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.

Silicon Halton Day: Halton HiVE

Friday December 18, 2015  |  Halton 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 Halton HiVE, Burlington. 

Our ideas are products of our environment. They are influenced by the conversations around us.
- Clive Thompson, Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine

Random opportunities and discoveries that arise from interactions with others – play a large role in coworking
- from Working in the UnOffice from Night Owls Press

If you’ve experienced the favourable collisions, the random opportunities, that regularly occur during the short span of a Silicon Halton meetup, imagine the possibilities during a full day? Collisions are the probable interactions with other local tech businesses or professionals or ancillary tech services. These collisions routinely produce discoveries, economic and/or professional growth.

If you work in home office or small office, 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 meetingss and potential Lunch & Learn's, there are no planned sessions during the day. And even if there are planned sessions, you choose to attend them or not. It's your day.  Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from. 

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

HaltonHive logo 300xThe Halton 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 @HaltonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

When: See dates below. Open from 8:30am - 5pm

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

Location: Halton HiVE, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington – on the South-East corner of Guelph Line & Harvester Rd. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: Register at the door

TGIF Tech - January 2016

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

 

Join Us For Webfit’s Axle!

 

Axle is a customizable, out-of-the-box, proximity-based mobile directory app for iOS and Android that

puts the right information, into the right hands, at the right time and in the right PLACE.

Created specifically to attract and engage economic growth using a combination of real-time GPS

location ordered data and targeting alerts, and user contests, Axle promotes and personalizes your

member directory.

AXLE creates new business activity and revenue for your members by:

  • Making it easy for visitors and residents to locate services and create an itinerary of favourites.
  • Utilizing accurate GPS locations and alerts that are based on the coordinates selected related to the current proximity of the app user.
  • Providing information faster – with a single touch and without reliance on unavailable or unpredictable cellular or Wi-Fi connections.

AXLE even provides an advertisement module that allows you to create even more revenue

opportunities right out of the box.

 

About Lisa Denis

 

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Lisa's passion lies in leveraging today's technology to create, support and engage communities and drive

measurable economic growth. She has been working with municipal and regional economic

development and tourism departments and large member funded organizations for more than 10 years

and understands the responsibility and challenges facing local economies today. Her areas of expertise

include content management system implementation and web and mobile application development and

execution. Lisa is also talented in organizational management, training and development, and project

management in both print and virtual media.

 

Like Taste Of Colombia Facebook Page Facebook Page

 

TGIF Tech Supporters

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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 #74 - Holiday Cheer + Speed Networking

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper, Oakville

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Celebrate The 2015 Holiday Season

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #74: Holiday Cheer & Speed NetworkingJoin us on December 8 at O'Finns Irish Temper in downtown Oakville as we celebrate the end of another great Silicon Halton year.  We hope you’ve found value and learned new ideas from all the meetups, peer2peer groups, special events, and linkedin discussions. It’s time to come out and have some fun and meet a whole bunch of people.  We're going to start this meetup a little earlier at 6:30 pm - as we'd like to encourage you to come try the great dinner menu at O'Finn's.

Silicon Halton’s Famous Speed Networking

We're running the ever popular Speed Networking again, where everyone has a few minutes to exchange short introductions and make new connections, then rotate to the next introduction. As you’ll probably be attending other holiday events this year – this will be a great chance to practice your cocktail party pitch.

How Speed Networking Works

  • 3 minutes per conversation
  • First person gets 1 minute to speak about themselves or their company
  • Second person gets 1 minute to speak about themselves or their company
  • Then 1 minute to ask questions or exchange business cards – so bring lots
  • Smile and move on to the next person

What Can You Say In 1 Minute?

A lot actually if you practice a few times before the meetup. You can say:

  • Hello
  • Your name, your role, and your company name
  • What you help your clients / people achieve (one sentence)
  • How you do it (one sentence )
  • Your website (where people can go for more info)

If after the introduction you feel there is value in connecting, absolutely send the other person an email / linkedin request the following day.  

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #74: Holiday Cheer & Speed Networking

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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Meetup #72: Co-Accelerate Your Business

Oct 13, 2015 | 7pm - 9:30pm | Milton Innovation Centre, Milton

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Are You Finding It A Challenge...

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Are you finding it a challenge to work from your home office or solo office? Could your business benefit from working with other like minded people in a great collaborative space? Could co-working help accelerate your business? What else would your small tech business need from an innovation center or co-working space?  We're listening. 

Silicon Halton is working with the Milton Education Village - Innovation Centre (MEVIC) to engage the Halton tech community, businesses, and individuals. We’re listening to you. We’d like to know what your business needs are for the ideal working environment. Tell us your challenges and ideas – and help shape the direction of the Innovation Centre – so that they can align with your business or professional needs. In the end, it’s about empowering your business to grow, and enable you to do a better job.

