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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Meetup #57 - Website Accessibility & AODA

July2014

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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Meetup #56 - Tech Under 20

June2014

June 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM -- Milton Education Village, Milton


The next generation of tech gurus is growing up in our backyards, skinning it's knees in local playgrounds and attending Halton high schools.

They interact with the globe over parent-financed broadband as they dream up ways to solve the world's problems, compete in mind-stretching, world-class technology competitions and learn more in an hour online that we were able to extract during years of searching through dusty library catacombs.

Halton teens are learning fast, stretching boundaries, and developing ideas into fledgling new businesses that will help create new opportunities in the region ... and keep more of our budding geniuses close to home.

Join us at Milton Education Village on June 10th for our first ever Tech Under 20 meetup and be dazzled by the brainpower and creativity evolving right here in Halton.

Plus, take part in the conversation after the presentations -- get involved and help Silicon Halton:

  1. Develop new ways to excite and engage young tech entrepreneurs.
  2. Mentor next generation creative thinkers, problem solvers and tech business leaders.
  3. Provide opportunities for Halton Techs Under 20 to gain real world experience with top-notch tech organizations close to home.

Tech Under 20 Presentation

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Our "Tech Under 20" Presenters

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Jessy K. - Grade 12
The Business Specialist High Skills Major Program, Entrepreneurship & Technology

In her presentation, Jessy will talk about her experiences in numerous business-related opportunities that sparked her passion for entrepreneurship and technology, helped her develop many skills, as well as exposed her to the importance of networking and mentorship. She will be discussing:

  • The Business Specialist High Skills Major
  • Her involvement in local, provincial and international business competitions
  • The CreoSearch.ca business idea & pitch
  • The Smart Tap business idea & pitch
  • Her future plans in technology and business
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Mark S.
Python's Pit 1st Place Project: Cyclo-Charger

The Cyclo-Charger is a product concept made especially for the off the gird mountain biker enthusiast. The Cyclo-Charger is currently being designed to be a rugged, robust, and reliable bicycle generator, used to charge one’s phone for emergency situations. The vision is to ultimately allow mountain bikers to fully focus on their passions with peace of mind, one pedal at a time.

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Ella R. - Grade 11
Competitive Robotics & My Future in Engineering

Award winning programmer, Ella R. will discuss how her involvement in local and international VEX Robotics Competitions helped her decide to pursue a career in software and robotics engineering. She'll cover:

  • Learning to code
  • How the team-based VEX Robotics Competition works
  • Autonomous, build and driver-controlled challenges
  • The 15 local, regional and World Championship awards earned by the team during the 2013/14 competition season
  • Her goals & ambitions in software & robotics engineering
  • A demo of the award-winning robot
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Mark S. - Grade 11
Specialist High Skills Major Focusing My Education on ICT

Mark will show us how high schools across the province are helping students to focus their curriculum to better understand the world of work and gain extra certifications. We will look at:

  • Sectors
  • Pathways
  • Classes
  • Certifications
  • Reach Ahead and Experiential Learning opportunities
  • Diploma
  • ICT highlights: CISCO certifications, FIT certification, Career Mash, Field trips and College/University presentations
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Sam R. - Grade 12
Resume Goo: From Class Project to Online Business

Sam will discuss how his grade 12 class in Entrepreneurship helped him develop his award-winning skills and strong interest in technology, graphic design, animation and videography into a pitch video and new online business that will launch later this year. His presentation will include:

  • Learning about entrepreneurship
  • Developing the Resume Goo business idea & pitch
  • Testing the market
  • A brief walkthrough of Resume Goo user tools
  • Goals for Resume Goo
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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.

