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EUREKA! Gala Party and Fundraiser

June 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - June 18, 2016 @ 1:00 am


Come help us celebrate digital literacy and diversity in tech with an amazing year as Year of Code Waterloo Region, and look forward to our July transition to Hive Waterloo Region!  Join us for an evening of amazing speakers, interactive tech+art demos, food+drink, door prizes — including a super-cool Myo gesture-control armband!

IMG_7653_Smaller_1024x1024and the amazing, Juno-nominated, Alysha Brilla! 



Get inspired by:

  • Charlotte Armstrong of NerdNite KW on bringing community together
  • Greetings from Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman
  • entrepreneur Renish Kamal, founder of Fidget Toys designed for children with autism
  • Tavia (aka “Bob”), grade 5 student and graduate of the HackerGrrlz program on why it’s important for girls to code
  • Karen Schulman Dupuis, Business Disrupter and a favourite from #ChangeTheRatioWR on being your own champion
  • and emcee extraordinaire Sean Yo
  • Speaker bios

Participate in Tech+Art Stations

  • Make your own lightup wearable with Agnes!
  • Photobooth with costumes, powered by Raspberry Pi!
  • Sound-activated light exhibit
  • Make 3D flowers and objects with KPL using discarded maps and books and a diecutter!
  • Test out a virtual reality environment using Occulus Rift with the Felt Lab
  • and more! Check the list of interactive stations



Food + Drink: food stations, cash bar, plus two drink tickets included with each ticket!


Door Prizes!! Gala Prizes


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with DJ Scarlet Spades. Our DJ is Nadeja Zaharieva. She has a M.Sc in Neuroscience, so knows how to spin a great art and tech music mix!





This event is a big party and fundraiser for #YoCWR and digital literacy in #WR.

Tickets on sale now!

Every ticket includes 2 drink tickets and 2 door prize draw tickets, plus music, food, speakers and the awesome people of #WR. Best deal on Bring-a-friend tickets, get two for $45 each.

Speaker Bios


Charlotte Armstrong of NerdNite KW

CharlotteArmstrongCharlotte Armstrong is a community champion focused on coordinating events that create safe and inclusive spaces for people. Since 2012, she has voluntarily organized over 80 events in the Waterloo Region to help people connect and feel a sense of belonging while also learning and having fun.

Charlotte works at Wilfrid Laurier University at the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence as well as the Laurier Centre for Women in Science. Charlotte also works for the nationally renown environmental magazine Alternatives Journal. Science communication and journalism are her passions and she continues to work towards helping scientific knowledge be more accessible for the general public.

As a volunteer, Charlotte is the founder and coordinator for Nerd Nite KW, the volunteer coordinator for Night\Shift, and is also the regional coordinator for The Planetary Society.


Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation

MarkSurman200The web is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it.

Mark is Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like privacy and net neutrality. Mark’s main job is to build the movement side of Mozilla, rallying the citizens of the web, building alliances with likeminded organizations and leaders, and growing the open internet movement. Mark’s goal is nothing short of making the health and accessibility of the internet a mainstream issue around the world.

Mark has been doing work like this for 20 years: standing up for open source and putting technology into the hands of everyday people. Mark was the founding Director of telecentre.org, a $26M initiative connecting community technology centers in more than 30 countries. He ran the Commons Group for 10 years, a boutique consulting firm that provided advice and insight on networks, technology and social enterprise to nonprofits and governments around the world. Mark was awarded the prestigious Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship, where he explored how to apply open source approaches to philanthropy in the year before he joined Mozilla.

Mark is a prominent thinker and thought leader — his analysis and opinions have been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, Fast Company and dozens of other publications. A seasoned and charismatic speaker, Mark has delivered keynotes on five continents at major global events as diverse as Mobile World Congress, Personal Democracy Forum, TEDx Kids, World Innovation Summit on Education and the O’Reilly Open Source Summit.

Mark serves as a trusted advisor on the boards of the World Bank Solutions for Youth Employment Consortium, the Toronto Arts Foundation and Peer-to-Peer University. He is a past board member of the Connected Learning Alliance, Telefonica’s Think Big, the Association for Progressive Communications, Wild Canada and rabble.ca.

Mark lives in Toronto with his wife Tonya, founding Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, and his sons Tristan and Ethan. He holds a BA in the History of Community Media from the University of Toronto.


Renish Kamal, founder of Fidget Toys

Renish_240Renish Kamal is the Founder and CEO of Fidget Toys Ltd, a company developing toys for calm, especially geared to those on the autism spectrum. What was once a side project, through hard work and dedication launched as Fidget Toys. Renish and  her team are also working on making Fidget Space a reality. Renish is a Waterloo graduate with a degree in Sociology and Geography. Taking the Business Entrepreneurship course at Waterloo sparked a love for designing and creating something truly her own.



Tavia (“Bob”) Shonk, grade 5 student and graduate of the HackerGrrlz program

Tavia500Tavia Shonk is a grade 5 student in the Waterloo school board.  She loves to write poems and stories, as well as write and sing her own songs.  You can often find her chatting with friends, or hanging out with her family, playing soccer, or creating a new website instead of going to bed. Tavia is passionate about learning, and thinks math is fun.  Hackergirz has introduced her to coding, and she is eager to learn more.




Karen Schulman-Dupuis, Business Disrupter

ksd_200A member of the Board of Directors for Hive Waterloo Region, Karen is an intrapreneur and an award-winning communicator who has worked with start-ups and entrepreneurs in the field of ICT (information, communications and technology). Karen previously held business development and digital communication manager roles with the ICT Venture Services Group at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. She is also an “Ask an Expert” contributor to Arlene Dickinson’s YouInc community. Karen was an audience favourite at #ChangeTheRatioWR in March.


Sean Yo, CTO, D2L and Board Member, Hive Waterloo Region

SeanYo200Sean Yo is a passionate advocate for digital literacy and diversity, especially among children. Sean has been a key member of the Hive Waterloo team since its inception and the first Family Hack Jam sessions. Sean is an experienced emcee, seen interviewing young participants (other than his own children) at each Hack Jam.




Art+Tech Stations


  IMG_20160516_174226Lightup wearable keepsake with AgnesMakes.com

Assemble your own EUREKA inspired wearable using an LED and lightbulb. Benefactor ticket buyers get a pre-engraved lightbulb with their name on it, and the knowledge they are providing additional support for digital literacy in Waterloo Region.


IMG_4655Interactive sound-activitated Light exhibit with Bernie Rohde and Heather Tizya

Bernie’s lightup creations are often seen at maker and arts events. He’ll be joined by Heather Tizya in an exhibit you can interact with and watch it also react to the music performances by Alysha Brilla and DJ Scarlet Spades. Come play!


IMG_0595Die-cut 3D crafts with Kitchener Public Library

Make a flower, a globe, or other objects, using paper, old books and a die-cutting machine. The die cutter is available to use at the Central Branch library. Come make something!



drawingrobotDrawing Robot with Julie Funk

Master of Experimental Digital Media candidate Julie Funk will show off her drawing robot! Be mesmerized as this hands-free artist gets to work.



FeltLab_OR_smExperience Virtual Reality with Occulus Rift, with the Felt Lab

There were big lineups to try this at the opening of YoCWR, because it’s such an incredible, immersive experience. Try it yourself, we’ll be there all night.





June 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
June 18, 2016 @ 1:00 am
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Year of Code Waterloo Region


The Tannery Event Centre
151 Charles St West, Ste 100
Kitchener, Ontario N2G1H6 Canada
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