Category Archives: Events

Toronto’s Mini Maker Faire – Recap!

This past weekend was the Toronto Mini Maker Faire! What a great whirlwind of a weekend. From 3D printers making chocolate to tweeting typewriters, the event brought together over 4,000 people on the rainy weekend to partake in a DIY-wonderland.

Some of the other notable booths and workshops included:

  • Lockpickers (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) spending a day  learning the mechanisms ockpickers (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) spending a day learning the mechanisms in a lock — and learning how to open them
  • The Matter Form scanner – the first affordable and home use scanner to hook up to your 3D printer
  • The University of Waterloo’s 3D Chocolateering - which uses chocolate powder to create 3D printed items
  • MakerKids‘s ROBOTBATTLE! – the name says it all.

A list of all participating Makers can be found here

The maker culture has been gaining momentum for the last couple years, and this weekend really helped highlight the amazing advances that these Toronto groups have made. The event had many hands-on projects from adults and kids alike; the MakerKids‘ Toy Hacking Booth (video) encouraged kids to use their imaginations and ‘hack’ or improve on existing toys (some of the concoctions looked like they came straight out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory).

This weekend really showcased a community that is growing. People from all over came to learn, hack and create. We can’t wait until next year’s event!

Interested in learning more about the Maker movement in Toronto? Want to get more involved? Make sure to check out the Maker Faire blog, and the MakerKids blog for more information, events and contests.


**Bonus**: Check out this cool video of me playing with a 3D Printed Geared Heart.

Tech in Toronto Thursday! – Sept. 19 – Sept. 26

Hello Toronto! Happy Thursday… what are you up to this week? Maker Faire is this weekend! Have you gotten your tickets? If not: tickets are super discounted and available!

Have you gotten your tickets to September’s DevTO yet? Join us for great talks and as usual, great give aways and pizza! This month, Bill Gregory and Patrick Dunphy help us learn a little more about accessibility.

September 19, 2013

DevOps Toronto - Continuous Delivery with Jez Humble
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Ashley Beattie visits Bitmaker Labs: THINK Thursday
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (FREE)


September 21 – 22, 2013 

Toronto Mini Maker Faire 


September 22, 2013

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)


September 23, 2013

HTML5 – Back To Basics 01 - Getting started 
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. ($5.00)

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

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

September 24, 2013

Toronto Software Journeymen - Software Design google Hangout with J.B. Rainsberger
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Achievers TechTalks - Diversity in Tech: It Will Happen to You
6:00 P.M. (FREE)


September 25, 2013

Toronto Data Science Group - Toronto Data Science Group, Technical Edition
4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

AngularJS Toronto - Back-To-School Meetup
6:30 P.M (FREE)

Toronto .NET Hackers - ASP.NET Web API
7:00 P.M.


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)



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Tech in Toronto Thursday – Sept. 12-19, 2013

Here is another one of our event listings for September. Don’t forget to pick up your Maker Faire tickets for September 21-22… thanks to some great donors, tickets are super discounted and available for great prices.

Psst! Have you gotten your tickets to September’s DevTO yet? Only a couple weeks (and tickets!) remain.

September 12, 2013

Toronto ALM User Group - Understanding Dev/Test scenarios in Windows Azure and Team Foundation Service
5:30 P.M (FREE) 

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

Toronto Unity Developers – Toronto Unity Dev. Group Kickoff
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Mac Users’ Group – GTA – CSS 103 – CSS3 and modern web design
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

MaRS – Fireside Chat: hacker, hustler & designer: Building the Tech Team
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Lean Coffee T.O. – LeanCoffeeTO Episode 127: Lean Pricing
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. (FREE)


September 14, 2013

Leanstartupweekends – Pitch, Validate and Create: Starting New Businesses and Building on Old Ones
10:00 A.M. (FREE)

September 15, 2013

CoderDojoTO - CoderDojoTO 1
10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M (FREE)

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)

September 16, 2013

Girl Geeks Toronto – Seeing Double: The Second Screen Experience
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. ($10.00)

Mobile Development using Xamarin for iOS, Android and Windows – Building Android Apps in .NET and c# (Xamarin)
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Drupal User Group - September Meetup: Responsive Design and Drupal 
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

Coding Ladies’ Hangout - First Meetup
5:45 P.M. – 8:30 P.M (FREE)

September 17, 2013

Joomla! Users and Developers: Joomla HQ of the GTA - My First Joomla! Site Workshop
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

September 18, 2013

4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Java APIs of Apache Cassandra: Thrift, Hector, JDBC, and Datastax Java Driver
6:30 P.M (FREE)

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

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

September 19, 2013


DevOps Toronto - Continuous Delivery with Jez Humble
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (FREE)


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Free Code Ninja Lessons for Kids

Hey DevTO community!

Know any kids that would like to learn to code? Well there is a great and free event happening this Sunday, September 15 at the CSI.

From 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. kids from ages 10-17 are invited to come down and to “work proactively to eliminate gender and socioeconomic barriers to computer science by providing a no-cost way for young people to experience programming early—and have fun doing it!”

