Past Events: Refresh Events

Past Events: Refresh Events

Lynette Latinsky, “Can Lunch Be On Me Today?”

November 16th 2009 6:30pm-11pm

Samovar, 51A Winchester Street, Toronto (map)

Admission: Free

Building a business means networking and schmoozing, but without proper strategies it is not always financially viable.

It is important to work out what you are spending your money on. At the end of the month, do you know where your money went? As well, it is just as important to understand where your money is going and how to make it work for you in the most logical and effective way, so that you spend “smart – not more”. When this is added to the mix, people become more successful and less stressed, and can build their careers properly. I will present some strategies that work, and get you on the path to create your plan.

    Fireside Conversation with Erin Bury, “Using Social Media for Community Building”

    October 19th 2009 7pm-10pm

    Centre for Social Innovation: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120, Toronto (map)

    Admission: Free

    Social media is a delivery vehicle flexible enough to be used for many purposes, be it political change, fundraising or connecting with other consumers. However, social media is also an excellent tool for building communities. We’ll sit down with Erin Bury, community manager for Sprouter, and talk about how they’ve used social media to get the word out, engage their users and also look at some ways social media can be used to build and grow communities.

  • Colin Bowern, “The Not-So-Scary Side of ASP.NET – Model View Controller in the Real World”

    September 21st 2009 7pm-10pm

    Centre for Social Innovation: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120, Toronto (map)

    Admission: Free

    With MVC stretching far back in the programming history books to languages like Smalltalk in recent years we have been seeing a resurgence in the popularity of this approach. With a recognition of the growing popularity of both the MVC pattern and the benefits of scaffolding in quickly developing and deploying professional applications Microsoft introduced the ASP.NET MVC web framework. It delivers choice and control to ASP.NET developers beyond the already diverse field of languages they could use (you know someone out there is getting a kick out of writing Web apps in COBOL). In this session we will do a fly over of the ASP.NET MVC web framework to give you an introduction into its riches, tell you how you can get yours hands out it without spending a dime and open up the conversation to see how it stacks up against other options on the market. Our goal is to get you familiar with choices available to you to broaden your skills in delivering professional web applications quickly into all types of environments.

    The Refresh Summer Social ‘09

    August 24th 2009 7pm-2am

    London Taphouse, 250 Adelaide Street West (map)

    Admission: Free

    This event is a special one – we’d like to thank each of you that has supported Refresh Events over the past year. Come on out to The London Tap House on August 24th at 7pm to meet fellow designers, developers, social media experts and others working in Toronto’s vibrant interactive community.

    No speakers, no presentations and no projectors. Just you and 250 of your closest industry friends.

     

    “Talking You Down From the Bleeding Edge: Making Mobile Work for All Communities”

    Jonathan Dunn

    July 20th 2009 7pm-10pm

    Centre for Social Innovation: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120, Toronto (map)

    Admission: Free

    The early days of widespread telephony often involved “party lines” where a community shared a single phone connection. Conversations would be shared, sometimes unintentionally; gossiping was practically a sport but important news could also be spread quickly.

     

    Refresh Events @ Net Change

    Be Part of The Change!

    June 11th 2009 6pm-8:30pm

    MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto (map)

    Admission: Free

    Net Change is Canada’s first week long, city wide event designed to dissolve the divide between digital professionals and social change-makers. Powered by [email protected] Net Change is a concerted effort to join forces in order to:

    • Minimize overlap between practitioners and capacity builders
    • Have a single entry point for participants
    • Give continuity to stand-alone programming

      The Game of Opposites

      Dre Labre

      May 25th 2009 7pm-10pm

      Centre for Social Innovation: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120, Toronto (map)

      Admission: Free

      What happens when subculture becomes pop culture? What small thing is going to become the next big thing? In this presentation, I will discuss a creative technique often used – usually subconsciously, and seldom discussed – to set and predict trends.

       

      How “Augmented Reality” and the Mobile Web Changes Everything

      Tom Purves

      April 20th 2009 7pm-10pm

      MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Collaboration Room 2, Toronto (map)

      Admission: Free

      Mobile broadband access and ever-smarter phones are shaking the internet out its lofty cloud and bringing the web into the real world. As a result, the old “real world”, and many old ideas and many old business models will be running out of places to hide from the pervasive influence of the net.

       

      “Passion”

      Peter Flaschner

      March 23rd 2009 7pm-10pm

      Centre for Social Innovation: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120, Toronto (map)

      Admission: Free

      Passion has always played an important role in humanity’s day to day existence. Until recently though, that passion expressed itself largely in non-work functions. Today passion is more important than ever. We’re free to explore and engage our passions like never before. It’s also never been so critical that we nurture and harness our passions to solve the complex problems our society faces. In this presentation, I’ll present a few thoughts on how as designers we can do that (and what to avoid) and turn the floor over the group to see if we can collectively develop a toolbox to help us produce work that aligns with our own and our audience’s passions.

       

      JavaScript Libraries: Prototype and jQuery

      Cameron Westland & Eugene Andruszczenko

      February 18th 2009 7pm-10pm

      Centre for Social Innovation: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 400, Toronto (map)

      Admission: Free

      Cameron and Eugene will perform deep-dives into Prototype and jQuery (respectively) and examine the benefits and drawbacks of using each language. The goal is not to see which one emerges as the “better language”, but instead to promote the concept of the right tool for the job.

       

      Advertising 2.0

      Hussein Fazal

      December 9th, 2008 7pm-10pm

      Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)

      Admission: Free

      Hussein Fazal will join us to talk about the social network advertising industry in general. On the agenda will be how the industry has grown in recent months, as well as different ways of advertising your products and services on social networking sites.

  • November 17th, 2008 7pm-10pmGladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)

    Admission: Free

    There has been a lot of discussion over the years about what exactly information architecture is. These “Defining The Damned Thing (DTDT)” conversations have been primarily around the What, rather than the Who. But who are these people?

     

    Shipping an empty box – The challenges of user experience in the enterprise

    Jon Lax

    October 20th, 2008 7pm-10pm

    Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)

    Admission: Free

    Jon Lax, a partner at Teehan+Lax will join us on October 20th to provide us with the answers to a very simple question; Why is creating great user experience so difficult inside the enterprise?

  • September 15th 2008 @ 7pm 7pm-10pmGladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)

    Admission: Free

    Colin Smillie and Roy Pereira, principals at Refresh Partners will show you how to build a Facebook application, show you some tips and tricks, and answer any questions you may have.

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