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Wordlink demo - MTL NewTech May 30th

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Fasken Martineau has a long history with technology startups, similar to MTL NewTech’s involvement. They were in fact the first to support the idea of a first Startup Weekend in Montreal in late 2011, a bold idea at the time by collective minds from MTL NewTech and SRA from HEC Montreal.
We met with Jean-Nicolas Delage, partner, and Johann Gest, patent agent, who were entrepreneurial minds, eager to go out of their way to enable tech entrepreneurs reach their goal. Startup Weekend in Feb 2012 was a success, with Fasken largely supporting with their networks.
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StartupWeekend launch at Fasken Martineau, End of 2011

Since then, MTL NewTech has collaborated in small and large initiatives. Because of their commitment to Montreal startups, entrepreneurship, their friendly Startup Program, and of course proven expertise, we have recommended Fasken Martineau to early-stage and growing startups.

As explained in our previous post about our EY partnership, we are now growing MTL NewTech and looking at trusted partners.

We are now excited to work with Fasken Martineau on the next generation of Montreal startups. Along with supporting the events, Fasken will host work sessions before the monthly MTL NewTech events, to prepare startups. Fasken Martineau has a large network that we hope to benefit MTL NewTech startups. Quoting Jean-Nicolas Delage, partner :

"Fasken Martineau and its Start-up Program are proud supporters of MTL New Tech, a key catalyst of the Montreal Start-Up ecosystem. We feel privileged to be a part of the growth of MTL New Tech and of dynamic start-ups developing exciting new technologies. "

To Fasken Martineau, we say Thanks, from the Montreal Startup community !

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The Wallrus demo - MTL NewTech May 30th

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MEMO App demo - MTL NewTech May 30th

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Jam Motion is an interactive multimedia prototype, allowing users to play music together by connecting to a local sound server and using the motion of their smartphones. Built in under 10 hours at HackMTL, and winning later that evening first place, it had to face interesting technical and logistical challenges, that shaped its architecture and mission.

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#HackMTL : Arts Numériques hackathon to develop creative tools.

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Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer notre édition de Juin, avec une soirée de démonstrations, de réseautage ainsi que des conférences sur le développement de technologies et start-up à succès à Montréal. S’il vous plaît, à noter que l’évènement aura lieu le Vendredi 30 mai plutôt que le mardi 3 Juin, étant donné que nos amis de la Maison Notman organisent leur cérémonie d’ouverture ce soir.

RSVP : Eventbrite

Rassemblement de Startups et de la Communauté créative

Cette édition aura lieu dans la même semaine que C2MTL - et par la même occasion, nous ouvrons les portes à la communauté créative de Montréal. Dans la matinée, notre partenaire Creative Mornings Montréal accueillera un événement à BusBud avec Daniel Baylis. La journée promet d’être riche en événements, avec de nombreuses opportunités de rencontres et de découvertes au sein de la communauté des startups et des participants créatifs.

Pour les entrepreneurs, les programmeurs, les étudiants et tous les passionnés des startups , la soirée est l’occasion de rencontrer des co-fondateurs ainsi que des talents dans le design , le marketing, la communication, et les médias. À ne pas rater! Si vous avez une idée, si vous êtes à la recherche de co-fondateurs, de capital, de soutien par les pairs, d’un accès à des clients potentiels, ou si vous voulez juste en savoir plus sur les technologies innovantes qui font l’actualité à Montréal, alors cet événement est pour vous!

4 + 2 startups innovantes sur scène

Nous avons soigneusement sélectionné 4 startups équipés de technologies de pointe . Elles se présenteront chacune à leur tour, avec une démonstration en direct de leur produit . Les présentations seront exactement de 5 minutes chacune, suivies par des questions/réponses. Notre objectif est d’inspirer , de partager et de faire profiter la communauté en présentant ces startups .

De plus , nous présenterons sur scène le vainqueur sélectionné par le jury du hackathon #hackmtl pour une démo spéciale de 3 minutes de leur projet , ainsi que le vainqueur qui a été choisi par le public.

Débat : Startups & Créativité

Nous allons continuer la soirée avec une discussion informelle sur la créativité , incluant une analyse en profondeur sur la réflexion , le lancement et la croissance des startups qui sont dans la technologie , les médias et l’espace créatif. Restez à l’écoute pour notre invité spécial !

#MTLNewTech

We are thrilled to announce our June edition, with an evening of live demos, networking as well as conferences on developing great technologies and successful startups in Montréal. Please note that we will be have it Friday May 30th instead of Tuesday June 3rd, as our friends at Notman House are having their opening ceremony that evening.

