Celebrate The 2017 Holiday Season
Join us on December 12 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.
While we've run many of our famous Speed Networking nights over the years (where everyone has a few minutes to exchange short introductions and make new connections, then rotate to the next introduction) - we are going to try something new.
In the Spirit of the Season - Find Some Things In Common!
Because we all build business relationships with people when we find things in common and this builds trust, our networking session will be focused on finding 5 things people have in common. During three minutes of conversation with each person, you'll be asking each other questions to find out what you have in common. For example:
- One thing in common related to business - examples - a client, a business model, software you use
- One thing in common that makes you highly productive - examples - a process, a habit, an app
- One thing in common related to what you'd like to learn in 2018 - examples - new technology, new skill, new craft
- One thing in common related to family - examples - sports you play, where your kids go to school, favourite restaurants
- One thing in common related to whatever else you want to discuss
Look forward to getting to know everyone better!
January 9, 2018 | B&B Taps and Grill, Burlington, ON
Building & Scaling Teams Can Be Challenging
Do you ever wonder.....
- Everyone's got great people, how do we get 10X out of our people?
- How do we manage metrics without micro-managing?
- Why are team meetings so tough to get right?
- Why do some companies scale like crazy and others don't?
5 Key Team Building Lessons
- Kick off the New Year with 5 key team building lessons for building speed and momentum in a business, including:
- Effectiveness trumps efficiency hands down
- The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing If you can't measure it you can't improve it
- 5 minutes a day keeps the train wrecks away
- Useful Meetings: it's not all about you
Andrew Barker - Director of Customer Success at Applied Recognition
Andrew has grown teams from 5 to 55, is currently the principal of AT Barker Consulting Inc. and the Director of Customer Success at Applied Recognition. He has a passion for great teamwork and outstanding results and is keen to hear what you have to say about your corporate momentum and how you plan to grow 10X.
Check out his profile on LinkedIn
B&B Taps & Grill
2020 Lakeshore Road | Burlington, Ontario - GOOGLE Map
(in the Waterfront Hotel - entrance & windows facing the lake)
November 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Milton Educational Village Innovation Center
"The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value." - Don Tapscott.
Blockchain technology has been hailed as everything from the renaissance of money to the new internet. Early adopters are looking for ways to apply the technology, with use cases currently focused on financial services at the industry level, and even in terms of new forms of governance at the discipline level. This meetup aims to present an overview of this fascinating technology.
Blockchain - Changing The World Around Us
Join us on November 14, 2017 at the Milton Education Village Innovation Center to learn more about Blockchain technology, including:
- What is Blockchain technology and why does it matter to the world? Is it really the new Internet?
- Key aspects of Blockchain technology you need to know - trust, peer to peer systems, cryptography, cryptocurrency, immutability, and consensus.
- The threat of disruption - and why banks really got involved.
- Understanding the challenges and constraints of Blockchain technology. What makes a good blockchain use case?
- Introducing Blockchain for developers - how to get started.
- Finally - insights from ETHWaterloo: the world's largest Ethereum hackathon.
Managing Partner: REData Performance Consulting and Board Director: IIBA
Guy Pearce (BSc, BCom, MBA) has served on various Boards in Banking, Financial Services and Retail over the last decade, as well as on their Risk, Audit, Governance and Credit Committees. He has also served as CEO of a multinational operation serving 100,000 customers in three countries with a staff complement of 700. He has published numerous articles and presented numerous keynotes on various aspects of governance, risk, IT and data around the world, and is interested in the competitive transformation potential and governance implications of Big Data, IoT, and Blockchain. His $94.95 million big data case study is an example of a practical outcome of this interest.
University of Toronto Computer Science Student / Tech Under Twenty Lead
Denys is a third year student at the University of Toronto studying Computer Science. He enjoys reading, discussing and exploring everything related to tech, including Blockchain and Bitcoin. Denys leads the Silicon Halton Tech Under Twenty initiative and has interned at two Halton companies - Geotab and VL Omni over the last few summers. Denys has been selected as a participant in EthWaterloo - the world's largest Ethereum hackathon. He will be joining 300 other ambitious developers for the opportunity to build the decentralized future and work alongside the inventors of Ethereum. He will be sharing his insights and experiences about the hackathon.