CoderDojoTO is a free, friendly environment where kids can learn programming. Their aim is to provide free and open learning to youth, with a special emphasis on computer programming. Start those kids early and open them up to a world of possibilities and opportunities.

9 tickets are left, and you can buy them here.

The hashtag for the event is #CoderDojoTO, and if you’re interested in mentoring or just plain volunteering, drop them a line!

Happy Wednesday!




Hey DevTO community!

You’ve heard of us gabbing about the great maker movement and the Toronto Mini Maker Faire (that’s happening in only a couple weeks! Tickets are 50% off now!), but have you heard about MakerKids? Now your kids have a chance to be inspired, to think creatively and to hone in on those great talents with Toronto’s MakerKids!

MakerKids is a makerspace for youth in Toronto. They offer hands-on after school programs, open shops for kids, teens and adults, workshops, Minecraft programs and birthday parties for adults and kids based on 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, programming, sewing, crafting and making of all kinds! Their 10 week after school programs are starting next week: Inventions on Mondays and Robotics on Wednesdays.

To register for these programs and other events for kids, teens or adults, sign-up at

Have a great weekend!



Tech in Toronto Thursday! September 5 – September 12, 2013

Fall is upon us! What’s better than spending a crisp September evening networking and updating your skills with one of the amazing events happening in Toronto?

Psst! Have you gotten your tickets to September’s DevTO yet? It’s all about accessibility!

September 5, 2013

WeBuildWeDesign - Monthly Meeting
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 6, 2013

AgileXDToronto - MeetUp for Agile Experience Design community
5:30 – 7:00 P.M (FREE)

September 8, 2013

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 9, 2013

Toronto OpenStreetMap Enthusiasts - Mappy Hour
6:30 – 10:30 P.M (FREE)

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

WordPress GTA – WordPress GTA Pre-Fall Gathering
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (FREE)

MakerKids – MakerKids at Heart: Monday Night Open Shop for Adults
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. ($20.00)

September 10, 2013

Third Tuesday Toronto - MITCH JOEL: Reboot your business. Reboot your life. Your future depends on it.
5:30 P.M. ($20.00)

NSCoder Toronto – Mac/iOS Developers – NSCoder September #1
6:30 (FREE)

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

Techsoup Canada – Toronto Net Tuesday - Take the Next Step with Data Sharing
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. ($5.00)

GTA PHP User Group – Third Year Anniversary plus a great story from the trenches
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Ruby Brigade – Ruby Tech Talks (Downtown): HTTP Caching & Clojure through Ruby-coloured glasses
7:15 P.M. – 9:15 P.M. (FREE)

Startup Drinks TO - Start Up Drinks TO Aug/Sept.
4:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 11, 2013

Toronto/GTA Flow-Based Programming Meetup - Flow-Based Programming: Introduction
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (FREE)

Design with Dialogue: Bodies, Brains and Peak Performance in the Workplace
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. ($5.00)

September 12, 2013

Toronto ALM User Group - Understanding Dev/Test scenarios in Windows Azure and Team Foundation Service
5:30 P.M (FREE) 

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

Toronto Unity Developers – Toronto Unity Dev. Group Kickoff
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Mac Users’ Group – GTA – CSS 103 – CSS3 and modern web design
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

MaRS – Fireside Chat: hacker, hustler & designer: Building the Tech Team
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (FREE)



The DevTO Team

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Tech in Toronto: August 15th – August 22nd

It’s August! We have a few, but great, events happening in our beautiful city. Check out the links and start networking. Hope you’re enjoying your summer. Have you gotten your tickets to August’s DevTO?

A little late, but still super cool, is this 12-part Android 101 series held by the YMC. Sign up here.


August 15th, 2013

NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network) Toronto Tech Club - Crowdsourcing Humanitarian Engagement Technology Solutions
6:00 – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Code Retreat - Code Retreat at Bento Miso
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

August 18th, 2013 

Mobile Learning Lab - Designing for Mobile – The User Experience
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Getting started with C* Installations
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Mobile Startups TO - Ep #20 Case Study: Green P
6:45 – 8:00 P.M. (FREE)


August 19th, 2013

Toronto Drupal User Group - August Meetup
6:30 – 10:30 P.M (FREE)

Mobile Development on Multi-Platforms iOS, Android and Windows - Building Windows Phone Apps in .Net, C# and XAML
6:30 – 10:30 P.M. (FREE)

DevOps Toronto - MySQL 5.6 & MySQL Tricks
7:00 – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)


August 20th, 2013 

NSCoder Toronto – Mac/iOS Developers - NSCoder August
6:30 – 9:30 P.M. (FREE) 

Tech Entrepreneurs - Getting Engineers into the Lean Startup Cycle
2:00 – 3:00 P.M. (FREE)


August 21st, 2013

Python Toronto - Python August Meetup
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

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


August 22nd, 2013

HTML 5 Toronto - A Tale of Modern Web Development
6:30 – 9:30 P.M ($5.00)

Toronto Pivotal User Group - Introduction to Data Science on Big Data
6:30 – 7:30 P.M (FREE)

WeBuildWeDesign - WeBuildWeDesign Monthly Meeting
7:00 P.M (FREE)


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#DevTO 26: Node.js & Intimacy and the Interface

Forays into Node.js – Julian Lam & Andrew Rodrigues

Julian and Andrew fromDesign Create Play talk about their experiences starting out with Node.js, and discuss lessons learned, mistakes made, and pitfalls avoided while building the first iteration of NodeBB, a Node.js+Redis powered forum designed for the modern web.

