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@SCtechhub spring meetup

The @SCtechhub community spring meetup will be on Sunday April 23, 3-5pm.   Details are being posted on our Slack channel.

Do you work in the tech sector and live on the Sunshine Coast – but have not yet joined the community on #Slack?  Drop us an email to get an invitation to our #Slack community forum –   connect  @  with the answer to our ‘I am not a robot’ question, “what is your favourite Sunshine Coast (BC) beach?”

Spring meetup – April 28th

Post event wrap:

Turned out to be a great evening of learning and connecting  in Sechelt for the 35 people who came out.

Owyn Cramer (15) kicked off the evening with a lightning talk on 3D work he is leading with – as they head down to OSCON in Texas in late May.

Derek Andersen brought a whole collection of tricks for leading edge deployment of cattle style infrastructure.   Derek is awesome and makes my head spin in new directions every time he generously shares his latest work with the group.

Robin Chauhan w/ wrapped the lightning talks with his early prototype time bank solution.

Then we welcomed Tom Keenoy from the Comox Valley.   Tom shared his story from Brooklyn to Startup life in Courtney.  The “how-to” and what “not to do” moments of being a tech entrepreneur shifting from a service to product venture.

Lots of great connections forming within our community – and coming from this event – connections across the region into the mid/North Island where some pretty interesting tech success stories are emerging.   Check out for profiles.

What’s next?   Conversation continues on our #Slack forum.  Details for joining up are on the home page.   Hint … it involves a beach.  Fall in-person meetup.  Post event debrief and planning channel is active in #Slack – would be awesome to connect with you there.



Thank you to our community sponsors – who all said “yes” quickly when asked to support our tech community.



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3 workshops + community meetup April 27/28 in Sechelt

Lots happening in April!

Innovation Island is coming back to the coast on Wed/Thurs April 27/28 to deliver 3 more invaluable workshops for entrepreneurs pursuing innovative ideas (registration links below, and this blog post on the partnership with Innovation Island and the Sunshine Coast).

Then on the Thursday evening we will be having our spring tech community meetup starting at 6pm with tech lightning talks and pizza.  At 7’ish we will welcome our guest speaker Tom Keenoy of Medium Rare Interactive, makers of Kitestrings.

All the events are all happening at the Seaside Center in Sechelt – thanks to the support of the District of Sechelt.

Thanks to our community meetup supporters:

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Our tech community announcements are now being handled via our #Slack forum.   Lots of discussion from design to linux to edtech happening in the channels.  Send a note to connect <> sctechhub <> ca to get an invite.  Just mention your favourite Sunshine Coast beach to let us know you are not a bot.

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Fall 2015 meeting wrap – “game changers”

On October 29 we had our Fall 2015 tech community meetup at the  Fuse Work Hub in lower Gibsons.    Paul Adams led an engaging conversation on technology, society, community – today and future looking.

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Then we had a chance to catch up on events within our community.  Here are a few links that we talked about.

PaulScreen Shot 2015-11-09 at 8.42.05 AM (technical trainer) and Liz (information architect) have just moved to the coast from Vancouver.   One of Paul’s earliest game changers was the “shipstone” from the 1982 Sci Fi novel Friday.

Robin suggested this speculative AI story after our conversation on ethics and self-driving cars.

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 9.16.14 AMAfter 20 years of developing software Mark Cameron is set to publish his debut novel Goodnight Sunshine.    “Goodnight Sunshine is the story of a disenchanted middle-aged family man who finds an intriguing message about a potentially world-changing invention, leading him to the jungles of Ecuador to seek its existence.”   Book launch is set for December 5, 2pm, at the Gibsons Public Library.

Alan Rawkins  (Rawkins Games) gave us a preview of his new 4 player ipad game built with Monkey framework which the compiler translates to native source code for most platforms.


Monthly coding/ design meetups are happening on the last Thursday of each month at Fuse Work Hub from 6-9pm.  Dave Arthur is coordinating these meetups.  Bring your projects for hands on evening.


Innovation Island is coming back to the Coast!

This time there are two 1/2 day courses for tech driven entrepreneurs – Tuesday November 24 in Sechelt –  register for Refresh Your Minimum Viable Product  (morning) and  Customer Discovery  (afternoon).  These courses are being led by Graham Truax with Innovation Island. (his course back in February at the Gibsons Public Market sold out and was a great day of really practical learning).   Kudos to the District of Sechelt for funding a Sunshine Coast regional support agreement with Innovation Island (our regional partner for BC Innovation Council programming).   Courses are free.


next meetup – “Game Changers” – Thursday October 29 in Gibsons

Are you working in the digital space and living on the Sunshine Coast?

