Montreal’s first data-science summit is happening on Wednesday 28th and members of the Wajam team are going to be there!
There are a few big names in Big Data that the crew is looking forward to hearing speak. Francis Piéraut, administrator of the Montreal Big Data Group, founder of Qmining and, and Senior researcher a Nuance will be giving a talk around the integration of data science in IT restricted companies. He will also present iPython Notebook, a tool for data scientists.
Shawn Rogers, Chief Research Officer at Dell will be giving a talk about data science at 2:00 PM.
Jeremy Barnes, Founder and CEO at Datacratic, will be attending the event. Datacratic is known for developing Machine Learning models and the Machine Learning Database.
Many other major actors in the data science world will attending this event from National Bank of Canada, to Bandsintown, and Mondobrain. Check out the whole list of speakers on the official website.
Find out more at the official site and hurry to buy your ticket as there are very few free spaces remaining! If you aren’t fast enough to get a ticket, the @Wajam Twitter account will be live Tweeting their time there, so follow along!
The very first Docker meetup in Montreal was hosted in our Wajam offices back in March thanks to one of our helpful sysadmins who stepped up as a co-organizer.
There was a huge turnout for the event, showing how popular Docker has grown in a very short amount of time. For those of you not familiar with the tool, Docker allows you to package an application with all of its dependencies into one standardized unit for software development. This makes it so your application runs the same way every time, regardless of the environment it’s being run in.
The main talk was delivered by Henri Bouvier from OMsignal as he detailed how they used Docker with their wearable tech. In the second half he went over the lessons learned while implementing Docker since the very start of their project.
While almost all of the attendees had heard of Docker, about half of them had never used it before. The turn out was unprecedented. As usual we brought in pizza for our guests and opened up our beer fridge to all attendees. But there was no way we could be prepared for the packed house that we got! The turn out was so large that the Docker Meet-up group had to upgrade all following events to a larger location.
Keep an eye on the Docker Montreal Meetup page for future events.
Yesterday evening, the Saint-Denis theatre hosted Le gala drôlement bénéfique, a fundraising stand-up comedy show organized by Oxfam-Quebec. Gala host André Sauvé led an awesome line-up of stand-up comics which included Virginie Fortin, Sylvain Larocque, Billy Tellier, and the duo Corbeil and Maranda. The profits of the event went towards Oxfam-Québec’s mission.
Here at Wajam, we are very proud to have supported the event where 10 humorists exerted their art in support of a local organization tackling a global scourge – poverty. They graciously invited our team to share some laughter with them at the show. What a great treat to begin the week!
Oxfam-Québec is dedicated to supporting its partners and colleagues in developing countries in the design and implementation of sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice. The organization also mobilizes the people of Québec in order to allow the expression of their solidarity.
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.
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 😉