G2KYM - Get To Know Your Members

Vinutha Shanmukharadhya - Human Centered Design: http://www.vintaindesign.com/

John Martin: Marketing Automation and Customer Insight: www.dialogueinsight.com

Brett Gillette - Bees & Beekeeping & Technology: https://plus.google.com/+BrettGillett


 

About Milton Education Village

MEV 555 industrial smWe're most fortunate to be using the new Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre in Milton. MEV Innovation Centre is a place for the business community to meet and a space designed for new and existing business in a growth phase. Providing an ecosystem for technology intensive companies and business in the manufacturing and production industries, the innovation centre will provide access to entrepreneurs in four ways:

  1. Collaborative space
  2. Business services
  3. Accelerator/incubator programming
  4. Education and training

Subscribe to the blog here to receive the most current updates on this exciting project.  Read a Silicon Halton blog on the hi tech birth of this location here.

We're proud that Milton Economic Development is pleased to sponsor this Silicon Halton meetup at the new MEV Innovation Centre.

 

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Tech Under 20
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Networking
Date & Time: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 @ 7pm
Location: Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. 555 Industrial Drive, Milton. Google Map.

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 #38

Aug 21, 2014 | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #38

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

 

CEO Peer-2-Peer (May 2014)

May 28, 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.

 

CEO Peer-2-Peer (August 2014)

Aug 27, 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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Meetup #55: Canada's Anti Spam Legislation

May 13, 2014 | Burlington Hive, Burlington

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Eventbrite - Canada's NEW Anti-Spam Legislation - Silicon Halton Meetup #55

On July 1, 2014 the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes in to effect. CASL applies to all Commercial Electronic Messages (CEMs) being sent by you and your organization. It is the strictest anti-spam legislation with hefty fines being levied both to individual and corporate offenders in the amounts of $1M and $10M respectively.

The legislation will impact how and who you send CEMs to customers, prospects and partners. It will require you and your company to manage your communications practices differently when communicating on mass and individually. The legislation verbage that outlines the dos and don'ts can be confusing and ambiguous! At this meetup we will have three subject matter experts providing their interpretations and advice on how to ensure you comply with CASL and benefit from this new legislation.

There will be a 30 minute keynote presentation followed by a panel session.  The goal is to provide you with a good understanding of the law, what you'll need to do in order to comply and how.

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Keynote Speaker and Panelist

Matt VernhoutMatthew Vernhout | Inbox Marketer
Mathew is the Chief Privacy Officer/Manager of Deliverability at Inbox Marketer. He is responsible for ensuring that Inbox Marketer's clients continue to achieve industry-leading deliverability and that they comply with all current and future privacy regulations including CAN-SPAM, PIPEDA and Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). @EmailKarma

Panelists

Richard Bolton 100x100Richard Bolton  |  Centricity 360
As President of Centricity360, Richard Bolton is an independent consultant specializing in small business growth. Working one on one with his clients in a coaching capacity he first seeks to understand their business then, develops strategies and tactics to produce results. Focusing on internet marketing strategies, online selling techniques, increasing customer value and implementing value added technologies. He works with business owners, professionals, and organizations as a trusted advisor producing dynamic business growth. @Centricity360

GrantBuchanTerrellGrant Buchan-Terrell  |  gbt Law
Grant offers advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, with focus on buying and selling a business, resolution of shareholder disputes, financings, mentoring IT startups and advising not-for-profits. You can catch Grant’s small business tweets @OntBizAttorney and visit his website.

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John Martin | Dialogue Insight
John is a Marketing Automation Strategist with Dialog Insight. For 15 year Dialog Insight has been helping companies collect and manage  customer information and use it to send focused Marketing messages with the right content at the right time.  The result is over achieved goals usually in sales.

Moderator

ChrisHerbertChris Herbert | Silicon Halton & Mi6 Agency
Chris Herbert is the co-founder of Silicon Halton and founder and CMO of Mi6 Agency. For Silicon Halton he focuses on evolving the community and the Silicon Halton business model so it continues to deliver value through engaging online and offline experiences, individual and business growth for members and the overall economic development of the technology industry for all of us in Halton Region. Follow Chris on Twitter.

 

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Business Optimization
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 7pm
Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]

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

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. 

Eventbrite - Canada's NEW Anti-Spam Legislation - Silicon Halton Meetup #55

 

P.S. If you are unable to attend this evening meetup but are interested in the topic, you can attend a 7:30 am morning session put on by BitNet at the same location on the same day.

 

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