Mark your calendar! Two tech-related events are happening this month. Same night.  Same location.

WHEN:  Thursday October 29, 2015
WHEREFuse Work Hub (#15, 292 Gower Point Rd, Lower Gibsons)

To keep it simple – No RSVP required.  Just show up!

1.  SCtechhub meetup “GAME CHANGERS”

TIME: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Disruption, Game Changers, seismic shifts in the technological landscape. Smart Phones, Drones, Wearables, Internet of Things, Deep Learning AI, Self-driving Cars, Ad Blocking, Cord Cutting, the Sharing Economy – Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit. Drivers of change; huge opportunities. But for every winner there are also losers.   Are you ready to survive and prosper from the next game changing tech tsunami? And what impact will it have on society?

Come join the SCtechhub on October 29 for a discussion on the new horizons of tech.  Paul Adams, a new coastie, will guide our conversation.  Followed by casual networking time.

To get primed for October 29, bring along your thoughts/hardware gear for show & tell –  and have a ponder about what game changing technology excites you?

  • Is it tech nirvana?   Or do you see smoke on the horizon?
  • Who will be the game changers?  And who will be the casualties?


2. Monthly coding meetup. Last Thursday of every month at Fuse

TIME: 6:00-7:00pm and 9:00-10:00pm

In October, again on the 29th, come at 6-7, merging with @SCtechhub from 7-9, and continuing after until 10.
Connect with other designers/developers for a casual drop-in evening to collaborate in a hands-on meetup. Dave Arthur is coordinating these events with Fuse making the space available.  For more details connect with Dave through his awesome email address

Hope to see you there!

Dave, Mark, Paul, Richard (organizing crew for October 29th)

next meetup – Tuesday April 28 in Davis bay

Hosts: Breakwater Designs Ltd & Sunshine Coast Credit Union

Refreshments – Gibsons Family Network


SharePoint is a web application designed to help companies collaborate.  SharePoint allows companies to do many different things, or the same thing in different ways.  It is this flexibility that attracts many to it.

Mathew Newton from Sunshine Coast Credit Union will give a primer on SharePoint ABCs.  What it is and what it does.

Ben Tripp, lead developer with Breakwater Designs, will talk about how we leveraged the technology within SharePoint to build a management solution called ShareVision.

Building on top of SharePoint has advantages and drawbacks.  Ben will describe some of the challenges we faced, how we met them and where we go when we are looking for solutions.

Please plan to come to the Tech Hub meeting on April 28. Ben and Mathew will be on hand to answer questions, as will other members of the ShareVision team. Gibson Family Network will be providing some savoury snacks.

Register here so we know #’s coming along.

Tues, April 28 – talking collaboration and design w/ Breakwater Designs

Join us on at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Davis Bay Hall (5123 Davis Bay Road) for our next tech/innovation community meetup.  Along with our usual opportunity to connect with others doing similar and complementary work, we will hear the story of Breakwater Designs and their innovative work using the Sharepoint collaboration platform.
Breakwater Designs started developing on the SharePoint platform in 2002.   Head of Development, Ben Tripp and others from Breakwater Designs will talk about our approach and what we’ve learned over our 14 year of working with SharePoint.  We will cover The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (it is Microsoft afterall) and the toad that Continue reading Tues, April 28 – talking collaboration and design w/ Breakwater Designs

Discover Totems Hackathon – Postponed


Using the website and content as a starting point, this Re-Design Hack-a-thon is being hosted to bring together techs, design gurus, tourism and first nations artists to hack on a redesign of the DiscoverTotems site into a Sunshine Coast Totems Self-Guided tour application that can be accessed via mobile or desktop. Red Hat OpenShift PaaS Evangelist, Diane Mueller will use the site to get everyone re-thinking on what the site/app should actually be to get more people aware and engaged with First Nations Art & Culture on the Sunshine Coast.

open to techs, designers, tourism industry, SIB members and artists.

Saturday January 17th, 11-3

Community Futures office (Fuse space)

#301 –  5500 Wharf Avenue, Sechelt BC, V0N 3A3

(elevator is located in the breezeway next to The Bakery)


wrap of meetup #5 – brew & pitch night

Our Brew & Pitch Night at Persephone Brewing was a night of discussion on entrepreneurship and tech.  22 people involved in tech related work on the sunshine coast enjoyed some fine local craft brew (the stout is amazing) while listening to six @SCtechhub members pitch ideas and projects they are pondering or working on.

The Sunshine Coast Credit Union again stepped in support of the sunshine coast digital economy and local enterpreneurship to sponsor the evening.

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Here are the slides introducing the evening.

