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StartupBus is looking for some Great Canadians to Compete!

Apply Now for the StartupBus North American Competition 2014!

StartupBus Canada is rolling towards Austin, TX in March, and we’re looking for some extreme Canadians to represent the Great White North.

If you already know what StartupBus is, apply at http://northamerica.startupbus.com/ and tell us why you’d be an awesome part of this global community.

If you don’t know what StartupBus is, read on.

What is StartupBus?

StartupBus is an exercise in time, resource, and comfort-constrained creativity – it’s a hackathon on a bus moving at 100km/hour for 3 days across the continent. It pushes people past their limits, and finds greatness on the other side.

Why Do It?

It’s a life changing trip that has seen people step off the bus and into incubators, new jobs, a new startup, or just a new way of looking at life. The competition a shared experience that has brought together a community of truly amazing people in countries around the world. StartupBus represents a network of amazing entrepreneurs, investors, journalists, and builders that is genuine and celebrates the do-ers in life. Also, a cross-country hackathon road trip makes for an epic story.

How Do I Apply?

Tell us why you’re awesome and what you bring to the community. The bus is stacked with do-ers (mostly coders and designers who can implement) but if you bring something unique, then we want you. In the past, we’ve had lawyers, environmental policy wonks, students, and retirees who all brought something special and make the community stronger for it.

Apply now- applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there are a limited number of seats.

When Do We Leave?

StartupBus rolls from March 2 to March 6, 2014 and ultimately lands in Austin, TX in time for the biggest tech conference in the U.S. From there, you get yourself back however and whenever you want.

I want more information!

Visit http://northamerica.startupbus.com/ for more information on the competition or email jamie@startupbus.com with questions.

New Year, New DevTO – A recap of our first event in 2014!

Happy Monday! 

Last week we had our very first DevTO event of 2014! What a great time, too. We brought together a great group of new and old faces and learned a little bit about Scaling WordPress on a budget with Alan Lok and the future of file sharing + the private cloud with Ziyan Hossain. Both speakers have been long time DevTO attendees, and it was great to open the year with them! It was an evening of good beer, talks and lively debate. 
 
Alan Lok’s presentation, “Scaling WordPress for the world on a (relatively small) budget”, brought to light the challenges he faced when creating the wordpress-based site Walk Free.org - a site with the aim of ending slavery across the globe. His talk touched on AWS use, redefining cloud hosting use, and how to manage a workload while being aware of your budget. 
 
If you’re interested in learning more, Alan has posted an in-depth blog on his talk
 
Ziyan Hossain, from qnext brought some interesting thoughts on file sharing and the private cloud. The talk, entitled “How the private cloud can help improve access & security”, grapples with the issues that sharing poses for us in the future. How will the multitude of emerging devices change how we share and how we protect ourselves? We will be posting Ziyan’s talk here, so check it out!
 
The photos are up and you can peek them here and here.
 
And as always, thank you to Wave Accounting for their amazing space. Also, Matthew Potter of HTML 5 and Make Web Not War for bringing his gear. You guys rock! 
 
Thanks to our sponsors and to our amazing community, we are sure that 2014 is going to be an amazing year!
 
See you next month,
 
Anita 

Donate & Learn Expo! Do it for a great cause

Don’t miss GoDaddy’s first keynote in Canada, joining expert from Microsoft Bing, Big3 and Green Lotus. 100% of donations will go to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto!

Interested in learning how to increase your business leads and sales? and effectively manage your online marketing budget? Join 500 of Toronto’s top entrepreneurs, business owners and online marketing specialists to learn cutting-edge search engine and social media marketing strategies for your business.

Network, learn from experts and support a great cause!

The concept is simple – instead of paying a conference fee participants make a tax-deductible donation to the partnering charity of the Donate & Learn event. Donate & Learn Events have so far raised $8,350 for the YWCA Toronto, and the goal is to raise $10,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto!

Limited spots are available – Donate & Register now to reserve yours: http://greenlotus.ca/expo

Sponsors: GoDaddy, Microsoft Bing, Marin Software, BlogDash

* Note: Expo registration must be completed on the Donate & Learn Expo website to guarantee your spot!

 

New Events Calendar!

