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#DevTO5K

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#DevTO started five years ago. As part of celebrating five years, we decided to host a 5K run / walk.

As a technical, creative, computer-loving person, you likely spend a lot of time sitting. The #DevTO5K objective: get people up, active, and away from their devices for a bit, while helping a great cause.

The #DevTO5K gave us the opportunity to support and highlight Techsdale, an awesome organization that you should check out. Techsale teaches young people to make games, apps, and websites. The program operates in Rexdale and surrounding areas, providing technical education and equipment. With the #DevTO5K, together we raised $500 for Techsdale.

Thanks to BrightLane, we began and finished the run at their (very cool) space.

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!

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!

#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.

Featured Startup: speakme

You read an interesting article online. You get to the end, and your eye glosses over the comment section, because you know it’s full of spam and rage.

You see someone’s thoughtful input on a reddit post, think to yourself: “wow, I feel exactly the same way.” And completely forget their username 5 minutes later.

You send an email or text message, and you’re surprised to find out the recipient was upset because your tone got lost in translation.

While anonymity and text communication serve crucial purposes online, it shouldn’t be universal. At speakme, we want to make the world feel smaller by giving you a way to truly connect.

speakme is a social video experience where users collaborate in global discussions about anything and everything they care about. Members login with social media profiles, and record videos of up to 30 seconds about topics that matter to them. Others publicly respond via their own recorded videos, and these responses play sequentially, creating a full, vibrant conversation; less like a bulletin board, and more like a dinner conversation with familiar faces. By combining users’ social media presences with face- to-face interactions, we are seeking to make the internet a friendlier, more engaging, and collaborative place.

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The team starts with two co-founders, Zack and Adam Fisch. Adam’s focus is on product, UI, marketing, and finance. He has a JD from Western University and spent several years doing investment research. Zack is technical manager, with knowledge in HTML, CSS and Python, and a degree in History from the University of Waterloo.

screen3speakme is working with GrandBright Software, a development firm in Richmond Hill, Ontario, to bring the idea to life. GrandBright’s two principals each have over 20 years’ experience in developing enterprise applications.

speakme is currently looking to bring on a technical cofounder, as we ramp up prototype testing and prepare for beta launch in the coming weeks. If you or someone you know wants to know more, please get in touch!

Check out this great video on speakme:

Donate & Learn Expo! Do it for a great cause

Don’t miss GoDaddy’s first keynote in Canada, joining expert from Microsoft Bing, Big3 and Green Lotus. 100% of donations will go to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto!

Interested in learning how to increase your business leads and sales? and effectively manage your online marketing budget? Join 500 of Toronto’s top entrepreneurs, business owners and online marketing specialists to learn cutting-edge search engine and social media marketing strategies for your business.

Network, learn from experts and support a great cause!

The concept is simple – instead of paying a conference fee participants make a tax-deductible donation to the partnering charity of the Donate & Learn event. Donate & Learn Events have so far raised $8,350 for the YWCA Toronto, and the goal is to raise $10,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto!

Limited spots are available – Donate & Register now to reserve yours: http://greenlotus.ca/expo

Sponsors: GoDaddy, Microsoft Bing, Marin Software, BlogDash

* Note: Expo registration must be completed on the Donate & Learn Expo website to guarantee your spot!

 

Are You a Front-End Developer Looking For a Job? Look No Further:

 

JAM Direct, located in Toronto is looking for a ‘Junior to Intermediate Front-End Developer’ – Could this be you? Read more below:

 

Job Description


We’re looking for a Junior to Intermediate Front-End Developer for an onsite contract.

The ideal candidate is an HTML/CSS programmer with the drive to make things pixel-perfect. From speedy Photoshop skills to solid cut-up work that generates valid HTML 5, XHTML and CSS markup, we’re looking for someone who can really make the work sing. If you can look at any website and instantly know how it was built, and what trade-offs were made when balancing the merits of the design against the demands of SEO, CMS, cross-browser compatibility and mobile support – then please give us a call.

 

Desired Skills & Experience

What we’re looking for from a good front-end developer:

1.) Code HTML Emails:

  • Take a completed PSD and build email-client-friendly HTML
  • Create low-k animated gifs
  • Understand the theory behind responsive design (so you can use our template and make it happen)
  • Run test deployments and inbox inspections

2.) Code websites and WordPress sites:

  • Take completed PSDs and build valid HTML 5,XTML and CSS markups
  • Load templates into WordPress and ensure all dynamic elements (nav, content area, etc.) function as designed
  • Make any and all updates to WordPress sites (content, plug-ins, theme and style updates)

3.) Basic knowledge of PHP:

  • Apply CSS and layout changes to dynamic PHP sites
  • Work with senior developers to ensure the styles are applied without breaking anything
  • Make minor scripting changes in PHP and similar script based languages

4. Qualifications:

  • Formal training (minimum 1-year course) in website design and development
  •  Fluency in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), Email Deployments and CMS Systems
  • The knowledge that Firebug is not actually a bug on fire

New Events Calendar!

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!

The DevTO Team

 

Tech in Toronto Thursday – Events for Oct. 17 – 24, 2013

This week we have a great listing for you! From GirlGeeks Toronto, AndroidTO and to Adobe’s FREE CreateNowTO event at MaRS, you have so many great options to pick from.

Don’t forget! If you can’t make our event on the 28th, but have RSVP’d, please adjust your RSVP so someone else can get on the list – we have a huge waitlist!

We’re working on putting this event into a calendar format, so expect some big and exciting changes soon!

- Anita

October 17th, 2013

Adobe CreateNowTO
8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (FREE)

AndroidTO
8:00 A.M. – 4:15 P.M. (FREE)

 

October 21th, 2013

Girl Geeks Toronto – From Hype to Health: How 3D Printing is Shaping the Future
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. ($10.00)

Code Meet Print TO – #CMPTO Neighbourhood Watch 
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto OpenStreetMap Enthusiasts – How to Map Your Neighbourhood – A presentation on adding data to OpenStreetMap
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (FREE)

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

Toronto Drupal User Group - October Meetup: Drupal 8
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

 

October 22nd, 2013

Third Tuesday Toronto – Mathew Ingram: Online Journalism: What’s different? What’s the same?
6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M ($15.00)

Med Apps Developers - SickKids App Showcase
6:30 P.M – 8:30 P.M. (FREE)

 

October 23rd, 2013

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Roundtable C* Data Modeling (Part 1)
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)