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.

Software Peer 2 Peer #4

SoftwarePeer2PeerMonday October 24th at 7pm | Apple Suites, 700 Third Line, Oakville

 

Our fourth meetup will feature Michael Lant discussing UX Triage:

User experience design is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product. In this meeting, Michael will introduce you to an emerging process called UX-Triage - a simple, collaborative process that allows business stakeholders, developers and designers to quickly work through the discovery, organization, creation and optimization of the fundamental UX elements of any software application.

Following the presentation we will continue the discussion around User Experience and User Interface design.  This should be interesting for anyone designing or delivering a software product with a user interface, which is pretty much everyone building software!

For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer:  

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POST UPDATE:

The meeting was very informative, Michael described the UX Design landscape at a high level and then drilled down into the UX Triage process in detail.  There was a fair amount of Q&A as well, discussing the modeling approach at scale and the scope of information to capture.  Additional resource links can be found below.  Thanks again for presenting Michael!

We also discussed some ideas for upcoming meetings, including game development, security topics, comparing web development environments, and Xamarin.  If any of these topics resonate with you please feed free to comment on the Software P2P page.

Resource links: UX Triage (blog post), UX Triage (blog post) 

The next meeting will be Monday November 28th, 7pm, at Apple Suites in Oakville.  The topic will be Security, with more details coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Add Quality Video To Your Marketing Toolkit - Silicon Halton Meetup #87

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Tuesday January 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | MEV Innovation Centre, Milton

Eventbrite - Adding Quality Video to your Marketing Arsenal - Silicon Halton Meetup #87During this meetup you'll learn how to make better quality video fast and without the burden of added cost.

Your Customers Are Watching Videos

Fact: 100 million internet users watch online video each day. The rise in demand for video has many business owners looking for affordable ways to make video and reach their audience. The cost of video has dropped dramatically and the opportunity to make affordable video with high production value is within grasp.

Carlo Sicoli, co-founder of Soaq, will facilitate a hands-on session where participants will use proven techniques and tips business owners, marketing and sales professionals, engineers and trainers can use to make quality video.

We will

  • Examine how to create effective video content (messaging, purpose of video, audience)
  • Explore what makes video attractive
  • Practice proven methods for making video attractive with a smartphone and free tools
  • Identify the business value of video and evaluate the different types that can help your business

About the Presenter

carloCarlo Sicoli is a co-founder of Soaq. Soaq is an intelligent video platform specifically designed for organizations to create and share internal and external video. Companies use Soaq to upload and share video inside their organization to improve training, communication, and employee engagement. [Twitter: @soaqapp] [Youtube]

 

Venue

Milton Education Village Innovation Centre |  555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)

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The Rise of Robotics & Automation in the Supply Chain

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January 19, 2017 | 8:00 am – 11:30 am  |  Milton Education Village Innovation Center, Milton, ON

 

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The Milton Education Village Innovation Center presents a half day workshop on robotics and automation in the supply chain for distribution and manufacturing companies.

Robotics & Automation in Logistics: An Emerging Technology Trend 

One of the biggest challenges facing the logistics industry today is labor availability. It’s not easy for companies around the world to find enough high-quality employees to move goods from suppliers to customers.

Two competing factors are making this especially difficult: The first is an increasing need for more logistics workers and this is being driven by the e-commerce revolution and its need for more parcel shipments; the second is a decline in the size of the available workforce. Up until now, robotics technology has not made a large impact in the world of logistics.

Learn about how this is changing as advanced robots enter our warehouses, sorting centers, and even help with final-mile delivery. Logistics workers will benefit from collaborating with robots, while customers will see faster service and higher quality.  


Dr. Farzad Rayegani, P.Eng., FEC | 
Director, Sheridan College Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Design Technologies

FarzadRayeganiDr. Farzad Rayegani is credited with developing an applied research program involving students, graduates and faculty mentors to address technological and educational need of Halton and Peel regions. Over the past 15 years, he has been simultaneously partnering with SME enterprises on product and process innovation projects while developing an applied research program involving students, graduates and faculty mentors to address issues of product development / refinement, process automation, systems integration and manufacturing management.  See full biography here

 

Amazon’s Fulfillment Network -  Lessons From A Leader 

Amazon continuously leads the world in distribution / fulfilment for the new world of 24/7 e-commerce.  Learn about upcoming changes to Amazon’s overall fulfillment network, fulfillment centres, and important practices / lessons they apply that could help Canadian companies.


