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.

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #14

WomenInTech Peer2PeerNov 12, 2015  |  7 pm  |  The Halton Hive, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington

Topic: Podcasting 101

Join us as we welcome home long time Silicon Halton member and podcasting guru Donna Papacosta who will be sharing her expertise in this unique and authoritative medium. 

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 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:

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Donna Papacosta helps people communicate better, using a variety of tools from newsletters to the latest in social and digital media, including podcasts.  As Principal with Trafalgar Communications she has spent more than 2 decades working with larger corporations, mid-sized firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations to improve their internal and external communications and design and implement social media programs. These days, she devotes much of her time to leading workshops and teaching.  She is currently teaching the Foundations course in the Digital Communications Strategy and Social Media program at the University of Toronto. She also taught Audio Journalism at Sheridan College in Oakville.

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #16

WomenInTech Peer2PeerJan 19, 2016  |  7 pm  |  The Halton Hive, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington

Topic: Public Speaking

Our content delivery series concludes with an introduction to toastmaster techniques for speaking in different situations.  Come out and give it a try.

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 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. .

 

Meetup #76 - Hiring Smarter: What Not To Do & How To Improve Your Odds

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February 9, 2016 | 7pm - 9:30pm | O'Finns Irish Temper, Oakville

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Learn what not to do & how to improve your odds in hiring.

This interactive presentation will cover the key steps within the hiring process including Hiring Process itself, Job Descriptions, Attracting Candidates, Sourcing, Screening Interviewing, Hiring, and Onboarding. Importantly, it will also cover how to improve your odds at hiring the right candidate.

Most of us have been taught to pay really close attention to the information in the résumé when we are screening candidates and trying to decide who to interview (and who to pass on) – where the person went to school, the degrees and certificates they earned along the way, where they’ve worked before and what they did while they are there… heck, we’ve even been conditioned to check spelling and grammar. Yet, nearly 90% of the time, when people don’t work out, the reason for failure has absolutely nothing to do with what they know, where they worked or how well they can spell – it has to do with who they are, deep down inside, and whether they really ‘fit’ here.  

You will learn some very practical tips that will help you get behind the résumé and the ‘interview mask’, and give you a real sense of whether you’ll click together. Productively.

Presenters

Stomphorst Avatar 2014Rick Stomphorst. President of SearchVelocity.ca, providing recruitment services to technology companies, start-ups and recruitment firms to identify and acquire high-value tech staff for their complex staffing requirements. Rick is also a Co-Founder of Silicon Halton. @StompR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jan G. van der Hoop, President of Fit First Technologies Incjan, an on-line, resume-free hiring process company. 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.

 

 

Join The Discussion Online (coming soon)

Discuss

On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-workshop 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're posted.

The Venue

O'Finns Irish Temper - 136 Church Street - downtown Oakville Ontario (google map)
Consider having dinner at O'Finn's - Check out their great menu.

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Meetup #75 - Augmented Reality, A Primer

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Milton Education Village  |  Milton

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Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality … What’s the Difference?

There’s a lot of hype and buzz when it comes to Virtual Reality (VR) especially when Facebook bought Oculus for $2B. Digi-Capital projects the VR market to be worth $30B (source) in 2020. So, maybe, Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t so crazy shelling out billions!

But, what about Augmented Reality (AR)? Is there a market opportunity there as well? What is Augmented Reality and how is it different from Virtual Reality? More importantly are there any local entrepreneurs, developers and professionals working in the Augmented Reality field? The answer to each of these questions are YES!

Eventbrite - Meetup #75: Augmented Reality.  A Primer.

 

Learn About the AR Market and Meet Local AR Experts

In this meetup you’ll learn about the AR market opportunity (hint: it’s bigger than VR), the industries that are adopting it and specific applications of AR today and potentially in the future.

You’ll also meet two local leaders in the AR field who will share their experiences, knowledge and point of view about the AR industry and where it’s heading. They’ll also cover and demonstrate some of the cool products and projects they’re working on today.

Presenters

Chris Herbert Avatar 150x150Chris Herbert

Chris is the cofounder of Silicon Halton and founder and CMO of Mi6 Agency. Mi6 Agency is a B2B technology marketing and customer development firm located in Oakville.

In his presentation he will give an overview of the AR market opportunity and provide some examples where AR is gaining market traction.

zimmerBen Zimmer

Ben is the CEO of Enable Education. Ben’s company defines, develops and delivers innovative courseware resources for 21st Century learning. Their talented team includes educators, web and app developers, programmers, audio/visual producers, graphic designers, and technical writers. Theyproduce teaching and learning technology and resources ranging from print materials, to mobile apps, to augmented reality programs, intended to reach learners from preschool to industry professionals.

In his presentation Ben will talk about the present state and future impact of AR in the education space - both for students in K-12 and College/University, as well as professional training. Using a couple real-world examples, Ben will show how AR can be transformative in engaging, as well as meeting the varied needs of all kinds of learners.

Ben will demonstrate a web-based Augmented Reality Management System (ARMS) which makes it easy for companies of all sized as well as authors to benefit from AR.

leeDerek Lee

Derek is the cofounder of Solace Media Group Limited, a consortium of high end boutique digital media Studios located in Asia. Solice Media Group is building a strategic partnership in a collaborated effort to provide clients with innovated media content, that would allow them stand out in a globally competitive ecosystem. Their regional partners specialize from pre- visualization, animation production, app development as well as work with various innovative and dynamic media contents.

