Our Meetups

Silicon Halton holds many meetups during the year - focused on four key tracks: 
Business Growth
Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital;
Technology Innovation
Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development;
Business Optimization
Productivity Methods, Project Management, Learning and Best Practices; and
Networking
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.

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Meetup #54: New Tech

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April 8, 2014 | QE Park, Oakville | Meetup 54: New Tech Meetup

Introducing our first New Tech meetup! The New Tech meetup is an opportunity for local technology companies to wowcase the community by showing off their locally created technology software and/or hardware products/projects. The community will have the opportunity to meet some of the local leaders and talent that are creating innovative solutions and companies in Halton Region. We are not solely focused on startups, as established technology firms are also introducing great new technology. 

Four Companies Showcasing New Tech

iView Logo BD-GLOBEx75iView Systems - Security Operations Data – From CCV footage to Audits, Compliance, Investigations, Lost & Found, Visitor Management and Incidents - How to effectively manage data transactions from the myriad of sources and systems.

mapsbi-final-globex75MapsBI - Revolutionizing business insight and profitability through geo-centric data visualization 

 

 

RedBit - redbitdev logo r2 x75Helping brands leverage the power of social media by letting their customers be their brand ambassadors with social testimonials 

 

Topicurious - topicurious - hashtag logo x75Twitter search engine which enables you leverage the power of hashtags

 

 

Presenter's Decks

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Community Chatter

Op Ed Marketing blog about Topicurious here

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The format we will be using is:

  • 5 min (up to) to pitch the product
  • 5 min to demo the product
  • 5 min for Q&A (moderated)  

History

We got the idea for a New Tech meetup from the Denver Tech Community and sucess their New Tech meetups have had since 2006.  Not solely the sucess of the meetup itself, but the sucess of instilling a sense of belonging and connectidness in the Denver area, the same as Silicon Halton has inspired to do since we launched in 2009.

speed networking 300x100We are excited to be providing an opportunity to generate additional buzz about each local tech company and their products. Each company can expect up to 1,500 people will learn about them and their product by the end of the New Tech meetup.

We hope everyone leaves the New Tech meetup inspired and with an even greater appreciation for the cool technology that is being created locally and the numerous tech jobs created. 

Oakville-QEP-Queen-Elizabeth-Park-Community-CentreThanks to Oakville's Economic Development Group.  They made the Black Box room at the Queen Ellizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre (QEP) available to us again. This is an example of how Oakville’s EcDev supports the local tech community. 

QEP is a fabulous 1-year old facility in Oakville, a unique multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility.

 

 

 

 

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: NewTech
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 7pm
Location: Black Box room, QE Park Community and Cultural Centre. 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville | Google Map
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
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Pre & Post-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

jointhediscussion

Register

If you registered, you can see who also attended here. The Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not. 

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Silicon Halton Workshop Day @ Burlington HiVE

March 26, 2014 | Burlington HiVE | Drop in anytime 8am - 6pm | Attend an afternoon workshop

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Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Workshop Day @ Burlington HiVE

The March 26, 2014 Silicon Halton Day will include nine 45min workshops.  Workshops will run from 1pm until 4pm.  There are three tracks. The first trio of workshops begin at 1pm, then 2pm, with the last at 3pm, ending by 4pm.

Download Workshop Agenda PDF here 

  

Workshops

Richard Bolton 100x100Shifting Gears slide 1 133x10 Shifting Gears: Five Steps to Accelerate Business Success. This is a business growth workshop that focuses on helping businesses understand how to kick-start a growth phase. We believe that there are 5 steps to follow: Review, Vision, Strategy, Execute, and Success. In this workshop, insight, questioning strategies and guidelines will be provided on each step toward initiating an action plan for growing your business. Presenter: Richard Bolton, Centricity360.com @centricity360 

Holly Simmons 100x100Relationship Selling - Slide 1 - 133x100Relationship Selling – Uncover Opportunities, Close Sales and Build Loyalty Selling for non-sales people can feel like an uncomfortable necessity to build business. It’s much easier, and often more comfortable, to plug into the digital world and connect with like-minded peers rather follow up with leads. But there is a way to embrace selling and to get good at it. Relationship selling applies to any sales technique that focuses on the interaction with the buyer rather than the price or features of the product or service. This approach allows you to be yourself and cultivate rapport instead of using hard selling tactics to close sales. The only requirements: You must be curious, enjoy solving problems, be consistent, and deliver what you promise. During this session we will dive into each building block of Relationship Selling so you can learn how to improve your selling techniques. Presenter: Holly Simmons, chickle designs @LeanwithHolly

