2015 Events

December 2015

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

RtTech Software

Improving Manufacturing Performance in the Cloud

About RtTech Software

OASIS
www.RtTechSoftware.com

RtTech Software Develops Industrial Analytic Apps to help manufacturing sites improve efficiencies. Our Apps increase uptime of machines, identify bottlenecks affecting production rates and reduce the energy consumed in the production process

About Our Presenter

Brad Logan

Brad Logan Originally from Vancouver, I have been a software developer for about 10 years in Halifax and Moncton (primarily .NET) I have a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. I received the majority of my software development training here in Moncton at NBCC. Joined the RtTech team on June 1 of this year. Father of two (3 year old boy and a 5 month old girl).


November 2015

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5pm
Where: Alma City Club — 114 Alma St. (at St. George St.), Moncton, NB E1C 4Y6
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

OASIS

Reaching Beyond Our Walls: NBCC’s OASIS story

NBCC has always been a launch pad for entrepreneurs in New Brunswick. Studies show that as many as 4% of graduates reporting as self-employed and a significant number of students consider self-employment. Entrepreneurship is, and will continue to be a vital piece of the New Brunswick economy and a driver of economic recovery and prosperity.

Providing support to budding businesses greatly increases their chances of success. NBCC is committed to providing this support with its OASIS multi-generational mentorship program. OASIS is a program developed by NBCC to support entrepreneurs. Self-employed NBCC alumni are connected with experienced entrepreneurs through a unique, structured, and multi-leveled mentorship process.

OASIS differs from other mentorship projects in both delivery and scope. The key ingredient setting OASIS apart is that mentees and mentors work on specific business challenges identified by the mentee. The program is based on tactical mentorship activities and is showing great success with aspiring and budding entrepreneurs.

About New Brunswick Community College

OASIS New Brunswick Community College provides post-secondary education in more than 90 programs. Learning through hands-on training, state-of-the-art equipment and real-world experiences with strong pathways to your desired career makes NBCC a great choice for college in Canada.

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a learner-centred College focused on the success of our students and their impact on our communities. NBCC has always been a launch pad for entrepreneurs in New Brunswick. Studies show that as many as 4% of graduates reporting as self-employed and a significant number of students consider self-employment. For a college committed to the province, supporting entrepreneurship is good business. With 6 regional locations well connected to the communities we serve, NBCC is positioning itself to embrace, engage, and champion efforts to support aspiring entrepreneurs.

About Our Presenter

Clarissa Harris LeBreton

Clarissa Harris LeBreton Clarissa Harris LeBreton is the Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Programs for NBCC. With a passion for community, grass-roots programs and a savvy knack for networking, she joined NBCC in June of 2014 and is responsible for coordinating the OASIS multigenerational mentorship program and the new Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. Based at Miramichi campus, she also works several days a week in the Moncton campus. She invites folks to learn more about NBCC’s entrepreneurship-based activities by liking ‘NBCC Entrepreneurship’ on Facebook and following @nbcc_OASIS on twitter.


October 2015

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 5pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

McKenzie College

Software Testing in The South East NB Region

Holly McKnight and Judson Murray, of McKenzie College, will be present information on the recent and upcoming developments in the Software Testing sector and elaborate on the opportunities for many, over the next years.

About McKenzie College

McKenzie College Creativity is Everywhere! From the culture in our communities, to the way new ideas are formed; even the design in everyday products, it’s everywhere! The creativity that surrounds our daily lives would not exist without people who have the ability to tap into their creative realm and bring it to the surface.

The mission of McKenzie College School of Art & Design is to find these talented, highly-creative individuals to inspire, educate, nourish and prepare them, not merely for an artistic profession, but for a life filled with creativity.

When you walk through the doors of McKenzie College, you’ll find a community of artists, designers and experienced, passionate faculty members working collectively to produce a higher level of learning. Students have plenty of room to share and collaborate; and are encouraged to let their creativity develop both inside and outside our doors.

