Make Web Not War Community Night in Toronto!

On December 1st we’ll be hosting our first ever Make Web Not War community night!  We’re really excited to have such a stellar speaker line-up for our first community night event. Check out these community rock stars who will be kicking off the Toronto event.  The in-person event is sold out but don’t worry you’ll be able to catch it live on Facebook! 

Saul Colt

Saul Colt is the Head of Magic at and was recently named as one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators He’s been called one of Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers, even Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as “exactly who you want representing your company”. In a previous life Saul was the person who launched Zipcar into the Canadian marketplace, and even knows what it is like to work for a large corporation from his time in a leadership role at Rogers Communications.Saul loves all people, especially women and is tired of people asking him to remove his shirt.

Here is a summary of Saul’s talk on the 1st. Anyone who has seen Saul speak  knows they are in for a treat.

The world world moves fast. Data is more available them ever before and because of this marketing is becoming more of a science than an art but what gets lost in all this is human connection and love. Saul predicts in the not so near future there will be a data revolt and marketing will go back to looking people in the eyes and telling customers that they look nice and are appreciated. At the end of this very moving and emotion talk you will not only understand why Love is key to Marketing but also how to capture it.

Erin Bury

Erin is the Director of Content and Communications at recently-acquired startup, and is passionate about web startups and new technologies. She is a journalism graduate who has written for publications including The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Mashable, Business Insider, and VentureBeat. She comments frequently in the press about entrepreneurship, and has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business.  Erin is also a guest speaker who has led sessions about Community Management and small business at events across Canada. She can be found on Twitter at @erinbury, or on her blog at

Erin is about as charming as they come. She will talk about the following.

Toronto’s startup community is booming, and it’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in this city. Every week more coworking spaces, incubators and startup events are popping up. Exits like Five Mobile’s acquisition by Zynga are bringing international attention to the city. Erin’s presentation will give an overview of the Toronto startup community, and how you can get involve to maximize your startup experience. 


Mark Reale

Over the past few years, Mark has been able to cultivate his enthusiasm for communication, arts, technology and community into his daily living. As Chief Culture Officer at BNOTIONS, a Technology Agency based in Toronto, and the Co-Founder of the Yorkville Media Centre, a Training facility which focuses on introducing participants to the world of Digital Media, Mark’s focus is to bring the latest and most efficient technologies to his clients, and then share the techniques with the community at large.

Mark is our keynote for the evening.  He never ceases to entertain.

Innovation, Competition, Unexpected plot twists, Passing fads vs. Era-defining technologies, Tech entrepreneurs building useful tools and chasing riches:

 It’s the mobile industry, and these days, it’s as entertaining as Professional Wrestling or your favorite reality-show Soap Opera.What it all seems to be resulting in is an abundance of incredible machines that are attempting to provide us the opportunity to communicate more effectively, be more productive, stay entertained, find what we are looking for and where we are going.  In this talk, we will take an inventory of what we have to look forward to in the foreseeable future of mobile technologies, and how we can expect to see it impacting our daily operation. A Windows Phone that will allow you to never have to leave your XBOX unattended, while you read your favorite magazine on your iPad and wait for your dinner to cook in your Android-powered oven. Hold on to your socks.


Frederic Harper

Frederic Harper is a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft Canada. In the IT world for more than 10 years, his expertise is mostly around mobile and Web development with different platforms. If you want to talk about Web technology, Open Source, Open Standard, interoperability and the openness of Microsoft, Fred is your man. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with him as he is a social beast. Social media aficionado, he will be more than happy to connect with you on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Don’t forget to read his blog for any day-to-day subjects or Make Web Not War one, where he writes about any technical topics.




Fred’s talk goes well with the theme.

Make Web Not War

Things have changed in the software industry. There is a lot of new technology and mentality is different.  Microsoft and the Open Source communities are now working together to make a more beautiful Web. There is no more war (or a lot less), and the only boundary we have is the limits of our creativity. Let’s see some perceptions and realities of this world as it is right now.

Here’s the final agenda.

:00 Welcome

7:10-730 first speaker Erin Bury

7:30-7:55 second speaker Saul Colt


My City Lives


8:10-8:30: break

8:30-8:45 third speaker Frederic Harper

8:45-9:15 keynote Mark Reale

9:15-closing remarks and prize giveaway (learn about scavenger hunt here)

9:25-10:00-live entertainment, mingling and dancing!

10pm-event is finished but people can stay to hang out