Zee Hamid | 
Software Development Manager, Amazon Canada

ZeeHamidA veteran in the software industry, Zee Hamid works for Amazon as a Software Development Manager leading the Amazon Flex Work Tracking space. He previously spent his Amazon career in Fulfillment Technologies where he was responsible for core Fulfillment services, machine learning improvements to the inbound process and stowing tools. Zee Hamid also holds an elected office as the Town Councillor in the Town of Milton. See full profile here

 

 

 

Workshop Location

Milton Education Village Innovation Center 555 Industrial Drive, Milton, ON

 

 

Meetup #85 - Business Models and Business Model Design

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016  |  7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #85: Business Models and Business Model Design


In this meetup presented by SB Partners, we’ll discuss Business Models and Business Model Design

 

Your Business Model's Impact

Mustafa Dossajee, Partner at SB Partners will discuss why developing and communicating your business model is important to the growth of your tech business. The ability to communicate your business model to venture capitalists, accountants, and other financial institutions facilitates their understanding and improves their ability to support your success in early stages and when you are scaling up your business.

 

Business Models / Design

Chris Herbert, co-founder of Silicon Halton and Founder of Mi6 Agency will provide you with an overview of key business model types and business model design. The goal of this meetup is for you to get a better understanding about:

  • business model design vs. product design. What's the difference?
  • business model types
  • the 9 building blocks of a business model
  • the importance of value proposition design and role it has in product, market fit and customer validation

During this talk Chris will draw from his professional experience and apply business model design thinking to some real world scenarios. He'll also do a fast business model design session with members of the audience.

This is the second in a series of talks dedicated to helping entrepreneurs, and those that work for them, improve their chances of being successful. The first, "Financing and Funding - What are Your Options? Ask the Experts , presented by BDC, took place earlier this year.

 

About the Presenters

Mustafa Dossajee is a Partner with SB Partners, focused on providing high-quality assurance services to diverse clients in the manufacturing, retail, consumer products and bio-technology industries. He has a sound grasp of internal controls and helps his clients understand that a strong internal control system is a deterrent to fraud and error. website

Chris Herbert is the founder of Mi6. Mi6 is a B2B (Business to Business) marketing and business development agency dedicated to helping companies build their brands and develop commercial relationships. He is the founder of ProductCamp Toronto and the Hi-tech community Silicon Halton. He tweets under the handle @B2Bspecialist

 

G2KYM - Get To Know Your Members

G2KYM-EventsWe'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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

 

Join The Discussion

jointhediscussionOn 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.

 

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.

Register Now

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #85: Business Models and Business Model Design

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.

 

 

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #23

WomenInTech Peer2PeerOctober 25, 2016  |  7 pm  |  The Ivy, 3330 South Service Road, Burlington

Topic: What it Takes (Part II)

Inspired by the Canadian women rocking the RIO Summer Olympics and the amazing #WhatItTakes campaign from SportChek (Check out the videos here) we are bringing in mentors and coaches to take the limits off of our beliefs and dare greatly in our careers and with our businesses.

This month we have invited Ballsy member Norine Jones to share her story and tips on the importance of valuing yourself and your business or career.

The Women in Tech Peer 2 Peer group’s goal is to empower women in business by examining the unique gender based challenges of working in and with technology to effect progressive change within our working and community environments. 

Meet ups are generally for women only who work or live in Halton.  Non-Silicon Halton members are welcome.

Each month we'll have a topic for debate, and an opportunity for individuals to share challenges and successes with the group in a safe, supportive setting. 

Meetup formats may include dinner discussion meetings, guest speaker presentations, or workshops - depending on the topic.

