What is the Community Kickoff?

The Kickoff is a special day filled with talks and many opportunities to help you meet people from the various tech communities, both in and outside of Toronto.

This is a stand-alone event for Thursday, during the day, before NSNorth begins on Thursday evening. You do not need an NSNorth conference pass to attend.

Our opening keynote will begin at 9am on the 28th of April. The full day of sessions and discussions will run until 4pm.

From our CFP we have selected a diverse group who will speak on a range of topics.

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Garcia

Rebecca Garcia

Co­Founder of CoderDojo NYC
Technical Head of Product at Next Caller

Melissa Nightingale

Melissa Nightingale

Head of Marketing

"The Higher the Fewer - Diversity in Senior Leadership"

Andray Domise & Samuel Allemang

Andray Domise & Samuel Allemang


"The Pipeline Problem with Diversity in Tech"

Kirsten Hunter

Kirsten Hunter

API Evangelist
Akamai Technologies, Inc.

"Telling your story - Speaking for Non-Speakers"

Troy Hannah

Troy Hannah

Third Beach Technology

"How indie developers are becoming more like artists and why this is a positive change."

Anne Cahalan

Anne Cahalan

Application Developer
Detroit Labs

"Truths Universally Acknowledged: Swift Design Patterns as Jane Austen Heroes"

Matthew Garden

Matthew Garden

Cocoa Developer
Lightspeed POS

"My product owner is in grade 3"

Leonard Cervantes

Leonard Cervantes

Senior Product Manager, Mobile & Apps
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

"Storytelling for Techies: The Hero's Journey and You"

Nael El Shawwa

Nael El Shawwa

VP Engineering

"A Fork In Your Career: To Code Or Not To Code"

Dal Rupnik

Dal Rupnik

Senior Software Engineer
Unified Sense

"Building your own mobile team"

How much does it cost to attend?

There are two ticket types (now sold out):

Refreshments will be provided.

You do not need to buy an NSNorth conference pass to attend.

Is this event for me?

The answer is "YES!" if you are one of the following: entrepreneurs, designers, UX specialists, developers, engineers, marketers, product managers, HR, quality assurance specialists, customer support.

This special one-day event is for everyone working in our tech community.

What is the goal of this Kickoff?

Space is limited!

What is the format of the day?

The program starts at 9am and runs until 4pm.

Mixed in between plenty of opportunities to network, there will be a series of talks ranging from 10-25 minutes.

This is THE perfect way to get out and meet people from the numerous tech communities.



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We are looking for help with covering the costs for this event. If you would like to get involved and get the word out about your organization, please contact us!