Julian will introduce audiences to Node.js’ event-loop, as well as touching on scalability comparisons with respect to traditional LAMP stacks, while Andrew will discuss several features that make Node.js especially compelling for developers looking to make the jump.

A short Q&A session will follow, where the Design Create Play team will answer questions regarding Node.js and NodeBB.


Intimacy and the Interface: Building an Internet that Humans can Love – Zach Forrester & Mark Reale

Distant from its origins, the Web Browser is no longer thought of solely as a document retrieval system. 23-years into its existence, it has become a staple in the communication system of human beings – a fixture in the daily life.
Aside from being a primary source for breaking news and communication, we have also all had ‘experiences’ on the web that we felt compelled to re-visit; experiences that we have felt compelled to tell others about. We have had ‘favorite’ web sites. We have felt distraught when the layout of our go-to online tools changed their layouts. We have used the word ‘love’ when describing things that we experienced online.
During this session, we will (respectfully) take a look under the hood of the Web Browser and explore an inventory of effects that have proven to be endearing and provide joy to our web experiences. For non-programmers, there will be a good deal of commentary on considerations of interface design and the capabilities of web browsers as we explore what is possible to conjure up on a browser-powered screen. For the developers in the mix: there will be some interesting Javascript implementations to snack on as we explore the poetic side of the web, and hopefully some inspiration to carry you into your next interface.
(This talk is a spiritual companion to BNOTIONS’ previous DevTO presentation, Plot Twists in Interfaces, September 26, 2011).


Zach Forrester, BNOTIONS (@zforrester)

Zach is a Senior UX Designer at BNOTIONS ( where he crafts engaging experiences across all platforms for international brands, merging spheres of interest that Zach has held throughout his life. A lifelong interest in comic books has given Zach a deep appreciation of storytelling and artistry, while an ongoing fascination with technology has led Zach to be an explorer of cutting edge interface programming and techniques.


Mark Reale, BNOTIONS (@markreale)

As the Community and Culture Partner at BNOTIONS (, and the Co-Founder and Director of The YMC (, Mark’s focus is to bring the most efficient and innovative technologies to his clients and to share these tools and techniques to the community at large.
Beyond BNOTIONS and the YMC, Mark is an avid Javascript fan, and has also spent time as a Professor of Electronic and Print Publishing at Seneca College, and Co-Founded LeanCoffeeTO, a weekly Meetup for Entrepreneurs to discuss lean methodologies and efficient business practices.


BNOTIONS is a Toronto based innovation company that works with forward-thinking global brands and disruptive entrepreneurs. BNOTIONS focuses on strategy, design, and development of mobile, web and social products. BNOTIONS’ approach to building meaningful technology solves tough problems, overcomes complicated challenges and creates opportunities through innovation. The outcome of this process are products and thinking that creates long-term value for clients and partners, rather than campaigns that disappear as quickly as their impact.

Introducing: CoFoundersLab

Hi DevTOer’s,

We just want to let you know about a great event happening tomorrow, June 25th at CSI. Do you want to start something up, but just don’t have the means or know where to start? CoFoundersLab will help you match up with the right people to make your business happen.

CoFoundersLab is a relatively new entrepreneur and developer matchmaking site in Toronto. They have a great co-founder matching platform online that you can peruse here.

Here is more information about their great event happening tomorrow:

Co-Founders Wanted of Toronto

When: Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM

Where: Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street)

Cost: Free

What: Co-Founders Wanted is an opportunity to find a co-founder for your business, or to help you find a business to join. Brought to you by CoFoundersLab, come meet other aspiring entrepreneurs and build the team to make your business happen. Start networking now by creating a free profile at!

RSVP Here:


Hacking for Education: #HackForGood Hits Toronto this Weekend

The people who put on the “World’s Biggest Hackathon” at MaRS last month are back again for another great event. EduHack has teamed up with Prepr to bring #HackForGood on June 14th – June 16th. If you’re interested in education and tech, then this will be a great opportunity for you to learn how to bring the two together in exciting, innovative ways.

Here is a small description of the event:

EduHack #HackForGood this weekend!

Date: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:30pm – Sunday, June 16 2013 at 2:30 PM
Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at U of T, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON
Price: $20

Are you excited about education & technology? Do you have an idea you want to make happen? Then join EduHack this weekend as we bring the tech community together with educators to Hack For Good!

You’ll have a chance to connect with a great community, have fun and test your abilities, all with the chance to win great prizes! Register today at

Collaboration is at the heartbeat of innovation and we are excited to see the great projects that you will develop. Let’s hack education together!

For more information: Please visit, or our eventbrite page at