For more information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About the Presenter

Norine Jones began her unique career in the auto industry, starting out working in the body shop, eventually becoming a body shop manager, and then a service manager. Why is her career described as unique already? Because Norine has always been one to take on a challenge and chose her career within male dominated industries from the beginning. This gave her a solid foundation from which to continue building her current position as President of PowerVac Services Hamilton. Lest you think that PowerVac is the name for a house cleaning company, it actually provides services for duct cleaning and mold abatement and removal for home, commercial and industrial projects. Not exactly Molly Maid.

In addition to being a successful business owner, Norine is very active in the volunteer community of Hamilton. She has been participating in Girl Guides of Canada for over 14 years as a unit leader, community camp organizer and Administrative Community Leader. It is very important to Norine to show other girls and women that they too can create their own path and future.

PowerVac Hamilton is a family owned and operated business that Norine’s father took over as General Manager over 25 years ago and eventually bought. Norine joined the company as the Operations Manager and held that position for 9 years. She then moved in to the General Manager role for 2 years. After losing her father just over a year ago, Norine moved in to the role of owner and has been the Lady Boss for the past 1.5 years, officially becoming the President within the past two months.

With 3 cats, 1 dog, 2 daughters and one patient husband, Norine’s life is one of time management, learning and large cups of Early Grey Tea.

 

 

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TGIF Tech - November 2016

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Friday November 25th 2016  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Colombia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville

Funding Interactive Digital Media Projects In Ontario

Find out about programs available for helping fund Interactive Digital Media (IDM) projects in Ontario.  Q&A the programs with Lucie.  And also learn about what Interactive Ontario and Haltech can do for your companies.  

Presenter: Lucie Lalumière

LucieLumiereLucie Lalumière is the founder of Lalumiere Media, a consulting business specializing in interactive digital media (IDM), emerging technologies and immersive experiences (virtual reality, augmented reality).  Lucie and her collaborators offer a broad range of services such as advising clients on strategy and business development, as well as production and operations.  She is also the Executive Producer of Bvrned, a fictional 360 film, at 360 Story Lab.

Her passion for emerging technologies started over 20 years ago, when she worked on groundbreaking multimedia projects at Bell. Later on, she led innovative and award-winning teams in various strategic roles.  Her executive positions include GM French Market (MediaLinx Sympatico), Executive Director New Media (Radio-Canada), and VP & GM Interactive, Television (Corus Entertainment). 

Lucie is a tireless advocate for the IDM industry. She is the Vice-Chair of Interactive Ontario, on the Board of Haltech, has been on the board of the Bell Fund, and regularly contributes to industry-related advisory committees.  She is the winner of the inaugural WIFT-T Digital Trailblazer Crystal Award (2015), has a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems from Université de Sherbrooke, an MBA from McGill University (completed at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program), and an Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics from UBC/DAA.

More info @ https://ca.linkedin.com/in/lucielalumiere  |  Follow Lucie on Twitter @LucieLalumiere

 


 

TGIF Tech Supporters

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

Location: Taste of Colombia (Bronte BIA) Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QPTi1 

 

Meetup #86 – Networking Un-Meetup

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December 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Ivy Bar+Kitchen, Burlington

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #86: Holiday Un-Meetup

Un-Meetups are Meetups with no pre-determined topic(s). Potential topics are rapidly pitched, voted on, then launched. We have four 30-minutes time slots for topics.  

How It Works

Step 1:  Any un-meetup attendee can pitch a topic they're interested in, have knowledge about, or want to explore.

Step 2: The audience votes [pix of last votinglast voting] on the topics that interest them most. This will be fun and engaging, not a simple show-of-hands - the voting process contains networking

Step 3: The top 2 topics immediately begin in parallel as 30-minute sessions.

Step 4: A short break at the 30min mark to catch our breath, followed immediately by topics 3 & 4

Step 5: We regroup and share key items learned

 

If you end up not liking the session you voted yourself into, vote again with your feet and move to the other topic.

The person who suggested the topic must either present during their 30min session, lead it, assist in facilitating it, or a blend of any of the above. 

Join The Discussion Online 

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On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre/post meetup conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group. Help make this meetup relevant to you. 

 

Venue

Ivy Bar+Kitchen - 3330 South Service Road, Burlington. Come early for dinner (menu)!  [Map] [@ivybarkitchen] [Instagram]

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