The City of Calgary Needs Our Help!
November 15th, 2013 | Kevin Dubienski

The city of Calgary is now live with their new Open Data Catalogue and they need our help!  It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid user of this data, or just poking around for the first time, the city of Calgary would love your input to make this system meet public demands.  If you’re interested in making our city more awesome than ever, take a few minutes to fill out this brief online survey.  Finally, thank you for your time… your input makes all the difference!

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iOS in Business Event at Apple Store Market Mall
July 22nd, 2013 | Connor Turner

So I apologize for the short notice on this, but we just got word of a great networking opportunity for iOS app developers this week. On Wednesday the Apple store in Market Mall is holding an informal business meeting, which is open to all businesses and iOS Developers in the city. It’s a great opportunity to see how Apple is marketing apps for businesses, meet similar developers or even meet some potential clients.

If you’re interested the details from the Market Mall store are below. Just make sure you email you attendance for the event.


Join us for a special business event: iOS in Business.

You’ll learn how iPhone and iPad deliver an engaging experience that is simple, intuitive for business users. Discover how Apps are inspiring new and better ways to work. We’ll also discuss how iPhone and iPad fit into virtually any business environment with a layered approach to security and scalable deployment options.

When: July 24, 2013

8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:00 iOS in Business
9:00 a.m. Networking and Q&A

Apple Store, Market Mall
3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, AB, T3A 0E2

Register: Please email to confirm your attendance. Look forward to seeing you there.


Get your app idea developed for free by KinectAll
July 10th, 2013 | Kevin Dubienski

My work day ended and it was time for an IPA.  I walked down to the Newcastle pub (strutting and lurking reddit) to meet up with Matthew Ledray & Carlo Galasso Jr., founders of KinectAll.  At first glance, these two reminded me of myself.  Not in a crazy schizophrenic way, rather in a “we’re young entrepenuers aching to build Calgary’s tech community into the next Silicon Valley”.  Brews for two, a tonic for one and this duo started sharing the KinectAll vision.

KinectAll is an online space empowering business owners, companies, employees, investors, volunteers, and lay people, to connect with others based on needs, wants, qualifications, etc. for any given project.  Their vision is big, and I dare you to chew on this “Business creation and matching is our thing.  No matter where you are in the business life cycle as an entrepreneur, from seed and start-up, to established expanding, or even exit, KinectAll has something for every entrepreneur.  Whether you are looking for business partners or employees, professional services such as accounting and level, or investors, it can be found on KinectAll’s platform.”

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Robots & Pencils’ Super Mobile Conference 2013
May 8th, 2013 | Connor Turner

It goes without saying that our friends at Robots and Pencils have been one of the largest contributors to the growth and development of the Calgary iPhone community. Whether it’s the string of successful dev camps over the past few years or their highly saught after intensive iPhone Developer weekends, the team at Robots and Pencils have been doing a fantastic job of knowledge sharing within our city’s growing community. Well, now they’re at it again with the first ever Super Mobile Conference.

Super Mobile Conference 2013 - Robots & Pencils

On May 14th at the Hotel Arts, some of the biggest in-house mobile developers and strategists in Western Canada will converge on the Hotel Arts for a day of discussion and networking. One look at the line-up for the event quickly reveals how impressive the half day conference will be. Scheduled to speak are:

So it goes without saying that this is a must attend event for any local iPhone App Developers – big or small. Luckily Robots and Pencils has been kind enough to provide us with two sets of two tickets to give away.

All you have to do is provide your name, email address, twitter handle and a 140 charcter long description of why you want to the confrence. We’ll close the enteries at midnight on Thursday Friday and randomly choose the winners and contact them on the weekend. We’ll be announcing the winners on Saturday afternoon. Also note that we’re only taking one entry per person

So enter now and attend this great event.


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Shredding the Slopes of Mythic Mountain
May 3rd, 2013 | Kevin Dubienski

Mythic Mountain was the first in-house app undertaking of 2013 as a collaboration between Calgary agencies Decoder & Uppercut.
mythic_mountain - By Decoder & Uppercut

When I first opened the app it was a blast from the past!  All I could think was “this is a mystical badass snowboarding version of Ski Free” back when Windows 95 was mind blowing.  The goal of Mythic Mountain is simple, stay boarding for as long as you can, collect gold coins, and avoiding nasty obstacles.  The more coins you collect, the more characters and tools you can unlock.  Fancy a swing of Thor’s hammer Mjölnir? Feel like slaying with King Arthur’s sword Excalibur?  If so, game on, and for free! read more


SAIT’s new iOS Application Developers Course
May 1st, 2013 | Connor Turner

Over the past few years, the iOS Development community within Calgary has been quietly growing and with it the knowledge sharing within our community has been evolving. Whether it’s through the numerous Development Camps, Mobile Mondays, The iPhone App meet-up group, the yycApps iPhone Linkedin community or Robots and Pencils’ iOS Weekends, the community in Calgary has been doing a fantastic job of sharing knowledge to help foster the industry growth.

Well, Calgary can now add the first continuing education course from SAIT to the list of resources for burgeoning iPhone App Developers. Kris Hopkins, a multimedia instructor and multimedia developer at the school, reached out to us this week to tell us about this great news.

There are two instances of the course, with one starting next Wednesday (May 7th) and the next in the fall (September 28th). In total students will get 48 solid hours of hands on iOS app development instruction.

If you’re interested in the course, feel free to check out SAIT’s Continuing Education page and look for course CPRG-190 iOS Application Development under the Mobile Applications and Web Page Development section.