Self-Host the web with arkOS

Self-Host the web with arkOS 5764Started by a local Montreal developer, arkOS is a project to get everyone to self-host their website, email, and files. With a Raspberry Pi, you can install and run arkOS without command line knowledge, and be your own Google Docs, Dropbox and gmail. Here's a good video explainer: What is arkOS? from The CitizenWeb Project on Vimeo. Jacob Cook, who is behind the project, explains that the project is long due after the NSA revelations, with Internet users looking for security and privacy, and having their data away from prying eyes. With an Internet connection, you can then make your data and site available on the web, without the worry that a third-party agency or hacker would one day go into your data. arkOS is now raising funds to make the project possible. Head over here to support the future of the self-hosted web. Great to see a   Read more…


Taming the Spaghetti: Rich Web Applications with Errai [Montreal Java User Group]

tnt_rubysands_6_logo 4826The Montreal JUG is back from summer vacation, with a great presentation of the new Errai framework by the core developers from Red Hat jBoss! Register now at http://www.montreal-jug.org! In today’s Web applications, the complexity of the code written for the browser rivals the complexity of the server-side code. Handwritten JavaScript isn’t cutting it anymore. Errai brings a proven server-side programming model to the browser. In this session, members of the Errai team demonstrate how to build rich Web applications the toolable, typesafe way and without boilerplate. Errai offers a concise programming model for building next-generation Web applications by combining the best of two worlds: JavaScript and Java. It enables powerful client-server communication and brings Java enterprise standards to the browser by leveraging the Google Web Toolkit compiler. About the speakers:

echofab, mini makerfaire, foulab, robotics hackathon: hardware hacking on the rise

echofab, mini makerfaire, foulab, robotics hackathon: hardware hacking on the rise 4675The first hardware hacking space was foulab in Montreal, started a couple of years ago. Supported and run by its members, it allows anyone who likes to play with electronics, use heavy machinery, order or find exotic parts, and generally talk with similarly-minded hackers. Recently, foulab got also their own 3D printers. Since then, more events and organizations started developing: robotics hackathon recently, with about 100 young and old robotics fans learning board programming and robot assembling. In other parts of Montreal, we've seen also the fantastic initiative echofab, the first fablab space in the city. It's similar to Foulab, but with the mindset that it's about creative craftsmanship, and less about the underground and exclusive hacking attitude. Fablab is big on 3D printing, and making a community & friendly space available to citizens, almost as if it were a public library. Here's a good video that   Read more…


Cloud Robotics Hackathon @ Notman House

Cloud Robotics Hackathon @ Notman House 4441This weekend, a hundred and more programmers, geeks and hardware hackers gathered at Notman House for the Robotics Hackathon. The goal was simple: work on robots for the weekend, learn how to program them, and also at the same time discover new robots and new devices like 3D printers. Here are selections of pictures taken from the event.       Read more…


BuildSocial launching inaugural event March 14th, focused on social data and social APIs

BuildSocial launching inaugural event March 14th, focused on social data and social APIs 4425Are you working with Facebook's social API? Interested in twitter marketing? Or maybe working foursquare and new social apps? Head over this month to BuildSocial, co-organized by Andrew Sider and Paul Herrera. Read more to know everything about BuildSocial: Who are the event organizers? What's your experience with social APIs? Anything you're doing currently with social APIs? BuildSocial was started by our team at UrbanOrca. We are a few crazy startup-ers who love to build social products, and believe strongly in the power of social data and APIs. Our social discovery product is heavily integrated with platforms like Facebook, which has been an important part of our early success. My first experience building a social product was at RootMusic.com, which is now the largest music app on Facebook with over 30 million users. While Canadian companies haven’t been known for their leadership in the social arena, we have recently noticed some   Read more…


HackingHealth gathers 200 health professionals and programmers

HackingHealth gathers 200 health professionals and programmers 4396This weekend, the new organization HackingHealth.ca (@hackinghealthca) is enabling tech innovation in Montreal and in Canada by inviting doctors and health specialists to pitch ideas to programmers and techies. The goal is to bring much-needed innovation in healthcare, and in a way, launch new health startups. The hackathon was planned at the Sauvé House in the beginning, but due to the popularity of the event, it was changed in the past week to the Thompson House. Backed by a team of volunteers, the organizers welcomed health professionals from all around the country, startups, programmers, designers, investors, plus of course the organizations supporting the event. The Sauvé Foundation was the first organization to support the event. Others joined in, such as the BDC and Nightingale, the main sponsors of the event. Read more…


Launch of the open data movement QuebecOuvert

Launch of the open data movement QuebecOuvert 4378In a recent post, the popular movement MontrealOuvert announced that the group has fulfilled their objectives, with the public launch of the open data portal by the City of Montréal. They have succeeded in promoting the cause to the public opinion, the press, and also key members of the administration. In terms of results, we've seen many applications using the open data, and also various organizations such as OpenNorth dedicated professionally to open data. Yet, it's just the beginning. Beyond applications, various projects are looking for long-term viability, such as financing, with a few choosing the open source code + consulting model, or others putting their applications on sale for smartphones. Of course, the movement has also been focused only in Montréal, with much more data held by the provincial government. That's where QuébecOuvert comes in, a new initiative officially announced today, with the goal of getting the   Read more…


Upcoming: NodeMTL #6 Jan 24th, Notman House

Upcoming: NodeMTL #6 Jan 24th, Notman House 3995After the nodejs/redis/mongodb hackathon, everyone's invited to the NodeMTL meetup Jan 24th, 6.30pm at Notman House. There are 2 main presentations:
  • Scaling Socket.IO apps with Redis by Jerome Paradis
  • Rapid development workshop with RocketJS by Gabriel Lespérance
We will also be doing a recap on the Node.js hackaton. All teams who've presented a web app at the hackathon are also invited to come, and discuss what they've been doing, and get also help from the group. If you participated and continued working on your project, we'd love to hear about your progress. RSVP   Read more…