Hack Your Community at McMaster University

On November 1st I had the pleasure of serving as a volunteer judge for Spectrum's “Hack Your Community” event.  The 72 hour hackathon focused on creating solutions for the community as a whole and was supported by Community Foundations of Canada.

The winning team, “Project Jenny” embodied the spirit of the event in their innovation: a simple, low-cost, feature phone texting service that returns Google answers on-the-fly.  Well done!

Hamilton’s Spectrum and LiON’s Lair business competitions

I have a new guest post up with Hamilton’s Innovation Factory: “Innovation City: Why LiON’s Lair Matters”. My company, Weever Apps, won the inaugural LiON’s Lair competition in 2011. Mentioned here.

Tt was a privilege to see one of the new ventures I’m mentoring, Start the Cycle, pitch in the Spectrum Student Startup competition earlier this month. Advising new teams like Thrive Games and Take5 has been incredibly rewarding and I plan to continue those activities through the year.