MEVIC / Silicon Halton Round Table Workshop 

Join the Silicon Halton community for an intensive highly engaged round-table workshop-style event. You’re in control. Using a structured Peer2Peer format, everyone will share and brainstorm business challenges, problems, needs, and ideas around what services and resources they really need to grow, expand, find help or realize efficiencies.  

Worksheets

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If you're unable to attend but still wish to provide your challenges and ideas, the online version of the worksheet is here.

 

Backdrop

Co-working locations and Innovation Centres are becoming the new normal for entrepreneurs, startups, or small tech businesses to thrive, grow or launch. They provide unparalleled flexibility for businesses to access a supportive ecosystem and importantly, peers. This opportunity to meet with others like you, within the same tech ecosystem, establishing meaningful connections, and fostering on-going collaboration.

DerekSantos"MEVIC offers me the perfect opportunity to take my business to the next level. 
The work environment and startup culture here is motivating and conducive to the success of any business."

Derek Santos, Santos Apps


They're also providing the benefits of an established professional office facility at less-then-small office prices. Less can be more!  Imagine the peace of mind of having a professional office space with no commitments? 

 

Join The Discussion Online

Discuss

On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-workshop 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're posted.

Meetup Location

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

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Women in Tech Peer-2-Peer #15

WomenInTech Peer2PeerDec 15, 2015  |  7 pm  |  The Halton Hive, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington

Topic: Storytelling

Join us and guest presenter Gail Mercer-MacKay as we explore telling our stories and the stories of our businesses and finding our authentic, authoritative voice.

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:

Gail Mercer-MacKay

Gail Mercer-MacKay is a successful entrepreneur who combined her passion for story-telling with over twenty-five years of sales & marketing experience gained at emerging technology and start-up organizations to found Mercer-MacKay. Her enthusiasm for life, learning and curiosity about how to marry the benefits of technology with the business value it is capable of creating has been at the foundation of her success.  The internet and new ways of purchasing has driven a demand for content-based marketing. Creating fresh content that is interesting, educational, fun, and relevant requires a new approach by marketers who frequently need the help of outside resources to meet needs. At Mercer-MacKay Gail specialize in writing blogs, newsletters, case studies, awards, press releases, e-books and other vehicles to help her customers tell their story.

Hiring Smarter: What Not To Do & How To Improve Your Odds

Friday January 8, 2016, 12noon - 1pm | Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | Partner Lunch & Learn

An interactive presentation + Q&A where you will learn what not to do & how to improve your odds in hiring.

The first part by Rick Stomphorst will touch upon some of the key steps within the hiring process including Hiring Process itself, Job Descriptions, Attracting Candidates, Sourcing, Screening Interviewing, Hiring, and Onboarding.

The second part by Jan G. van der Hoop will cover how to improve your odds at hiring the right candidate. Most of us have been taught to pay really close attention to the information in the résumé when we are screening candidates and trying to decide who to interview (and who to pass on) – where the person went to school, the degrees and certificates they earned along the way, where they’ve worked before and what they did while they are there… heck, we’ve even been conditioned to check spelling and grammar. Yet, nearly 90% of the time, when people don’t work out, the reason for failure has absolutely nothing to do with what they know, where they worked or how well they can spell – it has to do with who they are, deep down inside, and whether they really ‘fit’ here.

Jan will share with you some very practical tips that will help you get behind the résumé and the ‘interview mask’, and give you a real sense of whether you’ll click together. Productively.

Presenters

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Jan G. van der Hoop, President of Fit First Technologies Incjan, an on-line, resume-free hiring process company. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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: Friday January 8, 2016

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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Meetup #73 - Using Amazon Web Services for Your Business

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Nov 10, 2015 | 7pm - 9:30pm | Halton Hive, Burlington 

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #73: Using Amazon Web Services for your Business

Are you interested in how you can use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for your business?

During this presentation, you'll learn about several AWS services that you can start using today. Topics covered will include

  • Deploying Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances
  • Building databases in AWS using the Relational Database Service (RDS)
  • Transforming your infrastructure.

A four-part hands-on workshop will launch within a few weeks after this meetup.  During this workshop series, we'll work as a group to create a new AWS account, and deploy computing infrastructure into it.

Presenter

Brett Gillett | IaaS Practice Lead, Softchoice BrettG 2015

Brett helps businesses deliver increased value to their internal and external customers through the effective implementation of cloud-based solutions. Brett recently contributed to a CMSWire article What You Might Be Missing ABout Cloud ROI [here].

Join The Discussion Online

Discuss

On LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-workshop 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're posted.

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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