About Our Presenters

Holly McKnight

Holly McKnightAs an experienced manager of the delivery of post-secondary education and training in the Information and Communications Technology sector, Holly brings extensive qualifications to the position of Director of Education at McKenzie College. With a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Sociology; Masters of Social Work; Masters of Information Technology Education and Adult Education; her many years experience supervising adult educators in Canada and United States makes Holly an invaluable member of our team.

Judson Murray

Judson Murray With a keen interest in Technology and Business, and a diploma in Computer Engineering Technology, Judson has developed a successful career in delivering global I.T. solutions over the past 16 years across Canada, The United States, The United Kingdom and Europe. Experienced in System Development, Design, Testing, and Customer Support, he is eager to instill industry best practices to his students in the Software Tester Program.


September 2015

When: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Dovico Software

Building a culture of innovation — What’s love got to do with it?

We sell timesheet software, and that’s about as sexy as a garbage can. But what we sell is not why we have clients in over 80 countries, or why our customers stay with us for as long as 15 years, or why our team has an average tenure of 10 years.

The reason, is in our Why. Why we come to work, why we build the products and why we serve our customers. Culture, everyone wants one, so we buy pool tables, free coffee, bring your dog to work, the list is never ending. But these won’t build culture. It can build a great place to work, who wouldn’t want to work in a zoo, where everyone wears sandals and gives hugs and sings kumbaya. That is the dream, right?

Well that’s not what we did, well maybe some of it we tried, and then gave up because it failed. Culture cannot be copied, cannot be fake, cannot be someone else’s. Culture will eat brand for breakfast. But the good news is everyone has one. It may not be the one you want, so how do you get a different culture, a place you would love to work.

Sweat, learn and leave everyone better would be a great start. I will explain why I believe these steps are important to culture and innovation.

About Dovico Software

Dovico We’re certain a lot of people have had the idea for electronic timesheet entry. But 22 years ago, Dovico’s passion and determination made this idea a reality. A reality that many companies, both big and small, continue to trust and rely upon. We have been fortunate to work with some outstanding and world-class organizations over the years and appreciate each and every one of our clients. We’ve become friends with many of them and value the partnership that has developed. We understand that when you use software it has to work, and if there’s an issue, it needs to be addressed quickly and effectively. It’s what we do at Dovico, and it’s why great organization like Xerox, Bayer, Allianz, Roy Consultants, and hundreds of others of all sizes have come to count on us.

Keeping up with the changing times and technologies for over 20 years and our ability to remain profitable is an accomplishment in itself. Yves believes that it is not the size of the company and wealth it brings but the environment it creates that makes it a success. It’s the small daily victories that we celebrate that turns innovation into profitability. We are different in the way we do business which is why most clients are loyal and employees stay with us for a very long time.
A success throughout the ever-evolving corporate, security and technological demands of the last 2 decades, Dovico promises to keep this going for 20 more years.

About Yves Doucet – President & CEO of Dovico Software Inc

Yves Doucet Yves has been building technology since he was a teenager. He built his first software game at 16 and then started building computers in his basement. Over the years, he has helped in the development of many things from a telephone set, to Lottery Sales units, Thermal Printers, Video Lottery terminals, and salmon counter, to name a few. A UNB graduate and professional engineer, Yves has over 30 years of experience in the research, development and marketing of high technology products. Yves has successfully helped build businesses in the IT and technology sectors from start to 50 million dollars. He has been involved in the establishment, development, and often financing, of companies such as Dovico Software, Boardertech, Spielo Gaming International, Génio, Nanoptix and Advatek amongst others. Today, these successful companies employ over 500 people.

Now at Dovico, Yves finds it truly rewarding to work at a place where most of the energy is focused on making things better. The positive energy that he gets just watching others grow, both personally and in the business is inspiring. He believes the most important thing someone can do is to matter. If he can help someone find their talent, their passion … then maybe a difference can be made. He is obsessed with finding not only his own talents but those of his friends, coworkers and his grandkids. But most of all he loves innovation and building things. (Oh… and a good water balloon fight too).


