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Island Treasures

O hey there! It’s Friday, and you know what that means, right? Pants are optional tomorrow morning and more importantly it’s also time for another round of ISLAND Treasures! This week we present to you a mixed bag of goodies that range from design tools, to music history, all the way back around to product management resources! Fill up your fanciest coffee cup (Mine says I’m with stupid and points to the boss) and follow along!

Cody Schumacher   |   January 19, 2018

TNWNYC First Session: Creating a Culture of Security


The first session of The Next Web’s conference was provided by Christopher Young, McAfee’s CEO. The title of Chris’ presentation was “The Business Imperative for Creating A Culture Of Security”. His presentation started with an anecdote of the time that McAfee had a security breach of their own.

Andrew Scott   |   January 17, 2018

Island Treasures

Welcome to another edition of Island treasures, we’ve been gone a little while but we promise we’ll be better at passing along these little gems more often in 2018. If you’re new to this, Island Treasures is a curated list of the coolest new things we’ve implemented into our day-to-day workflow or even just simple tools things that make life a little bit easier!


Being as it is a new year, the first thing we found is the world’s simplest tool for reminding yourself to get s*** done in 2018. 3Things conveniently lets you type the 3 most important things you want to be reminded to do this year…and best of all, they promise not to send you anything else! For example, on my 3Things list is:

  1. Learn to Swim. I figure your late 20’s is the sweet spot for learning this skill
  2. Eat Better. Currently I’m on week 2 of a pescatarian diet and haven’t had a beer in 3 weeks. PLEASE SEND HELP…I MISS 9 MILE AND CALIFORNIA RANCH RIBS.
  3. Try not to buy more dogs. I currently have 2 and apparently my wife doesn’t want to be married to the guy with one of those belt leashes..but I dunno I think Daniel Radcliffe would disagree.

Cody Schumacher   |   January 12, 2018

The Next Web NYC

This December I was fortunate enough to attend The Next Web’s New York conference. This is an annual conference put on for people in technology, communication and media businesses.

The idea of the conference is to provide a platform for startups to network, and to have industry leaders learn, discuss, and determine what the future of the web will look like. In an effort to make the conference more intimate and fruitful, TNW limited the number of attendees, and required people to apply for an invitation. I was beyond excited when my application was accepted.

This year marked the fifth edition of the conference, and they decided to try a new format this year. They had the typical stage program, with speakers throughout the day. They also had “Round Table” sessions, where an expert/leader in the industry would sit at a small table with at most 10 attendees. This allowed for very intimate discussions compared to most keynote or breakout sessions at conferences I’ve been to in the past.

My plan from the beginning was to share everything I learnt in a single blog post, but the amount of knowledge that was shared was immense. So over the next week or two, I’ll be sharing the highlights from each session I was privy to. I hope you guys enjoy. Here are the sessions I attended so you have an idea what to look forward to:

Talk: The Business Imperative for Creating A Culture Of Security
Christopher Young, CEO, McAfee

Round Table: Redesign Strategy 101
Jess Brown, Director of UX, VICE

Talk: Machine Learning for Personalization
Tony Jebara, Head of Machine Learning, Netflix

Talk: Dreams for Future Cities
David Rose, Entrepreneur, Author, and Researcher, MIT

Round Table: Mindfulness-Based Leadership
Cory Muscara, Mindfulness Coach, Google SIY

Talk: Cryptocurrency and the Future of Money
Galia Benartzi, Founder of Bancor

Talk: The Future of Emotionally Intelligent Machines
Pamela Pavliscak, CEO of Change Sciences

Andrew Scott   |   January 10, 2018

Island Speaking During Small Business Week

Small Business Week runs October 16th – 20th, and Square One is putting on a series of great presentations for entrepreneurs on topics from websites, online marketing, accounting, business plans, and much more.

Island will be giving a talk titled Function vs. Form: Building a Website with Purpose. With so many tools out there such as Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly, it’s actually quite easy these days to build a nice looking website, without needing know how to code. This is great, cost-effective solution for startups and small businesses when done right. In this talk we’ll cover some common pitfalls people make, which turn their website from a useful sales and lead generation tool, into just a piece of eye-candy.

Register Here

Andrew Scott   |   September 22, 2017

Job Opportunity: Website Developer

Now Hiring: Website Developer

Island is looking for a web developer to join our team. If you’re a self-starter with experience in both front-end and back-end website development, then you’re the perfect fit for this position. We offer a creative work environment, flexible hours, and a job you’ll never want to leave.

Andrew Scott   |   August 30, 2017

Website Launch: Sask Drinks

It’s not every day that a hobby we share in the office comes knocking at our door* with an idea for a cool website project, so we were super excited about this one from the get go!
*metaphorically knocking at our door, there wasn’t like a 9mile growler knocking at our door, although I have had an eerily similar dream.

Sask Drinks was created to help those interested learn a bit more about Saskatchewan’s growing craft alcohol industry through an online interactive map that showcases many of our province’s finest beer, wine, and spirits (of the roughly 20 makers initially featured, we’ve tried 14 so far ourselves). Everything is organized geographically so sit down at the table, find your favourite new spot, and don’t forget to click around to find out a bit more about everyone who helped make the map a reality (psssst….click on the matches).

We really hope you all enjoy Sask Drinks as much as we did creating it.

Cody Schumacher   |   July 12, 2017

Website Featured in Saskatoon Express

Last month we launched our Season of Giving winner’s website. We’re pumped to see that Naomi, and her website This Is My Self, are front page news! Read the article below, check out the website at, and be sure to share her stories of self-love.

Andrew Scott   |   July 6, 2017

Island Wins Website Design Award

This past weekend Island was lucky enough to be recognized with an Elevator Merit Award in the category of Website Design.

Andrew Scott   |   June 22, 2017

April Chicken has Some Good Advice

We’re loving this month’s art work from the Applied Arts calendar. Not only that, he provides some good advice too.

“If you dig a hole and it’s in the wrong place, digging it deeper isn’t going to help”

Andrew Scott   |   April 4, 2017