Chris Herbert Avatar 150x150Using Social Media to Prospect & Build Your Network. Chris' workshop will be on using social media to prospect and build your network. Hell walk you through a lite version of the process, tools and programmatic approach he uses. This workshop is best suited for individuals and companies that need to develop 1:1 relationships. This is a hands-on workshop, so bring your laptop. Chris is the founder of Mi6 and Co-Founder of Silicon Halton. Presenter: Chris Herbert, MI6 Agency. @b2bspecialist

Mark ElliottStartup Sales Tactics - Slide 1 - 133x100Startup Sales Tactics. Mark will be speaking on sales tips to help startups bring on new customers and users. This interactive session will cover Sales Tactics, CRM, Networking, Cold Calling, Social Selling, and much more. Mark co-founded VA Partners in 2006 to help growing firms with both strategic and tactical part-time sales and marketing support.Presenter: Mark Elliott, Venture Accelerator Partners Inc. @markeelliott

Rishi BandhuFirst or Early Hires - Getting it right & avoiding the pitfalls. Like many relationships, employment relationships start off with the best of intentions. Business needs can change though and employment disputes often result. Such disputes are costly and distracting to any business, particularly new ones. Learn what you can do to minimize employment disputes from the outset and set the stage for productive, rewarding employment relationships, while greatly minimizing the prospect for disputes. Presenter: Rishi Bandhu, Bandhu Law Professional Corporation. @RISHBAN2 

Ramesh RajadurayPatents and Startups - Slide 1 Patents and Startups. Ramesh's presentation will cover patent strategies and issues relevant to startups. He'll cover various types of IP, advantages/disadvantages of filing for patent protection, building a strong IP culture in startups, strategies to reduce cost of filing for patent protection, positioning a patent portfolio for funding/exit strategies, using IP databases for market intelligence and handling IP threats. Presenter: Ramesh Rajaduray, Director of IP Strategy, Intellectual Property and Technology, Stratford Managers Corporation. @rrajadur   

Richard Kun 100x100Leveraging Government Funding to Grow Your Business. The workshop will focus on how to discover funding to grow your business. Funding will be discussed for projects in areas of developing and commercialization of new products, processes or services, interactive digital media, hiring and training, expanding to foreign markets, purchase of capital equipment and green initiatives. The workshop will cover different types of resources and how to identify your potential projects that qualify so effective applications can be made to secure funding. Presenter: Richard Kun, RDP Associates, @richardkrdp

Trevor McAlpine 100x100Turbo-Charge Innovation - Slide 1 - 133x1003 ways to turbo-charge innovation. Learn how to begin innovating faster with greater results! You will learn the latest and most effective Creative Problem Solving framework/process, the Thinking Skills Model - the culmination of over 50 years of extensive scientific research. You will learn the key thinking skills, language, and disciplines that accelerate innovation success. Lastly, you will learn how your individual problem-solving preferences can help or hinder your innovative efforts. Come learn the concepts and skills of innovation today ... before your competitors do! Presenter: Trevor McAlpine, Synergetic Management @SynergeticMan

GregClarkeTaking a Byte Out of Taxes - slide 1Taking a Byte out of Taxes. Taxes are among the biggest expense entrepreneurs face. Yet, many do not consider that through smart tax planning there can be “found” money. What can you do now to start saving? Presenter: Join Greg Clarke, Partner from SB Partners for some valuable insights on structuring your business tax efficiently, and you just might find some money you didn’t think you had.

Philip NeukomThink Youre Ready For Outside Investor Funding - slide 1 - 133x100Think You're Ready for Outside Investor Funding? There are many sources of funding available for tech companies but one of the hardest to get is Angel and Venture Capital funding. The media provides many success stories but the data shows that only the "lucky" few get funded. Canadian Venture Capital investing was up a record 31% or $500 million in 2013, but the number of actual deals done increased by only 2% or 9 deals. Learn what you need to do before starting your venture funding journey. What you will learn will improve your chances for success. Presenter: Philip Neukom, Profit Analytics Inc.@philipneukom 

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Workshop Day @ Burlington HiVE

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Collisionable

Join fellow members at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the coworking space in Downtown Burlington, the Burlington HiVE. However, come prepared to do your work. This is not an 8 hour business networking event. Other than some members meeting for a Peer2Peer group meeting at 8:30am and the optional workshops, there are no other planned structured activities during the day.

