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TechSpark is looking for a Facilitator For Their Spring Program!

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Are you passionate about technology and interested in exposing youth to an exciting and creative new world?

TechSpark is an innovative, free tech program that teaches inner-city youth coding skills in preparation for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. It is where consumers grow into creators and innovators. We are launching our program in the Spring of 2015, and currently seeking a paid full-time facilitator to develop and run the 8 week training portion of the program this Spring. Additionally, we are seeking volunteer mentors and internship partners to support the delivery of our program.

We are looking for a supportive, talented and committed individual to help us deliver exceptional content to youth living in urban communities in Toronto. Our 8 week program cover topics related to software development for mobile and web applications.

Our facilitator must be caring, energetic and knowledgeable of software development using a variety of industry accepted programs. They must have professional experience that relates to the subject, and a demonstrated portfolio of work that reflects their passion and excitement. Previous teaching experience to youth is preferred. Our facilitator must have a passion for providing an alternative, accelerated learning environment that is collaborative and accessible to all.

Why join the Facilitator team?

DRIVEN Accelerator Group was founded as a non profit in 2012, to provide underrepresented entrepreneurs with advanced startup training, mentorship and access to capital. Since then, we built our startup accelerator program into an internationally recognized brand, that helped its startups raise over one million in private investments. Running a one of a kind startup program taught us that our mission to increase economic empowerment to black, female and newcomer entrepreneurs must begin at the youth stage.

As a TechSpark facilitator you assist us in expanding accessible digital literacy through quality training. You will gain experience teaching youth of diverse backgrounds and ages, and accelerating their growth into Toronto’s tech community.

 

As a facilitator, you will have the opportunity to connect with our diverse network of mentors, volunteers as well as other non profits in the youth serving sector both socially and professionally. Most importantly, as a TechSpark facilitator, you will have the power to positively impact the self efficacy and confidence of youth who need it most.

Interested applicants must send a link to a CV or resume along with a portfolio and references to techsparkto@gmail.com by January 31, 2015. Please include your LinkedIn profile and social media handles if available.

Tales from the Ops Side: Taking Black Friday & Evaluating Employers like a VC

Happy New Year!! We kick off our 4th year with two interesting topics on Dev Ops and How to evaluate employers.

We’d like to get your feedback on our past events, please help us make 2015 a great year of events for #DevTO by completing this survey.

Tales from the Ops Side: Taking Black Friday – Hany Fahim, CEO VM Farms

Beginning a series of talks presented by VM Farms, Tales from the Ops Side serves to educate developers on best practices for performance, stability, and security, as well as to share frontline stories from the battlefield (featuring such classics as The Bieber-bit, and Are You Sure This Is SSD?).  The series is intended to share an operations perspective on running and supporting application infrastructures.

January’s talk focusses maintaining performance and uptime during spike and sustained increases in load for a large eRetailer during Black Friday weekend.

Hany Fahim is the CEO and founder of VM Farms, a 24×7 Operations Team and Cloud Provider.  Hany has over 10 years of operations experience, both in building and supporting private and public cloud platforms, as well as Linux and OSS environments. You can reach Hani at @iHandroid and the folks of VM Farms @vmfarms

Evaluate Employers Like A VC Invests – Alex Stobe

Your career is an investment. One you make with a precious resource – your time. As you get to a point where more options become available, career change decisions can feel overwhelming. It helps to have a framework, especially if you’re interested in working for startups. You may want to borrow a few tips from the VC playbook and apply them to your job hunt. This talk will provide you guidelines for researching and interviewing potential employers to maximize your “Return On Experience.”

Alex Stobe headhunts for high-growth software companies and works to build recruitment solutions that connect skilled individuals with teams that will appreciate and nurture their talents. He helped design Hirefully (a candidate engagement product), and has placed software professionals at both the contributor and executive levels. Click here for his LinkedIn profile. This is Alex’s second talk at a #DevTO event.

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Mimetic’s Jade Robot Class – 5 weeks of robot goodness

MakeWorks & Mimetics have joined forces to put together a programming workshop to play and develop for the Jade Robot, and they’re making it available to you as low as $200.

The workshops begin on November 13, and are going down at MakeWorks’ Co-Working studio at 1139 College Street until Decemeber 11th.

You can make a Robot Hum-V too by signing up for Mimetic’s Jade Robot class

Check out more about the Jade Robot here, and register for your workshop by clicking here!

Also, don’t forget to share the workshop to take advantage of a 5% discount, and share with @DevTO and @MimeticsCanada whatever cool robots you program!

Hackernest Job Fair

Tech Nerds, UNITE! This Saturday, November 8th, we’re going to be hosting a booth at Toronto’s Hackernest Job Fair, along with lots of very cool Toronto Tech VIPs. If you’re looking for a job, or a way to get involved in Toronto’s Tech Community, this is the place to be. Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE? Who doesn’t like Free? Other than our awesome DevTO faces, you can expect to see people from City of Toronto, Desire2Learn, Clearpath Robotics, SOTI, Bionym, ESentire, Ryerson DMZ, MaRS and more! Register as a job seeker and you can even WIN stuff. So other than meeting wonderful people and making humblebrag worthy connections, you could walk away with a new iPad Mini. Just Sayin’. This is an event you won’t want to miss, so register today! It’s happening This Saturday, November 8th, from 1 to 6 pm, at the Exam Hall at University of Toronto’s St. George Campus: 255 McCaul Street.

