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.

CEO Peer-2-Peer (Sept 2014)

Sept 24, 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.

 

 

Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #39

Sept 18, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #39

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: CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote) and Your Value Proposition

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

 

 

Meetup #58 – Networking Un-Meetup

Aug 12, 2014 | Burlington Hive, Burlington

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Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #58 - an Un-Meetup

Our un-meetup theme is Networking: Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.

How It Works

We allot four 30-minute timeslots for presentations and/or discussions.  Any un-meetup attendee can provide a lightening presentation  to pitch their topic (2min max, no slides) - The proposed topic must relate to the Networking theme.

The audience will then vote on the topics that interest them most. This will be fun and engaging, not a simple show-of-hands - even the voting process contains networking.

The top 2 topics will immediately begin in parallel as 30-minute sessions. Next, a short break, then topics 3 & 4 in parallel. If you don't like the session you voted yourself into, vote again with your feet and move to the other session.

By the way, the person who suggested the topic must either present, facilitate, or a blend of both. 

We previously used this un-meetup format at Meetup #10 (August 2010) and Meetup #33 (July 2012) and both were extremely successful and engaging. See the Meetup 10 or Meetup 33 blog and pix.  

Recap - Topics Pitched

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Topics that went forward:

  1. How to build a guild - group worksheets
  2. Effective Networking - group worksheets
  3. How two develop successful collaboration between large & small firms - group worksheet
  4. How to create market awareness for new product or service - group worksheet

All the worksheets and pictures found here.

Event captured in September 2014 edition of SnapOakville.com (thx) here: http://bit.ly/1BdoqaV

Slide deck

 

About the Venue

burlington-hive-logoThe Burlington 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 @BurlingtonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: We don't know what we're doing for Meetup #58
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track:  Networking: Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 7pm
Location Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]
Cost: Nothing but your time.
Pre-Event Q&A Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the organizers and facilitator in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

Pre & Post-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre & post-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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Not yet a Silicon Halton member?  Join here.

 

Silicon Halton Day @ Burlington HiVE

Friday August 29, 2014  |  Burlington 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 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.

About The HiVE

burlington-hive-logoThe Burlington 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 @BurlingtonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

When: Friday, August 29, 2014. Open from 8:30am - 5pm

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

Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: Register at the door

 

 

 

Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #2

Sept 25, 2014

A new Peer2Peer for women to share and learn from other women in technology.  Silicon Halton members can join the converstation here.

Our official kick off will be a co-meetup with Silicon Peel in Mississauga. Register here: https://siliconpeel19.eventbrite.ca

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.

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Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #40

October 16, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #40

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.

jointhediscussionTopic: Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO). CRO is the practice of continually improving a web page's conversion, or the action that you want your user to take, whether it's calling a number, completing an online form, signing up for a free trial, or making a purchase. There's certain best practices and testing you can employ to help you get more conversions that will result in more leads, prospects, and sales for your business.

Leading this month's SoloP2P

robert-c 100Robert Clarke is Partner at Op Ed Marketing, a digital agency that helps businesses Attract, Convert, and Keep customers with multiple tactics such as PPC, SEO, CRO, Email, and Social Media. You can follow Robert on Twitter (@opedmarketing), visit Op Ed Marketing online (www.op-ed.ca), or send him an email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). 

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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