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DAy 1 - Friday, November 16

New Central Library | 800 3rd St SE

 
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Doors Open  + Registration

 
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Opening Remarks

 
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Lightning Talk

30+ Canadian Tech Communities, +1,600 Voices + 1 RV
Alicia Close, Founder & CEO of Women in Tech World

This lightning talk will explore these questions and learnings from over 1,600 women and men about their experiences within Canada’s tech industry through Women in Tech World’s community-based research initiative, Driving WinTech. To date, this research is the most extensive qualitative data set on the experiences of Canadian women in tech. Alicia will share the successes, challenges, and stories of women in tech and their ideas to support actionable change within Alberta’s tech community.

 
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Keynote

Building a Powerful Body of Work in an Unstable World
Pamela Slim, Author of Body of Work and Founder of K'é Main Street Learning Lab

To thrive in today’s new world of work, you need a strong personal brand. When people Google your name, what do they find? What message do you want to convey about yourself to employers, clients and partners? Personal brands are not carefully crafted scripts, they are living, breathing, dynamic interactions between you and the people you care about influencing. As your body of work changes, you need to dynamically update your story so you continue to get all the opportunities you desire.

 
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Lightning Talk

Learning to Lead: My Remote-Work Journey from Software Engineer to Senior Executive
Katie Womersley, Director of Engineering at Buffer

A whole range of fulfilling remote careers are possible. Learn from Katie Womersley, Director of Engineering at Buffer as she build her remote career and expanded her leadership position from software engineer to startup executive.

 
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Break

 
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KEYNOTE

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Surviving and Thriving in the Coming Data Boom
Nora Young, Host of CBC Radio's Spark and Author of The Virtual Self

We’re on the cusp of a Data Boom, a new era in information, fueled by our digital devices. It will offer new personal insights, open opportunities for new services, and change the nature of our cities and communities. The Data Boom has the power to make our personal lives and communities better, but it also carries tremendous privacy risks.

 
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Discovery Session

Insights and Inspiration from Generation Z
Ramy Zhang, Business Operations at Cryptonian
Riya Karumanchi, Founder & CEO at SmartCane
Moderated by Nora Young, Host of CBC Radio's Spark and Author of The Virtual Self

Explore the technology powering decentralization with 17-year-old blockchain developer, Ramy Zhang. Her journey with blockchain began last year and since then, she’s built 4 decentralized applications, written multiple articles on different aspects of this new technology, and has taken the position of Business Operations at Cryptonian, a crypto algo-trading startup. Hear from 15-year-old, Riya Karumanchi, founder and CEO of SmartCane, an enhanced version of the common white cane for the visually impaired that hasn’t been innovated on since 1921. Passionate about leveraging technology to change people’s lives, Riya and Ramy are up-and-coming role-models for women of all ages. This discovery session will dive into emerging technology, showing us how to apply a Generation Z mindset to stay agile and relevant in our work.

 
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Lunch

 
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Lightning Talk

Challenging a legacy industry for a brighter future
Alex Nuth, Managing Director of Strategic Project at ATB

What happens when you’re challenged to build a digital future within the legacy world of banking? You go all in and learn a lot along the way. A journey from innovation strategist and business consultant to a world designed to transform banking.

 
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Discovery Session

Rise without Compromise: Because Burnout is Never Beautiful 
Stephanie Pollock, Business + Leadership Coach

Long days, long nights. Head down, working hard to make things work smarter, faster, better. It's the common rallying cry for ambitious entrepreneurs and professionals looking to grow their work and deepen their impact…until all that hustle starts to take its toll (which it always does). As burnout waves at you from around the corner, signalling that it might be time to slow things down before you crash, you may find yourself saying, "I can't keep going like this, but I don't know how to stop or what to do instead."

In this Discovery Session, learn how to prevent burnout before it happens, develop the resilience to handle the hard stuff, and create a self-care plan you can stick to even when the pressure is on.

 
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Lightning Talk

AI and the Future of Work
Jodie Wallis, Managing Director of Artificial Intelligence, Canada at Accenture

This talk will explore the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its transformational potential on the future of work.  AI is changing not only how work gets done, but also creating a new generation of benefits— and challenges— available for organizations, employees, customers and shareholders. We must consider the ethics, fairness, transparency and the diversity of those who create, influence, and use AI.  At the same time AI is introducing new job and skill requirements that will shape the expectations of tomorrow’s workforce.