Collisionable. Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) is a believer in the idea, popular in organizationaly psychology, that random, unplanned interactions between people often yield the most innovative results.
- Sara Corbett, from her first article in Wired Magazine

 

If you’ve experienced the favourable collisions that regularly occur during the short span of a Silicon Halton meetup, imagine the possibilities during a full day? Collisions are the probable introductions to other local tech businesses or professionals or ancillary tech services. These collisions routinely produce economic and/or professional growth. Can you afford not to come?

Special Offer - Free One Minute Promotional Video

72bluemedia-final colour smWhile at The Hive, 72Blue Media is offering its video production services to create a 1 minute promotional video for free to the first 3 of Silicon Halton's members who sign up. This video can be used to promote your companies products and or services on your site as well as used in social campaigns. To register for this and to schedule some time please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 905-299-8117.

Choose Your Own Window

The time you spend at The HiVE is your decision. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, or just for the Workshops, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work.

When: Wedneday March 26, 2014. Open from 8am - 6pm

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members. Must pre-register, here

Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register for Silicon Halton Day (excludes Workshops): here (you can also register at the door)

Registration for Workshops here

 

Discuss

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-workshop day conversation with the presenters and attendees in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this Workshop Day relevant to you.

jointhediscussion

SoloPreneur Peer-2-Peer #33

Mar 20, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #33

This is an open group targeting the Solopreneurs in Halton. A valuable forum where hi-tech Solopreneurs in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice.

Meet's on the third Thursday of the month, for 90min starting at 8:30am, at Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room) at the Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville [map]

Learn more about the SoloP2P here.

Where: Hampton Restaraunt at the Quality Suites Holtel, Oakville, ON (Bronte Rd. & QEW)

Time: 8:30am - 10am

 

 

Meetup #52 - The Secrets Of Successful Podcasting

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February 11, 2014  |  Milton Education Village

The pundits have stopped talking about the “death of podcasting.” In fact, this medium is stronger than ever. On Feb 11, Donna Papacosta will show you the benefits of adding an audio podcast to your marketing communications, and share her tips for producing a high-quality show. She’s already made all the mistakes; you can learn from her experience.

About the Presenter

Papacosta-avatar 150x191Donna Papacosta of Trafalgar Communications helps people engage with employees, expand relationships with clients and uncover leads, using traditional communications, social media and podcasts. In 2005 Donna launched the Trafcom News Podcast, one of the first business podcasts in Canada. Since then, she has produced more than 800 podcast episodes for herself and her clients. In addition to being an active podcaster, Donna writes, consults, speaks and runs workshops and Web-based seminars. She knows the tech world well; Donna’s first career was as a systems analyst, and she often works with clients in the technology sector. [Website] [Blog] [Podcast][Twitter] [LinkedIn] [Facebook] [Google+]

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About MEV

MEV 555 industrial smWe're most fortunate to be using the new Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre in Milton. MEV Innovation Centre is a place for the business community to meet and a space designed for new and existing business in a growth phase. Providing an ecosystem for technology intensive companies and business in the manufacturing and production industries, the innovation centre will provide access to entrepreneurs in four ways:

  1. Collaborative space
  2. Business services
  3. Accelerator/incubator programming
  4. Education and training

Subscribe to the blog here to receive the most current updates on this exciting project.  Read a Silicon Halton blog on the hi tech birth of this location here.

We're proud that Milton Economic Development is pleased to sponsor this Silicon Halton meetup at the new MEV Innovation Centre.

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Secrets of successful podcasting
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation: Product and Services Innovation
Date & Time: Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 @ 7pm
Location:  Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. 555 Industrial Drive, Milton. Map.

How much it costs: Nothing but your time.

Pre-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

jointhediscussion

How To Register

Registration for this meetup is through Eventbrite.  Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not. 

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Meetup #53 - Enemy at the Gate - Cyber Security

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March 18, 2014 | O’Finn’s Irish Temper, Oakville | Meetup 53: Cyber Security - Panel Presentation / Q&A.

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #53: Enemy at the Gate (Cyber Security)

Security is a topic we have not yet specfically covererd in a meetup. ISC2 categorizes security into 10 security domains:

  • Access Control Systems and Methodology
  • Telecommunications and Network Security
  • Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning (Meetup #35)
  • Security Management Practices
  • Security Architecture and Models
  • Law, Investigation, and Ethics
  • Application and Systems Development
  • Security Cryptography
  • Computer Operations Security
  • Physical Security  

Join us in March as we have two security experts address your cyber security concerns and questions.