July 2015

11th Annual CyberSocial Boat Cruise and Networking Event

The cruise boat casts off at 7:30 pm (ends at 10pm) so please be prepared to board, no later than 7:15pm.

When: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 7:15pm
Where: Point-du-Chêne Wharf, Pointe-du-Chêne, NB
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: $30 each or 4 for $100 — Available through McKenzie College at ccormier@mckenzie.edu or call Cathy at 506 384-6460. (Tickets are limited to 50 passengers. This is always a sell out event so please book early.)


June 2015

When: Wednesday, June 10 2015 at 5:00 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

ONGOZAH

https://ongozah.com

Topher, Dan and Denis are the three founding gurus behind Ongozah. They’ve harnessed the power of social media and standardized product planning making it simple and easy for community stakeholders to connect with people who want to get involved and get things done.  

Currently, operating out of the Venn Garage with a small staff, their BETA is available now to trial users.  Discover more about them and the projects that need you at https://ongozah.com


May 2015

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:00pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI)

JEDI logo
www.jedinb.ca

The Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) is an Aboriginal not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Aboriginal participation in New Brunswick’s economy. JEDI began in 1995 as a tripartite partnership between Aboriginal communities in New Brunswick, the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick. Since then, JEDI has worked closely with its partners from Aboriginal communities, organizations, government and the private sector to foster Aboriginal economic development in New Brunswick.

JEDI focuses its work on the support of Aboriginal:

  • entrepreneurs and small businesses;
  • community economic development;
  • workforce development;
  • partnerships with the public and private sector.

JEDI is governed by a board of directors representing Aboriginal tribal councils, the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council, and the New Brunswick Business Council.

JEDI has received funding for several projects through the federal and provincial governments. The New Brunswick Aboriginal Information Communications Technology (NBAICT) project was initiated in June, 2011, with funding through the Skills Partnership Fund under Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC). Through the NBAICT project, JEDI developed and delivered the first Aboriginal Mobile Application Development (MAD) curriculum in partnership with CCNB.

JEDI will provide exciting information on the NBAICT project and other projects, including the 2015-2016 extension and how we can assist businesses and Aboriginal entrepreneurs through these projects, and how we can partner on current and future initiatives.

Afternoon Workshop

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free: Please register for the workshop to RSVP to this event.

Arduino Out of the Box

There’s always a bit of magic in “Hello, World,” regardless of the language or device. As programmers, we’re used to making computers do very sophisticated things in virtual space. But what happens when we need to make a computer interact with the real world, but the gadget hasn’t been invented yet? “Hello, World,” indeed.

The Arduino was originally developed as an inexpensive prototyping platform for design students, but it has since established itself with tinkerers, hobbyists, electronics enthusiasts, and budding mad scientists world-wide.

For the average web or database programmer, the Arduino platform can seem a bit like stepping off a spaceship onto an alien planet. For one thing, its inhabitants speak a different language: Circuits and current, resistors and relays, sensors and servo-motors. In a word: Hardware. Fortunately, a bit of basic electronics know-how plus the Arduino API are all you need to plant your flag on this strange (but fascinating) new world.

To be covered:

  • The Arduino ecosystem in the “Do It Yourself” world
  • What you need to start exploring
  • Circuitry and wiring basics
  • The Arduino API and IDE
  • Demo.: Push-buttons and LEDs

No, you won’t go home with the blue-prints for an army of robot minions. Sorry—you’re on your own there. But you should have a good grasp of what an Arduino can and can’t do, plus an idea of how to do it… preferably without blowing fuses.

Workshop Presenter

Doreen ClemonsDoreen Clemons is the chief cook and bottle-washer at Bonaventure Software. She started programming in BASIC on a TRS-80 at the age of 12. Doreen has worked at and for organisations ranging from single-person startups to Fortune 100 companies–a range which gives her a better-than-average appreciation of tight budgets, tighter deadlines, and team-based learning. As a freelancer, she is the wearer-of-many-hats, but mainly focuses on database and back-end programming.

