program operates in Rexdale and surrounding areas, providing technical education and equipment. With the #DevTO5K, together we raised $500 for Techsdale.

Thanks to BrightLane, we began and finished the run at their (very cool) space.

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/

 

Unifying Product, Business, Design & Dev / 5 Steps to Outrank Your Competitors Online

The most challenging aspect of building products is the iteration of processes for the individuals and teams within an organization. From a development and design perspective, this is key to nail for focussed and efficient teams, and even more so when incorporating product management and the business behind products.

Our focus at Design Cofounders began with alleviating risks in product design and development by creating frameworks to ground our processes. These frameworks find themselves living in project management tools like Asana, in our standard operations written on Medium, as well as within the Design Kits that we create to standardize the product processes.
The business success of our company, as well as the clients that work with us hinges on maximizing opportunities and alleviating risks. It’s a simple concept, and one that we do independently in our day to day, and hopefully, in groups during meetings. But even in agile, and scrum, it’s not done contextually across all people and departments.
Lailee Soleimani and Mustefa Jo’shen from Design Cofounders are going to share examples of DC’s design kits, and provide an overview of how opportunities and risks can be interconnected throughout the entire software development lifecycle, from design, right down to technical decision making and implementation.

Lailee Soleimani is currently a Designer-in-Residence with Design Cofounders, leading internal research and development projects to strategically enhance the efficiency of studio and education efforts.

Mustefa Jo’shen is the Founder and CEO at Design Cofounders, where we’re assembling a team of developers, strategists, and designers to impact change.

Design Cofounders works with startups and organizations to achieve their business goals through the design of digital products. We also offer accessible courses on design thinking, entrepreneurship, product design, and product management for individuals and organizations via DC Edu. Our social impact mandate is “Design Makes Change”, and we use this to lead our initiatives across everything that we do.

SEO is a complex task, but a MUST for any business! Get the most out of your time and effort by following the 5 steps to SEO success. Bassem Ghali (Founder & Head of Client Strategy of Green Lotus Marketing Agency) will walk you through the most important organic search engine ranking factors, including how to detect and fix site errors, selecting the most effective keywords for your business, spying on competitors to learn about their strategy, building your backlink strength and developing online authority!

Bassem Ghali is a search engine marketing strategist and speaker with more than 8 years of experience managing online marketing strategies for some of Canadian’s largest corporations including Canadian Tire, Direct Energy, and Toronto Star – New in Homes. Demonstrated success in online marketing has led to speaking engagements at various events including Search Engine Strategies (SES) Toronto, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, American Marketing Association, SOHO Business Expo, Online Revealed Canada Conference, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and more.

Bassem is the driving force behind Green Lotus and has an knack for creating innovative online marketing strategies for medium, large businesses and non-profits. With a desire to support the community and increase awareness of local community non-profit organizations and charities.

DISCLAIMERS:

•   You must be 19 years or over to attend this event

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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

#DevTO March 2015 Featuring Robyn Larsen and Travis Patron

The 3rd #DevTO of the year is already around the corner, which also means DevTO is quickly approaching it’s 4th birthday! RSVP Here.
 

Next #DevTO Monthly Event: March 30 2015


In this session, Robyn will discuss the 9 week transition and how she landed her first big contract with 140 characters, the similarities/differences in both careers, what she learned along the way and where she is going now. Robyn is a former nuclear engineer now blurring the lines between work and play as a front end web developer, mentor and entrepreneur.

Her tools of choice are HTML5, CSS3, Sass, responsive design, and Javascript. She lives by challenging assumptions, improving process, and never settles. Born & raised in small town Alberta – over the past few years she has snowboarded some of the world’s most majestic mountains, travelled to over 23 countries, cultivated movements and mentored students. Now you can now find her based in Toronto working at Normative with brands from all over the world.
Former nuclear engineer now blurring the lines between work and play as a front end web developer, mentor and entrepreneur. Over the past few years she has snowboarded some of the world’s most majestic mountains, travelled to over 23 countries, cultivated movements and mentored students. Her tools of choice are HTML5, CSS3, Sass, responsive design, and JavaScript. She lives by challenging assumptions, improving process, and never settles. Now you can now find her working at Normative, Toronto based software development shop. 



The innovation of bitcoin is perhaps the most important development of the early 21st century. In a span of only 5 years, the digital currency has jumped from being traded at 4 tenths of a penny, to highs of over $1200. In that time, we’ve seen individuals, government organizations, and large corporation warm up to the idea that bitcoin may be a form of cyber money pundits have been predicting for years. 

