Talks, Technology

Am I happy? Overview of Cognitive Services & the Emotion API

30 Jun, 2016  

Am I happy? In this video, I will show you an overview of Microsoft’s new Cognitive Services APIs, how to sign up, get started with a sample request and how to access the APIs with Node.JS. I demo the Emotion API which measures various emotions appearing on a face in a photo.…

Talks, Technology

React: The Definitive Beginner’s Guide

28 Jun, 2016  

I recorded a course for Microsoft Virtual Academy on the magic that is React. In this video, we will cover what is React, and why should you learn it? We will cover React fundamentals, including components, JSX, handling data and state, event listeners, routing, use of ES6 classes, and how to configure an amazing build chain with Webpack.…

Talks, Technology

Build Toronto – The Future of the Web Panel

10 Jun, 2016  

Wes Bos, developer of the extremely popular React for Beginner’s video series, Alex Blom, partner at the IsleOfCode Ember shop in Toronto, Steve Fisher, designer and UX fanatic at the Republic of Quality, and Stacey Mulcahy, JavaScript and Node hacker extraordinaire, get together for a live, opinionated discussion on the future of front-end web frameworks and dev tools.…

Talks, Technology

FITC Spotlight React – Introduction to the React Ecosystem

14 Mar, 2016   Video

I gave a talk at FITC Spotlight React covering the various parts of the React ecosystem.

React has been named the front-end library to learn in 2016 however few people talk about the React without mentioning Flux (or Redux or React Native or Relay).…

Talks, Technology

Hack Grunt to Make Your Website Awesome

10 Mar, 2016  

Do you get tired of reloading your website every time you make a change to your CSS styles? Are you always compressing your CSS and JavaScript files? In this video, I hack together a Grunt script to help make your website awesome.…

Talks, Technology

Here Be Dragons – JavaScript Debugging

17 Nov, 2015  

Have you ever cried yourself to sleep unable to find the cause of a horrendous bug in your node app? Cry no more, your tears will be reshaped as blinding swords as we explore uncharted territories laced with mystical creatures.

JavaScript debugging is an often avoided topic due to the uncertainty of how best to accomplish it and the lack of powerful introspective tools.…

Startups, Technology

On Michael Wolf’s Presentation about the Future of Tech and Media in 2016 for Montreal Startups

25 Oct, 2015  

Michael Wolf (from Activate) presented at The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Live Conference a massive amount of data points on the future of technology and media in 2016. In the same vein as my previous article on Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report, I will highlight the most interesting stats for Montreal startups.…


On The Internet Trends Report 2015 For Montreal Startups

27 May, 2015  

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers's Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends Report on SlideShare. As an avid yearly reader of this report, I want to highlight a few of the stats that are particularly pertinent to tech startups in Montreal. Global Internet usage has definitively shifted to Asia. China alone accounted for 23% of Internet users. Combined with the rest of Asia, over half of the global Internet usage is in Asia. Montreal startups looking to expand outside of North America should consider China first even if the temptation to go to France due to reduced language barriers is very strong.

Talks, Technology

FITC – What’s New in ES6 for Web Devs

1 May, 2015   Video

I gave a talk at FITC 2015 on what’s new in ECMAScript 6 for web developers.

Wondering what the future has in store for JavaScript web developers? ECMAScript 6 (ES6) is the next major release of the ECMAScript language specification a.k.a.…

Talks, Technology

FITC – Twitter Bootstrap Unleashed

18 Dec, 2014   Video

I gave a talk at FITC Web Unleashed 2014 on Twitter Bootstrap.

Twitter Bootstrap is a wildly popular HTML and CSS framework for building websites and web applications. It is the number 1 project on GitHub. Bootstrap supports responsive web design, allowing the layout of your page to adapt to the device (desktop, tablet, mobile).…

Design, Talks, Technology

FITC – Data Visualization in Practice

17 Dec, 2014   Video

I gave a talk at FITC Spotlight Front-End on data visualization.

Data visualization is crucial to understanding the big data being generated by apps and services. Data visualization toolkits such as D3.js and charting toolkits are immensely popular but it remains difficult to create meaningful dashboards or usable analytics tools or clear data visualizations.…


Protected: Clean Tech in Quebec

14 Aug, 2014  

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Startups, Talks

Introduction to Growth Hacking at KWS Montreal 2014

13 Aug, 2014   Video

I am very delighted to be speaking again at this year's KWS Forum, Social Good and Innovative Technology week. Be sure to attend my talk if you want to think more like a startup and growth hack. I included a discount code to the event in the article.

Art, Technology

Pulse Room

2 Jul, 2014   Video

Pulse Room

When I talk of my passion for projects at the intersection of art and technology, few examples come to mind as easily as the Pulse Room. In exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, this interactive installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses technology to delight and marvel you with a beautiful light show reflecting your heart rate.…

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Projects, Startups, Talks


7 Feb, 2014  

Failure comes with a certain stigma and fear, particularly among entrepreneurs. It should not be this way, for to fail is to learn.

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