#DevTO 7: Speaker lineup

#DevTO 7 broke some new grounds – first, we sold out in around 24 hours; usually it takes us a week or so to fill our 50 spots. Second, we added a couple of new sponsors bringing our total to 5 sponsors for November. Say hello to HeadStart Solutions and GelaSkins that join Rypple, ThinkWrap and Richmond Day in their quest to support the Toronto developer community.

Atendy Profile Pictures: Please remember to update your profile with a picture, name and description – these will get printed on lanyards and you can pick them up when you arrive. ALSO…first 15 to arrive with pictures on their Atendy lanyards get free #DevTO TShirts.

Want to present at a #DevTO? Just send us an email at talks@devto.ca


Farhan Thawar, VP Engineering at Xtreme Labs Inc.

Named one of “Toronto’s Top 25 Most Powerful People In 2010”, Farhan is a well-known and respected figure in the city’s tech community. Before joining the Xtreme team, Farhan held the positions of Chief Software Architect at I Love Rewards, the Head of Search & MSN Platform for Microsoft Canada and Technical Lead at Trilogy Software. In addition to being a programming and engineering guru for Xtreme Labs, Farhan also uses his wealth of industry and mobile expertise to mentor aspiring mobile and tech startups. Farhan has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in Financial Engineering from Rotman.

Managing an Agile Engineering Team. As the VP of Engineering at Xtreme Labs, Farhan has dealt with his fair share of programming dudes and divas. From project inception to the final build release, Farhan doesn’t miss a beat. Along with hiring world-class engineers, Farhan is also tasked with matching them to the appropriate project. Navigating personal preferences for platform-specific projects can be difficult, but with a certain level of persuasion anything is possible. His previous work experience in both small (I Love Rewards), and large (Microsoft Canada) work environments has allowed him to develop an effective management style for Agile Engineers in a start-up environment.



Wes Bos, Founder at DealPage

Wes is an independent Designer and Developer from Toronto with a passion for cutting edge web technologies. Wes spends most of his time hacking on JavaScript, his library of choice being jQuery. More recently Wes has focused his time on some of the new guys to the JavaScript scene including HTML5, NodeJS, and Backbone.js. Wes has a strong background in PHP development and loves WordPress to no end. You can check out his online tutorials at www.wesbos.com and follow him at http://Twitter.com/wesbos.

HTML5 Canvas. Wes will introduce us to one of the hottest parts of HTML5: the canvas element. Canvas is a blank slate which can be used to programatically draw, animate and manipulate pixels. There are many uses for Canvas from face detection to the next genere of online games. Canvas will show up to Flash’s funeral, only to sink a nail into its coffin.

This month’s #DevTO is brought to you by:

Headstart Solutions is a technology talent acquisition agency that combines digital media, employer and personal branding to complement great candidates with great employers.


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Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. With Rypple, performance management becomes painless and effective.


ThinkwrapA team of outstanding software developers, engineers, architects, strategists, and designers whose ability to create responsive web environments serving 100,000 users doesn’t stop them from architecting for millions as if they were one.Our strong community of purpose is built on our clients’ lasting business success.

Richmond Day is a full-service marketing and design agency committed to partnering with clients to further promote and develop their brands.
Through our innovative ideas and creative strategies, we have successfully implemented numerous campaigns and tactics to assist the world’s largest brands in increasing awareness, sales and positioning in their respective markets.

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