International Women's Day

4th Annual International Women's Day Talks #IWDTO

Mon, March 12th 2018 6:00-10:00pm

888 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A celebration of the past & ongoing achievements of women in STEM

In our seven years #DevTO has worked diligently to organize timely, compelling, and engaging events for our tech-minded and developer community. In 2015, we set out to create one of our biggest and most poignant events yet: International Women’s Day Talks (#IWDTO). A day we celebrate and set a stage for women in tech to gather, speak and cheer with their allies.

Past #IWDTO speakers have included talented women in technical roles at organizations like Hillary for America, U.S Department of Education, SOASTA, Twitter, twilio, Bitstrips, 500px, and Mozilla.

Join 450+ people this year for an evening of tech and talks celebrating women in tech everywhere!

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Alicia Carr

Alicia Carr

We're excited to welcome self taught developer Alicia Carr from Atlanta, GA. Some years back, in a chance moment whist purchasing an iPad, the grandmother of 8 met a teenager who learned how to build an app watching YouTube videos. Enthralled by the idea, she enrolled shortly after in an Objective C course. This eventually led her to build an app focused on a topic near and dear to her heart: a domestic violence app. Purple Evolution, Inc (PEVO) App was established as an effort to empower women experiencing domestic violence with the essential tools required to develop a safe and secure exit plan. Her personal breakthrough and STEM success story has led her to be an invited guest at Apple's WWDC, as well as being included in campaigns by both Apple and GitHub. A staunch supporter and advocate of women in tech, she has spoken at conferences from Austin to Australia, Italy to Ireland, and from Monterrey Mexico to what will be her 1st visit ever to Toronto, where she plans to narrate her personal campaign and goal of empowering women.

Huda Idrees

Huda Idrees

Huda is the Founder and CEO of Dot Health, a real-time personal health data platform. With a background in engineering from the University of Toronto and a prolific career at some of Toronto's best known startups, she hopes to transform the way people access and control their own health information for good. A strong advocate for women and minorities in technology, Huda's work been profiled in numerous media outlets including The Globe and Mail, Metro News, CNBC, and Metro Morning. Huda's work in the field of entrepreneurship recently earned her a spot as a Top 5 CEO in Toronto Life Magazine. She was also recognized as one of Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017. Huda serves on the Business Innovation and Development committee at Sinai Health System, and the Canadian Federal Economic Strategy Table for Health and Biosciences.

TeLisa Daughtry

TeLisa Daughtry

TeLisa Daughtry is an Award-winning diversity and tech advocate; a social entrepreneur, self-taught and classically trained full-stack developer and multi-disciplined creative. She is the Founder of FlyTechnista, an online platform that seeks to bridge the gap between women & girls and access to education, resources, and career opportunities in technology. TeLisa has been recognized as a ‘Changemaker’ by The White House’ The United State of Women in 2016. She is a 2017 Ariane de Rothschild, Fellow; an alumni of Y-Combinator Startup School; the Founder Institute accelerator program; and Made In NY Media Center by IFP: Creative»Founder Lab program; a NextStep Advisor to Women@Forbes; a mentor at The Lower East Side Girls Club and iMentor. TeLisa is passionate about creativity, technology, S.T.E.A.M., and entrepreneurship; and empowering women, youth, and underrepresented groups of people in these spaces.

Melissa Truong

Melissa Nightingale

Melissa Nightingale is a founder and partner at Raw Signal Group. She is editor of The Co-pour and bestselling author of "How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership." Melissa’s been a startup warrior since the first dotcom boom and has the branded t-shirt collection to prove it. She has held senior leadership roles in marketing, pr, and strategy at several fast paced startups, including Wattpad, Edmodo, and Mozilla. Melissa cut her teeth in the agency world at OutCast Communications, SparkPR, and Edelman. Melissa moved to Toronto after more than a decade of working in senior tech roles in Silicon Valley. She is gradually adjusting to seasons. Melissa is a frequent speaker at industry events and universities about leadership, entrepreneurship, and women in tech.

Christina Truong

Christina Truong
MC & Moderator

With a decade in the tech industry, Christina has worked at digital agencies such as Teehan+Lax and Razorfish (formerly Nurun). As an educator, she has taught and created curriculum for Humber College and Ladies Learning Code. And as a freelancer, Christina provides technical consulting services and workshops, webinars and coaching for developers. She also teaches BODYPUMP, at Goodlife Fitness, to offset sitting in front of a computer all day.

Evening Outline

6pm to 7pm- Doors open / Networking

7pm to 7:10pm- Welcome & kick off

7:10pm to 7:20pm - Opening statement by Melissa Nightingale

7:20pm to 8:40pm - Talks by Alicia Carr, Huda Idrees & TeLisa Daughtry

8:50pm to 9:10 - Q&A moderated by Christina Truong

9:10 to 10pm - Networking

This is a catered event:. Nosh on canapés and small dishes, including gluten-free and vegan options, that are reflective of the diversity of women in tech featuring flavours from France, India, Korea, Mexico and Spain.

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