Events to foster the entrepreneurial spirit.


August 23, 2017 brian prokopowich0

Attention all StartupTech members there is a great event that is happening and we have a great discount for you to attend. Please use the following discount code: UNLEASHED20

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Elevate Toronto is a world-class innovation festival being held from September 12th to 14th, where the globe will gather in Toronto to discover, connect with, and be inspired by the individuals who are shaping what’s next. Elevate is a non-profit organization led by MaRs Discovery District, TechToronto, OneEleven, #movethedial, Cossette Communications, NewCo and the Spotlight Awards, in partnership with the City of Toronto. Help us bring the world to Toronto! Elevate Toronto is in search of Canada’s best and brightest to join our rapidly-growing team.

Final pitch application deadline (Aug 23, 5pm EST) for startups making waves in the digital media and entertainment industries during Elevate Toronto’s Immersive Media track ( on September 13, 2017 at House of VR, produced by CFC Media Lab’s IDEABOOST ( Canada’s digital media and entertainment startup community and accelerator for early stage, high-potential companies. Who should apply? Companies with the following tech: #VR #AR #IoT #Hardware #Wearables #BigData #AI and #MachineLearning who want to get in front of industry, investors, creators and leaders.

In order to help us achieve our vision, we are currently seeking talented and driven volunteers who are passionate about innovation and technology. If you are interested in volunteering with Elevate Toronto please fill out the Google Form below and come out to our info session at Brightlane (545 King ST W, Toronto) on August 29th at 6PM (the Exchange -Floor 1)!

For more information about the conference, visit! Questions? Email


June 24, 2017 brian prokopowich0

StartupTech is happy to promote this event to all our members. So if you are interested in IOT this is a great event to attend.

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HamOnt IoT is all about the “Internet of Things”… low cost and kick ass, featuring experts from within and abroad for a full day of talks… We would love for you to join us on Saturday June 24th!

Check out the schedule of talks below! HamOnt IoT attendees can also expect morning coffee & snacks, lunch, afternoon drinks & snacks, and an after party!
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Arrival and registration! We’ll have coffee and snacks available!

10:00 a.m — 12:00 p.m.

Colin Gagich (@colingagich)

Owner, NVC Software Solutions

Talk: HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot (@HitchBOT)

Bio: Colin Gagich operates NVC Software Solutions, a software company which performs contract design and development work based in Hamilton, Ontario. Through NVC, Colin has worked with clients in the Aircraft Deicing Industry, HVAC Industry and Restaurant Point of Sales Industry. Colin specializes in embedded system design, mobile application development and web application development. Colin has been operating NVC Software Solutions since 2013.

Ian Pilon

Ambient Intelligence Specialist

Talk: Ambient Intelligence: Human-Computer Interaction Design & Smart Environments

Bio: Ian Pilon is an IoT product designer from Kitchener Waterloo Ontario. He studies the relationships between humans and computers and how to interact with physical objects that are evolving into the digital domain. Ian is the Founder and Managing Director of IoT Waterloo Region and IoT GTA, a peer to peer network group of over 2,000+ members who meet-up quarterly for professional networking and learning from industry speakers. He’s also the founder of the “Ambient Intelligence Conference” held annually in the Waterloo Region.

Nick Tomkin

Director of Orbital Studios

Lightning Talk: Creating Carina

Carina is a lightweight, portable structure that takes photos of guests at various public or private events and locations, and uploads them directly to Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram, complete with captions, photo frames, as well as the event hashtag and branding.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

Adrian Duyzer of Parallel on Taking Advantage Of The IoT Opportunity
12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Fantastic lunch! Gluten free and vegetarian option will be available.

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

James Arlen (@myrcurial)

Director of Risk and Advisory Services at Leviathan Security Group

Talk: Avoiding common security issues in novel IoT products

Bio: James Arlen is Leviathan’s Director of Risk and Advisory Services. Over the past twenty plus years, James has been delivering information security solutions to Fortune 500, TSE 100, and major public-sector organizations. James is involved in information security policy, process, and procedure improvements for internationally known manufacturing and financial organizations and has held key contributor roles as CISO of a publicly traded financial institution and as Information Security Coordinator at a large scale power utility.

Best described as: “Infosec geek, hacker, social activist, author, speaker, and parent”, James’ areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights and shiny things. James founded Hamilton’s first makerspace think|haus before the Internet had Things. He is also a contributing analyst with Securosis and has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. James is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a prolific contributor to standards bodies and media.

Sam Reid (ioTcan)

Director of Business Development for ioTcan

Talk: Launching a nationwide loRaWAN M2M (machine-to-machine) IoT network

Bio: IoTCAN is a next generation wide area network designed specifically for IoT solutions. Sam’s talk will cover ioTcan’s work to deliver a robust, carrier grade network to enable the reliable bi-directional communication of connected devices and machines. Initially launching in the GTA IoTCAN will quickly expand their network to offer service in other major cities nationally and then full nationwide coverage. This network is being built on a recognized global standard for low power wide area coverage established by the LoRa Alliance. LoRaWAN™ is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things. For more information on LoRa please refer to the following sites: and Semtech.

Meg Smith (@megthesmith)

Ladies Learning Code Hamilton Chapter Co-Lead

Talk: Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Technology

Bio: Meg Smith is a Senior Designer at Parallel, the Ladies Learning Code Hamilton Chapter Co-Lead, and loves all things DIY. Her work with LLC was featured in Hamilton Business article.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

Terry George and team on their “FITWIZ” ECE capstone project (McMaster University)
3:00 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. (ish)

Break time with drinks and snacks!

3:15 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

John Gerryts

IT telecom analyst by day, uber blockchain hacker by night

Talk: Project Oaken – The intersection of blockchain and IoT

Bio: John Gerryts is a Technologist that has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013. Beginning as an active miner, John is the organizer for the Niagara Bitcoin Meetup Group, and has led a few projects surrounding IoT + Blockchain technology (mostly related to as early as PoC3). For the last 23 years, John has been involved at different levels of technology, with roles such as Network Administrator, Telecommunications Specialist, and Senior Network & Electronics Integrator. His Project Airlock placed 3rd at the “In Crypto We Trust” Hackathon which has since been mentioned in the Canadian Senate and on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast by Andreas Antonopolous.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

Lightning talk: Blake Laufer, award-winning investor and entrepreneur on his new IoT parking counter project
More speakers to be announced soon!

Q&A Panel: Succeeding as an IoT entpreneur

Ask whatever you like – this is your opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs and investors in person!

Panel participants:

Blake Laufer: Invester, entrepreneur, and board member of Angel One Investor Network
Colin Gagich: McMaster graduate, entrepreneur, hardware and software developer, and creative genius
Alex Ross: Lawyer and partner at Gowling WLG in Hamilton specializing in intellectual propert law
5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Beer and pizza! Make connections, ask more questions of the presenters, and start great conversations about IoT!


May 26, 2017 brian prokopowich0

An event that focuses on Customer Experience, Always-On Voice, Innovation, IoT, Virtual Reality, and more! Come join our rapidly growing Toronto Tech Summit community for a day focused around revolutionizing and modernizing ideas that give us the ability to craft incredible experiences through technology.

Register for tickets here