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.

Meetup #69: Home Brew Developers Projects

July2015-HomebrewTech

July 14, 2015 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Halton HiVE, Burlington

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #69: Homebrew Developers ProjectsShare, learn, talk, demo and network with fellow developers meet up on July 14th at the Halton Hive. This meetup has been built around suggestions and ideas from SH members that code and create software and applications. It's designed for them.

We want developers to see and talk about their homebrew projects. Developers can formally or informally demo the "stuff" they're working on at this meetup. That app you've been developing on the side, in your basement or garage! 

Slidedeck here: http://www.slideshare.net/SiliconHalton/silicon-halton-meetup-69-home-brew 

Agenda:

  • 7:00 - 7:30 : Show up and settle in for a great night!
  • 7:30 - 9:00 : Homebrew demos (we're thinking 10 minutes per of about 7-8 demos)
  • 9:00 -        : Networking, informal homebrew demos, ping-pong, fooseball...

Let Us Know If You Want To Show Off Your Project! 

[Updated: July 9]

Send us a quick note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and tell us about your home brew project and we'll get back to you with a time and options. 

Here's the Home Brew Projects Lineup (so far).

1) WebXoX

WebX0X is a drum synthesizer and sequencer built using the Web Audio API. All sound generation is performed entirely in the browser without the use of samples. You can access the app and learn more about this homebrew project.

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2) Home Made Drone

Here's a project led by two key community leaders from Silicon Halton's Tech Under 20 team. Yup, they're going to do a flight test! Learn from their experience in sourcing parts, assembling them, working with open source software and more. Pssss...there's more that we'll share but you have to come out to the meetup!

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3)  Kinetic Resistance Apparatus

Robert Carriere, Founder of Aorte Fitness, recently designed the Kinetic Resistance Apparatus. It is a mechanical fitness device that will potentially become the status quo for the health industry. Robert will show a working mechanical prototype that was a finalist at this years' Pythons Pit Contest. The prototype is in it's late stage R&D, and Robert is looking for advice and wisdom in both finalizing his Patents and getting input on the Mecha/Engineered Components which will soon be added to the Apparatus, for Power restoration assistance.

2015 Kinetic Resistance Device

 

4) Pay2Park
Pay2Park is disrupting parking for mobile market with a free platform for property management companies and best user experience for drivers to find and pay for parking.

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 5) ATTiny 85 home brew Arduino projects

A project led by Mike Druiven from Craig Kielburger Secondary School. Mike has created some home brew electronics including a $10 Arduino that high school students can build in class and then take home for further development. Learn more about his Paperduino  and the Neopixels and ATTiny 85 Arduino shields projects.

2015 Mike Druiven Homebrew

6) Student Job

Led by Charles Javelona, Julio Tain Sueiras and inspired, in part, from recent Silicon Halton Tech Under 20 events (see: TU20 Pitch Yourself Workshop and Pitch Session, Meetup 65: TU20 Developing Talent, Discovering Opportunities and Meetup 56 where it all started!). This application will help students connect with employers looking for part time work and internships.

2015 July Homebrew Charles and Julio 

Join The Discussion

Ojointhediscussionn 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

Halton HiVE has recently moved to an expanded location - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington – on the South-East corner of Guelph Line & Harvester Rd [map].  Learn more about the Burlington HiVE here: www.HaltonHive.com and follow @HaltonHiVE, or contact us 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. and 905.592.2590. Kaylyn Gelata is the new, Community Manager at the, Halton HiVE.

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Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #69: Homebrew Developers Projects

 

 

Meetup #67 - Build Your Site for Maximum Conversion

May2015-WebsiteConversion

May 12, 2015  |  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper 

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #67: CROHow to Get Your Site to Sell with CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization)

Your website should be your top salesperson.

It's how people find you, learn about you, and contact you. And just like a salesperson says all the right things to get the sale, so should your website.

In this workshop you learn...