RSVP : Eventbrite

Gathering the Startup & Creative Community

This edition will be in the same week as C2MTL - and as such, we are opening doors to the creative community in Montreal. In the morning, our partner Creative Mornings Montréal will host an event at BusBud featuring Daniel Baylis. The day promises to be eventful, with many opportunities to have the creative and startup community meet & discover.  

For startup entrepreneurs and programmers, the evening is a chance to meet co-founders as well as talent in design, marketing, communication, as well as media. Don’t miss it ! If you have an idea, if you are looking for co-founders, capital, peer support, access to customers, if you just want to learn about innovative technologies that are making news in Montréal, then this event is for you!

4 + 2 Innovative Startups On Stage

We will carefully curate 4 startups featuring cutting-edge technology. Each will present their startup, as well as a live demo of their product. Presentations will be exactly 5 minutes each, followed by a Q&A. We aim to benefit, challenge & inspire the community by presenting these startups.

Additionally, we will present the jury’s winner of the #hackmtl hackathon on stage for a special 3 minutes demo of their project, as well as the popular winner.

Firesidechat : Startups & Creativity

We will continue the evening with a fireside chat on creativity, featuring an in-depth discussion on thinking, launching & growing startups that are in the tech, media and creative space. Stay tuned for our special guest speaker ! 

Schedule 

  • 5.30pm Doors open. Meet cofounders & Talent
  • 6.45pm Startup Demos
  • 7.30pm Fireside chat : Startups & Creativity
  • 8.15pm Stay for networking !

Hashtag

The official hashtag for the event is #mtlnewtech

Sponsors

SDEVM

SDEVM supports enterpreneurs and startups located in the Ville-Marie borough.

EY

EY wants to help tech startups

Partners

AIESEC UQAM

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This MTL NewTech edition is done in partnership with AIESEC ESG UQAM and Creative Mornings Montréal.

We aslo thank the following community groups : 

Organizers 

MTL NewTech - AIESEC ESG UQAM

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For the past 4 years, MTL NewTech has been into iconic places such as McKibbins pub or coffee shops, gathering from 40 to 60 startup entrepreneurs. It was great to build a sense of community and meet a few dozens startup entrepreneurs who were also looking for support. After featuring more than 240 startups in 5 years, supporting them in their early stage and growth stage, help them connect with programmers and help them promote at launch, we now believe it’s time for the growth phase. We’re aiming to feature the NewTech series as a gathering for all Montréalers, not just startup-ers, but as well students, creatives, those from the more traditional IT industry, and anyone looking to get into startups. Our previous events now gather more than 250 entrepreneurs.

We’ve been supported by key partners such as Société de Développement Économique Ville-Marie (SDEVM), whose strong and unlimited support allowed to make MTL NewTech a sustainable entity. We’re now happy to introduce EY (Ernst&Young) as key partner for MTL NewTech. 

Like SDEVM, EY has been carefully selected. They provide essential services to startup entrepreneurs and understand their needs and resources. We will be working with them on the startup pitches, before and during events, and hopefully contribute in building world-class startups in Montréal.

In the previous months, we’ve met Mark MacLean and Soraya Khouadri. They love working with startups and are also great believers in the local ecosystem. Quoting Mark : 

“When Heri and Ilas offered EY the chance to be part of the growth and transition of Mtl New Tech to a bigger and more focused monthly gathering, we jumped at the opportunity. We really feel that Mtl New Tech is a cornerstone of the Montreal entrepreneurial scene and are thrilled to be able to be a small part of it. We’re looking forward to work with Montréal startups and help them reach new heights.”

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Soraya Khouadri presenting at Innovation in Healthtech event

Thanks EY, Mark, Soraya and the whole EY team for believing in Montreal startups !

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arts numeriques

Un hackathon est un événement où des programmeurs et d’autres comme des designers collaborent de façon intensive sur des projets logiciels. Quelques fois, il y a aussi une composante hardware aussi. Les hackathons peuvent être à but éducatifs ou bien à but social, mais le but est toujours de créer des logiciels utilisables.

#hackmtl Arts Numériques : un hackathon centré sur les arts

Le Samedi 24 Mai, MTL NewTec et la maison notman s’associent pour mettre ensemble des programmeurs et des artistes ensemble pour fêter la créativité numérique, dans le cadre de la saison Printemps Numériques de Montréal.