Bonaventure SoftwareBonaventure Software is a software development firm located in Grande-Digue, New Brunswick. It creates custom database and web application software, typically in close collaboration with graphic designers, mobile application developers, and web hosting providers. Since its founding in 2012, Bonaventure Software has worked with clients in both Canada and the U.S., ranging from tiny start-ups to multi-nationals. Regardless of size, all projects enjoy the same professionalism and respect for budget, schedule, and quality.


April 2015

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Oulton College

Oulton College
www.oultoncollege.com/
Developing An Industry Leading Faculty of IT

Since 1956, Oulton College has been helping students from across Canada succeed in achieving their career goals. Ensuring that our programs meet the needs of industry is crucial to ensuring success for our students. We are excited to be hosting this Cyber Social and to share with you how the College is developing our Faculty of IT through the help of industry partners. You’ll also have an opportunity to hear from an Oulton student first-hand about our approach to hands-on education.

Oulton College is a locally owned and operated organization in Moncton committed to the success of our students. Oulton currently operates two campuses in Moncton – our main campus at 4 Flanders Court and our Dental Education Centre at 5 Pacific Ave. With a student population of 700 and growing, the Oulton brand continues to grow throughout Atlantic Canada.


March 2015

When:      Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 5:00pm

Where:    Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5

Who:        Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick

Cost:        Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Appfrogs

AppFrogs
www.appfrogs.com/
Digital Experiences

Life is about experiences. By these experiences comes learning and growth. At AppFrogs, we create understanding with digital experiences. But how can we use digital experiences?

AppFrogs Inc. has for mission to cure digital boredom.
AppFrogs is a digital experience agency that designs and builds creative, alluring and fun ways for businesses to engage with their customers.

We specialize in creating experiences using web, mobile technology and wearables.

Natacha Dugas Natacha Dugas runs a digital experience development company, counsels entrepreneurs and ceaselessly guides herself and her clients towards new frontiers of the online and mobile universe.

She is the CEO of AppFrogs Inc., a digital experience agency that designs and builds creative, alluring and fun ways for businesses to engage with their customers.

She has successfully served a variety of businesses, and she has a penchant in the elaboration of online strategies and experiences for television series and movies.

AppFrogs mixes excellence and cheeky fun to create online experiences.

Natacha is also the founder of WhyConf, the Atlantic Canada Marketing and Communications Conference. WhyConf helps businesses shape a more prosperous future using standout marketing and communications techniques taught by influential and innovative PR and marketing pros.

She loves to talk strategy, but never challenge her to a game of Risk — she’s deadly on the battlefield.

Afternoon Workshop

When:      Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Where:    Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5

Who:        Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick

Cost:        Free: Please register for the workshop to RSVP to this event.

Introduction to Scala & Functional Programming

Scala Scala is an acronym for “Scalable Language”. This means that Scala grows with you. Many large companies rely on it for large mission critical systems, including Twitter, LinkedIn, or Intel.

This workshop will provide a history of the language, how and where it can be used, the beauty and beastliness of functional programming and the gotchas surrounding the adoption of a new language.

It will get into some code examples, comparisons to existing languages and some background on popular frameworks such as Akka and Spray, Actor models, and asynchronous programming.

Workshop Presenter

Matt Pichette Matt Pichette has over a decade of experience as a CTO, architect, software engineer, and inventor garnered at such operations as KinderGuardian, Gogii Games, Vinvox, GTech, Oracle, Atlantic Lotto Corporation and Sagem. That experience involved the design, development, and deployment of SaaS, Big Data, Embedded, and Enterprise Systems generating millions in revenue. Aside from biometric, entertainment, and automotive industry experience the majority of Matt’s time has been spent in the gaming sector.