At #DevTO we love tech events. We loving throwing them, hosting them, promoting them, and heck, even going to them. That’s what we’re all about. It’s also the reason why we decided to do a weekly “Tech in Toronto Thursday” event listing.

For the last 9-10 months we have tried out this format for listing events in and around the city – but improvement and change naturally happen, so we have created a new and exciting way for you to keep up with what’s happening in your city.

So, from here on out, if you want to know what to do on a Friday night (or any other night when you’re not at one of our fabulous events – btw, did you know we have one coming up this upcoming Monday?!), check out this great calendar of events!

The DevTO Team

 

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)

AndroidTO
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]

 

Tech in Toronto – October 10 – 17, 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.
Have you gotten your ticket to our next DevTO? 29 events in, we’re going strong and always welcome new attendees. Join our free mailing list to make sure that you get all the great news on what is happening in and around the city!

October 10, 2013 

Symfony – Symfony2 advanced: Bundle configuration
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

Raspberry Pi - Help beginners to set up their RPis
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Code Retreat – Toronto Code Retreat
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

 

October 15, 2013

Tableau Software in Toronto Meetup – October 2013 Tableau Software in Toronto Meetup
7:00 P.M (FREE)

 

October 16, 2013

Phone Gap Toronto – PhoneGap Best Practices and Strategies
7:00 P.M (FREE)

Python Toronto – Python October Meetup 
7:00 P.M – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

The Toronto Apple User Group – Toronto Mac Meetup
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.

#devto 29 – “Thanks, Toronto: We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You” and “Uniting Designers and Developers”

Hey, everyone!

Thanks for coming out to our previous #devto. We should be expecting the recaps soon on our youtube page! We also got on the chat horn last Sunday still talking about it! Seriously – it was one of our most informative #devtos to date! Thanks to Bill Gregory and Patrick Dunphey. If you’d like to learn more about the last #devto’s headliner topic in a more broader spec, AccessibilityCampTO is coming November 16th, 2013!

And like clockwork, we’ve got our next one coming up, also! 29, too!

For this month’s event, our talks are all about bringing people together in our industry!  We’ve got Heather Payne and James Costa to share their stories with us.

Mailing list

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Tickets

The Ladies Learning Code story and the combination of both content and aesthetic hybrids in one room! This HAS to be good! October 28th! Mark this down and… Get your tickets

 

Thanks, Toronto: We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You – Heather Payne

Come and hear from Heather Payne, founder of Ladies Learning Code & HackerYou, about what exactly Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou have been able to accomplish over the past two years, how they did it, and why Heather and her team think Toronto is leading the way in creating a tech industry that is diverse and balanced. Heather Payne is the founder of Ladies Learning Code,  a Toronto-based not-for-profit startup that runs wildly popular  workshops for women (and men) who want to learn computer programming and  other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Recently, she founded HackerYou as  a way to bring more learning experiences around technology, startups  and entrepreneurship to Toronto.

Uniting Designers and Developers – James Costa

Having an environment where design and development work together efficiently can be tough without the right tools and processes in place. During this tech talk, James will be sharing his experiences of bridging the gap between design and development, and some things we can all do to ensure that working together is seamless and there are no hand-offs. James Costa is the Founder and Creative Director of The Phuse where he works with his team of designers and front-end developers to lovingly craft websites, interfaces, and brands. Having worked with everything from startups to government agencies like NASA, James’ goal is to constantly iterate and improve on process and culture in remote teams

This feels like a can’t miss event! Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

And… here are our sponsors!

Agency Partner


Community is a dynamic and audacious, vertically integrated agency representing the digital, social, production and experiential arms of Pulp&Fiber. The Community is a multilingual, digitally focused agency with traditional expertise working on a variety of high level brands in the lifestyle sector. Community works with international clients in the Canadian market to create global partnerships that are mutually beneficial and directly support the business needs of the brands they represent.

Gold Sponsors


OANDA is an innovator and world leader in online foreign exchange trading and currency services. We have created a powerful trading engine that allows clients around the world to trade quickly and with confidence. We’re proud to have recently been named one of The 10 Non-California Tech Companies You Wished You Worked For by Wired magazine, and we’re growing, so please check out our Recruiting Page to see how you can make a difference!
To learn more about OANDA, our website and Forex LabNotes blog are great places to get started.