Outside the control of any centralized institution and owned by no one party in particular, bitcoin sets the stage for something bold and new. Experts describe it as a breakthrough in computing science formulated upon decades of research. Bitcoin operates by open-source and freely accessible technology backed by the mathematics of cryptography, to create a universal ledger of information. Bitcoin is poised to disrupt an entire swath of industries, holding promises of disruptive, even chaotic scenarios that will endure in the coming years. More swiftly than ever, this transformation will elicit massive changes on the way we work, play, and live. 

Travis Patron is a singularity researcher and cybereconomist most well-known for his thought leadership into digital economies such as bitcoin. As a respected public speaking authority and author, he has helped audiences ranging from small teams to large university classrooms understand the implications of non-political, programmable money for the average consumer. You can find him in Toronto, apathetic towards voting while hunting banksters for spare organs. 

Recruiting Partner

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.

Check out the Fast Five tips from Creative Niche on Freelancing Success!

Partners

Mercatus Technologies enables retailers and advertisers to achieve competitive advantage, boost brand equity, and improve financial performance. Leveraging Mercatus’ smart shopping technology on a cross-channel marketing level, achieve the ultimate one-to-one relationship with shoppers throughout their buying cycle—from intent to influence to purchase. Check out their career page – they’re hiring PHP developers!


BrightLane

is a community of entrepreneurs working together on King Street West. A cool location and a historic brick and beam building may describe where our Members work, but the inspiration comes from you. We want to help you connect, collaborate and innovate and improve your business results. That’s the essence of entrepreneurial success. Starting a new business means putting everything on the line. It’s a lonely road with many surprises. Taking this journey with others, some a little ahead and those who may have stumbled, is the best path for giving your enterprise every chance for success.

Gold Sponsors


Q4 Web Systems (Q4) is the leading provider of investor relations websites, social media and mobile solutions for public companies in North America. With 400+ clients and 50+ employees they are currently looking to grow their Liberty Village office. Learn more about their stack at the Q4 Stack Blog.


Digital Ocean is simple cloud hosting that is built for developers. Deploy an SSD cloud server in 55 seconds! We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel. You’ll be amazed at how fast and easy it is to create a cloud server. Setup is super quick and painless.

Silver Sponsors

Vena is a cost-effective, user-friendly and easy to implement corporate performance management solution that ties the power and flexibility of Excel to a secure, centrally managed application. Organizations of every size rely heavily on spreadsheets to drive business processes. People love their flexibility, easy to use modeling capabilities, raw analytic power and many options for enhancing reports with charts and graphs.  Learn more about Vena and the positions.
Lighthouse Labs is Canada’s developer bootcamp. They teach people to learn to code in 8 weeks, and do it in a way that truly prepares students for amazing careers. Based in Toronto and Vancouver’s most innovative tech hubs, Lighthouse Labs combines a TA community of 40+ full-time developers with an agile curriculum that emphasizes building real software. This has allowed them to achieve the ultimate result for its students: 100% job placement rate.

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!

Speakers

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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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!

We’re buying you a drink at #ToTechBash on Dec 2nd 2014!

Last year we helped organize #ToTechWrap at the Court House with the whole Toronto Tech community crew. The event helped raise $3,000 for the Daily Bread Food Bank which helped feed 480 people.

This year Caroline and Matt are at it again organizing #ToTechBash on Dec 2nd, also at the Court House.  Tickets are $20 and all proceeds (after paying for this massive party for 500 people) will go to Not Impossible Labs which crowd sources solutions for “previously insurmountable healthcare issues” by providing DIY and open source solutions that can change lives around the globe!9bcbad_62382b5cb58e4234994ab0adebf0ec97.png_srz_957_401_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz

So can we count on you to be there? We already bought you a drink, you just need to get your ticket!

Sports Hack Weekend

Be sure to not miss this exciting event, the Sports Hack Weekend, going down November 14 through 16 at the Ryerson University Mattamy Athletic Centre. It’s going to be Toronto’s First Wearable Technology Hackathon, and if you haven’t guessed it, the theme is going to be sports. So get your brains storming,  get that whiteboard out and start planning your hacks, because where better to host a sports related hackathon than the former Maple Leaf Gardens?

Oh, and be sure to register early using our promo code devto2014 for  10% off registration, but only for the first 100 users, so hurry up and click here to register, or find out more about this auspicious event by visiting the SportsHackWeekend website here.

This event is generously sponsored by Ryerson University, IBM, RC4, and WeAreWearables Toronto.  And if you’re into celebrity spotting, projects will be judged by Bruce Croxon, a former Dragon from CBC’s Dragon’s Den, as well as Graham Churchill, an IBM MobileFirst and Internet of Things solutions leader, and James Gibbons, CEO and Founder of Spabbit. All around, you won’t want to miss this event, so register early to take advantage of 10% off for DevTO members, and give it 110% at SportsHackWeekend.