  1. How to set up your website with conversion goals
  2. How to get people to take action using CRO best practices
  3. How to get more downloads, leads, and business from your site

30 for 30

For up to 5 Silicon Halton Members, Op Ed Marketing is offering a 30 minute "CRO" session of your website for $30, of which all is graciously contributed to Silicon Halton.  Contact Robert Clarke below.

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About the Presenter

robert-c 100Robert Clarke, Partner, Op Ed Marketing. Op Ed Marketing is a Digital Agency that helps Businesses Attract, Convert, and Keep Customers. They are a Google AdWords Certified Partner and Microsoft Advertising Accredited Professional. [LinkedIn] www.op-ed.ca @opedmarketing

 

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

 

 

 

 

Join The Discussion

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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 #67: CROSilicon 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.

 

 

Meetup #70: Windows 10, Ask us Anything

August 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Ned Devines, Milton

Windows-10 Product-FamilyAsk us Anything (about Windows 10)

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #70: Windows 10

Don’t miss seeing Windows 10 here first.

With the imminent July release of Microsoft’s next operating system, you probably have questions. Many questions. What happened to my start screen? Why should I upgrade? What will it cost? How will Windows 10 impact me and my clients? Will applications I’ve written continue to operate as-is on Windows 10?

Microsoft Technical Evangelist Anthony Bartolo and Microsoft MVP Mark Arteaga of Redbit will kickoff the meetup with brief Windows 10 demos/prezos, then we launch Ask us Anything. Bring your burning questions.

To create an even richer experience tailored to you, we want hear your questions beforehand. Post your questions in this discussion thread (members only) or tweet your question with #SiliconHalton #Win10

Presenters / Panelists

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Mark Arteaga, President at RedBit Development, specializes in helping customers implement enterprise and consumer facing software solutions. RedBit Development is a software development company focusing on delivering software solutions to solve business problems and help brands connect with their audiences through technology. Mark is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional @MarkArteaga

 

 

 

Anthony BAnthony Bartolo is a Technology Evangelist with Microsoft. Anthony assists the IT Professional community as its trusted advisor on the aspects of Microsoft's ecosystem offering and delivering resources to assist IT administrators in creating efficiencies within their organization. Specializing on the aspects Microsoft's Private Cloud and Virtualization technologies adhering to the Consumerization of IT (CoIT) trend.Anthony was Awarded Microsoft MVP for efforts in evangelizing mobility products and solutions through public speaking engagements, social media and other efforts. @WirelessLife

 

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The Venue

neddevines frontNed Devines, 575 Ontario Street South, Milton, Ontario. [map]

@NedDevinesONT

Oakville Film Festival - offa.ca

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Silicon Halton - get ready to see world class films June 26-28!

Instead of travelling to TIFF or Sundance, you can enjoy an international quality film festival right here at the Oakville Festivals of Film & Art.

Film festival tickets are a great way to cultivate and reward clients, colleagues, and employees or just indulge your love of film. As a special promotion to Silicon Halton members, the Oakville Festivals of Film & Art is pleased to provide a ticket discount Coupon Code: siliconhalton for 25% off the price of individual tickets.

 use Silicon Halton member coupon code: siliconhalton
to get 25% off individual tickets


How To Do The Festival!

WHAT:

  • 17 feature films and documentaries, including the Gala film. Tickets for all full-length films include short films and most include Q&A with the filmmakers and/or panels.
  • To browse films and trailers and to buy tickets go to  https://offa.ca/tickets/  and use your coupon code.
  • Please note: The Theme Packs of 5 films (includes the Gala plus 4 selected film titles) are already discounted.

WHEN:

  • Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th

WHERE: Two locations:

  • Gala Night: Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts - What We Did on Our Holiday” (Friday June 26th 8pm) - map
  • Films: shown at Film.ca, 171 Speers Road, Oakville - for 16 great films on Saturday + Sunday June 27-28 - map


Highlights

  • The Gala “What We Did on Our Holiday” starring Billy Connolly, David Tennant, and Rosamund Pike includes a live Q&A with UK Writer-Director Guy Jenkin interviewed by entertainment critic, Rob Salem.
  • The screening of “The Cocksure Lads” includes a live performance by Murray Foster (of the band Great Big Sea) who is the film’s Director. Did you know that Murray pitched this film on Dragon’s Den?
  • Local connections at the festival include: Oakville resident Vlademir Kabelik and his film “Stay Aubrey”; Sheridan alumni and Mississauga resident Richie Mehta and his film “Siddharth”; plus many short films from Sheridan College’s animation and media arts students.

