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
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.

Meetup #65 - Tech Under 20

Developing Talent, Discovering Opportunities

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 7pm | Art Gallery of Burlington, Shoreline Room


Join us for Tech Under 20, Part 2, as we focus on Tech Internships

  • Employers need to continuously develop new talent, acquire new skills, and be open to fresh insights and ideas.
  • Tech Under 20's need hands-on work experience that will strengthen their resumes and take their skills and careers to the next level.

Click the link below to register for this event on Eventbrite

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #65: Tech Under 20

A team of teens and adult mentors are working together on this meetup, inviting local Employers and Tech Under 20's to present ideas and discuss the importance of Tech Internships to the ongoing growth and success of all types of businesses in the region.

jointhediscussionOn March 10, 2015 at 7 PM,
you'll hear from:

    • Tech-focused students who have recently completed internships and are looking for new opportunities
    • Employers who have recently offered (or are looking to fill) tech-focused internships in Halton
    • Government program representatives with information about funding (for employers) and opportunities (for students / grads)

Plus, take part in the discussion after the presentations -- get involved and help Silicon Halton develop a new Tech Internship Program for the region.




  1. Oleg L.
    Grade 12 student, Oakville

    Sofware developer
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Recently completed a semester-long co-op with Promys Inc. that led to a full time summer job offer.
    TOPIC: Oleg will discuss how demonstrating a high level of skill and commitment during a short-term co-op can lead to extended opportunities with an employer.
    LOOKING FOR: In the future, Oleg will be looking for internship/co-op opportunities in a computer security or software development firm.

  2. Amanda R.
    1st year UWaterloo

    Honors Mechatronics program
    Schulich Leader scholarship winner
    NTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: After competing in robotics competitions for 6 years and volunteering in LEGO robotics since 2011, she is currently working on her first co-op placement as an Automation Engineer at Camcor Manufacturing, Linamar
    TOPIC: Amanda will discuss the importance of networking before, during and after internships and co-op programs.
    LOOKING FOR: Amanda is looking for opportunities to work with engineering companies involved in national defense. 

  3. Ella R.
    Grade 12 student, Oakville

    Competitive robotics software developer, autonomous programmer & on-field strategist
    INTERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Completed an Internship with Hatch Inc. last summer in the Thermal and Nuclear Sector.
    TOPIC: Ella will discuss how her internship opened her eyes to the variety of roles available on engineering teams in a large company setting.
    LOOKING FOR: Ella is looking for a multitude of engineering experiences that will expand her skillset in multiple different sectors, from electrical engineering to software engineering. Ultimately, her long term goal is to work on projects involving robotics and artificial intelligence.

  4. Eddie S.
    Grade 12 student, Milton

    Competitive robot designer, build team leader & on-field strategist
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Eddie hasn't taken part in an internship program yet, but want to learn more about opportunities related to engineering and design.
    TOPIC: Eddie has advanced skills in design, engineering and robot fabrication, but he is unsure of where to turn for information on internships that would suit his interests and future career development. He will also discuss some of the benefits of internships to students.
    LOOKING FOR: Eddie is incredibly interested in the biomedical side of engineering, and hopes to be working in that field in the future. He is looking for opportunities that will progress his career toward this goal.

  5. Sam R.
    1st year student at OCAD University
    Majoring in Graphic Design
    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: Completed a communications internship with Appleby College two years ago that led to a paid, full time position with their communications team the following summer.
    TOPIC: Sam will discuss how his technical and creative skills in graphic design and digital photography were expanded while meeting the needs of the internship, and how he benefited from the responsibility and creative freedom provided by both the internship and full-time summer positions.
    LOOKING FOR: Sam is interested in working with organizations that will stretch his technical and creative skills further, while providing opportunities to continuing developing his portfolio of graphic design, photography, videography and motion graphics work.

