Silicon Halton holds many meetups during the year - focused on four key tracks:
Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital;
Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development;
Productivity Methods, Project Management, Learning and Best Practices; and
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.
March 18, 2014 | O’Finn’s Irish Temper, Oakville | Meetup 53: Cyber Security - Panel Presentation / Q&A.
Security is a topic we have not yet specfically covererd in a meetup. ISC2 categorizes security into 10 security domains:
Join us in March as we have two security experts address your cyber security concerns and questions.
In March we're having our Meetup on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, instead of the usual 2nd Tuesday of the month. The 2nd Tuesday in March is March Break, we we're avoiding that week.
Paul Lewis, Managing Director at Ethtelligent Consulting Inc., CISSP, CIPP/C CIPP/IT is an acknowledged expert in Canadian, US, and European security and privacy, and a frequent conference speaker on topical issues; he has more than 20 years international consulting experience. Paul is managing director and lead consultant of Ethtelligent Consulting Inc. which provides security and privacy advice to a wide range of clients, from small business to large enterprises, and to government and healthcare organizations. [Web] [LinkedIn]
Genaro Liriano, Senior Security Specialist, Teranet Inc. Genero is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an Enterprise & Web Security Certified Professional (EWSCP) with 19+ years experience in Information Technology and 9 years in IT Security field. He specializes on PKI and access control, end point security, employees awareness training and Penetration Testing. [LinkedIn]
Topic: Cyber Security
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals
Meetup Track: Business Optimization
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 7pm
Location: O’Finn’s Irish Temper, The Whiskey Lounge. 136 Church St. Oakville, ON. Map.
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
Pre-Event Q&ASilicon 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.
How To RegisterRegistration for this meetup is through Eventbrite. Everyone is welcome to our meetups, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not.
March 26, 2014 | Burlington HiVE | Drop in anytime 8am - 6pm | Attend an afternoon workshop
The March 26, 2014 Silicon Halton Day will include nine 45min workshops. Workshops will run from 1pm until 4pm. There are three tracks. The first trio of workshops begin at 1pm, then 2pm, with the last at 3pm, ending by 4pm.
|Track 1||Track 2||
|1pm - 1:45pm||Think You're Ready for Investors?||Shifting Gears||Startup Sales Tactics|
|2pm - 2:45pm||Leveraging Government Funding||Patents and Startups||Using Social Media to Prospect|
|3pm - 3:45pm||Taking a Byte out of Taxes||First or Early Hires||Relationship Selling|
3pm Bonus Workshop: Turbo-Charging Innovation
Shifting Gears: Five Steps to Accelerate Business Success. This is a business growth workshop that focuses on helping businesses understand how to kick-start a growth phase. We believe that there are 5 steps to follow: Review, Vision, Strategy, Execute, and Success. In this workshop, insight, questioning strategies and guidelines will be provided on each step toward initiating an action plan for growing your business. Presenter: Richard Bolton, Centricity360.com @centricity360
Relationship Selling – Uncover Opportunities, Close Sales and Build Loyalty. Selling for non-sales people can feel like an uncomfortable necessity to build business. It’s much easier, and often more comfortable, to plug into the digital world and connect with like-minded peers rather follow up with leads. But there is a way to embrace selling and to get good at it. Relationship selling applies to any sales technique that focuses on the interaction with the buyer rather than the price or features of the product or service. This approach allows you to be yourself and cultivate rapport instead of using hard selling tactics to close sales. The only requirements: You must be curious, enjoy solving problems, be consistent, and deliver what you promise. During this session we will dive into each building block of Relationship Selling so you can learn how to improve your selling techniques. Presenter: Holly Simmons, chickle designs @LeanwithHolly
Using Social Media to Prospect & Build Your Network. Chris' workshop will be on using social media to prospect and build your network. Hell walk you through a lite version of the process, tools and programmatic approach he uses. This workshop is best suited for individuals and companies that need to develop 1:1 relationships. This is a hands-on workshop, so bring your laptop. Chris is the founder of Mi6 and Co-Founder of Silicon Halton. Presenter: Chris Herbert, MI6 Agency. @b2bspecialist
Startup Sales Tactics. Mark will be speaking on sales tips to help startups bring on new customers and users. This interactive session will cover Sales Tactics, CRM, Networking, Cold Calling, Social Selling, and much more. Mark co-founded VA Partners in 2006 to help growing firms with both strategic and tactical part-time sales and marketing support.Presenter: Mark Elliott, Venture Accelerator Partners Inc. @markeelliott
First or Early Hires - Getting it right & avoiding the pitfalls. Like many relationships, employment relationships start off with the best of intentions. Business needs can change though and employment disputes often result. Such disputes are costly and distracting to any business, particularly new ones. Learn what you can do to minimize employment disputes from the outset and set the stage for productive, rewarding employment relationships, while greatly minimizing the prospect for disputes. Presenter: Rishi Bandhu, Bandhu Law Professional Corporation. @RISHBAN2
