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Hack Hut / SFU / WeAreYVR

From: user 1.
Sent on: Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:19 AM

Hi All,


In January, I wrote a blog post about how I thought we could best improve the Vancouver Startup community in 2012.  I had three suggestions:


1.  Launch a Co-Working Space called the Hack Hut.

I am pleased to announce that the Hack Hut has been open for nearly a month!  We have 25 people on board and a growing waiting list of people looking to join.  We have a permanent home inside of Grow Lab and have so far had nearly a dozen mentor sessions with top local tech minds and a dozen other peer learning sessions.  We are currently building partnership and funding channels to grow the scope of the space. So far the response has been incredible!


If you are interested in joining a community of people building amazing web products, sign up to join the Hack Hut today! Hot desks are $200/month.  We also have associate memberships available ($50/month) for people who do not want desk space but would like access to the learning sessions and mentors.


2.  Tighten the bonds between the Schools (UBC/SFU) and the local startup community.

Greg Baker from the SFU Comp Sci department put together a night to showcase the faculties Co-op program in direct response to the post.  If you have ever wanted to learning more about employing a co-op student (and I am told there will be a dozen on hand looking for placements)  Here is the pitch in his words:


"Are you a growing company?  Do you need smart young talent?  Do you have limited capital?


  • Gather and listen to how others have successfully used Co-op to help meet their human resources needs.
  • Find out more about funding options available from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • Learn the steps and inside tricks to securing the best and the brightest.  Explore how Co-op may be the first of many bridges to Academia."



If you are interested you can RSVP (free) here: Don't worry, the session is at discovery park, you don't have to go to the mountain to get all the info.


3.  Launch WeAreYVR.

The goal of WeAreYVR is to build a talent and community map of all the incredible people that are involved in the local technology community.  Joyce Lam from Emily Carr put the site together and now needs your help to visualize Vancouver!  Please take 30 seconds to add yourself and share liberally with anyone in the local community :)


Talk soon





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