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.

SB Partners' Next Gen CEO Workshop: Cash is King

November 20, 2014, 6pm - 7:30pm | Burlington HiVE | Partner Workshop

Join SB Partners for their next Next Gen CEO Workshop, Cash is King

Cash is the fuel for building strong businesses. Many companies are profitable, but cash poor. Lots of revenue on the book, but no money in the bank. Without cash flow, it is easy for business owners to run into trouble or even bankruptcy. At the end of the day, cash is always king. Income statements and balance sheets might look good, yet there is not enough cash for payroll.

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Join Michael Kee and Mustafa Dossajeee from SB Partners who will share what you need to know to keep on top of cash flow. How are you generating it? Where is it being used and how much do you really have? 

About Next Gen CEO workshops: A forum for the next generation of CEOs or next in line for a management position in a privately held or family owned business. Learn more about the SB Partners event here

Date: November 20, 2014
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm
Location: Burlington HiVE, Burlington, Ontario (Map: http://goo.gl/maps/4cPcj)
Cost: N/A - A value add opportunity for clients and friends, hosted by SB Partners
RSVP: by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to 905-633-6352 or click here to register online.

Meetup #61: Structured Ideation Toolbox

November2014

Tuesday - November  11, 2014, Halton Hills Public Library, Georgetown - 7:00 pm

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #61: Structured Idation Toolbox

In an increasingly competitive market, innovation is becoming a key differentiator. The exponential advances and shifts in technology offer more and more opportunities. However, organizations are struggling with new ideas and innovation.

New ideas are sometimes risky. There is a perception it is based on luck and cannot be planned. It is hard to predict the market or users' reactions to innovative ideas.

Is there a way to come up with new ideas, design them and assess their usefulness and viability? Is there a way to create a line of ideas, a funnel to select the best ones?

What you will learn

  • Why we need to innovate
  • How ideation happens
  • How we create new ideas using fun games
  • How research, design, user experience, gamification and product management techniques provide a toolbox to create new ideas
  • How to transform ideas to products
  • How ideation can become a structured managed process

Lets all dive into the world of ideation!

Presentations

 

Presenter

RamiTabbah thumbRami Tabbah | Managing Director, Ergonaute Consulting

Rami is a user experience strategist and with a focus on efficiency. He uses quantitative and qualitative research techniques and conceptual design to help companies better understand their users and how to shape their websites, applications, products and services to better match users' expectations. He also focuses on innovation and inclusive design.

 

 


G2KYM - Get To Know Your Members

We're looking for two Silicon Halton members to give 5 minute intros of themselves, their companies, and / or their products. Learn more here.
If that is you, please contact Kimberly Neal at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Venue

Halton Hills Public Library, Georgetown Branch - The Studio

9 Church Street, Georgetown, Ont (Google map)

Nestled in historic downtown Georgetown, the Georgetown Branch of the Halton Hills Public Library was redesigned in 2012 with the needs of small business in mind. Thet offer free Wi-Fi throughout the building, private offices for meeting with clients, larger meeting rooms for presentations and a coffee and beverage centre. All of this plus beautifully designed surroundings in a fully accessible, Silver LEED® certified building. [Web] [Facebook] [Google+] [Pinterest] @HaltnoHillsPL

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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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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 #61: Structured Idation Toolbox

 

 

Meetup #62: Networking Unmeetup

December2014-Speed-Networking

Tuesday - December 9, 2014, Burlington HiVE, Burlington - 7:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, December 9 - 7:00 pm in Burlington as we celebrate the end of another great year for Silicon Halton. For this meetup we thought we'd reflect on how the year went (good, bad and ugly) for Silicon Halton and look towards to 2015 and beyond.  Nothing too serious though.... this is more of a social get together first to enjoy each other's company, combined with a little reflection and casual brainstorming.  

Meetup captured by Reenofilms.com 

What value do you get from Silicon Halton?

Tell us more about the value you've discovered at Silicon Halton in this discussion thread (members). Sampling of the quotes received so far:

  • I've learned some very important things that i can apply to my start up and have met some wonderful people that are absolutely invaluable
  • SH has pushed me to Tighten up my Offering Sheet...what is it we do well and different 
  • I continue to learn more about who is in Halton (people and companies) - I think this is very important as we try to grow our companies through innovation and ourselves professionally.
  • When I was between jobs it was a lifeline - not just for networking and job hunting...(and found my next job via Silicon Halton)
  • (I joined) not knowing ANYONE in Halton... I look forward to being a part of the (community)
  • Impressed by the way the meetups are managed...simply professional but very friendly at the same time, and of course very instructive topics and discussions
  • Living in Oakville since 1997, I was fairly isolated from the happenings in the technology in Halton until I got acquainted with Silicon Halton.

Look forward to everyone joining us, and wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Join The Discussion On LinkedIn

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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. Click "Follow" within the Discussion thread to remain abreast of new discussion items as they happen.

Speed Networking

We're running the ever popular Speed Networking, where everyone has 3 minutes to exchange short introductions and make new connections, then rotate to the next introduction. 

Tips from the community about effective networking:

  • "Get out there"
  • Choose the right events or groups. If you're in tech, then Silicon Halton is the perfect group
  • Identify "why" you're there, your goals, but be casual, no hard selling
  • Focus on the other's needs first. Example, provide advice
  • Communicate what you do - keep it brief and succinct. Practice saying it out loud in the car on the way
  • Bring business cards
  • Provide immediate feedback - if after the introduction you feel there is value in connecting, send the other person an email / LinkedIn request the following day.  

 

G2KYM - Get To Know Your Members

We're looking for two Silicon Halton members to give 5 minute intros of themselves, their companies, and / or their products. Learn more here. If that is you, please contact Kimberly Neal at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Venue

Burlington Hive, Burlington, ON. @BurlingtonHive - Google Map

 

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TGIF Tech - Gaming

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November 28/14  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Columbia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville

With Sheridan College located at its heart and its world renowned Game Design programs, it is little wonder that Oakville is becoming a hotspot for gaming companies. This will be the focus for our inaugural TGIF Tech meetup this Friday, Nov. 28th 3-5pm at Taste of Colombia Café in Bronte. 

Cinema Suite, recent winners of a 2014 Oakville Innovation Award, will be presenting and sharing the story of their growth and the local support and various funding sources they leveraged along the way.  Local edtech startup NexEd, will also take part to demonstrate how the Unity game engine can be used to allow educators and elementary school students to collaborate and play in a MMO virtual world. 

Also joining in the conversation will be Bronte based tech company AXXYR and, of course, Silicon Halton. 

This free and informal event looks to regularly bring together local tech companies to network and support each other within the local ecosystem. 

Hope to see as many Silicon Halton members as possible come out for a coffee and a chat this Friday.

 

TGIF Tech Supporters

TGIF Tech Sponsors

 

About TGIF Tech

Held once a month on a Friday afternoon, these informal meetings are a way to build the connections among Oakville’s technology ecosystem. We offer an informal touch point for business development, sharing knowledge and information in a relaxed environment. Consider coming out and joining us if you are involved with a digital media business or organization in Oakville. Our broad definition of technology includes video, gaming, wire-less, animation, podcasting, online communications, software programming and consulting, etc.

Got an idea for a Friday afternoon - or looking for more information - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

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

 

What was Produced

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

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Venue

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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.

jointhediscussion

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

 

 

CEO Peer-2-Peer (Nov 2014)

November 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.

 

 

 

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