Milton Education Village Innovation Centre | 555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Highway 401 / Regional Road 25)
December 13 & December 14 | 2017
Canada’s most anticipated conference of digital infrastructure transformation. Digital transformation is accelerating into the zettabyte era of the Internet-of-Everything, the connected Canada 4.0 economy. The mission-critical data center, telecom, and cloud infrastructure underpinning this rapid change is explored in depth here.
This event brings together senior-level business executives and technology and engineering professionals who are the decision-makers accountable for designing, building, managing and operating the full infrastructure ecosystem that makes business transformation possible.
From smart energy "in", to the software-defined network edge "out", the purpose-built, smart, efficient, connected, resilient and secure data center is ground-zero for digital transformation. This conference is designed to help those designing the digital future of their enterprises to tackle both the strategic and operational challenges posed by the relentless barrage of new, disruptive business drivers impacting the smart, digital factory of the future.
Learn more about the:
Silicon Halton Members get in free. Watch for your invite in the mid November newsletter.
Friday, December 15, 2017 | Halton HiVE | Drop in anytime, 8:30am - 5pm
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?
Lunch & Learn? Maybe
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.
Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.
About The HiVE
The 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.
Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members ($39 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
September 26, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Halton HiVE, Burlington
Over the past three years, Silicon Halton cofounder, Chris Herbert has been researching the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and has engaged with many entrepreneurs, technologists and venture capitalists to assess the market opportunity for his ventures, clients and for Silicon Halton members.
- Audience: Entrepreneurs, consultants, hardware and software developers
- Review of IIoT market growth and platforms
- Early stage use cases
- Key insights learned from one on one discussions with IIoT companies and IIoT Symposium event
- New IoT initiatives for Silicon Halton community
Technology companies are bringing to market IoT/IIoT (industrial IoT) "platforms" and a host of "smart" solutions such as smart cities, smart grid, smart farming, smart this and smart that. According to a study by Verizon the internet of things is poised to transform virtually every major market sector, growing to more than 5.4 billion connections by 2020. Some say the internet of things is more hype than reality while others say the contrary. And, there are plenty of predictions on the growth of the IoT/IIoT market. Too many perhaps!
There's a lot of noise, hype and confusion in the market. What's an IIoT platform? What's an LP Wan network and why is it important for IoT adoption and acceleration? Should Silicon Halton members invest time, money and effort in developing skills, expertise, products and services for the IoT/IIoT market?
During this meetup you will:
- Get a better understanding of the market. We’ll separate the hype from real world facts, use cases and identify potential opportunities for Silicon Halton tech entrepreneurs, developers and the SH membership
- Identify some of the key players, including local Canadian companies, in the IoT/IIoT market that you should know about and why
- identify key compelling reasons why companies are adopting IoT/IIoT solutions and in what industries and the IoT adoption path
- Network, eat some pizza and have conversations with entrepreneurs and subject matter experts in the IoT/IIoT space
Schedule / Format
- 6:30 pm: Registration, Pizza, Networking & Silicon Halton announcements
- 7:00 pm: Interactive presentation with additional subject matter experts and meetup attendees
- 8:00 pm: Panel Q&A
- 8:30 pm: Informal Q&A, networking and demos (stay tuned). We’ll head out when the last person leaves the room!
Chris Herbert, Ventures: Silicon Halton | TechIgniters | Mi6 Agency
Chris is the cofounder of Silicon Halton and the new TechIgniters™ an Excelerater™ for Tech Entrepreneurs in Halton Region. Over the past three years he’s extensively researched the IoT/IIoT market and worked with some of the pioneers in IoT including Oakville based Maps BI (acquired by Geotab in 2016), SkyHawk Telematics and Geotab. He’s covered McRock Capital’s IIoT Symposium over the past three years including the 2017 event held this past May.
Panelists, Entrepreneurs and Subject Matter Experts
Craig Stark, IoT Foundry | Ben Zimmer, Enable Education | Mike Branch, Geotab | Johnny Ramoutar, SensorSuite
Halton Hive - 901 Guelph Line, Burlington