ConFoo 2013: Call for Papers is Now Open!

logo_confoo 4828ConFoo is one of the most important developer-oriented conferences. ConFoo 2013 will be held on February 25 through March 1 in Montreal, Canada. The team has opened its call for papers. Candidates can submit proposals until September 23. Consult the call for papers page for details and to start submitting. That page also explains what expenses ConFoo can cover for speakers. You can also get advice on how to write proposals. The call for papers is public, meaning that all proposals get published on the website for others to vote and comment on. This approach allows the organizers to pick subjects that have most interest in the community. The comments are only visible to speakers and organizers to avoid influencing the votes. To stay in touch via Twitter, follow @confooca and use the #confoo tag. You can also help promote the event with these cool Read more…


MTL DGTL, upcoming International Tech & Multimedia festival

MTL DGTL 3126Alliance Numerique, a business network gathering multimedia content creators, just announced a new ambitious festival in fall 2011 called MTL DGTL. During 3 days, mobile, web and video games fans will be able to discuss, network, and talk about new ways to innovate in their space. The first event is scheduled 31st Oct 2011, and is called Mobiz, and as the name suggests, invites anyone interested in the mobility space and mobile startups to gather through workshops and networking events. On the same day, we'll also have the first edition of Web-In, an opportunity to think about the web and re-invent the web of tomorrow. The Atelier d'Innovation CINQ 2011 starts also on the 31st Oct 2011 and is aimed to propulse innovation through networking between entrepreneurs, researchers, and organizations. Of course, the main event of the festival is still the Sommet International du Jeu   Read more…


Largest Tech Conference in Canada call for speakers

Largest Tech Conference in Canada call for speakers 3030Confoo.ca has announced they're now accepting applications for sessions for next year's conference. As stated, they're accepting a very broad range of topics, both in technologies as well as in development practices. Technologies include the most popular languages and frameworks, aimed at attracting a large number of developers to the conference, and practices include project management practices, as well as new topics for a developer conference like SEO, social media and startups (!) Started by php Quebec a while ago to create a large developer conference, confoo is now in the agenda of many technology companies, mainly to get visibility for potential hires. It's the only event in its kind in Canada that offers the opportunity to be in front of many brilliant CSci graduates, and having a session is also a good way for a company to increase their attractiveness. Last year, confoo also offered workshops and hackathons, available   Read more…


International Startup Festival in pictures

IMG_3947 3004The Startup Festival was scheduled from wednesday to friday last week, and for those who have been there, it's the best technology conference for Montréal, an event that no-one couldn't miss The International Startup Festival is Phil Telio's vision, who after the successful StartupCamp series, dreamt about gathering entrepreneurs and investors from all the world in Montréal. It's the first of its kind in Montreal, and we hope it's not the last! Andy Nulman, an iconic figure in Montréal, got the Just for Laughs festival to work with the Startup Festival. Having a "fun moment" was a big part of Phil Telio's vision, and a great match for Montreal. If entrepreneurs had to travel to the city, they might as well (re)discover the city's fun, creativity and uniqueness in North America. Sponsors could buy Startup Patrons tickets, which gives entry to one starving entrepreneur of their choice, the case of many   Read more…


WordCampMontreal & Recon upcoming this week

WordCampMontreal & Recon upcoming this week 2913If you are using wordpress, then head over next Saturday & Sunday to WordCampMontreal 2011. Of course, the event is also aimed at wordpress designers, wordpress developers, and generally speaking, to anyone who is blogging. As in previous years, the conference has 2 tracks, one for wordpress development, and another for bloggers. See the schedule here. Like most conference attendees though, you might find meeting others in hallway and between breaks more interesting than the sessions in themselves. Register here Recon 2011 is also coming up this week, with the highlight during the weekend. It's not a very well-known event, due to its nature as a computer security conference, focusing on reverse engineering and exploitation to   Read more…


More than 100 speakers planned at ConFoo.ca!

More than 100 speakers planned at ConFoo.ca! 2145Since its origins as a conference for php developers, ConFoo has evolved into Montréal's biggest web conference for developers, if not Canada's biggest tech conference. They've unveiled today an enormous lineup of speakers for the upcoming 2011 edition, with more than 100 speakers (currently 110), from Montréal and Canada of course, but also a solid contingent of speakers from Europe and the USA in open source software, web technologies, php, ruby, python etc. 110 speakers is a lot for a 3 day conference, practically twice as much as this year's. Attendees will have to miss a majority of the presentations. I just hope we will find out a way to get the best presentations, such as pointing out those who will be there to teach and help attendees about a new technology, compared to those who'd just be there to sell out what they are doing (or sell who   Read more…


Montreal featured at #LeWeb

Montreal featured at #LeWeb 2059This week's startup event is LeWeb, currently underway in Paris, France. The event features an impressive lineup, and is one of Europe's biggest startups conference, gathering european angels, VCs, entrepreneurs and of course the startup ecosystem such as bloggers, media, star developers etc. It's an excellent opportunity for Montréalers who wish to go international, with a warm welcome from Europeans, since Montréal is often seen as the bridge to North America. Noticeable roundtables yesterday included discussions about wikileaks, and the steps taken by various Internet giants to neutralize its online tools. The crowd booed Paypal's VP, who followed the US State Department. In a conference which represents the future of the web, wikileaks is seen as the modern Robin Hood, and the general opinion is that transparency needs to win against secrecy, not far away from the wikipedia and other crowdsourcing revolutions. Who knows, maybe we will have crowdsourced governments soon... We've   Read more…


#wcmtl WordCampMontreal gathers all wordpress fans

#wcmtl WordCampMontreal gathers all wordpress fans 1946 As told by netfirms sponsor, Wordpress is the #1 installed blogging and cms software. It has been embraced by corporations, consultants, SMBes, but also big publishing companies such as Wall Street Journal or LeMonde.fr. I know it's my #1 recommended software for anyone wanting a web presence, with a website and a template up up in less than a couple of hours. As a matter of fact, its ubiquitous presence made competitors focus instead on niche markets, and made entrepreneurs go to other areas, such as mobile development or facebook/social applications development. That's why WordCampMontreal was in my top conferences to go this summer. It's great to see again the early adopters who I already met 5 years ago (although not all of them), when Wordpress was still up against blogspot (or even movabletype and livejournal). But   Read more…