Category Archives: Events

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.

#EdAppHack: Saturday, October 25th & Sunday, October 26th

 

We’re going to be joining learners, teachers and community app developers this weekend at the MaRS Discovery District for the #EdAppHack, a two-day learning opportunity, using the Hackathon model to address the changing dialogue between students and their teachers, mentors, and  industry professionals. #EdAppHack will be focusing on the theme of STEM and using the hands-on experience to address concerns and talking points on the changing nature of education, all while creating original apps and with the aide of various supportive  collaborators. There’s also going to be a keynote by Robleh Jama, founder of Tiny Hearts,  an award winning app studio based here in Toronto, and lots of industry professionals from all ends of Toronto.

Both students and teachers will be able to get their hands dirty, work together and collaborate to brainstorm, build and pitch their app ideas, and it’s all going down this weekend.  To get involved, visit edapphack.com and sign up.

No Country For Old Programmers

Our next event is a very special DevTO presentation where we will chat with 4 experienced developers from Toronto to share their thoughts on issues that impact all programmers regardless of the technology stacks they work in, how long they have been in the field or even which industry they work in.

In this special event, your moderator will be Mark Lapasa and he will host Pearl ChenTracy LaurenPeter Gray and Roland Sing.

With over 80 years of combined experience in the field this will definetely be an event you will not want to miss!

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’1 Million Women in STEM’ Networking Event

From our friends at Venus Ventures and an excellent follow up to one of our previous talks,  comes ‘1 Million Women in STEM’ Networking Event:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1-million-women-in-stem-networking-event-tickets-11979469917

Venus Ventures is excited to host this upcoming networking event to share, inspire and empower women of all ages in STEM and the trades with a focus on confidence. Over the last year we have been talking to women in STEM about how we can support all of you, and the idea of building a community to share knowledge, resources, support was one of the top identified needs.

 This event will offer a safe space for women to network and connect, meet role models, share successes and failures and build on individual confidence.

 The event is open to anyone who is interested and/or supportive of women in STEM and the trades.

Get your tickets! 

Teaching Tech & Tech for Learning

This month we’ll be learning from Shanta Nathwani and Marc Lijour on technology within the education space and a case study on how tech is used at Sheridan College.

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We’ve got two great presentations this month! The last devTO of the year! You coming or what?!  Get your tickets

 

Teaching Technology – Shanta Nathwani 


Technology is changing fast, and so does teaching. Shanta will talk about an innovative program blending communication, design, and technology run at Sheridan College in partnership with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. They are taught to be the translators of business needs to technology solutions and learn a little bit of everything, including web design and photography. Her students work on real projects with local clients and employers who are looking for practical skills and creative thinking. Shanta is always on the lookout for the next technology and skills her students will need to compete in a rapidly changing world.

Shanta R. Nathwani is an IT and Social Media Consultant and an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few.

Technologies for Learning at Sheridan College – Marc Lijour
Sheridan students are involved in hackathons, working with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and they learn actively with the latest video and collaboration techniques. Their students are career-ready, some of them launching their own business while in school. This presentation will explore the main technology infrastructure based on Cisco which makes all that possible, as well as the involvement of Sheridan in leading programs such as VROC and Connected North. Developers won’t want to miss hearing about cool technologies like CMX, Jabber Guest, and other technologies available on DevNet.

Marc Lijour is an educator specialized in technology and innovation. He joined Cisco last year to lead the transformation of education in Canada. He helps school boards, colleges, and universities design strategies to improve student success and experience, positioning Canada as the best place to work, live, play, and learn. Marc is also a developer and an adept of Free/Libre Open Source Software. His first job experience was to develop a pre-Web site on the late 80’s French Minitel network (Bell Canada launched a similar system branded Alextel). He started experimenting with Linux before the Y2K, installing school labs. Later, he worked for the Mandriva Linux distribution. Specialized in software engineering, and distributed work, he is a big fan of DevOps and the cloud.

Thank you! We raised $1,616 for Girls Coding Camps!
Thanks to you and many others who donated and shared our crowd funding campaign to send 5 girls between 8 and 13 to a Kids Learning Code we were able to raise $1,616!We also decided that we will donate the remainder so that we can send 5 girls to these summer camps!
Bitmaker Labs are taking us to school!

Bitmaker would like to offer 10 DevTO members $50 off our upcoming Angular JS workshops. The workshops are taking place on July 12-13 and will focus on an immersive Angular JS experience for two full days! 

Bitmaker Labs is offering 5 scholarships worth $1500 each to the DevTOcommunity for the 9 week intensive Web Development Course. The scholarship will be provided based on the application, interview and the zest for knowledge.

Please apply before July 18 to be eligible and enter DevTO in the comments section of the application.

Genesys Hackathon in Toronto July 18th.

