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/
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.”
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.
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!
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 freemailing list to make sure that you get all the great news on what is happening in and around the city!
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.
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
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.
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.