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Tech Meetups in Montreal: Learning Functional Programming techniques

November 20th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Events, Montreal

Yesterday, we were pleased to host a Scala meetup conducted by Felix Trépanier.

This meetup was about learning Scala and was divided in two parts:

  • An introduction to Functional Programming
  • A hands-on part where participants solved bioinformatic problems taken from ROSALIND using Functional Programming techniques.

Once again, thank you Felix for the moderation of this great Scala meetup. We are looking forward for the next one which will be announced on Meetup. Thanks to all the participants for coming. We hope you learned something and had fun in the process :)

Host your meetup at Wajam!

At Wajam, we thrive on keeping our minds fresh and free to innovate. Learning new things and experimenting with new ideas helps us do that. So we’d love to invite you to come over to our awesome lounge so that together, we can share our best high-tech adventures. Send an email to pierre [at] wajam.com for more details.

Wajam free VPN app wins best mobile utilities app at 2014 Digi Awards

November 19th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Awards and Press Mentions, Mobile, Product

Great news for the Wajammers last week, the Wajam Free VPN team won Next Media’s 2014 Digi Awards in the mobile utilities category. This award honors Canada’s most successful digital media companies and practitioners, and is one of Canada’s most prestigious recognition program.

Every single day, we see how much the mobile team thrives to deliver the best possible experience to our mobile users. Huge kudos to Pierre-Alain and Heikki (developers), Miranda (designer) and Elazar, the leading light who nailed the acceptance speech.

Wajam's mobile team wins Next Media's 2014 Digi Award in mobile utilities category

It’s fantastic that such a prestigious prize recognizes their hard work. Here at Wajam, we are all genuinely proud of them especially considering the fierce competition in finals (AXS Maps, Voices and Yellow Pages).

They initially launched the app in March earlier this year, and we have seen it evolve so much in the past few months. Not only does the app provides users with free secure VPN access on the go – protecting users’ privacy and security, but it also provides the user with social results (from Facebook, Twitter, etc.) when searching the Web on Google, Bing, Yahoo! and more. And the beauty of it… it’s completely free!

You haven’t tested this super handy app yet? Download it now!

A spooktacular Halloween day at the office

November 7th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Company, Culture, Team Activities

Last Friday for Halloween, we decided to spice things up by organizing a little shout-out costume contest. The Wajammers played ball and dressed up in some crazy costumes. Miranda’s handmade hommage to Lego’s minifigures drove the crowd wild and won with flying colours.

Miranda won the 2014 Wajam Halloween contest

Check out our video and decide for whom you would have voted. Enjoy!

Wajam welcomes Montrealers at Start-up Open House 2014

November 5th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Culture, Events, Montreal, Startups

For the second year in a row, we participated to Start-Up Open House. Since many of our friends were showing growing interest for startups , this was be a good way to show them what they’re actually like. In Montreal, 90 startups opened their doors, including our neighbours PasswordBox and SPOTR, to over 1700 visitors. Kudos to the organizers.

This year it all happened the day before Halloween. So, we decided to decorate the Wajam office for the occasion.  Here at Wajam, it was all hands on deck. We really wanted to offer the best experience possible to our visitors. Our official tour guides and historians presented the story and ideas behind Wajam while our official entertainers challenged our guests at billiards, ping pong, fussball and darts.

For those who were interested in becoming a Wajammer and are curious about the full list of available positions, please see our Careers page. A big thanks to those who dropped off their CV.

We hope that all our guests had fun during their Wajam tour. We sure did!

See you all next year ;)

Tech Meetups in Montreal: Scala in pratice panel discussion

October 23rd, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Events, Montreal

Yesterday, we were pleased to host a Scala meetup featuring a panel of enterprise leaders in the Scala usage:

Felix Trépanier moderated this meetup which used a different format than usually. These experienced Scala developers and leaders shared their insights and their thoughts by answering questions related to Scala (as a language), the Scala ecosystem, the learning of Scala, and the initiation of a Scala project in an organization.

This Scala meetup was by far the highest attending one we hosted with over 60 people who turned up. The attendees were very pleased with the quality of the debates and gave very positive feedback. It’s nice to see that the Scala community is growing and we’re happy to support it with plenty of beer, pizza and our office.

This new more practical format was a great success and we are looking forward for next month’s Scala meetup which will be announced on Meetup. Thanks everyone for coming and thanks to the panelists for sharing their wisdom :)

Host your meetup at Wajam!

At Wajam, we’re helping you find recommendations from friends you trust, whenever you need them. In order to do that, we constantly innovate with new technologies. We’d like to invite you to come over to our awesome lounge so that together, we can share our best high-tech adventures. Send an email to pierre [at] wajam.com for more details.

The panelists talking at the Scala Meetup hosted by Wajam

The attendance at the Wajam Scala meetup

The attendance and the panelists at Wajam's Scala meetup

The Scala meetup participants eating pizza

The empty pizza boxes from the Scala meetup hosted by Wajam