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Hack The 6: Toronto’s First Creative Hackathon

On June 19th, teams of artists, developers, and dreamers are invited to collaborate Toronto’s first creative hackathon. Groups will be competing to build the most innovative product as judged by a panel of city creatives for a chance to win $10,000. Throughout the event there will be an art exhibition and a live DJ.

More info and registration here: http://www.6hack.com/


A Chat with Jason Carlin, Organizer of #HoHoTO

Jason Carlin and his date to HoHoTO

Jason Carlin has had his hands involved with HoHoTO for just about three years now, and even before that, it was a social event that held special meaning for him.

“One of my closest friends has always been a part of [HoHoTO],” he says. “It helped me solidify friendships that only existed in social media, we connected in real life.”

He described hanging out with and meeting people that have become close friends and coworkers. As for the motivation for becoming a volunteer, and then an organizer, he said it was the kind of party he wanted to have.
“Ive been a part of organizations, companies, where, you go to the office party and its nice, kind of fun, but this is the best of that, with so many cool people and the Hangover Auction, and lots of cool prizes.”

He gives a lot of credit to the sponsors, like #DevTO, for making the event such a huge success year over year. “The tech community has been really supportive from the start. A lot of the founders came from tech, and the marketing only really happens on social media, so its amazing.”

The sponsors have provided gifts for prizes, as amazing as vacations and, his personal favourite, voice lessons. This year they’re in line to give out cell phones, restaurant vouchers, club subscriptions, tech toys and more. He also mentioned one really cool prize that is in the works. Believe me when I say, whoa.

Jason was especially thankful to the Mod Club: “They’re being super generous, every year. They donate the space and staff, it’s really huge.”

It’s easy to forget that it’s not just one giant party, but that it also is incredibly helpful to the Daily Bread Food Bank. It’s one of the main motivations for Jason to be a part of it every year.
“We’re living in a city that’s not doing all it can for the people. Just to be able to do this, for a really good cause.. this can really help.”
It really does. Last year HoHoTO raised $40,000 for the Daily Bread Food Bank, and has raised $300,000 to date.
Jason said he would really love to match last year’s fundraising total, and for people to come out and have fun; they’ve got lots of cool things planned for partygoers, so all attendees are guaranteed to enjoy themselves.
“Last year we had Panago Pizza come on board and do a midnight Pizza Drop. This year, donations will allow you to request a song on Tilt. So I’m expecting hours worth of ‘Shake It Off’.”
It’s going to be a great night full of fun people to meet, fun prizes being given away, and as Jason said, “you can’t forget the cause.”

Get your tickets for HoHoTO today, and support the Daily Bread Food Bank, Here!

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.

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 CoFoundersLab.com!

RSVP Here: http://www.cofounderslab.com/entrepreneurs-meetup-networking/toronto-canada


Ross & Bank: Toronto’s Tech and Software Development Lawyers

Attention DevTO community!

Are you starting up a company? Do you need tech-oriented legal advice? Well, check out Dan Bank from Ross & Bank. Here is a quick profile:

In 2011, Dan Bank co-founded the boutique commercial law practice, Ross & Bank, in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. After working previously on Bay Street, at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, and as in-house counsel for a renewable energy company, Dan shifted focus, launching his firm in order to focus primarily with clean-tech, software and development companies. Offering competitive rates and flat fees that reflect the needs of the often-lean startup world, Dan assists clients with a range of day-to-day legal needs, including establishing corporations and shareholder agreements; drafting supplier, subcontractor or consultant agreements; and preparing license, hosting and software development agreements. He also sits on the board of four start-up companies, which he advises on how to operate in a start-up environment.

Dan can be reached at dbank@rossandbank.com. His phone number is 416-882-5731. Or, simply check out his website: rossandbank.com


SurfEasy is hiring! Could you be their next developer?

SurfEasy is hiring!

We’re looking for a front end web developer to join our team! Could it be you?

Here’s a little bit about us:

Our beginnings…

SurfEasy started in 2012 out of a desire to enable people to protect their online privacy and security. Our CEO and founder Chris Houston asked himself, “Just how many Wi-Fi networks do I connect to on a daily basis?” Sixteen networks later he knew there was a real need for online privacy on the go. And so the idea for our Private Browser was born.