Patents and Startups. Ramesh's presentation will cover patent strategies and issues relevant to startups. He'll cover various types of IP, advantages/disadvantages of filing for patent protection, building a strong IP culture in startups, strategies to reduce cost of filing for patent protection, positioning a patent portfolio for funding/exit strategies, using IP databases for market intelligence and handling IP threats. Presenter: Ramesh Rajaduray, Director of IP Strategy, Intellectual Property and Technology, Stratford Managers Corporation. @rrajadur
Leveraging Government Funding to Grow Your Business. The workshop will focus on how to discover funding to grow your business. Funding will be discussed for projects in areas of developing and commercialization of new products, processes or services, interactive digital media, hiring and training, expanding to foreign markets, purchase of capital equipment and green initiatives. The workshop will cover different types of resources and how to identify your potential projects that qualify so effective applications can be made to secure funding. Presenter: Richard Kun, RDP Associates, @richardkrdp
3 ways to turbo-charge innovation. Learn how to begin innovating faster with greater results! You will learn the latest and most effective Creative Problem Solving framework/process, the Thinking Skills Model - the culmination of over 50 years of extensive scientific research. You will learn the key thinking skills, language, and disciplines that accelerate innovation success. Lastly, you will learn how your individual problem-solving preferences can help or hinder your innovative efforts. Come learn the concepts and skills of innovation today ... before your competitors do! Presenter: Trevor McAlpine, Synergetic Management @SynergeticMan
Taking a Byte out of Taxes. Taxes are among the biggest expense entrepreneurs face. Yet, many do not consider that through smart tax planning there can be “found” money. What can you do now to start saving? Presenter: Join Greg Clarke, Partner from SB Partners for some valuable insights on structuring your business tax efficiently, and you just might find some money you didn’t think you had.
Think You're Ready for Outside Investor Funding? There are many sources of funding available for tech companies but one of the hardest to get is Angel and Venture Capital funding. The media provides many success stories but the data shows that only the "lucky" few get funded. Canadian Venture Capital investing was up a record 31% or $500 million in 2013, but the number of actual deals done increased by only 2% or 9 deals. Learn what you need to do before starting your venture funding journey. What you will learn will improve your chances for success. Presenter: Philip Neukom, Profit Analytics Inc.@philipneukom
Join fellow members at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the coworking space in Downtown Burlington, the Burlington HiVE. However, 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 the optional workshops, there are no other planned structured activities during the day.
Collisionable. Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) is a believer in the idea, popular in organizationaly psychology, that random, unplanned interactions between people often yield the most innovative results.
- Sara Corbett, from her first article in 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?
The time you spend at The HiVE is your decision. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, or just for the Workshops, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work.
When: Wedneday March 26, 2014. Open from 8am - 6pm
Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members. Must pre-register, here.
Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]
Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.
Register for Silicon Halton Day (excludes Workshops): here (you can also register at the door)
Registration for Workshops here.
DiscussSilicon Halton members can participate in a pre-workshop day conversation with the presenters and attendees in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this Workshop Day relevant to you.
April 8, 2014 | QE Park, Oakville | Meetup 54: New Tech Meetup
Introducing our first New Tech meetup! The New Tech meetup is an opportunity for local technology companies to wowcase the community by showing off their locally created technology software and/or hardware products/projects. The community will have the opportunity to meet some of the local leaders and talent that are creating innovative solutions and companies in Halton Region. We are not solely focused on startups, as established technology firms are also introducing great new technology.
We got the idea for a New Tech meetup from the Denver Tech Community and sucess their New Tech meetups have had since 2006. Not solely the sucess of the meetup itself, but the sucess of instilling a sense of belonging and connectidness in the Denver area, the same as Silicon Halton has inspired to do since we launched in 2009.
We are excited to be providing an opportunity to generate additional buzz about each local tech company and their products. Each company can expect up to 1,500 people will learn about them and their product by the end of the New Tech meetup.
We hope everyone leaves the New Tech meetup inspired and with an even greater appreciation for the cool technology that is being created locally and the numerous tech jobs created.
The format we will be using is:
Thanks to Oakville's Economic Development Group. They made the Black Box room at the Queen Ellizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre (QEP) available to us again. This is an example of how Oakville’s EcDev supports the local tech community.
QEP is a fabulous 1-year old facility in Oakville, a unique multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility.
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 7pm
Location: Black Box room, QE Park Community and Cultural Centre. 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville | Google Map
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
Pre & Post-Event Q&ASilicon 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.
RegisterIf you registered, you can see who also attended here. The Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not.