And what a great new venue it was – the changes to the Arnie have been long in coming but the new big yet comfy room, the stage and digital presi equipment was superb…and as an attendant I must add a big #Kudos to Mohawk for this as well as their continued support for the DemoCampHamilton initiative too!
While a Computer Science graduate student and lecturer at McMaster University I’ve often had graduating students ask me if I know if any “good jobs” are available. Students are having difficulty finding jobs that they find fulfilling intellectually, that offer opportunities for advancement, and that make them feel a sense of purpose by doing something important to them.
I genuinely believe that even though the opportunities presented to students may seem bleak, the ability for students to create their own opportunity through software-based startups has never been better.
Okay, by now, you’ll know that I love start-ups, I love my community and yes I have a soft spot for my alma mater McMaster and it’s generation of brand new brains that enter our community with a penchant for both business and hi-tech….so it should be no surprise that our latest DemoCampHamilton3 was a booming success, eh!
Held just last Wednesday, September 28th at the 1280Pub at McMaster, there were almost 200 attendants for what can only be described as a growing turnout for both our educational and business communitys….and I was proud to see that many enthused folks all in one room!
While this is a quick post, I did want to congratulate Kevin Browne for the great first-ever SoftwareHamilton PubNite last nite!
I attended and had a wonderful time and there were at least 40 of us there overall….and we talked and chatted and had a great public meetup!
And thanks too, to the London TapHouse for the use of their rooftop patio!
Here’s how it was promo’d on the Software Hamilton website —
“You can bring whatever software you develop or work with on your laptop, tablet or smartphone to show off to others in the Hamilton software community! We’ll have some tables setup for people to put their laptops on, and everybody will be free to walk around checking out what kind of things other people are working on and getting to know one another. The London Taphouse has a beautiful rooftop patio that is perfect for a drink in the summertime – come out for a fun night!”
And it was a fun night too! Met some great folks, coders and entrepeneurs and investors too….and the city EcDev dept was well represented there too! Beer was cold and the highlight of the nite was when a big gust of wind picked up one of those nice lime green BudLite umbrellas and dropped it off the building! No one was hurt, and this was the last gust like that…<grin> but sure made us all laugh, eh!
Yes, Hamilton’s software/startup community is growing….and that is SO SO SO nice to see!
Social media in person….now there’s an idea, eh!
Last Friday, May 27th, saw our second ever DemoCampHamilton2 held up at Mohawk College and it was another great success for one and all! First, big kudos once again to Kevin Browne, founder of our softwarehamilton.com community and our DemoCampHamilton founder and driver of this type of community grassroots mission to get our city up and running when it comes to moving our town into the knowledge world! So thanks Kevin!!!
I am one very happy canuck today, because last night, I went to my city’s first ever DemoCampHamilton1 — and it was a resounding success for all that attended – and the cut-off was 100 folks due to the size of the venue! And we had to be past that number as everywhere I looked I saw folks talking chatting and using their smartphones all over the room at Slaintes Irish Pub! Congrats!