HamOnt.js JavaScript Conference speakers announced


When: Saturday October 22nd from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontairo

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamontjs-tickets-26315170383


HamOnt.js is a new JavaScript conference… low cost and kick ass, featuring experts from within and abroad for a full day of talks… we would love for you to join us on Saturday October 22nd!


Check out the schedule of talks below!  HamOnt.js attendees can also expect morning coffee & snacks, lunch, afternoon drinks & snacks, and an after party!




9:00am – 10:00am 


Arrival and registration!  We’ll have coffee and snacks availalbe!



10:00am – 10:45am



Robyn Larsen (@robyn_larsen)

Front-end developer and entrepreneur

Bio: Former nuclear engineer now blurring the lines between work and play as a front-end web developer, mentor and entrepreneur. Over the past few years she has snowboarded some of the world’s most majestic mountains, traveled to over 24 countries, cultivated movements and mentored students. Her tools of choice are HTML5, CSS3, Sass, responsive design, and JavaScript. She lives by challenging assumptions, improving process, and never settles. Now you can find her flying between San Francisco, Toronto and Alberta working alongside clients.



10:45am – 12:00pm


Rami Sayar (@RamiSayar)

Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft

Talk: ReactJS basics

Bio:  Rami Sayar is a technologist passionate about the intersection of art, design and the web. For the past 5 years, he has been experimenting with the bleeding edge of emerging technologies, determined to find use for them in everyday life. In his current role as a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Canada in Montreal, Rami covers technical areas such as open source technologies, open data, and cloud computing, as well as growth hacking and marketing. He is a frequent international speaker and has spoken at prestigious conferences such as Build, FITC, ConFoo, DroidCon, CUSEC, KWS and TEDx at HEC Montreal. Rami is prevented from sleeping by his curiosity for experimentation, his insistence on shipping high quality code and helping startups survive the grind.


Jamie Strachan (@jamiestrachan)

Lead Architect for Digital Operations at CBC

Talk: Mental health for developers

Bio: Jamie Strachan is the Lead Architect for Digital Operations at the CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, and has been building for the web for over 14 years. Having mostly traded in coding for coaching, he works to help the developers around him be as effective as possible by being a facilitator, an advocate, and an advisor. He also leads a public speaking workshop for his colleagues, plays a lot of board games, and has even managed to do public speaking about board games.


James King (@agentultra)

Developer, game designer, and math nerd

Talk: Functional programming

Bio: James currently works at Weever Apps and has in the past worked as a cloud consultant at Dreamhost, senior developer at Polar Mobile, Digisphere and Panometrics. He is involved in the Python and Openstack communities, and has also made contributions to WebGL, Firefox and Python.  He is interested in functional languages, static analysis, and modelling software systems.



12:00pm – 1:00pm


Lunch including subs from Bonanza Bakery!



1:00pm – 1:45pm


Andrew Carreiro (@ArcadeErrorWin)

Platform Architect at Klick

Talk: Building a Slackbot with Node.js

Bio: Andrew Carreiro is a Platform Architect at Klick Health, building new experiences through technology. He has pioneered new systems for Veeva iRep development, built e-learning applications for multinational banks, and designed networked systems for offices and trade shows.  Andrew completed his B.A. in multimedia at McMaster University.



1:45pm – 2:30pm


Kate Hudson (@k88hudson)

Firefox Engineering at Mozilla

Bio: Kat Hudson is a Firefox engineer at Mozilla.  She’s passionate about making the web better with open source, and lately she’s been working on finding ways to use React and Redux to build new Firefox features.



2:30pm – 3:00pm


Break time with drinks and snacks!



3:00pm – 3:45pm


Wes Bos (@WesBos)

Developer, author, instructor

Talk: What’s new in ES6

Bio: Wes Bos is an independent web developer, UI designer and all around hacker from Toronto, Canada. He is super passionate about design, development, and business spending most of his time working with JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5 and PHP. Wes is one to push the limits of new technology and has been known to publish HTMl5 and Node.js experiments and tutorials to his blog. If you’re a woman looking to break into the developer industry, Wes teaches for the non-profit Ladies Learning Code and #hackeryou#



3:45pm – 4:30pm


Dan Zen (@DanZen)

Inventor and Professor at Sheridan

Talk: ZimJS JavaScript framework

Bio: Dan Zen is an inventor and social environmentalist from Dundas Ontario. He won the 2002 Canadian New Media Awards Programmer of the Year for his site of over 70 innovative games, gadgets and communities at http://www.danzen.com. He coordinates the one-year postgrad Sheridan Interactive Multimedia program for which he won Canadian New Media Educator of the Year in 2008 http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca. He continues to build for social media and mobile platforms and also deeply explores the relationship between technology and philosophy some of which can be found at http://nodism.org.


Scott Elcomb (@psema4)

Product Development at Human_Code

Talk: Design Patterns with JavaScript

Bio: Scott Elcomb focuses on API development and works with MEAN technologies as a product developer at Human_Code.  Scott was previously a backend developer at Imagination Plus.  Scott is also a member of the Pirate Party of Canada.


Simon Woodside (@Simon_Woodside)

Co-founder of MedStack

Talk: Why JavaScript Sucks!

Bio:  Simon Woodside serves as the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Medstack, Inc. He has been creating mobile apps for more than a decade. A serial entrepreneur, an alumnus of Apple in Cupertino, Simon is now the founder of Monolith, a mobile product development company in Waterloo and Toronto. He’s created an in-car virtual dashboard and replay app for GM, a chat app for kik, and worked with companies from seed through Series A&B, up to the Fortune 50.



4:30pm – 5:00pm


Startup Q&A panel for developers looking at creating a tech startup product!

  • Andrew Holden from Weever Apps
  • Christabel Aryeetey from ToolLinked
  • Blake Laufer from Angel One



5:00pm – 7:00pm


After party – details to be posted shortly.






Interested in sponsoring?  E-mail hamontjs@gmail.com for details!









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