Nick is behind Orbital, the digital-only agency based in Hamilton.  He’s had an interesting journey to where he is now, and we have a great chat about the creative process, comedy, Pokemon Go, tech… oh, and Hamilton.

Highlights

  • The advantages of small teams vs. huge agencies
  • How he’s used comedy as a way to push through social anxiety, and make people laugh at the same time
  • Pokemon Go, how augmented reality came to be, and why it works so well compared to something like Google Glass
  • Focusing on the experience vs. mass market appeal and huge growth
  • Doing the work to pursue your passion and develop your talent

Restaurant

Mex-i-can

Café

la prep

Shop

Mixed Media
Jelly Brothers

Event

Hamilton Mini Maker Faire

Natural Feature

Escarpment

Jay Higgins has seen first hand the ongoing transformation of Hamilton and its core.  He’s also seen the impression of Hamilton from those outside the city change, in no small part from events like the Hamilton Food & Drink Fest his company Beau Monde Productions puts out to shine a light on the local Hamilton restaurant scene.

Hear how his events started and how his career has evolved and morphed over the years, from events, to working at the Hamilton Spectator (when the Internet became a thing), to tech startups like WikiDOMO – including the Obituaries Today startup story that was supposed to be on Dragon’s Den but unfortunately never had a chance to share!

Beau Monde Productions
Hamilton Food & Drink Fest

Restaurant

Harvest Moon (aka Tim’s Restaurant)
My Thai
Bronzies
The Other Bird

Café

Democracy (with the kids)
Brown Dog (meetings)
St James (good food and a great chai)
Cafe Oranje

Shop

Pure Home Couture
Discount Emporium

Event

Concerts at Hamilton Place, First Ontario Centre
Festival of Friends

Natural Feature

Cycling

Kathleen (Maisonneuve Music) and Michael (moon:and:6) have both been in the music business for a long time, and have been a part of the growing Hamilton music scene for the last 8 years.  We talk about everything music related – from the parallels of the non-profit sector to the music industry, some of the challenges of launching and running a label, the creative ways to make a living doing what you’re passionate about and where the revenue comes from, along with what brought them into Hamilton from Toronto.

If you have any part of the music industry whether in Hamilton or elsewhere, or you’re interested in what it’s like to be a part of it, you need to listen to this chat!

[clickToTweet tweet=”‘Once you get this recorded, that’s when the work starts’ @moonand6″ quote=”Once you get this recorded, that’s when the work starts – Michael Chambers”]

Interview Links

Maisonneuve Music
moon:and:6
Dan Achen
Catherine North Studios

Restaurant

Cafe

Shop

All of James St North

Events

Natural Feature

IMG_3078Dale and Roz Mugford of BraveNewCode and Double Barrel Studios both run their companies out of the beautiful Studio@41 space.  We chat about how the space which 4 companies share came together, what it’s like to both live and work in the downtown core, and some of their favourite parts of the city.  A surprise musical interlude wraps up the interview.

Interview Links

John / Rebecca Park Petition

Restaurant

Ancaster Mill
Culantro

Cafe

Cafe Oranje
Brown Dog
Democracy*
Sanctuary

Shop

Modify Your Closet
Studio 205
Lulu and Lavigne

Event

Supercrawl
Because Beer
WordCamp Hamilton

Natural Features

Escarpment
Bayfront for Fishing

Kevin BrowneKevin Browne is the catalyst and founder behind Software Hamilton, the portal for software and technology events in the city.  Kevin talks about how the community started and grew, some of the great events and conferences available, and some of the many reasons why he loves Hamilton.

Interview Links:

Mohawk College
Software Hamilton Events
Hamilton Freelancers Association
WordPress Hamilton
Ladies Learning Code
Coder Club
Embrace UX Conference

Restaurant:

La Spaguett

Café:

Mulberry

Shop:

The Hamilton Store

Event:

DemoCamp

Natural Feature:

Mountain Brow of Hamilton

Meg SmithMeg Smith is the Senior Designer at factor[e], a local design and technology company, and also the Hamilton chapter lead for Ladies Learning Code, a nationwide not-for-profit organization that helps both women and men learn to code.  We chat about both of her roles, and some of her favourite things about the city she’s lived in nearly every corner of.

Interview Links:

Empire Times

Restaurant:

Kampai Sushi
Boo’s Bistro

Cafe:

Any shop that gives coffee
The Cannon

Shop:

Handknit

Event:

Supercrawl

Natural Feature:

Escarpment

Curtis Ingleton and Halden Sproule of Genius I.E. talk about how their company and a handful of others are defining the growing 3D printing space, and how advanced manufacturing companies and techniques are a great fit to Hamilton.  We also chat about what brought them to Hamilton and why they love the city, and the Hamilton Tool Library that Halden started.

Links:

Genius I.E.
Innovation Factory
HalTech

Restaurant:

2 Black Sheep
Maxwell’s
Cake and Loaf

Cafe:

Ola Cafe
Mulberry

Shop:

Tegs Tools
Hamilton Tool Library

Event:

Supercrawl
The Pearl Company

Natural Feature:

The Gazillion Waterfalls
The North End

D8H0248_dave_smallDavid Carter is the Executive Director of the Innovation Factory, located in the McMaster Innovation Park.  Innovation Factory runs numerous events and helps entrepreneurs bring their ideas to commercialization.  David shares the history of the Innovation Factory and why Hamilton is a great place to build and grow a new venture.

Interview Links:

The Green Lid
Dr. Jim Mahony
WeMesh
Software Hamilton
Think|haus
Ladies Learning Code

Restaurant:

Sarcoa
The West Town Bar & Grill

Café:

Detour Café

Shop:

Pass

Event:

Software Hamilton

Natural Feature:

Bruce Trail

3ef91b9Justin Policarpio is helping build Spectrum, an extra-curricular support program that encourages student entrepreneurship at McMaster University.  He also runs his own entrepreneurial venture, Roboteurs Inc, creating robots for education.  Justin tells the story of how Spectrum started and why he’s quite happy to stay in Hamilton.

Interview Links:

Nix Sensor (Matthew Sheridan)
Student Pitch Competition
Spectrum at McMaster

Restaurant:

Burnt Tongue
Jack & Lois

Cafe:

Mulberry Street Coffee House

Shop:

O’s Clothes
Sonic Unyon

Event:

Every event Spectrum runs
Innovation Factory
Startup Drinks

Natural Feature:

Hamilton skyline at night, as seen from the escarpment