Silicon Halton holds many meetups during the year - focused on four key tracks:
Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital;
Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development;
Productivity Methods, Project Management, Learning and Best Practices; and
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.
Aug 12, 2014 | Burlington Hive, Burlington
Our un-meetup theme is Networking: Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.
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.
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Topics that went forward:
All the worksheets and pictures found here.
The 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.
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&ASilicon 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.
RegisterIf you registered, you can see who also attended here. The Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not.
Not yet a Silicon Halton member? Join here.
Hear Andrea Dubravsky of ADWebcom talk about website accessibility. The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA) requires that companies and nonprofits with 50+ employees comply with accessibility standards. Perhaps these rules don’t apply to your firm, but there are solid business reasons why it is a good idea for your firm to have an “accessible” website.
1. Increased market share
People with disabilities represent 10% of the world population (1.5 million people in Ontario alone), and that's not counting seniors who have great buying power, and people who have some sort of cognitive problem.
2. Findability and SEO
Website accessibility principles overlap those of search engine optimization. The features that make a site more accessible, such as alt tags and transcriptions of audio content, also help improve visibility to search engines.
3. Better public image
People like the idea of working with a company that has a positive social image. Being accessible – not just a workplace that is barrier-free, but a website that is easy for anyone to use – sends a positive message to potential clients and employees.
This presentation is intended for both businesses and nonprofits that care about accessibility. It covers mostly non-technical aspects of building an accessible website. You will leave with a clear understanding of the AODA requirements, the benefits that come with accessibility, and tips you can implement yourself. Some of the content includes:
Andrea Dubravsky is a Web Strategist and President of ADWebcom. She helps companies determine how to set up their websites so they deliver sustainable results. A passionate advocate and speaker on the topic of Web accessibility, Andrea is known for her practical, common-sense approach, which eliminates costly expenses. [twitter] [google+]
This month we're excited to be using The Marquee restaurant in Sheridan College. This venue is owned and operated by the Sheridan College Student Union, so we're happy to give back. It's a little tricky to find on the campus, so here's a campus map, showing The Marquee in red. [Facebook]
Topic: Website Accessibility
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Business Optimization
Date & Time: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 7pm
Location: The Marquee (Student Centre, licensed) at Sheridan College, Oakville. [map of campus]
Pre & Post-Event Q&ASilicon 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.
The next generation of tech gurus is growing up in our backyards, skinning it's knees in local playgrounds and attending Halton high schools.
They interact with the globe over parent-financed broadband as they dream up ways to solve the world's problems, compete in mind-stretching, world-class technology competitions and learn more in an hour online that we were able to extract during years of searching through dusty library catacombs.
Halton teens are learning fast, stretching boundaries, and developing ideas into fledgling new businesses that will help create new opportunities in the region ... and keep more of our budding geniuses close to home.
Join us at Milton Education Village on June 10th for our first ever Tech Under 20 meetup and be dazzled by the brainpower and creativity evolving right here in Halton.
Plus, take part in the conversation after the presentations -- get involved and help Silicon Halton:
all presenters decks have been included in this slideshow
Jessy K. - Grade 12
In her presentation, Jessy will talk about her experiences in numerous business-related opportunities that sparked her passion for entrepreneurship and technology, helped her develop many skills, as well as exposed her to the importance of networking and mentorship. She will be discussing:
The Cyclo-Charger is a product concept made especially for the off the gird mountain biker enthusiast. The Cyclo-Charger is currently being designed to be a rugged, robust, and reliable bicycle generator, used to charge one’s phone for emergency situations. The vision is to ultimately allow mountain bikers to fully focus on their passions with peace of mind, one pedal at a time.
Ella R. - Grade 11
Award winning programmer, Ella R. will discuss how her involvement in local and international VEX Robotics Competitions helped her decide to pursue a career in software and robotics engineering. She'll cover:
Mark S. - Grade 11
Mark will show us how high schools across the province are helping students to focus their curriculum to better understand the world of work and gain extra certifications. We will look at:
Sam R. - Grade 12
Sam will discuss how his grade 12 class in Entrepreneurship helped him develop his award-winning skills and strong interest in technology, graphic design, animation and videography into a pitch video and new online business that will launch later this year. His presentation will include:
Sandra will highlight 2 young entrepreneur programs that the Halton Region Small Business Centre is delivering in the region.
Vinutha Shanmukharadhya - Human Centered Design: http://www.vintaindesign.com/
John Martin: Marketing Automation and Customer Insight: www.dialogueinsight.com
Brett Gillette - Bees & Beekeeping & Technology: https://plus.google.com/+BrettGillett
We'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:
We're proud that Milton Economic Development is pleased to sponsor this Silicon Halton meetup at the new MEV Innovation Centre.
Topic: Tech Under 20
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Networking
Date & Time: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 @ 7pm
Location: Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. 555 Industrial Drive, Milton. Google Map.
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.
Aug 21, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #38
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
May 28, 2014 | By Invitation
A self-directed group, administered by Silicon Halton, the group decides the monthly topic 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.
Aug 27, 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.
May 30, 2014 | Burlington HiVE | Drop in anytime 8:30am - 5pm
Here's your opportunity to 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.
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.
When: Friday, May 30, 2014. Open from 8:30am - 5pm
Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members.
Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]
Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.
Register: Register at the door