August2017 JobDescriptions

August 8, 2017 | 7pm - 9pm | Milton Education Village Innovation Centre, Milton

September is the busiest hiring month of the year. Are your job descriptions ready to attract the right candidate?

Finding the right people to hire is hard. But for many tech companies – it get’s harder because the job descriptions don’t inspire, don’t attract, and don’t convert into interested candidates.

Join us on August to learn how to understand:

  • The elements of a great job description in 2017
  • How to write the job description so you will attract the audience you want
  • How candidates read job descriptions (the good the bad the ugly)
  • What makes a job description authentic and real
  • What makes the right candidates apply


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Milton Education Village Innovation Centre |  555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)

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*NEW DATE* September 13, 2017  |  7 pm  |  The Ivy, 3330 South Service Road, Burlington

Topic: Experimentation

We are kicking off this season with the theme of Experimentation, beginning with a look at the experimentation mindset - what is needed and why it's needed to succeed personally and professionally.

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 generally 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.

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FRIDAY February 17,| 9am - 10:30am

We'll be diving into Traction Marketing by brainstorming, then selecting 3 traction methods that one member will execute on for 30 days (until the March meetup).  Make sure you watch the Traction Marketing post here: before coming in order for a chance to have your business selected.

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]


May 10, 2017 and May 17, 2017
Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre, Oakville

Do you know a Halton student between 15 and 20 years of age?

Are they interested in tech? Would they like to learn about work opportunities available in the Technology sector? Would they like to know what companies look for in candidates and how they hire? We've got a great 2 night program to help them learn how to get hired!

What They’ll Get Out Of 2 Packed Nights

  • LEARN what job opportunities are available in the tech sector (hint: definitely not all coding jobs)
  • UNDERSTAND how companies review resumes – and what makes them pay attention
  • GET clear guidance on how to network – both in person and on social media
  • LEARN how to create a unique pitch and practice delivering it to Halton tech companies in a comfortable environment
  • GROW their network with local tech companies that hire and meet peers that they could work with on interesting projects

Limited to 50 students - (ideally 5 students each from at least 10 different Halton Region high schools)


Are you a Halton based tech company that hires summer students?

Silicon Halton cares deeply about building opportunities for students within Halton region - making this a great place to live, work, and play.  After all, our core is about Technology, Community, and Growth.

With that in mind, we're looking for 30 Silicon Halton members / companies that may be hiring summer students this year - for projects, for internships, and/or for summer employment.  We'd like to help TU20’s gain experience pitching themselves and networking face-to-face.  Each member / company that participates will listen to all 30 second pitches individually, then spend 2 minutes in rapid Q & A with each student.  If you don’t have a current opportunity to offer, you’re still welcome to participate.  You never know when you might need one of these talented Halton students.


Silicon Halton Member / Company Experience From 2016

"When I attended the Tech Under Twenty Pitch Night last year I was truly impressed by the caliber of high school students that we had an opportunity to interview. It was a well organized event and in less than an hour I met several young people who conducted themselves very professionally. There were at least 3 or 4 students that I thought could make a contribution to our entrepreneurial organization over the summer months. In the end we settled on one who worked with our Marketing Department to update our website. I believe it was a mutually beneficial experience and would encourage other employers to get involved. " - Dianne Beveridge - President AYVA Educational Solutions



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Monday, August 21st at 7pm | Halton Hive - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington

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POST MEETUP UPDATE: Great discussion from the group!  Here are the slides for the presentation.

Interviewing new candidates can be challenging, but especially so when it comes to a software development position.  Software development as a profession requires a broad range of technical skills, and each company hiring will have different needs based on their technology stack, business domain, methodologies, and processes.  With a wide range of skill sets and experiences, finding the right candidate can be challenging. 

In addition, interviewing for a Software Development job can be very stressful for candidates these days.  Companies are increasingly using more involved techniques in their interviews, including white board problems, coding tests, trivia-style quizzes, and more.  This can take a lot more time for a candidate than a standard job interview with no guarantee of success, and the increased scrutiny can be overwhelming for more introverted candidates.  We'll spend some time discussing the perspective of the interviewee, and tips to succeed at the interview stage.

The format for the meetup will be a brainstorming and information gathering workshop.  The goal will be to explore the experiences of our members in attendance, collect interesting points, and organize the highlights that emerge from the discussion as a set of recommendations for interviewers and interviewees to use in future interviews. 

This meetup should be a nice complement to the upcoming Silicon Halton meetup "Writing Job Descriptions That Attract The People You Want" also happening in August.

For more info, please contact the Software Peer2Peer organizer:  

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July2017 SummerSocial

Tue July 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Hamptons Restaurant / Patio | Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville

Join us on the patio for a great summer social and speed-networking with Silicon Halton members.  Take time to share info about you and your business - and learn about others. Past attendees have said they always get value from practicing and delivering their pitch - as well as making new business acquaintances.

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.  


Hampton’s Restaurant at the Quality Suites Hotel
754 Bronte Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 6R8, Oakville, Oakville
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August 18, 2017  |  9am - 10:30am

Ready to build you Marketing Plan for the Fall?  Time to start thinking about how you'll drive more sales as people come off summer holidays and get heads down to work.  We explore the core elements of a marketing plan - and how you can get the most value out of building one.

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]

Silicon Halton is a grassroots high tech community focused on Technology, Community, and Growth