Make your app the next big thing! It’s time to get motivated with The Developer Manifesto. We are the game changers. We won’t settle for second best. We are the ones who know hard work pays off and that victory is only an app away. We know that if we don’t build it, they won’t come, but when we do, we’ll create a phenomenon. We are the imaginative, the creative and the driven. We are going to Start Something! Join the Developer Movement today.

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!

 

Ross & Bank is a business-oriented law firm committed to providing its clients with superior representation. We serve a diverse range of clients, including entrepreneurs, large businesses, private individuals and other lawyers. Practicing in the areas of Commercial and Business Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Wills and Estates and Energy Law, the firm’s practice is rooted in a commitment to hard work, integrity and professionalism.

Special Sponsor


AndroidTO
is Canada’s largest Android development, design and business conference. AndroidTO provides a forum for 700 mobile developers and enthusiasts to gather under one roof to chat about the latest technologies in the Android space, share new development ideas and, ultimately, make business connections that actually matter. With October 17th approaching, you can still get a $10 discount for using promo code devto!

Tech in Toronto Thursday! September 26 – October 3, 2013

It’s time for our Tech in Toronto event listing! FITC always has some great events going on for us Torontonians. This week, they are hosting an all-day event on September 28th called SPOTLIGHT: FREELANCE – teaching you the secrets to freelancing success. Covering client relationships, pitching, pricing, networking and much more, this is going to be a great Saturday! More info here.

September 26, 2013

Toronto Perl Mongers - Lightning Talks
7:00 P.M. (FREE) 

Toronto JavaScript - BeerScript
7:00 P.M. (FREE) 

Toronto Ruby Brigade – Geeky Drinks and Boardgames
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 27, 2013

Lean StartUp Weekends – Lean Startup Weekend #10: Pitch, Pivot and Be Productive
7:00 P.M. ($20.00)

September 29, 2013

Coffee and Code - SUNDAY: DRINK COFFEE AND WRITE CODE
10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)

FITC – SPOTLIGHT: FREELANCE
10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M ($139.00)

September 30, 2013

#DevTO – Accessibility 101: Beat the Tsunami with a Wave & 10 tips in 10 minutes
6:30 P.M. (FREE) 

Hackernest - Toronto September Tech Social

8:00 P.M. – 11:30 P.M (Voluntary 10.00 Donation)

October 1, 2013

GTA PHP User Group - Dependency Management with Composer
7:00 P.M (FREE)

 

October 2, 2013

Toronto Oracle User Group - TOUG Meetup
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M (FREE)

Toronto Facebook Developers and Marketers - Monthly Drinks Night
6:00 P.M – 10:00 P.M. (Voluntary $10.00 Donation)

Toronto Bitcoin Community - You’re Invited to Talk Bitcoin
7:00 P.M.

 

October 3, 2013

Tech in Motion Toronto - Collaborative Living Demo Night
6:30 P.M (FREE)

GPU Programming in Toronto - SIGGRAPH and OpenCL
7:00 P.M – 8:45 P.M. (FREE)

     

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

Adobe’s CreateNowTO

We have a great FREE event for you! Coming up this October, Adobe is holding an event to help you learn new ways to “create, collaborate and share” your work with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Join Adobe evangelists for free, half-day seminars to become intimately acquainted with Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite.

Some of the topics that the events will cover:

  • Syncing, organizing and sharing across computers and devices
  • Behance
  • Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Muse CC, InDesign CC
  • Designing responsive websites – without using code
  • Video editing and motion graphics

From Boston to Portland and all the way to Toronto, Adobe is holding CreateNow events across 13 North American cities to teach you new tips and tricks to work more efficiently and give you more control over your projects.

Speakers include: Terry WhitePaul TraniAlan Greenblatt

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time: 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

LocationMaRS Collaboration Centre, Suite 100, 101 College Street

Cost: FREE!

For more info, agenda and registration: check out the official event page, and don’t forget to use the hashtag: #CreateNow and follow Adobe Creative Cloud on Twitter!

 

DevTO Team

Want more Adobe Creative Cloud resources? Here’s a great resource.