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Design Flicks YLW: Sign Painters @ Streaming Cafe
Oct 24 @ 4:00 am – 6:00 am

Design Flicks YLW is a monthly event for Kelowna that shows documentaries about a wide variety of design-related topics, from design thinking to typography to famous designers and everything in-between. A brief discussion will follow the film. Sounds interesting, no?

This month, Design Flicks presents:

Sign Painters
Produced by Radar Studios, Directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon

At a time when most American cityscapes are dominated by computer created signage, Sign Painters takes a close look at the past, present, and hopeful future of the hand paint sign industry in the USA.

The film will start as close to 7pm as possible, so please make sure to arrive on time.

This event is free and open to public.

Thanks to Streaming Café, John van der Woude Designs and Digital Okanagan for their support.

This event is brought to you by Digital Okanagan.

Financial OneOnOne @ Kelowna Innovation Centre
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Our FREE bi-weekly Business Clinics for growth tech companies are designed to offer expertise through one-on-one clinics delivered by AO Partner, KPMG. These appointments available in 45 minute blocks and are open to program clients, and technology companies in the Okanagan region. You do not have to be a member of Accelerate Okanagan to take advantage of this service.

Our FREE Financial OneOnOne sessions are a great opportunity for tech companies and entrepreneurs to get advice and direction from AO Partner, KPMG.

KPMG offers expert advice and guidance on topics such as:

  • Business structure and related reporting and tax implications
  • Business plan preparation and the financial components
  • Understanding financial statements: Balance sheet; Income statement; Cash flow statement; Retained earnings Chart of Accounts Forecasting
  • Budgeting
  • Bringing in investors
  • Shareholder loans Compensation: Salary vs. Dividends
  • Equipment: Buy vs. lease.

Interested in booking a 45 minute session? Email us at and we’ll set you up with a face to face or a Skype meeting.

Need legal or HR advice? Check our events calendar for Legal and HR OneOnOne sessions.

This event is brought to you by Accelerate Okanagan.

Design Jam Second Edition @ Engineering, Management and Education Building (EME Building)
Oct 25 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 26 @ 2:00 am

On October 25th, Design Jam Kelowna is calling all designers, developers, tinkerers, community boosters, and anyone interested in a design thinking approach to problem solving. Come join in on a day that brings together design and hack culture to tackle a real user experience challenge for the public good.

We’ve got a great problem for you but… we’re not telling you quite yet!

Design Jam is a chance to look at creative problem solving from a design thinking perspective. Participants learn through experimentation, collaboration, sharing, with guidance from mentors and other teams.

The purpose isn’t to solve the problem, but rather to incubate a community of problem solvers. Come learn some of the newest approaches to collaborative problem solving and share your own experiences and design tricks.

The ideas generated from this volunteer-led, not-for-profit event are open source — the groups’ ideas will be summarized and released online under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license, which means anyone can use ideas generated at the Design Jam, as long as they credit the original authors.

“Excited about the ideas that came out of yesterday’s Design Jam. Looking forward to the next one.” — Christian Brandt

“Had a great time at Design Jam. Thanks so much to Digital Okanagan and all the other sponsors.” — Lucas Glen

“So excited about the ideas that came out today! Many thanks for the inspiration.” — Jenica Frisque

Look forward to seeing you there!

To find out more about Design Jam visit

This event is brought to you by Design Jams.

Meet Up & Write! @ Bean Scene HQ
Oct 26 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please bring your current projects, or come along and start something new. If you need to concentrate, remember to bring your headphones.

This event is brought to you by Kelowna Write Now.

Canada 3.0 @ BMO Centre
Oct 28 – Oct 31 all-day

Focused on the intersection of the energy and technology industries, Canada 3.0 2014 is taking place October 28th – 30th as part of the Canadian Energy Supply Chain Forum (CESCF) in Calgary, Alberta.

