I'm Eric Boyd, founder of maker festival, and serial entrepreneur. I grew up on a small farm in Ontario, and I've lived and worked in Silicon Valley. I co-founded StumbleUpon.com with friends in 2000, and in Toronto I've been president of Hacklab.TO, organizer of lots of different meetups (including Toronto Quantified Self). My interests span everything from technology to economics to leadership to gardening to cooking to travel.

I'll talk about Maker Festival, why we do it, how we do, and what the impacts have been.

Maker Festival brings together Toronto’s most creative people and projects, in order to inspire openness to possibilities, a sense of active participation in shaping our world, and a yearning for a more wonder-filled tomorrow. Makers of all types (electronics, robotics, sewing, paper crafting, glowy things, etc.etc) exhibit their DIY work and share their enthusiasm with the public. I'm happy to talk more broadly about technology and people.


George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre at Ryerson University

245 Church Street, Lecture Theatre.


  • 7:30 pm Meeting and presentation.
  • 9:00 pm After each meeting a group of GTALUGers move to the The Library/ The Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St East) for beer and more socializing.

Code of Conduct

We want a productive happy community that can welcome new ideas, improve every process every year, and foster collaboration between individuals with differing needs, interests and skills.

We gain strength from diversity, and actively seek participation from those who enhance it. This code of conduct exists to ensure that diverse groups collaborate to mutual advantage and enjoyment. We will challenge prejudice that could jeopardize the participation of any person in the community.

The Code of Conduct governs how we behave in public or in private whenever the Linux community will be judged by our actions. We expect it to be honored by everyone who represents the community officially or informally, claims affiliation, or participates directly. It applies to activities online or offline.

We invite anybody to participate. Our community is open.

We encourage you to read the complete Code of Conduct before attending the meeting.