This event is SOLD OUT.  Those who have RSVPd via eventbrite with their full-names will be accommodated at the venue, at a first-come, first served basis until we are at capacity for the event. One ticket per person only.

Due to the requirement of visitor badges at Amazon, the RSVPs for this event will be coordinated via eventbrite as full names are required in advance. 

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Using eventbrite is the only way to register for the event!  One ticket per person only.

> Speakers 

Ursula Sarracini will be speaking on Old Meets New: Codebases. When your codebase has 13 million lines of code, is written in C++/XUL, and dates back to 1998, it may seem like an impossible task to write a modern web app using technologies like React, and tools like Github, while still managing a graceful integration with the existing codebase. This talk will examine the challenges of developing new functionality in a legacy codebase in three ways: technical and testing, source control and issue tracking, and human and cultural.

Brad Colthurst will be speaking on Accessible Applications in the Modern Frontend Landscape: With technology now a core component of our daily lives, it’s more important than ever to build applications that work reliably & beautifully for all users. Accessibility can be a difficult thing to maintain for a modern application, especially when the latest and greatest Javascript frameworks and libraries seem to change every few months. It requires us to think a little differently about how we build our products and what a commitment to good user experience really means. This talk will look at how to tackle these challenges and develop fully accessible technology in today’s world, regardless of which tools you choose.

> Schedule

6.15 pm – Doors open, receive visitor badges & grab food
6.45 pm – Door close & first talk starts 
7.15 pm – First talk ends – time to mingle
7.30 pm – Second talk begins  
8.00 pm – Talks end 
8.30 pm – Doors close

> Goals

ExploreTech Toronto is about exploring and celebrating diversity in the tech industry – in the technology we use, the roles and people. You will get a chance to hear from a variety of speakers who are working on interesting technical projects. We will feature speakers in different roles from Developers (front-end, backend, devops & Ops), Project Owners, and Designers.

Our focus is in creating technical speaking opportunities for new speakers in Toronto’s technology community and to help achieve true gender balance within our local tech leadership. Our events will showcase at least 50% female speakers.

> Speakers

Highly experienced devs/POs/designers in tech willing to share their expertise & experiences through 15-20 minute presentations.

Come join us for some food, drinks, mingling & listen to some interesting talks!

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