This partnership will give technology companies unparalleled access to key decision makers within the energy industry, offering opportunities to make connections, explore emerging trends and learn from tech companies that have already entered the supply chain. For those companies looking to display their products, a booth at the Innovation Pavilion will get your technology in front of decision makers looking for new innovations.

For any technology company looking to break into the energy industry, this is an event that should not be missed. Go to to find out more details, register to attend or request a spot in the Innovation Pavilion.

This event is brought to you by the Canadian Digital Media Network.

#StartupCoffeeKL 104 – Open Data World @ co+Lab
Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Last week the Honorable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament, visited Kelowna and discussed Canada’s Open Data Initiative with a room-full of entrepreneurs, academics and government employees.
For this episode of StartupCoffeeKL, we will discuss the use of Open Data for businesses. Feel free to bring in any ideas you want feedback on. Expect brainstorming and opportunity analysis.

MP Ron Cannan introduces the panel. (photo by @DanAlbas)

Relevant Links 
The Event 

This event is brought to you by Digital Okanagan.

Gaming & Animation Industry Coffees @ Streaming Cafe
Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join local game & animation industry artists, producers, executives, entrepreneurs & everything in between for conversation and networking, every Tuesday, 8am-9am over the great coffee at the Streaming Cafe, Leon Ave, Kelowna.

No agenda, just networking and discussion.

This event brought to by Digital Okanagan.

OKDG #41: Creating zero-knowledge SaaS applications with Chris Foster @ Bike Shop Cafe and Catering
Oct 29 @ 2:00 am – 4:30 am

Services that respect their users privacy are becoming more and more important with recent spy agency revelations in the news. Customers are beginning to vote with their wallets, and choose services that are inherently more secure.

This talk covers how to create zero-knowledge SaaS applications, which are not capable of sharing or leaking users’ data even under a legitimate warrant. We will cover the introductory concepts of zero-knowledge systems, and examine a full example of a zero-knowledge web application.

Companies like Dropbox and Apple will be put under the spotlight as we examine the security of their encryption model, and discover whether or not it’s a good idea to entrust them with your data. By the end of this talk, you will know how zero-knowledge SaaS applications work and be able to construct your own for whatever idea you have!

Doors open at 6PM, the talk will start at 6:30.

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This event brought to you by Digital Okanagan.

#devKL @ Accelerate Okanagan
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

#devKL is a biweekly meetup to encourage local software developers to collaborate and learn from each other. We’re hoping to build the development community by providing group mentorship, and encouraging members to connect and continue the collaboration between events.

Each session’s topic is announced a week ahead of time.  If you’d like to present a topic or facilitate a session, please contact Adrian (

Potential Topic Areas

Development methodologies (Agile, TDD, BDD, DDD, XP, etc.)

Teamwork / Collaboration (tools, workflows, remote work, etc.)

Application lifecycle / Product development

Software architecture (design patterns, craftsmanship, etc.)

Automated testing / deployment

Languages, frameworks, tools, etc.

Industry (local, remote)
(basically anything software related, but from a web development perspective)


Software developers (hired, looking, in start-ups, etc.)

People who work with developers (technical team, managers, etc)

People looking for group mentorship

This Event is brought to you by Digital Okanagan.

Hiring for Startups: Recruiting and Selecting Great Candidates @ Accelerate Okanagan
Oct 30 @ 11:30 pm – Oct 31 @ 1:30 am

Join Sandler Training to learn more about the importance of having a recruiting and selection process.


In this short workshop you will learn:

  • How to calculate cost of a bad hire
  • The critical behaviors for positions and use of assessments to calculate these
  • What a search model is and the importance of having one when recruiting
  • The importance of cultural fit into the company

The focus of this workshop will be on hiring sales talent yet there will be relevant best practices for all types of hires.

Baltimore, Maryland based Sandler Training operates in 30 countries with over 260 locations. Additional information on Sandler Training can be found at and John Glennon

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