Persephone CEO and Communty Futures ED Brian Smith warmed up the audience with a summary of Persephone’s progress since opening last year, which has been spectacular. Brian also welcomed on behalf of CF opportunities to connect with the tech community and tech entrepreneurs.

Each presenter had 10 minutes to pitch their project and field questions. We heard about local business, networking, collaboration, and economic development opportunities. The audience asked questions and provided ideas and challenges to inspire people forward.


A technology based Social Enterprise to promote Economic Development on the Sunshine Coast. presented by Banjo Benjamin  banjo {at} sol3 ca

Banjo suggested that data and the power of big data mining are key to economic development on the Sunshine Coast. By strategically analyzing data that is already available, collecting a bit more, and broadcasting what we learn online, we can encourage Coast2Coast B2B that will keep investment and money on the Coast rather than sending it elsewhere.

From Banjo, One of the challenges of forming an Economic Development strategy is access to detailed data of current conditions. This should be the starting point to any Economic Development initiative.

The Sunshine Coast economy is much like an Island economy which provides some advantages when trying to model it. It is small and insular and sourcing and supply can be costly. This project seeks to collect that data and undertake a more interesting and technologically oriented approach to developing the economy using current tools.

Our approach is to collect comprehensive economic data and provide local businesses with tools that will improve their local sourcing and supply chain activities. This approach will indirectly provide an increased level of local economic resilience and activity for the business on the Sunshine Coast that use the tool by reducing the frequency of leakage from our Coast economy. Regardless of the project, the quality of the data that we wish to collect will be invaluable to local governments and business organizations.


Dave Hawkins presented a visual calculation app (think Excel but in a diagram map format) that his company designed for a specific industry and is now evolving into a generic calculation app for any flow & process diagrams that involve calculations or variables. The group was impressed with the versatility of the current application and imagined many uses for it. Here is Dave’s presentation to give you some visuals of the engine.


Dwayne Dobson on the board of Sechelt Innovations Ltd (SIL) walked us through how SIL is eager to support new technology business development in Sechelt and is wondering if a coast-wide group of technology specialists might be possible to assess and support funded technology proposals and projects.

Here are some reflections from Dwayne after the evening… What did I learn?  I learned that perhaps the best marketing to the tech industry is by example. For example, Dave’s Device Lab has the potential to attract a tech community. Perhaps organizations, like Sechelt Innovations, can contribute to the growth by investing money into an existing or potential start up? Exposure for individuals / small tech groups might be the key, is social media to feature the tech. …Although way over my head in terms of tech capabilities I whole heartedly support this group. I look forward to being an active participant / observer. 


Richard Hoath presented stream|vu – a mobile first solution providing staff an easy to use single source to stay current on events as they are occurring across their activity intensive operation. stream|vu aggregrates and filters data from across enterprise data stores in real-time to push personalized and interactive event streams to each user. They are currently holding customer interviews to drive the next version of the prototype. Here is Richard’s presentation.


Dave Chisholm presented four seed ideas (some actually counted five) and each one had good prospects and generated discussion.


And, finally, Dave Arthur pitched the idea of a mobile device lab for the Sunshine Coast, which was well supported by the audience.



Big thanks to Ed Penaud, CAO, with the Sunshine Coast Credit Union for stepping up early to sponsor the event with gift certificates for the top 3 pitches. It was a close race for second but Banjo’s pitch was deemed the best of the night.

We thank Persephone Brewing and staff for providing a friendly and relaxed venue for the event.

This event wrapup was pulled together by Barb Kelly. Barb runs Subject Matters Canada, They overhaul site content and functionality to attract and convert customers to your small business.

our next 3 meetups

Brew and mini-pitch night | Wednesday November 19, 6-8pm | Persephone Brewing in Gibsons

SIGdev group | December 4, 7:30pm | Blackfish Pub in Gibsons

Discover Totems hack day | Saturday Jan 17, 2015 | location tbc in Sechelt


Our next casual meetup will be fun, fast-paced mini pitch night at Persephone brewing, Wednesday November 19, 6-8pm.  Organized by Dave Arthur.  Sunshine Coast Credit Union has stepped up to sponsor the evening and offer some great gift certificates for the best pitches.  More details and to register click here.

On December 4, the @SCtechhub SIGdev group for developers is having  an inaugural meeting  December 4 at 7:30 at the Blackfish pub.  Reach out to Jim Tivy to connect and let him know if you are coming.  jimt {at} bluestream dot com

On Saturday January 17, 2015 Dianne Mueller is pulling together plans for a design and coding hack day contributing to the next release of  This will be a hands-on day using SDK for mobile apps deployed on the Red Hat Openshift platform.  Reserve Saturday January 17 in your calendar for a day of hands-on learning.