corporate event at Lenovo was such a success that we’re doing it again – and this time, Qualcomm Canada is hosting us.Come out and hear how three York Region companies have innovated to use cloud computing to create new lines of business.These companies are building and running successful ventures on an international scale that would not be possible without the resources and technology of the cloud.Our speakers are not just users – they’ve been leaders in addressing the regulatory, security and data locationon issues with government and some of the biggest cloud suppliers.Find out how they’ve handled business, scaling, security and other issues – and join in the Q&A to get your own questions answered. Larry Keating – President and CEO, NPC (http://npcdataguard.com )– invented and brought to market his industry’s first secure managed endpoint computing solution, changing how laptop computers are managed for business. NPC uses the cloud to secure, manage, monitor and back up laptops in a way that’s superior and cheaper than companies can manage themselves. As president and CEO of Keating Technologies he founded in 1987, Larry has brought more than $1.5 billion in technology and services to Canadians, and is a 3-time national winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies award.Anthony R. Pearlman – President and COO, Intertainment Media ( http://intertainmentmedia.com ). When some of the biggest names in entertainment hold their special events, Intertainment Media is there. Through their divisions and various company investments, they manage the dynamic web presence and ensure it can scale to meet the demand. They syndicate live content to millions of users globally. They’re enabling cloud-based ventures like Yappn for real-time e-commerce translation services. Anthony has over 25 years of hands-on technology experience from co-founding and running early stage late 90’s e-commerce start-ups all the way to the C-suite in large public enterprises. RJ Juneau – CEO and Founder, Maxxian( http://www.maxxian.com). Maxxian provides world-leading technology for managing and securing millions of video set-tops and Internet access devices for cable operators from Alaska to the coast of South America. They use the same virtualisation and system management technology used by cloud providers to manage systems at their customer sites to reduce their costs, speed deployments and increase reliability and flexibility. RJ’s been at the leading/bleeding edge of technology for over 30 years in banking and trading systems, supercomputing, MPEG video and other fun things. IT’S IN MARKHAM, SO THERE’S LOTS OF FREE PARKING!Full details here on Eventbrite.Get your registrations in now – the Qualcomm space is smaller than Lenovo’s, so seating is limited.Our last
abemus cultellum excitata per lucem is a better description. Habemus lux gladius could also be used to describe a light sabre. Remember: Google translate is your friend.All great announcements should be in latin.(*) On Monday night we took delivery of our brand spanking new laser cutter – a monstrous 90W unit with a 24″ x 36″cutting surface. Now comes the hard part – figuring how to use the infernal contraption. We’ll be working out all the rules and procedures and safety issues, and setting up a formal class. Last night we worked feverishly to get our first design cut. Just made it by closing time! (*) If you actually speak latin… yeah, Habemus lux gladius is not the greatest translation. But it fits nicely in a headline. If you really want to get picky about it, H
photo album has just been posted on facebook, and snapd Markham posted about us here.Our Technology Enablers night was a huge success with almost 80 people in attendance. We went all corporate, and there were enough suits and well-dressed people to make it… well, kinda weird for a ylab event. Nevertheless, it went off without a hitch – if you don’t consider way more registrations than expected and scrambling for more chairs and food a” hitch”. Why so many attendess? #FREEPARKING seemed to be our meme for the night. Our panelists – Mehdi Sharifi from Lumicision, Brett Hagman from Arduino and Rogue Robotics, John Frangella from Proto3000 and Peter Koster from Qualcomm were phenomenal. We’ve got to know some of them because they’re good friends of ylab, and it was even better to hear their stories and thoughts on so many topics. It was all expertly handled by our panel moderator Karen Mortfield from the DDO. Her experience in crisis communications clearly qualifies her for hosting a ylab event. Big thanks toUpdate Jan 30 2016: a
- Lenovo Canada for hosting the event and letting ylab run amock in their amazing new space. Nothing was too much trouble for Stefan, Kathleen, Kevin and David.
- The growing cast of ylab members – Brooke on sound, Pek as announcer, Richard, Lucian, Ross and so many others for setup/teardown, Ruby for the food; and other volunteers like Murray and Andrea for registration duties.
- Startup York, Coffee and Code and others for helping get the word out.
- Our good friends at North of 41 for inspiring us and helping us in so many ways to get it organised.
Logics Academy last year. It’s a privilege to have join us at the DDO for the evening.Ramy will be sharing his adventures in building and participating on the University of Toronto Team entry in the Robogames competitions in great places like San Mateo, California. You can check out some of the mayhem his team wreaked on their opponents here and here. As always, bring your own robotic creation for Show and Tell time, continue work on your toy hack, get some help and help some others. Ross has been advancing his own creations with a Raspberry Pi board and Python code, and is eager to share what he’s learned.BATTLEBOTS! Ylab’s monthly Robotycs evening is back with a vengeance on Wednesday January 27. This month’s Robot Talk features battlebot veteran Ramy Gattas. Ramy hosted our first Robotycs events at
- DDO’s Mike helped sort out some hand-held ham radio configuration
- Lucian helped reload a home router with open source Gargoyle software to torture kids with parental controls, get free DNS, and and set up remote VPN acces.
- 3D design course materials being developed by Richard and were tested on human guinea pig and new member Brooke… with a focus on the new light sabre design.
- Ross worked and demo’d his latest remote-control robot software… now featuring Python code.
- Pek and Jay worked the second 3D printer and its controller PC to augment the persnickety rep-rap printer.
Princess Leia with the cinnamon bun hair-do? We took delivery of a big workbench, some cabinets, and a refreshment fridge. Jay made great progress with the Rep-Rap 3D printer, and light-saber engineering continued. It was all made easier and more pleasant by the work some volunteers did over the holidays. More clean-up. The second metal press has been removed. And a computer rack has appeared. More tools and equipment are trickling in. Soldering irons ordered and arriving Any Day Now. Internet connection is running reliably. The technical crew has been reviewing laser cutter specs and haggling with suppliers. We’re down to the final candidates. Everything was slowed down by the vendors being AWOL over the holidays.Mondays member-only nights and Wednesday Open House nights are now scheduled on the ylab meetup.com site, and be sure to check out the great new banner picture from Avery. We’ll be adding the Open House nights to EventBrite. We’re working on how to get the meetup calendar up on the ylab web page. Lots more in the works. Stay tuned…Monday January 4 was our first member-only night of 2016. We formally welcomed as new members ylab regulars Brooke and Jay . That’s a polite way of saying that they each gave us a cheque. We need to work out some kind of formal ceremony. Maybe something with a light sabre. Any volunteers to dress up as