February 2015

When:      Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 5:00pm

Where:    Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5

Who:        Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick

Cost:        Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

BrainWorks

Brainworks
www.brainworksmarketing.ca

Brad LeBlanc will introduce BrainWorks a digital marketing agency to the local ICT community. A dynamic ginger with guerrilla storytelling tactics, Brad is a proud partner and Chief Creative Officer of BrainWorks.

Located in downtown Moncton, BrainWorks markets products for this era! Making the most of your marketing dollars while building your audience. BrainWorks works with a number of companies across Canada and Europe. You will want to talk to this guy to get insight on marketing in the ICT sector.

Brad-LeBlancBrad LeBlanc, is a lively, young individual who encompasses the spirit of entrepreneurship yet is about as unconventional as they come. Sometimes defined as a black sheep or simply as crazy, he possesses a thirst for the impossible and thrives off pushing boundaries, limits and challenging the laws of normality. Hard to miss in a crowd, LeBlanc’s shock of red hair is an warning of the focused energy you will be up against when working with with this young force of determination.

Brad is a serial entrepreneur who has received awards in business management, entrepreneurship and leadership. He has been featured on the covers of business magazines, newspapers, on television and throughout social media. Known as a disruptor, you either love him or hate him but either way, you will respect his ambition, tenacity and energy. With his youth as a powerful calling card, he pushes those twice his age to dream it, live it!


January 2015

When:      Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5:00pm

Where:    M.I.C. Canadian Eatery and Whisky Pub — 200 Champlain Street Dieppe, E1A 1P1

Who:        Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick

Cost:        Free with a cash bar provided

Industry Headliner

Fiddlehead Technology

Fiddlehead Technology
www.fiddleheadtech.com

David Baxter, President, Fiddlehead Technology, will provide a brief overview of what Fiddlehead has been up to and their hiring plans for the next year. [Spoiler alert: Fiddlehead is currently looking to higher developers, so folks should bring their resumes.]

Fiddlehead is building a web-based forecasting performance management application called Forecast Guardian. Forecast Guardian does not create forecasts. The solution imports forecasts and actual demand data from a client’s existing forecasting system. It then conducts a proprietary analysis to identify and prioritize the root causes of forecasting error that can increase inventory costs and lead to poor customer service levels. The potential causes of error that we analyze include internal processes and forecasting models, as well as sensitivity to external factors like weather, economic conditions, and competition.

David BaxterDavid Baxter, President, Fiddlehead Technology, has 17 years of ICT service development and product innovation experience including iMagicTV world’s first commercially deployed IPTV software. David is also one of the founding advocates of T4G Big Data Congress.

Afternoon Workshop

When:      Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Where:    M.I.C. Canadian Eatery and Whisky Pub — 200 Champlain Street Dieppe, E1A 1P1

Who:        Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick

Cost:        Free: Please register for the workshop through the Eventbrite registration form

Data Science Workshop in R

We can use data science to learn new things from data that is readily available today.  In this workshop, Bruce Spencer, Fiddlehead Technology’s Lead Data Scientist, will present a prototype that integrates several technologies to make this happen:

  • R, a mathematical programming language
  • Machine learning tools
  • Data from the real world, e.g. Statistics Canada
  • Web-based presentation tools

Participants will be presented with a compelling use-case and can follow along on their own computers. For those attending the workshop that want to install R and follow along:

  • Go to cran.rstudio.com and install latest base version (currently R-3.1.2.) Versions available include Windows and Mac
  • Go to rstudio.com and install latest RStudio Desktop (currently 0.98.1091). Versions available include Windows and Mac
Workshop Presenter

Bruce Spencer, Lead Data Scientist, Fiddlehead Technology, has 33 years of R&D experience in artificial intelligence through university, government and industry. Authored 75 peer-reviewed publications in data analytics, automated reasoning, data mining & service computing.

FAQs

Do I need a laptop for this workshop?

No. Attendies will be able to follow along on the main display without the need of their own computer. If attendies brought their own, they would have a more interactive, hands on experience.

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