 
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Break

 
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Discovery Session

An Investment Experiment

Prageet Nibber, CEO & Co-founder of ReWatt Power
Andrea Drager, Vice President of Azure Capital Partners
Moderated by Kristina Williams, CEO of Alberta Enterprise Corporation

We know that less than 5% of all investors are female. We also know that women entrepreneurs aren’t raising venture capital at the same rate their male counterparts are. We’re bringing together an emerging technology entrepreneur, an investor and the ultimate ecosystem builder to understand how they think about strategy and growth. This discovery session will put you in the shoes of a tech entrepreneur and an investor and you’ll walk away with key insights that you can apply to move your own career forward.  

 
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DISCOVERY SESSION

Work and Identity, Intentionally
Elena Dumitrascu, Co-founder of Terrahub
Lisa Stirling, Product Performance Engineer at Garmin
Nazlie Shahmir, Quality Assurance Team Lead at WestJet

Meet three powerhouse tech-enabled women at different stages in their careers. Learn how they’ve designed their work and life as a reflection of who they are and where they’re going. From separation to integration, we’re taking a magnifying glass to explore how these women have designed their lives.

 
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Closing Remarks

 
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Connector Cocktail

 
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Wrap-up

 

Day 2 - SAturday, november 17

Bow Valley College | 345 6th Ave SE

 
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Doors Open  + Registration

 
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TECH Workshops (Choose 1)

Coding like Coco Chanel
Presented by STEM Learning Lab
Room N414

In this workshop, participants will explore how technology and fashion collide to create one-of-a-kind pieces that represent their inner Coco.

We’ll delve into block coding, microbits and StitchKits to learn how they can be integrated into a wearable tech fashion piece. Through the maker process, participants will explore their own innovative ideas while creating a wearable tech piece as unique as they are.

Like Coco’s timeless designs, wearable tech ranges from the everyday to high fashion.


Capture the Flag: Web Security Hacking
Katie Underwood, Software Engineer at Cisco
Gavin Miller, Software Engineer at
Cisco
Room N416

No longer just a playground game, this workshop is a twist on the classic Capture the Flag. But this time, we’re taking it digital as we explore key concepts in web security! Jump into a collaborative challenge where you’ll identify computer security vulnerabilities. This is your opportunity to think like an ethical hacker and learn to test web systems to make them stronger.  

Hosted by Katie Underwood and Gavin Miller, experienced Software Engineers at Cisco, participants will work together to discover intentional security vulnerabilities in a web application. Reveal a vulnerability and you’ll reveal a secret token or ‘flag’. This will give you first-hand experience finding and understanding security vulnerabilities on the web, helping you avoid these pitfalls in your work and personal life.


Real World Data Science
Presented by Cybera
Room N419

Data science is a buzzword right now. But beyond the hype, what does it take to actually do data science? In this session, we will introduce you to the basics of data science such as the steps involved and some of the common challenges and pitfalls. We will explain concepts of data science and work hands on through an analysis using python and Jupyter notebooks. In order to uncover local trends and insights, we will leverage data collected from Calgarian Twitter users.

Topics covered will include things such as data wrangling and cleaning, along with natural language processing to analyze the data. In this workshop, participants will learn to harvest data from Twitter, prep it, clean it, and discover their own insights from it!

NOTE: This session is intended for participants who have some background in programming. We will be using python to do most of the work, but python is not a prerequisite.


Digitally Design Yourself
Presented by Bow Valley College
Room N417

Learn how to use HTML and CSS to build your digital presence online and create an online portfolio to show off your work and everything that makes you amazing. You’ll walk away with a knowledge of HTML/CSS, design and layout experience, and a personal website!

Bring your laptop and a desire to learn. Don’t forget some digital images you’d like to use on your personal website and a digital bio!

 
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Lunch

 
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Lab Time

During this open lab time, continue working on a project from your workshops with the aid of an expert or other participants. Have a professional question to ask one of our instructors? This is the perfect time as we get close to wrapping-up the conference.

 
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Wrap Up

 
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Testimonial


There’s truly never been a more exciting time to be a woman in tech. Thank you Chic Geek for lighting the way. We’ve found our tribe.

-- Kendall T

Testimonial


There’s truly never been a more exciting time to be a woman in tech. Thank you Chic Geek for lighting the way. We’ve found our tribe.

-- Kendall T