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 #59: Open Data. Open Gov. Shape The Future.

September2014---OpenData

 

Eventbrite - Open Data. Open Gov. Shape The Future.Sept 9, 2014, QE Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville

Open Government Data is creating huge opportunities for citizens everywhere.

TownOfOakvilleLogoSilicon Halton is working with the Town of Oakville to engage our community, businesses, individuals, government, and the education sector to help shape the evolution of the Town of Oakville’s open data initiative.

What is Open Data?

Are you new to Open Data? Unsure of what this is and how it will impact your life or business?
Read this primer to come up-to-speed and see real world examples.
 

Why is Open Data Important? 

Open Data is allowing:

  • Transparency and democratic engagement
  • Self-empowerment of individuals, businesses, and communities
  • Efficiency and effectiveness of government services
  • New knowledge and insights from combined large data sources
  • Innovation - driving new products & services

Reshaping Government Services

Globally, Open Data is reshaping government services.  Check out what smart multi-disciplinary teams everywhere are doing with government open data:Budget Visualization


Town Of Oakville Links

What was Produced

One member produced this visualization of Oakville's Ash Borer infestation:

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Let's Get Started!

How can we leverage what they have accomplished  - and do more, do it better, and provide greater value?  

Imagine leading or being witness to the genesis of some bold new commercial app that brings life changing possibilities?

Join the Silicon Halton community for an intensive highly engaged round-table workshop with your peers.  You’re in control.  You can share and brainstorm on your challenges, your needs, and your ideas around citizen centric services and apps that require open data.

How The Roundtable Workshops Will Work

 

Venue

Oakville-QEP-Queen-Elizabeth-Park-Community-Centre

The Black Box room at the Queen Ellizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre (QEP).  

QEP is a fabulous 2-year old facility in Oakville, a unique multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility, that we've used again and again

 

 

 



 

 

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Open Data. Open Gov. Shape The Future.
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation
Date & Time: Tuesday, Sept 9, 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.

 

Join On-line Discussion

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group - discussion thread. Help make this meetup relevant to you. Within the Discussion thread, click "Follow" to remain abreast of new discussion items as they happen.

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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.  Once registered, conveniently, Eventbrite will send you a reminder email.

Eventbrite - Open Data. Open Gov. Shape The Future.

Meetup #60: Sell Smarter, Sell Faster With CPQ

October2014---CPQ

Tuesday - October 14, 2014, O'Finns Irish Temper, Oakville - 7:00 pm

In business today its all about speed.

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #60: Sell Smarter, Sell Faster With CPQ

If you're not satisfying your customers' requirements smarter and faster than your competitors, your business is going to suffer.  

One of the most time consuming activities for entrepreneurs and small businesses is creating and providing timely proposals, quotes, or statements-of-work.

Come learn about how building a process and leveraging configure-price-quote (cpq) tools can help you be smarter in responding, be faster than your competitors, and can help you grow your business.

5 Important Things You'll Learn

  1. How to build a process for products or services
  2. How to make it part of every sales engagement
  3. Real life examples of how one company uses these processes and tools to sell more
  4. How to make it self serve for customers
  5. Whether to build your own tools or buy / subscribe to cpq software

Make this the year that you don't lose business because you can't move fast enough!

Presenter

BrettGilletteBrett Gillett | IaaS Practice Lead, Softchoice

Brett helps businesses deliver increased value to their internal and external customers through the effective implementation of cloud-based solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


G2KYM - Get To Know Your Members

Alex Romano - Controller, Xiris Inc - www.xiris.com
Jan Van Der Hoop - Organizational Performance Expert, Hiring Smart - www.hiringsmart.com


 

Venue

OFinnsIrishTemperO'Finns Irish Temper

136 Church Street, Oakville Ontario (google map)

O'Finns is a beautiful upscale Irish Pub in downtown Oakville.  We use the private room downstairs - called the Whiskey Lounge - for Silicon Halton events. 

Why not come for dinner ahead of time upstairs?  Check out the great menu at O'Finns.

 

 

Join The Discussion On LinkedIn

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group - discussion thread. Help make this meetup relevant to you. Within the Discussion thread, click "Follow" to remain abreast of new discussion items as they happen.

