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.

Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #56: Qualifying Clients

FRIDAY April 15, 2016 | 9am - 10:30am

Topic: Qualifying Clients

What is the best client for you? Any client? How do you grow your business if you accept any client? 

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.

Learn more about the Solo Peer-2-Peer here.

Where: Halton Hive,  [map]

 

 

Meetup #78: Industrial Software Development – CTRL+ALT+DEL is Not an Option

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April 12 , 2016  |  7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Halton Hive, Burlington

Eventbrite - Meetup #78: Developing Software for Industrial use

Building and Managing software in industrial environments is different than web pages and iPhone Apps. You are dealing with real machines and physical risk - the word ‘connected’ doesn’t just refer to your Bluetooth headset. Andrew Barker will share a host of senarios from his years as an Industrial software developer, project manager, and customer and division manager.

Keynote Presenter

andrewb"The boss of a sometimes broken robot’" (his daughter’s title), Andrew Barker, from Oakville's Callisto, has circa 14 years of experience in the development, management, sales and overall life cycle management of industrial software. If you have eaten it, showered with it, or picked it off the store shelf there is a reasonable chance it came from a factory that Andrew (or his team) worked in. Currently calling Oakville home, Andrew has 4 kids, an amazing wife and likes to run long distances when he’s not on the injured list. [LinkedIn]

Join The Discussion Online 

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On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre/post meetup conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group. Help make this meetup relevant to you. 

Venue

In 2015 Halton HiVE 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.  

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TGIF Tech - April 2016

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April 29th 2016  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Colombia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville

 

A recent Globe and Mail columnist profiled AWS in this way 

 AWS essentially brought a successful e-commerce company’s attention to customer experience to an industry—enterprise computing—that was infamously almost allergic to customer needs. It also brought Amazon’s ambition and hard-driving work culture to a sector that was used to explaining why things couldn’t get done….

AWS publishes prices and usage rates on its website, though it may provide custom solutions priced differently to larger clients. And its guiding principle is the same as it is for all of Amazon’s operations: low cost and enormous scale. …

Those lower costs also flow through to consumers in all sorts of markets. Ever wonder why Netflix is so cheap compared with cable or satellite TV? It’s an AWS client, and it now accounts for 36.5% of North American streaming traffic during peak periods.

When NASA’s Curiosity Rover began streaming images from Mars in 2012, it did so over AWS servers, which also powered NASA’s mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

“We have the honour of supporting robots on the surface of Mars,” says Selipsky.

Adam Selipsky, vice-president of marketing, sales and product management and support for AWS.

In this talk, Brett  Gillett will provide examples to IT gurus as well as SME managers with some local examples that are bit smaller in scale than the Netflix and NASA rover example above.

 

“We worked with a local health and fitness organization to modernize their customer contact application.  This involved moving infrastructure to Amazon Web Services and custom development to connect it with a 3rd transactional email SaaS solution. 

 

By doing this they were able to reduce the amount of time they were spending managing outgoing newsletters

and also able to collect engagement statistics.”

 

 

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Brett Gillett is  a Certified AWS Expert ~ Managed WordPress Hosting & Support. Specialties: Cloud Computing (AWS),

Enterprise Systems Management (Tivoli, Hyperic, BMC, OpenNMS),

he is Softchoice’s Amazon Web Services Practice Lead. 

 

 

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About TGIF Tech

Held once a month on a Friday afternoon, these informal meetings are a way to build the connections among Oakville’s technology ecosystem. We offer an informal touch point for business development, sharing knowledge and information in a relaxed environment. Consider coming out and joining us if you are involved with a digital media business or organization in Oakville. Our broad definition of technology includes video, gaming, wire-less, animation, podcasting, online communications, software programming and consulting, etc.

Got an idea for a Friday afternoon - or looking for more information - please contact 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. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Location: Taste of Colombia (Bronte BIA) Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QPTi1 

 

Meetup #77: Work UnScripted: Manage in the Moment

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March 8, 2016  |  7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper, Oakville

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Working in Technology.....

the only thing we can plan for these days is that things are going to change, and the pace is accelerating. The plans that worked in the past may no longer be working. Your success may feel limited by pressures and factors outside of your control; client changes, scope changes, technical changes or deadline changes. These changes can interrupt how you work; you can be frustrated or you can learn to embrace the changes. Every Tech Professional knows to expect the unexpected, but… can you learn to like it or even thrive in it…?

Unscripted Mindset

You will be introduced to The UnScripted Mindset™ that will allow you to face uncertainty and ambiguity and create opportunity. This thinking will allow you and your organization to not only adapt to change, but to take advantage of change and innovate without fear. Based on the principles of improv and problem solving, Working UnScripted will allow you to Think Faster, Lead Smarter and Manage in the Moment.

Keynote Presenter

Jennifer Spear, President & Creative Strategist, Clean Slate Strategies

Jennifer is a recovering corporate executive who now helps organizations Do Things Differently andwork UnScripted. Prior to starting Clean Slate, Jennifer was VP of both Marketing & HR for a national retailer and understands the importance of both employee and customer engagement. As a graduate of both Ivey’s Executive MBA program and Second City, Jennifer operates where the business and creative worlds collide. Jennifer has worked with diverse groups including Deloitte, Bell and NASA. Jennifer is the Author of the upcoming book “UnScripted”.

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Join The Discussion Online 

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On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre/post meetup conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group. Help make this meetup relevant to you. 

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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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.

Social Media: A Bird’s Eye View On What’s Coming Next

Friday March 4, 2016, 12noon - 1pm | Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | Partner Lunch & Learn

hootsuiteThere are now more than 2 billion active social media users worldwide, and that sum is growing at a brisk clip of 25% each year. Join Hootsuite for an interactive presentation and discussion on emerging trends, practices and evolution of social media.

Learn from Hootsuite about how the best companies are:

  • Using social media for more than just posting clever content, but also for responding to customer care issues, recruiting top talent and generating leads.
  • Driving social media engagement with visual assets such as video and images.
  • Developing employee social advocacy programs to encourage staff to share updates about the business.

Hootsuite is the most widely used platform for managing social media, used by over 10 million people around the globe and trusted by more than 800 of the Fortune 1000.

Quite simply, Hootsuite lets you do more with social media. Its platform brings together your social networks and integrates with hundreds of business applications. It’s the one place to build customer relationships, listen to the needs of the market and grow your revenue. Beyond giving you a wide scope for managing your social media activity, Hootsuite can provide valuable intelligence on how people feel about your brand, the social media conversations happening around you, relevant trends that taking off and real-time data, analytics and insights

Presenter

kostyaMichelle Kostya, Director–Training, at Hootsuite will discuss emerging trends that are changing how businesses use social media today. www.hootsuite.com @michellekostya

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: March 4, 1016

Time: 12noon - 1 pm

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

Cost: N/A - BYOLunch, desert provided

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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. .

 

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