More details:  www.offa.ca or call 647-557-2210 or email 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.


About the Oakville Festivals of Film & Art

The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art is committed to enhancing the region’s profile, revitalizing local businesses and the community, and promoting cultural and artistic diversity with the cinematic arts as the focal point.

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #11

WomenInTech Peer2PeerJuly 21, 2015  |  7 pm  |  The Halton Hive, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington

Topic: Stand up and be the change.  Join us as we move our anti-bullying initiative forward in a working group to define the problems and potential solutions that will lead to a formal cooperative group project.  

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 #65 - Tech Under 20

Developing Talent, Discovering Opportunities

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 7pm | Art Gallery of Burlington, Shoreline Room

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Join us for Tech Under 20, Part 2, as we focus on Tech Internships

  • Employers need to continuously develop new talent, acquire new skills, and be open to fresh insights and ideas.
  • Tech Under 20's need hands-on work experience that will strengthen their resumes and take their skills and careers to the next level.

Click the link below to register for this event on Eventbrite

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #65: Tech Under 20


A team of teens and adult mentors are working together on this meetup, inviting local Employers and Tech Under 20's to present ideas and discuss the importance of Tech Internships to the ongoing growth and success of all types of businesses in the region.


jointhediscussionOn March 10, 2015 at 7 PM,
you'll hear from:

    • Tech-focused students who have recently completed internships and are looking for new opportunities
    • Employers who have recently offered (or are looking to fill) tech-focused internships in Halton
    • Government program representatives with information about funding (for employers) and opportunities (for students / grads)

Plus, take part in the discussion after the presentations -- get involved and help Silicon Halton develop a new Tech Internship Program for the region.


OUR PRESENTERS

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TECH UNDER 20's

  1. Oleg L.
    Grade 12 student, Oakville

    Software developer
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Recently completed a semester-long co-op with Promys Inc. that led to a full time summer job offer.
    TOPIC: Oleg will discuss how demonstrating a high level of skill and commitment during a short-term co-op can lead to extended opportunities with an employer.
    LOOKING FOR: In the future, Oleg will be looking for internship/co-op opportunities in a computer security or software development firm.

  2. Amanda R.
    1st year UWaterloo

    Honors Mechatronics program
    Schulich Leader scholarship winner
    NTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: After competing in robotics competitions for 6 years and volunteering in LEGO robotics since 2011, she is currently working on her first co-op placement as an Automation Engineer at Camcor Manufacturing, Linamar
    TOPIC: Amanda will discuss the importance of networking before, during and after internships and co-op programs.
    LOOKING FOR: Amanda is looking for opportunities to work with engineering companies involved in national defense. 

  3. Ella R.
    Grade 12 student, Oakville

    Competitive robotics software developer, autonomous programmer & on-field strategist
    INTERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Completed an Internship with Hatch Inc. last summer in the Thermal and Nuclear Sector.
    TOPIC: Ella will discuss how her internship opened her eyes to the variety of roles available on engineering teams in a large company setting.
    LOOKING FOR: Ella is looking for a multitude of engineering experiences that will expand her skillset in multiple different sectors, from electrical engineering to software engineering. Ultimately, her long term goal is to work on projects involving robotics and artificial intelligence.

  4. Eddie S.
    Grade 12 student, Milton

    Competitive robot designer, build team leader & on-field strategist
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Eddie hasn't taken part in an internship program yet, but want to learn more about opportunities related to engineering and design.
    TOPIC: Eddie has advanced skills in design, engineering and robot fabrication, but he is unsure of where to turn for information on internships that would suit his interests and future career development. He will also discuss some of the benefits of internships to students.
    LOOKING FOR: Eddie is incredibly interested in the biomedical side of engineering, and hopes to be working in that field in the future. He is looking for opportunities that will progress his career toward this goal.