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Register Now

Silicon Halton meetups are open to everyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not.  Once registered, Eventbrite will send you a reminder email 48 hours before the event.

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #60: Sell Smarter, Sell Faster With CPQ

 

 

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #3

October 16, 2014 | 7pm | Emmas Back Porch, Burlington

A new Peer2Peer for women to share and learn from other women in technology.  Silicon Halton members can join the converstation here.

 

CEO Peer-2-Peer (Sept 2014)

Sept 24, 2014 | By Invitation 

A self-directed group, facilitated by Silicon Halton, the group decides the monthly topic one month ahead, in order to provide the most timely and best value to them. The purpose is to help CEOs make better decisions faster in order to grow their hi tech business. Ultimately, they will build stronger companies and stronger ICT cluster in Halton Region. Membership is by invitation. Learn more here.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

 

 

Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #39

Sept 18, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #39

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.

Topic: CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote) and Your Value Proposition

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 #58 – Networking Un-Meetup

Aug 12, 2014 | Burlington Hive, Burlington

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Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #58 - an Un-Meetup

Our un-meetup theme is Networking: Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.

How It Works

We allot four 30-minute timeslots for presentations and/or discussions.  Any un-meetup attendee can provide a lightening presentation  to pitch their topic (2min max, no slides) - The proposed topic must relate to the Networking theme.

The audience will then vote on the topics that interest them most. This will be fun and engaging, not a simple show-of-hands - even the voting process contains networking.

The top 2 topics will immediately begin in parallel as 30-minute sessions. Next, a short break, then topics 3 & 4 in parallel. If you don't like the session you voted yourself into, vote again with your feet and move to the other session.

By the way, the person who suggested the topic must either present, facilitate, or a blend of both. 

We previously used this un-meetup format at Meetup #10 (August 2010) and Meetup #33 (July 2012) and both were extremely successful and engaging. See the Meetup 10 or Meetup 33 blog and pix.  

Recap - Topics Pitched

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Pitched topics sheet 1 sm Pitched topics sheet 2 sm Pitched topics sheet 3 sm Pitched topics sheet 4 sm

Topics that went forward:

  1. How to build a guild - group worksheets
  2. Effective Networking - group worksheets
  3. How two develop successful collaboration between large & small firms - group worksheet
  4. How to create market awareness for new product or service - group worksheet

All the worksheets and pictures found here.

Event captured in September 2014 edition of SnapOakville.com (thx) here: http://bit.ly/1BdoqaV

Slide deck

 

About the Venue

burlington-hive-logoThe Burlington HiVE is an open concept office space reengineered for IT professionals, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Those in the tech space know that “collisions”, unplanned interfacing between IT, Digital Media, ecommerce, etc., professionals often produce economic and/or professional growth. Read more about The HiVE here.

Learn more about the Burlington HiVE here: www.burlingtonhive.com and follow @BurlingtonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: We don't know what we're doing for Meetup #58
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track:  Networking: Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 7pm
Location Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]
Cost: 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 & Post-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.

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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 Day @ Burlington HiVE

Friday August 29, 2014  |  Burlington HiVE | Drop in anytime 8:30am - 5pm

Picture of a workspace at the Burlington Hive

Here's your opportunity to experience and experiment with co-working. Join fellow members at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the coworking space in Downtown Burlington, the Burlington HiVE.

Our ideas are products of our environment. They are influenced by the conversations around us.
- Clive Thompson, Contributing Editor, 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?

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 potential Lunch&Learn, there are no other planned structured activities during the day.

Lunch & Learn? Maybe

Interested in delivering a 1hr lunch & learn presentation? Contact Rick Stomphorst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Choose your own window

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

About The HiVE

burlington-hive-logoThe Burlington HiVE is an open concept office space reengineered for IT professionals, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Those in the tech space know that “collisions”, unplanned interfacing between IT, Digital Media, ecommerce, etc., professionals often produce economic and/or professional growth. Read more about The HiVE here.

Learn more about the Burlington HiVE here: www.burlingtonhive.com and follow @BurlingtonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

When: Friday, August 29, 2014. Open from 8:30am - 5pm

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members ($30 value each). 

Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: Register at the door

 

 

 

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