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I had the privilege of connecting with a number of enthusiastic local thinkers during Startup Weekend Hamilton held at Innovation Factory / McMaster Innovation Park. Teams connected over the course of the weekend to build online application concepts, even working prototypes to practice brining an idea to market. I attended as a mentor during the Saturday portion, when much of the initial building and market research happens.

Startup Weekend Hamilton - via Software Hamilton

Startup Weekend Hamilton – via SoftwareHamilton.com

This was my first Startup Weekend. I was instantly impressed by the quality of initial concepts. The industries impacted by the concepts were diverse, ranging from healthcare to business to data mining. It was impressive to see the diversity of skill sets available in the room and to watch how cohesive some of the teams became in such a short period of time. I spent a great deal of time with a team working on an app to enhance networking by adding advanced note-taking and notifications to a user’s smartphone contact list.

I have to give a big thanks to Chad Fullerton for the invitation to help mentor! And to anyone who didn’t make Start Weekend Hamilton this year, definitely keep your eye out for it next time–it’s a can’t-miss.


Now that major websites affected by the Heartbleed bug have taken appropriate measures to secure their services, people are left wondering what long-term impact this security breech will have on their private information.

Will my bank account be safe? How do I ensure my identity will not be stolen? Who is ultimately responsible for this breech in security?


Fortunately, the developers and security stakeholders of the world have begun to provide resources to help concerned individuals understand the latest status of the Heartbleed bug.

1. Official Website – http://heartbleed.com

2. Heartbleed Test – https://filippo.io/Heartbleed

3. List of Websites Affected by Heartbleed – https://github.com/musalbas/heartbleed-masstest

The easiest precautionary measure you can take, as a concerned online user, is to change your password for any accounts you feel may have been compromised.  But before you change every password for every online account you might have (which would be a daunting task for most), be sure to use the resources above to get a better sense of the status.  If the website recommends a password change, proceed with an update immediately. If they have successfully ensured their system is secure, no need for the password update. That being said, periodical password changing is a good habit to develop, in general.

I joined one of our New Motto video team members, Craig Watkins, for a fantastic evening at Carmen’s in Hamilton last night.  Put on by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards 2013 recognized a variety of talent from Young Entrepreneurs, to Not-For-Profits to Large Businesses making an impact on the city. New Motto, supplied the award nominees’ video production for the evening.  It’s always satisfying seeing the finished work on the big screen with a hall filled with interested audience members.

Hamilton Outstanding Business Achievement Awards 2013

Photo by @HamiltonChamber

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees. The full story & list of nominees is available on this Hamilton Spectator article:


I’m sure the judges had a difficult time selecting the winners as there were so many inspiring businesses nominated. I also have to give a special thanks to our videographer, Craig for his excellent work on the nominee videos. They really added something special to the event.

If you are interested in producing a video for your organization, please get in touch with us at info@newmotto.ca.

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