  5. Sam R.
    1st year student at OCAD University
    Majoring in Graphic Design
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Completed a communications internship with Appleby College two years ago that led to a paid, full time position with their communications team the following summer.
    TOPIC: Sam will discuss how his technical and creative skills in graphic design and digital photography were expanded while meeting the needs of the internship, and how he benefited from the responsibility and creative freedom provided by both the internship and full-time summer positions.
    LOOKING FOR: Sam is interested in working with organizations that will stretch his technical and creative skills further, while providing opportunities to continuing developing his portfolio of graphic design, photography, videography and motion graphics work.

  6. Craig Keilburger Secondary School
    Grade 11 Students, ICT SHSM Program
    Sanval S., Thomas G., Kyele H., Lucas T., Daniel S.
    The students are all enrolled in the ICT SHSM Program at Craig Kielburger Secondary School. A number of the students are also a part of the school's First Robotics team.
    TOPIC: Involvement with Cisco providing IT support for the Pan Am games and how this works as a summer internship (Coop) that they need for their SHSM diploma.

EMPLOYERS

  1. Tom Murad - Ph.D., P.Eng., F.E.C., SM.IEEE
    Head of Siemens Engineering & Technology Academy, Siemens Canada Limited

  2. Vincent Hamel
    Manager, Electro-Optical Engineering, L-3 Wescam

  3. Ian Small
    General Manager, AudioBooks

  4. Mark Arteaga
    President, RedBit Development
    Mark will discuss "what we look for when we hire".

Additional information coming soon.

GOVERNMENT / FUNDING / OPPORTUNITIES

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  1. Sandra Nuhn
    Manager, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Halton Region
    Sandra will highlight 2 young entrepreneur programs that the Halton Region Small Business Centre is delivering in the Region.
    • Summer Company: Provides hands-one business training and mentorship, with awards of up to $3,000 to help enterprising students between the ages of 15 – 29 start and run their own summer business.
    • Starter Company: provides training, mentorship and the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to youth between the ages of 18 – 29 to start, grow or buy a small business.

  2. Kimberly Neale
    Integrated Job Developer, Employment Services, Halton Region
    Kimberly will highlight free employment services, programs and training incentives available to employers & job seekers in Halton Region. She will provide information / updates on Ontario’s Youth Employment Program, the Youth Job Strategy and Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant.

  3. Sabrina Essner
    Program Lead, Halton E-Mentoring & Newcomer Strategy, Halton Region
    Halton Region is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community. Sabrina will discuss the launch of Halton Region’s E-Mentoring program, community value and how to participate. 

 

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Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #65: Tech Under 20

 


 LOCATION

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Art Gallery of Burlington
Shoreline Room
7:00 PM

ADDRESS
Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1A9

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Driving Directions

From Niagara or Hamilton East – Take the first exit (Northshore) at the north end of the Skyway Bridge. Keep to the right, pass the Joseph Brant Hospital and Maple Ave. Turn left at Brock Ave and make an immediate right into the driveway of the Art Gallery of Burlington. If you miss the driveway, continue to the corner of Brock and Elgin and make a right – enter the parking lot on your right.

From Toronto or Hamilton West – Take QEW Niagara and exit at Northshore Blvd. Turn left at the end of the ramp and continue under the QEW. You will pass the Joseph Brant Hospital and Maple Ave. Turn left at Brock Ave and make an immediate right into the driveway of the Art Gallery of Burlington. If you miss the driveway, continue to the corner of Brock and Elgin and make a right – enter the parking lot on your right.

 


 

Agile Peer-2-Peer #9 (May 21, 2015)

May 21, 2015 | 6:30pm | Adlib Software, Burlinton | AgileP2P #9 This is an open group targeting the Agile practitioners and those learning or interested in Agile in Halton. A valuable forum where hi-tech people in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice.

This month's topic: Building Kick Ass Teams

Learn more about the Agile Peer-2-Peer here (TBA).

Where: <stay tuned>

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