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.

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Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #35

May 15, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #35

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: Sales. We're conducting a series of Sales training workshops. For this session, one of the members will lead the dissucion on managing leads.  Your homework: How do you generate leads, manage leads, track, nurture.

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

 

 

 

Silicon Halton Day @ Burlington HiVE

May 30, 2014  |  Burlington HiVE | Drop in anytime 8:30am - 5pm

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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.

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.

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

 

 

 

CEO Peer-2-Peer (June 2014)

June 25, 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.

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

 

Meetup #54: New Tech

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April 8, 2014 | QE Park, Oakville | Meetup 54: New Tech Meetup

Introducing our first New Tech meetup! The New Tech meetup is an opportunity for local technology companies to wowcase the community by showing off their locally created technology software and/or hardware products/projects. The community will have the opportunity to meet some of the local leaders and talent that are creating innovative solutions and companies in Halton Region. We are not solely focused on startups, as established technology firms are also introducing great new technology. 

Four Companies Showcasing New Tech

iView Logo BD-GLOBEx75iView Systems - Security Operations Data – From CCV footage to Audits, Compliance, Investigations, Lost & Found, Visitor Management and Incidents - How to effectively manage data transactions from the myriad of sources and systems.

mapsbi-final-globex75MapsBI - Revolutionizing business insight and profitability through geo-centric data visualization 

 

 

RedBit - redbitdev logo r2 x75Helping brands leverage the power of social media by letting their customers be their brand ambassadors with social testimonials 

 

Topicurious - topicurious - hashtag logo x75Twitter search engine which enables you leverage the power of hashtags

 

 

Presenter's Decks

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Main Slidedeck

Community Chatter

Op Ed Marketing blog about Topicurious here

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The format we will be using is:

  • 5 min (up to) to pitch the product
  • 5 min to demo the product
  • 5 min for Q&A (moderated)  

History

We got the idea for a New Tech meetup from the Denver Tech Community and sucess their New Tech meetups have had since 2006.  Not solely the sucess of the meetup itself, but the sucess of instilling a sense of belonging and connectidness in the Denver area, the same as Silicon Halton has inspired to do since we launched in 2009.

speed networking 300x100We are excited to be providing an opportunity to generate additional buzz about each local tech company and their products. Each company can expect up to 1,500 people will learn about them and their product by the end of the New Tech meetup.

We hope everyone leaves the New Tech meetup inspired and with an even greater appreciation for the cool technology that is being created locally and the numerous tech jobs created. 

Oakville-QEP-Queen-Elizabeth-Park-Community-CentreThanks to Oakville's Economic Development Group.  They made the Black Box room at the Queen Ellizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre (QEP) available to us again. This is an example of how Oakville’s EcDev supports the local tech community. 

QEP is a fabulous 1-year old facility in Oakville, a unique multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility.

 

 

 

 

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: NewTech
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 8, 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.
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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.

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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. 

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SB Partner's Next Gen CEO workshop: Scaling your Business

June 17, 2014, 8am-10am | Burlington Golf and Country Club | Partner Workshop

Join SB Partners for their next Next Gen CEO roundtable, Scaling Your Business with Partner Joseph Schlett.

Many entrepreneurs dream of building a scalable business, but do they know how to avoid the pitfalls? Contrary to
popular belief, it is much more difficult to build scale in a business than to start one.
Are you focused on the key activities that will move your company forward?

Want to scale your business, but need direction? There are several key success factors that require attention including leadership, management, financial structure, technology, human resources, vendor and customer relationships
and basic operating system discipline. What enhancements are required for your business?

There will be a panel discussion with leaders of two companies who have successfully scaled their business.

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. "Being a young manager, I really valued Jan's knowledge on effective managing styles and how to empower your workforce. I am looking forward to actioning the items we all have learned!" - See more at: http://www.sbpartners.ca/events/#sthash.pB2G2tTi.dpuf 

Date: June 17, 2014
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Burlington Golf & Country Club
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 #57 - Website Accessibility & AODA

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Was July 8, 2014 | The Marquee @ Sheridan College, Oakville

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.

The Benefits Of Website Accessibility

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.

For Businesses and Non Profits Alike

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:

    • who is accessibility for (not just the physically handicapped)
    • Web accessibility requirements and penalties
    • business case for Web accessibility
    • intuitive and accessible structure
    • writing for accessibility
    • how accessibility, good usability and SEO tie in
    • design elements to be aware of (font sizes, colours, links)

Slide Deck

About The Speaker:  Andrea Dubravsky

Andrea D 100x138Andrea 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+]

 

 

 

About the Venue 

The Marquee

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]

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

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&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.

jointhediscussion

Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #37

July 17, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #37

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: Sales. We're conducting a series of Sales training workshops. 

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

 

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