Additional presenter information coming soon


  1. Tom Murad - Ph.D., P.Eng., F.E.C., SM.IEEE
    Head of Siemens Engineering & Technology Academy, Siemens Canada Limited

  2. Vincent Hamel
    Manager, Electro-Optical Engineering, L-3 Wescan

  3. Ian Small
    General Manager, AudioBooks

  4. Mark Arteaga
    President, RedBit Development
    Mark will discuss "what we look for when we hire".

Additional information coming soon.



  1. 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.

  2. Kimberly Neale
    Integrated Job Developer, Employment Services, Halton Region
    Kimberly will highlight free employment services, programs and training incentives available to employers & job seekers in Halton Region. She will provide information / updates on Ontario’s Youth Employment Program, the Youth Job Strategy and Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant.

  3. Sabrina Essner
    Program Lead, Halton E-Mentoring & Newcomer Strategy, Halton Region
    Halton Region is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community. Sabrina will discuss the launch of Halton Region’s E-Mentoring program, community value and how to participate. 


Click the link below to register for this event on Eventbrite

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #65: Tech Under 20




Art Gallery of Burlington
Shoreline Room
7:00 PM

Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1A9


Driving Directions

From Niagara or Hamilton East – Take the first exit (Northshore) at the north end of the Skyway Bridge. Keep to the right, pass the Joseph Brant Hospital and Maple Ave. Turn left at Brock Ave and make an immediate right into the driveway of the Art Gallery of Burlington. If you miss the driveway, continue to the corner of Brock and Elgin and make a right – enter the parking lot on your right.

From Toronto or Hamilton West – Take QEW Niagara and exit at Northshore Blvd. Turn left at the end of the ramp and continue under the QEW. You will pass the Joseph Brant Hospital and Maple Ave. Turn left at Brock Ave and make an immediate right into the driveway of the Art Gallery of Burlington. If you miss the driveway, continue to the corner of Brock and Elgin and make a right – enter the parking lot on your right.



Big Data Peer-2-Peer (March 2015) - Security, In a World of Big Data and IoT

March 25, 2015 | 7:30pm | Taste of Columbia, Bronte Village, Oakville

Security, In a World of Big Data and IoT

Big Data is changing tech landscape rapidly. Among all big data practices, IoT is one of the most disruptive. Where opportunities arise, challenge emerge. Security is one of the major concerns for Big Data, and IoT especially. So what are we facing? How can we deal with them? Are our current tools, practices, and methdologies enough or even close to mitigate the problem? Let's find out together.


Please RSVP as soon as possible as we need to confirm attending number with Taste of Colombia. Event Registration


1. Big Data P2P R#1 slide is online here. Some of the concepts introduced will be carried into our discussion this month. Stronglly recommended if you did not attend the previous one.

2. Accuvant's Six Forces or security video here. Really nice material and great concept. A must see!!!


March 25th, 2015 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Taste of Colombia - Fair Trade Coffee & Gift Shop, Oakville 67 Bronte Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 3B7 [map]

About Us:

Big Data P2P R#2 This is an open group targeting Big Data enthusits in Halton. A valuable forum where code monkeys and business gurus work together to figure out the challenge, opportunity and best practice for anything Big Data.

iOS Developers Peer-2-Peer (Mar 2015)

Mar TDA, 2015 | Fortino's, Burlington

[Register here

The Silicon Halton iOS Developers CodeJam Peer-to-Peer group's objective is to teach, learn, share, and grow your ideas through code with others.

Learn more here.

Where:  Fortino's Community Room, Applyby Line & Dundas, Burlington

Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #43 (March 2015)

March 19, 2015 | 8:30am - 10am | Hampton's Restaurant, Oakville | SoloP2P #43 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.

This month's topic: Productivity Tools.  Do you have a tool that is working well for you?  Please share it with us!

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

Where: Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room) at the Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville 754 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON L6L 6R8 [map]

CEO Peer-2-Peer (March 2015)

March 2015 | 

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 higher quality 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.

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