Genesys will be hosting a Hackathon on Friday July 18 – Saturday July 19 with 2 Google Glasses as the top prize. Get more details and register for this free event here.

Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9pm for #DevTOChat on Twitter. We’ll be giving out 2 books from Pearson Canada tonight!
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.

Gold Sponsors


Genesys is a leading provider of multi-channel customer experience and contact center solutions. Our platform helps companies engage with their customers, across all channels and interactions to deliver differentiated customer journeys, while maximizing revenue and loyalty. Join our award winning team at https://careers.genesys.com. And join us in our upcomingHackathon, with Google Glasses, Galaxy Tabs and Ubis as prizes.
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Mosaic is among the fastest growing agencies in North America. By utilizing its People as Media™ approach to connecting brands with consumers, it conducts thousands of consumer events and retail visits across North America every year. Mosaic has established itself as a clear leader in helping brands connect with consumers in non-traditional ways, including retail events, community experiences, assisted selling, and online social media extensions.
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

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!

Girls Raising Is Back! – June 24th

Our friends at Girls Raising are back with another hit panelist event!

Girls Raising Presentations are a unique series of events geared towards helping women founded startups get publicity, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and meet influential women that can move their businesses forward. This is a small private event with a limited number of tickets and curated guest list that helps us to provide optimal networking atmosphere offline and online.
The Girls Raising online and offline network of resources that supports, educates and encourages female entrepreneurs. We help them build the confidence and connections neccessary to start, build and raise for their company.

Our monthly events are an opportunity for guests to preview some of the great companies being built by women and to hear from some of the most successful and influential women of our time.
Men are invited too!

Use the code “devto” for a special discount!

Creative Cloud Event – June 20

Our friends at Adobe and After Effects TO are hosting a Creative Cloud event here in Toronto! 

Adobe worldwide evangelists will be coming to a city near you. Join us to see the latest in Adobe Creative Cloud since CS6. Learn new features that make everyday tasks easier and faster and how support for cutting-edge hardware and standards will free you to build anything you can imagine. Get answers to your questions and get inspired by designers who are creating amazing work.

To find more Creative Cloud events to attend around the world, go to: http://adobe.com/go/worldtour14

Creative Cloud

For more event info, check out their Eventbrite.

PayPal Canada’s FIRST EVER Battlehack Toronto 2014 – May 31st – June 1st

In Toronto, Hackathons are either one of two things: Epic or not-so-epic. PayPal Canada will be showing us that come the weekend of May 31st in their monumental saga:

PayPal Battlehack 2014

 BattleHack is a series of hackathons held  at various cities worldwide that culminates in a World Finals held in Silicon Valley in November. Winner gets the title of Ultimate Hacker for Good and $100k USD. 

Seriously: the one reason to enter this contest of coding – a trophy’s an axe! A hefty axe.  The best way to kick off the hack season! Still, DON’T JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT! 1:00 in the video below. Yeah. That. So. Good.

Check out the link to register. Also, while you’re at it: check out some of the bodies after the jump! Alot of familiar faces looking to take this on! This is gonna be massive!

Stay Tuned to #devto for a chance to win a special hacking device at our next #devtoChat courtesy of PayPal Canada!

 

Day Job Screening – May 21st

So our friends at Acheivers, will be showing the startup documentary Day Job at Achievers on May 21st at 7pm!

Come join us for our third Toronto Screening of DAY JOB. For this event we will provide and extended fireside chat following the film with Jeremy Potvin, Founder of Shift Hub in conversation with Serial entrepreneur Murray McKercher Executive Producer. Ticket Price: $10. Click here for more information.

FITC’s Women’s Initiative gives 62 women a chance at attending FITC Toronto

FITC is a leader in many ways – they do amazing work in different communities throughout the world and offer great resources to the tech community here in Toronto. They are always looking for ways to enrich the experiences of all people in tech, and care about important causes like accessibility to their resources and try to make their events as inclusive as possible. That’s why it’s our pleasure to announce the great work they have done for their Women’s Initiative, or the #WomenAtFITC initiative. 
 
For the initiative, FITC welcomes submissions from women explaining why they would like to attend the FITC Toronto conference at the end of April and do it in the most creative way possible – this means in the form of an animation, a poster, a web page or even a short film. Yesterday, FITC announced on their blog that 62 women were chosen to attend the event. Congrats, guys! 
 
Women are a valuable part of the tech and design communities, but make up only a small portion of them. It’s an important initiative since we should all be striving towards equality and equal representation for both genders. We as a community have to work hard to ensure inclusivity and show girls and women alike that this is not only a male dominated industry, and FITC is doing just that! 
 
If you’re interested in attending FITC Toronto, there is still time! Tickets can be purchased here (we’re still in the early bird stage! So get on it fast!) and event info (speakers, times, location, etc.) can be found here
 
Anita