Dissecting Open Data app: Toronto Beaches for Windows Store

From user perspective, Open Data app is just one of the applications on his or her device. As any other app, it expected to be functional, well designed and easy to use.  In the same time, Open Data app developers have to consider several factors specific for this category of applications. Let us discusses these … Continued

Open Data Playgrounds

I’m often asked by Open Data Curators “what can I do to help you with our Data Sets?” And my standard answer has consistently been “create Open Data Playgrounds.” CSV, ESRI Shapefile, XML, JSON…these aren’t exactly file-types that are common amongst your average Canadian. Quite the opposite. They are very specific types of files that … Continued

Open Data: my journey from a test app to the City of Ottawa app contest

Hi! This is Andrei Marukovich from LunarFrog.com, a mobile application developer and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. First time I came across the Open Data when looked for a kindergarten in my neighborhood. As it turned out, the City of Toronto not only has a web application for searching childcare facilities, but also provides a list … Continued

Microsoft lounge at Notman House

At Microsoft Canada, we like startups. We want to help them be successful so we targeted three startups spaces where we would be able to set a lounge, and have a Microsoft presence. We already set up a space at MaRS in Toronto, Launch Academy in Vancouver, and now, Notman House in Montreal. Talk to … Continued

Register for the Toronto communities workshop on April 6th

On April 6th, Make Web Not War is planning their second Windows 8 workshop alongside some of your favorite Toronto user groups: DevTO, HTML5 Toronto, and JavaScript Toronto. This one will focus on highlighting applications and games built using javascript and web technologies.   There will be a couple of excellent speakers coming in from … Continued