With the help of the Kickstarter community, who helped us exceed our funding goal by over 555%, we launched at CES 2012. Today, the browser is used by customers in over 55 countries.

What’s next…

In mid-June, we’re releasing SurfEasy VPN for iOS, Android, OSX and Windows. This next-generation of our product portfolio extends the SurfEasy protection our customers know and love to every device they use to access the web. All Internet traffic in and out of computers, smartphones and tablets will be encrypted through our global SurfEasy Private Network.

That means our user’s personal information is safe and secure from prying eyes; consider it a secure tunnel to the Internet – all in an easy-to-use package. Want to check it out? Download SurfEasy VPN on Google Play and iTunes.

Why you want to work with us…

We’re a friendly and dedicated team of devs, PR, marketing and sales folks. Sharing our King Street West office space with other start-ups means the energy here is palpable. We work hard but never hesitate to connect over a beer from the fridge, conveniently situated near our printer.

The opportunity for growth is high so the sky is the limit. You’ll have the opportunity to share your ideas, be heard and manage projects.

If you’re results-oriented and love a challenge, you’ll fit right in. Don’t delay. Apply today! Visit our Careers page to apply for the web developer position. We can’t wait to hear from you.


Visit our Careers page to apply for the web developer position.

Tech in Toronto Thursday – May 2nd – 9th, 2013

Happy Thursday!

Here is another edition of Tech in Toronto Thursdays! We at DevTO 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.

May 2nd, 2013

EdTech Toronto Meetup - Survival of the Fittest: Native v. Mobile Web Solutions
6:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. ($7.00)

MedTech Thursday - Featuring Demo from Kangaroo Group
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

Responsive Design, Meet Web-app - Hack Away at Responsive Menu Concepts
6:30 P.M. ($5.00)

TWG - Startup Stories: An Evening with Shoplocket
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. (FREE)

Senior Women in Technology - SWIT Shopping Event in FREDA
5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

May 6th, 2013

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

May 7th, 2013

MaRS Startup Book Club – “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. ($10.00)

MaRS - The Crowdfunding Success Pattern
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. ($15.00)

Infusion - CIE Drive the Future of Productivity
9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (FREE)

May 8th, 2013

MaRS - Passing the Health Care Innovation Torch: From Medicinal Chemistry, Through Biotechnology, to Digital Technology
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. ($15.00)

Toronto Coding Dojo - Web App in Clojure Coding Dojo
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (FREE)

T4G - INcubes Meet and Greet
4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (FREE)

MongoDB - MongoDB User Group
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

May 9th, 2013

Toronto Accessibility and Inclusive Design - Celebrate Global Accessibility Day and Our First Birthday
5:30 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto ALM User Group - Managing Technical Debt
5:30 P.M. (FREE)


The DevTO Team

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

Jobs? We’re Here to Help!

We at DevTO really care about our community!

That’s why we are always striving to offer Toronto with the best speakers and events. In our continuing quest to offer the Toronto Tech community with support, we have several resources for you to check out for jobs and for information. Stop by and connect with the rest of your tech community.

LinkedIn Group
LinkedIn Job Board

Facebook Page (give us a ‘like’!)


You can find jobs, updates and interesting information on events at all these different networks.

The DevTO Team


Tech in Toronto: April 11th – 18th, 2013

Welcome to our fourth edition of Tech in Toronto events! 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.

April 14th, 2013

10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. ($50.00)

April 15th, 2013

MaRS: Revolutionizing How We Work Together
5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. ($25.00)

GTA PHP User Group - MySQL Marinate: Virtual Self Study Group
9:00 A.M. (Free)

April 16th, 2013

ITAC: ITAC Invites You To Find Out How Your Wallet Is Going Digital
8:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. ($100.00)

User Experience Design Toronto - Pub Night
6:00 P.M. (Free)

April 17th, 2013

3D Printing Group: Introduction to 3D Printing
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Free)

April 18th, 2013

Toronto-Titanium: Third Thursday Code Jam: Titanium Models
7:30 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Hadoop User Group (THUG) - Hadoop 2.0: What’s Coming?
7:00 P.M. – 9:45 P.M. (Free)

Mac Users Group GTA - Demo of Transparency in Adobe Illustrator
7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (Free)


The DevTO Team!

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