The 416: Episode 7 – Hanging Around, Taking It’s Time

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On this weeks episode:

  • We recap our past couple of weeks of guest hosts
  • We talk about the big Apple event on Monday.
  • Go over our big IWDTO event on Monday
  • Skype fails us
  • Keep moving and get out of the way

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Show Notes

#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.

The 416: Episode 6 – Old and Tired

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On this weeks episode:

This weeks episode almost didn’t happen. If not for the last minute save by Jason Little it might have just been Chris talking to himself for an hour, probably not all that compelling :)

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Show Notes

The 416: Episode 5 – Stop Resisting and Start Listening

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On this week’s episode:

  • Chris is MIA
  • Nael look’s things up
  • Jen get’s rambly.

In all seriousness though, for this weeks episode I am incredibly proud to bring to you a show featuring one of our International Women’s Day speakers Jen Simmons. I have been fortunate that I get to edit the show before it makes it’s way here so I’ve already had a chance to listen to this great conversation, and I think you’ll enjoy it as well.

While I was away in Mexico soaking up the sun, Nael and Jen spent well over an hour going over topics ranging from how to get more women into STEM related fields, to how Jen got her start on the web to smacking Drupal upside the head to get it to run faster.

Show Notes

The 416: Episode 4 – Podcast Lullaby

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On this weeks episode:

  • Chris goes on vacation
  • We have a cohost next week
  • The boys really don’t like SVN

Show Notes


We hope that you enjoy listening to these shows as much as we love making them! If you have feedback or idea’s you can email us at talks@devto.ca or get in touch with us on twitter @naelshawwa @jonezy

The 416: Episode 3 – The Costanza Wallet

On this week’s episode:

  • The boys agree on something
  • Nael channel’s the Costanza
  • Chris practices sponsor reads

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We hope that you enjoy listening to these shows as much as we love making them! If you have feedback or idea’s you can email us at talks@devto.ca or get in touch with us on twitter @naelshawwa @jonezy

Show Notes

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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The 416: Episode 2 – Anita Completes the Trifecta

Thanks for stopping by to listen to this weeks episode of The 416.

On this weeks episode:

  • Nael rediscovers the Apple Calendar list view
  • Anita completes the DevTO trifecta
  • We both hate Apple stock apps

We also have a couple of big announcements at the start of the show, so be sure to listen for those.

As usual if you have any feedback or comments get in touch with @jonezy or @naelshawwa

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Episode 2: Show Notes

Announcing BrightLane & Mercatus Partnership

It is our pleasure to announce a new and exciting partnership with BrightLane and Mercatus Technologies. DevTO is joining the community of entrepreneurs at BrightLane (including Mercatus) working together in a cool and historic building at 545 King West. Four years ago we started DevTO with a mission to bring developers, designers, techies and entrepreneurs together through monthly events, workshops and other seasonal events. Today we continue that mission in a new home at BrightLane as the newest member of that community!

“DevTO is the GTA’s premiere community of developers and, together with Mercatus Technologies Inc., we’re proud to jointly become a Partner-level sponsor,”

says George Horhota, BrightLane’s President. “We’re also excited that, only two months after opening our premiere coworking centre on King Street West, DevTO has decided to make BrightLane their home and will hold at least three DevTO events this year at BrightLane.”

Through this partnership, DevTO will have access to the fabulous facilities at BrightLane which opened in November 2014. This includes a dedicated space for our co-founders to meet and work on DevTO projects.

So, keep an eye out for BrightLane in 2015, check out their spaces  and schedule a tour to see for yourself. Maybe we’ll even run into you there!

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In the words of BrightLane’s and Mercatus Technologies co-founder, G. Raymond Chang:

“It’s people that make any successful enterprise”.