If you’re an employer/recruiter, contact Hackernest today to find out more about registering for a table.

Super-sizing your Ruby App & How Does Security Blanket Work?

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Super-sizing your Ruby App – Tracey Lauren

It is the story behind my endeavour to apply tried and true scaling strategies to a large Ruby on Rails app only to discover they did not apply.Why is there so much controversy over Enterprise level Ruby on Rails solutions? Why are there little to no examples? What was the eventual solution, and how can it be adapted to any large scale  Enterprise Application, RoR or otherwise.

Tracy Lauren is a self taught Software Engineer who has worked on many ground breaking projects in her 17 years in IT. She is currently an Enterprise Application Architect for Mosaic Sales solutions, and is responsible for the architecture of their flagship IT software mPower. Tracy likes to work with the newest technologies, and frequently will mentor startup tech companies.  As an avid gamer, Tracy is currently writing her own web based RTS in her spare time (ya right!), and does not believe that there is a problem that technology cannot solve.

How does Security Blanket Work?


The Security Blanket system is made up of two parts:
The first is a network of phones, computers, and other devices that are connected by having one of our applications installed. Security Blanket also offers a “plugin”, or SDK, that can be included in any application — so any organization with an app can let their users choose to help find lost children, too. This system is completely invisible to users and works in the background, so no effort is required in order to help. Data is only ever shared with law enforcement and a child’s information and/or location are never made public.
The second part lets parents attach a beacon to their child and register that beacon’s unique signal with our system. It’s up the parent to decide how much or how little personal information is included, and none of it is stored on our servers — anything identifiable stays solely on the parent’s phone or device. If the child goes missing, the parent can report them lost through the mobile app or website, which immediately triggers Security Blanket’s global network to start scanning for their child’s unique signal.

Once the network has found the child’s signal, law enforcement officers can see the child’s location, and coordinate search efforts appropriately. The more devices picking up the signal, the more accurate the location will become, until the child is located and returned safely home.

We’re looking for a Community Manager

#DevTO is on the hunt for an awesome volunteer Community Manager to join our ranks and help us help us promote our content and events online across our different online channels.

Responsibilities. Include creating and managing a content schedule for the blog, managing the conversation on the hashtag #DevTO during and outside of events, curating tweets and content of interest for Twitter posts about Toronto tech, startups, and other tech events we promote.

Committment. The position would require around 10-15 hours per month, ( 4 hours of which are during the event).

Why join us? Although this a volunteer position, it is an excellent opportunity for meeting some fabulous folks in the Toronto tech community, as well as access to free tickets and discount codes to other events occurring in the city ex. jQueryTO, AndroidTO, FITC, etc., plus “DevTO” would look great on your resume and we will provide an amazing recommendation for your role as Community Manager if you are selected!

Donate & Learn Expo – June 10th

From our friends at Donate and learn:

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Beat the Line! Join 600 Toronto Entrepreneurs to learn from online marketing gurus at LinkedIn, P&G, TekSavvy, FreshBooks, Microsoft. You’re not going to want to miss it! Register today!

 Mix & Mingle with 600 Toronto Entrepreneurs! Industry Experts at LinkedIn, P&G, TekSavvy, Freshbooks and Microsoft, are ready to help you plan your search engine & social media strategy.

You are not going to want to miss it! http://greenlotus.ca/expo 

 Be the Super Fan of the Donate & Learn and you could win an Xbox or 1 of 5 Lifetime Passes! Winners will be announced at the June 10 Expo! 

Enter Contest Now http://bit.ly/1owYXW2 

 Help raise $12K for Enactus Ryerson Project Pathway at the June 10 Donate & Learn Online Marketing Expo. It’s going to be a fun filled night of learning, networking and raffle prizes!

Donate & Register today to reserve your spot: http://greenlotus.ca/expo

 Want to learn about Health Spending Account Benefits for Small / Medium Business Owners? Don’t miss Donate & Learn Expo Workshop with YourHSA starting at 5-6pm!
Donate $20 & Get Your Full Expo Pass Today http://greenlotus.ca/expo

  Would you like to have 1on1 conversations with business & marketing gurus at LinkedIn, P&G, TekSavvy, FreshBooks, Microsoft, DMZ and more? Don’t miss Donate & Learn Expo Meet the Experts Workshop starting at 5-6pm!

Register today: http://greenlotus.ca/expo

 Want to learn about advanced Facebook Marketing Strategies? Don’t miss Donate & Learn Expo Workshop with Easypromos starting at 5-6pm!
Donate $20 & Get Your Full Expo Pass Today http://greenlotus.ca/expo

 Are you charged with introducing innovation and change in your organization? Do you struggle with finding the “right” idea? The FreshBooks Workshop is all about Design Thinking!

Donate $20 & Get Your Full Expo Pass Today http://greenlotus.ca/expo