In his presentation Derek will talk about the present state of AR as a marketing tool for businesses and consumers. Using real-world examples, Derek will show how AR can be an engaging marketing tool while providing analytics for business to understand their customer behaviours.

Derek will be showing a sneak preview of a cost effective AR solution that allows businesses with various budgets to display dynamic content to their customers

Format

Each presenter will have 15 minutes of presentation time and then will join in on a 15 minute panel discussion. Audience participation is welcomed and encouraged through the presentations and panel discussion! 

Eventbrite - Meetup #75: Augmented Reality.  A Primer.

 

Join in the Conversation

jointhediscussionSilicon Halton members can discuss this event before and afterwards in our LinkedIn group here. Ask questions in advance so they can be covered at the meetup. Follow up with your thoughts, ideas and questions afterwards too!

 

Silicon Halton Day: Halton HiVE

Friday December 18, 2015  |  Halton HiVE | Drop in anytime, 8:30am - 5pm

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

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

Random opportunities and discoveries that arise from interactions with others – play a large role in coworking
- from Working in the UnOffice from Night Owls Press

If you’ve experienced the favourable collisions, the random opportunities, that regularly occur during the short span of a Silicon Halton meetup, imagine the possibilities during a full day? Collisions are the probable interactions with other local tech businesses or professionals or ancillary tech services. These collisions routinely produce discoveries, economic and/or professional growth.

If you work in home office or small office, 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 meetingss and potential Lunch & Learn's, there are no planned sessions during the day. And even if there are planned sessions, you choose to attend them or not. It's your day.  Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from. 

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

HaltonHive logo 300xThe Halton 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 @HaltonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

When: See dates below. Open from 8:30am - 5pm

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

Location: Halton HiVE, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington – on the South-East corner of Guelph Line & Harvester Rd. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: Register at the door

Meetup #74 - Holiday Cheer + Speed Networking

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper, Oakville

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Celebrate The 2015 Holiday Season

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #74: Holiday Cheer & Speed NetworkingJoin us on December 8 at O'Finns Irish Temper in downtown Oakville as we celebrate the end of another great Silicon Halton year.  We hope you’ve found value and learned new ideas from all the meetups, peer2peer groups, special events, and linkedin discussions. It’s time to come out and have some fun and meet a whole bunch of people.  We're going to start this meetup a little earlier at 6:30 pm - as we'd like to encourage you to come try the great dinner menu at O'Finn's.

Silicon Halton’s Famous Speed Networking

We're running the ever popular Speed Networking again, where everyone has a few minutes to exchange short introductions and make new connections, then rotate to the next introduction. As you’ll probably be attending other holiday events this year – this will be a great chance to practice your cocktail party pitch.

How Speed Networking Works

  • 3 minutes per conversation
  • First person gets 1 minute to speak about themselves or their company
  • Second person gets 1 minute to speak about themselves or their company
  • Then 1 minute to ask questions or exchange business cards – so bring lots
  • Smile and move on to the next person

What Can You Say In 1 Minute?

A lot actually if you practice a few times before the meetup. You can say:

  • Hello
  • Your name, your role, and your company name
  • What you help your clients / people achieve (one sentence)
  • How you do it (one sentence )
  • Your website (where people can go for more info)

If after the introduction you feel there is value in connecting, absolutely send the other person an email / linkedin request the following day.  

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #74: Holiday Cheer & Speed Networking

The Venue

O'Finns Irish Temper - 136 Church Street - downtown Oakville Ontario (google map)
Consider having dinner at O'Finn's - Check out their great menu.

WhiskeyLounge

 

 

Show Me the Money – Financial Recourses Available To Help Grow Your Business

Friday February 5, 2016, 12noon - 1pm | Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | Partner Lunch & Learn

Join us for an interactive panel presentation and discussion where you will learn about some of the latest government sponsored programs that companies are using to fund and build their businesses.

Presenters

Mary Balfour, Senior Business Advisor with Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure will outline the range of funding programs that are available for established manufacturing and technology companies. This includes financing through the use of grants, contributions, wage subsidies, tax credits and loans. Find out what type of government financing may be available for your business. www.ontario.ca/economy

Joel Briere, Account Manager with the Business Development Bank of Canada will highlight the innovative financing tools and services that BDC clients use to acquire new equipment and technology, operate their companies and fund their expansions. www.bdc.ca

Padraic Foley, Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence will share an overview of OCE’s programs designed to commercialize innovation through promoting industry-academic collaboration, providing seed funding for young entrepreneurs and taking innovative technologies from an idea to the global marketplace. www.oce-ontario.org

About MEVIC

Every month the Innovation Centre hosts informal, and free, presentation on a topic of interest to the residents, members and friends of the Centre and the Milton business community. It is being held at the same time as the monthly Silicon Halton Day where Silicon Halton members come to cowork as our guests for the day.  It’s an open-drop in session, and all Milton entrepreneurs are welcome to attend. You bring your lunch, we’ll bring dessert.

Date: Friday February 5, 2016

Time: 12noon - 1 pm

Location: Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. 555 Industrial Drive, Milton. L9T 5E1 [Google Map

Cost: N/A - BYOLunch, dessert provided

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