Thank you & Happy Holidays!

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We did it. Congrats to everyone involved – whether you donated, volunteered, attended HoHoTO or offered your support – for helping make this happen! Together we raised $30,000 for the YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre.

According to Valerie Thompson, Events & Stewardship Officer of the YWCA Toronto, “Those funds will go a long way to helping inspire the girls we serve to achieve their dreams and become leaders.”

YWCA Girls Council
Davina, Summer and Alex are mentors in the YWCA Girls’ Council. They develop, plan and evaluate programs at the YWCA Girls’ Centre. Girls participate in special events, community outreach, advocacy and media initiatives.
More event photos and video.

Many Thanks to Our Participating Organizations

Participating in HoHoTO year-round are a number of organizations who are helping to drive opportunity, diversity, and innovation in the workplace now and in the future.

YWCA Toronto with money raised going to YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre.

YWCA Staff

“It was so great to see the tech community come out to support this initiative, and to see so many young professionals want to network with the girls and talk to them about careers in media, tech, or whatever field interested them.” – Valerie Thompson, YWCA Toronto

Ladies Learning Code and their women & youth coding and technology programs.

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TechGirls Canada, providing national leadership to hundreds of organizations encouraging girls to consider tech as a career.

hErVOLUTION, working on access to innovative education and employment services for girls and young women.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Kanetix, Fair Trade, Wesell, Zuul, Say Yeah, Maze Solutions, Pagerduty, Shopify, Panago, Herscu & Goldsilver, Rangle, Rogers Fido, Allure, Techvibes, Universe DevTO, Fused, Rent frock Repeat, Sam:) Plaza Ventures, The Wild North, 111 Richmond, Yelp, Betakit, Kin Community, Interactive Ontario

Thanks Volunteers!

Without you we could not have done it. We appreciate all your effort! Thank you.

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Thanks Organizers!

Thank you for all your work in pulling off an amazing event. If you’d like to help shape the event next year, send a message to team@HoHoTO.ca. Feedback welcome! BTW, HoHoTO’s goal is to be the hub that connects efforts to engage more women and minorities in entrepreneurial, digital, and engineering pursuits.

Lee Dale, Co-chair @smack416
Ryan Taylor, Co-chair @ryantaylor

Niya Bajaj, Sponsorship & Logistics @destiniya
Rajesh Kutty, Sponsorship @kuttysark

Matthew Burpee, Social Media @matthewburpee
Lauren Souch, Communications @misslau

Jason Carlin, Finance @the2scoops
Keith Foster, Tech @nomadicsettler

Rochelle Latinsky, Volunteers & Coordinator @rochlatinsky

 
To the HOHOTO Team:

Thank you for all your work in pulling off an amazing event and raising $30,000 for the Girls’ Centre! Those funds will go a long way to helping inspire the girls we serve to achieve their dreams and become leaders.

It was so great to see the tech community come out to support this initiative, and to see so many young professionals want to network with the girls and talk to them about careers in media, tech, or whatever field interested them. I know that this experience will stay with Davina, Alex, and Summer for many years to come.

Congrats on a job well done, and for mobilizing your community of supporters both at the event and on social media around advancing role of women in tech, and supporting YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre.

Happy Holidays from our whole team!

-Val

Valerie Thompson
Events & Stewardship Officer | Philanthropy Department
YWCA Toronto | A Turning Point for Women


 

Of course, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the collective awesomeness of the HoHoTO founders and other former committee members. Thank you to each and everyone one of them.

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Happy Holidays!

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The next HoHoTO holiday party will be in December 2016.

More than a party with purpose. #HoHoTo

Ryan's article

See Ryan Taylor’s post on LinkedIn about HoHoTO’s new direction and request for mentors and partners. A copy is below.

More than a party with purpose. #HoHoTo
Published on November 6, 2015
Ryan Taylor
Founder, CEO at Consensas

In 2008, I shared an incredible experience with some incredible people co-founding a tech industry event called #HoHoTo; since then it has raised almost $400k for local food banks. That is a legacy for everyone who participated or attended to be extremely proud.

This year though we’re pivoting the event away from food and philanthropy to focus on impact and opportunity. We recognized #HoHoTo is more than just a ‘party with purpose‘ and that it had so much more potential as a hub that connects efforts to engage more women and minorities in entrepreneurial, digital, and engineering pursuits. It is a celebration of our collective influence to make positive contributions to the next generation of our community.

Our initial efforts will be directed at supporting a more comprehensive network for young women in the GTA to explore their prospective futures. The event will be the same great tech industry party it’s always been, just with a twist. Ahead of the event we’re inviting young women to meet with mentors and various agencies, like Ladies Learning Code, to ask questions, get advice and build new meaningful relationships.

2015 is just the beginning of a 3-year community challenge, to promote and fund a single GTA Girls Center. We finally have our sponsorship info [PDF] and updated website. We’re looking for mentors and partners; please join us in this worthy endeavor.

The Details:
See hohoto.ca or, please reach out to me personally if you’d like to join us with organizing efforts.