RSVP : hackmtl,com

Un hackathon débutera de 8.30 du matin pour finir à 6 heures du soir, avec les participants et participantes mis au défi de se mettre en équipe et de créer de nouvelles applications et nouveaux outils pour les arts numériques et créativité. Pouvez-vous imaginer et construire un nouveau instrument de musique avec un peu de programmation et un Arduino? Pourquoi pas une application mobile de photographie? Ou encore une application pour des designers de mode ? Les participants seront aussi invités à réfléchir sur l’accessibilité et la distribution des oeuvres produits par les outils. Pouvez-vous atteindre des personnes ailleurs dans le monde, peuvent-ils eux aussi utiliser l’outil artistique que vous avez créé?

Des hackathons similaires ont été organisés dans d’autres ville dans le monde comme Berlin mais c’est la premire fois qu’un tel événement de ce type est organisé à Montréal. Nous nous attendons à tous types de projets, puisque nous tenons à mettre ensemble des communautés qui viennent d’horizons différents.

Nous invitons aussi les Montréalais et toutes et tous interessé(e) par le sujet à venir à un BBQ populaire dans l’après-midi. Vous pouvez prendre un ticket “Visiteur” et nous rejoindre à midi, et peut-être vous serez un des chanceux à visiter la Maison Notman. Venez voir les démos des applications et des projets vers 6heures. Les gagnants seront invités à présenter dans l’édition de Juin de MTL NewTech et le montrer à des centaines de Montréalais.

A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others such as designers  collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons can be intended for educational or social purposes, although the goal is to create usable software.

#hackmtl Arts Digitaux : a hackathon on digital arts

Saturday May 24th, MTL NewTech and Notman House are partnering to get together programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs to celebrate digital creativity, during Montreal’s Printemps Numerique.

RSVP : hackmtl,com

A hackathon will take place from 8.30am to 6pm, with participants challenged to team up and create new applications and new tools for digital arts and digital creativity. Can you program a new music instrument? What about new tools for photographers? Can you work with a fashion designer and find new ways to design clothing with a mobile app?  Participants will also be invited to think about accessibility and distribution of the works produced by the tools. How can you reach other people from other parts of the world, and can they also use the art tool you just created? 

Similar hackathon events have been organized in cities such as Berlin but it’s the first time in history that a hackathon of this kind is brought in Montreal. We’re expecting magic happen as we get together various communities from different fields of work.

We are also inviting Montréalers and anyone interested in the topic to join us for a popular BBQ in the afternoon. Get a Visitor ticket and join us around noon, and perhaps you’ll be one of the lucky ones to get a visit of Notman House. Come see the demos of the apps and creative tools at 6pm. Winning teams will be invited to present in the June edition of MTL NewTech and showcase it to hundreds of Montréalers.

Schedule

Here’s our tentative schedule:

  • 8:00am Come early for breakfast with tasty bagels. We will have 30mn to pitch around ideas and put together teams
  • 8:30am Hacking time! 
  • Noon : BBQ organized by Notman House. Visit Notman House
  • 6:00pm Presentation time
  • 8:00pm Wrap-up
 

Judges

eric pare

Eric Paré is a visual artist / developer based in Montreal. He is known for his unique style of combining bullet-time, light-painting and stop-motion techniques. His project LightSpin has been featured on major TV channels and websites (MTV, Prosieben, PetaPixel, Vice) and some film festivals around the globe. He is curently working with his team on near real-time raw-quality shooting using 32 cameras on a circular rig for upcoming projects involving contemporary dancers.

david dufresne

 David Dufresne is the CEO of Bandzoogle, a platform that 20,000+ bands and musicians use to design and maintain their websites, online stores and mailing lists. Prior to Bandzoogle, David worked for 8 years as a VC investor.

nadim kobeissi

Originally from Lebanon, Nadim Kobeissi is a programmer and cryptography enthusiast whose work focuses on making encryption more accessible to people around the world. Nadim created Cryptocat, one of the world’s most popular encrypted chat solutions and a gold standard for easy-to-use private chat. Nadim is a member of the W3C’s Web Cryptography Working Group and holds a double degree from Concordia University in Montreal. Currently, he acts as cryptography engineer at eQualitie for their DDoS mitigation platform.

Location

#hackmtl will be hosted by Maison Notman House, home of the web

Sponsors

Thanks to Maison Notman House, home of the web, for hosting this hackathon!

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We are currently looking for sponsors to cover food // coffe costs

Organization

Questions? Please tweet @heri or @mtlnewtech

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Synbiota demo - MTL NewTech May 6th “Innovation in HealthTech”

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