In March we're having our Meetup on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, instead of the usual 2nd Tuesday of the month. The 2nd Tuesday in March is March Break, we we're avoiding that week.  

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About the Presenters

Paul LewisPaul Lewis, Managing Director at Ethtelligent Consulting Inc., CISSP, CIPP/C CIPP/IT is an acknowledged expert in Canadian, US, and European security and privacy, and a frequent conference speaker on topical issues; he has more than 20 years international consulting experience. Paul is managing director and lead consultant of Ethtelligent Consulting Inc. which provides security and privacy advice to a wide range of clients, from small business to large enterprises, and to government and healthcare organizations. [Web] [LinkedIn]

 

 

Genaro LirianoGenaro Liriano, Senior Security Specialist, Teranet Inc. Genero is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an Enterprise & Web Security Certified Professional (EWSCP) with 19+ years experience in Information Technology and 9 years in IT Security field. He specializes on PKI and access control, end point security, employees awareness training and Penetration Testing. [LinkedIn]

 

 

 

 

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Cyber Security
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals
Meetup Track: Business Optimization
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 7pm
LocationO’Finn’s Irish Temper, The Whiskey Lounge. 136 Church St. Oakville, ON. Map.

How much it costs: Nothing but your time.

Pre-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

jointhediscussion

How To Register

Registration for this meetup is through Eventbrite. Everyone is welcome to our meetups, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not. 

register-now

SoloPreneur Peer-2-Peer #32

Feb 20, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #31

This is an open group targeting the Solopreneurs in Halton. A valuable forum where hi-tech Solopreneurs in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice.

Meet's on the third Thursday of the month, for 90min starting at 8:30am, at Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room) at the Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville [map]

Learn more about the SoloP2P here.

Where: Hampton Restaraunt at the Quality Suites Holtel, Oakville, ON (Bronte Rd. & QEW)

Time: 8:30am - 10am

 

Meetup #51 - Playing The Independent Contractor Shuffle

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January 14, 2014 | Ned Devine's, Milton | Meetup #51

Meetup #51: You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Or What the Contract Says!) – Playing the Independent Contractor Shuffle with CRA

Richard Weber of Weber, CA, Tax and Accounting and Grant Buchan-Terrell, JD, Business Lawyer, know independent contractors (“ICs”) are key to and commonplace in the IT sector. ICs reduce employers’ wage, administration and termination costs, and individuals realize greater tax relief through business deductions and, therefore, increase their after-tax compensation.

However, the independent contract vs. employee distinction is an area of considerable scrutiny by CRA. The seminar will touch on themes such as can CRA overrule a well-drawn contract and which party suffers if an IC is deemed to be an employee for tax purposes.

Richard and Grant will highlight the biggest pitfalls if your IC structure is successfully overturned by CRA, and they will offer tax and legal tips to minimize your risks either as i) the employer or ii) the individual in question.

Presenters

RichardWeberRichard Weber of Weber, CA, Tax and Accounting

Richard is a CPA, CA who has extensive tax expertise as a result of practising tax exclusively since 1996. He has been a trusted tax advisor to numerous entrepreneurs at various stages of their business. Richard was formerly a tax partner at a mid-size accounting firm before he established his own tax and accounting firm in Oakville in 2012. Due to his varied and specialized tax knowledge, other local accounting firms often engage Richard to assist with complex tax matters for their clients. Richard focuses on corporate reorganizations, the purchase or sale of a business and tax planning for business owners. [web]

GrantBuchanTerrellGrant Buchan-Terrell, JD, Business Attorney

Grant is a seasoned business lawyer, and an early and active member of Silicon Halton. He enjoys assisting many entrepreneur members to grow their business and protect their assets. Grant focuses on startups, buying or selling a business, financings and shareholder/partner dispute resolution. He provides the kind of “general counsel” expertise that is needed by emerging business, but which is not otherwise affordable in the early years. [@OntBizAttorney]

 

#G2KYM lineup

Every month 1 - 3 new members are given minutes the opportunity to introduce themselves to the community. Learn more here.

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Playing the Independent Contractor Shuffle
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Networking: Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 14, 2013 @ 7pm
Location:  Ned Devine's, Milton
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
Pre-Event Q&A Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the organizers and facilitator in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

Pre-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre & post-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

jointhediscussion

How to register

Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not. Registering helps us with forecasting headcount when we work with the venue.

 

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #51

 

 

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