Speakers & Sessions - Student DevCon 2017

We're gearing up for our best Student DevCon yet! On March 25th, we're thrilled to bring together students from across campuses and programs for a day of workshops, keynotes, and socials. It's a fantastic opportunity for students to connect with CTO's and dev teams from our city's startups, scale-ups and enterprise technology companies. Be sure to pick up your $35 ticket today! 

Check out our first wave of speakers and sessions! 

Andrew Vikcsak

KEYNOTE: Andrew Vilcsak studied Computer Engineering at the U of A for two years before dropping out to join Airbnb in San Francisco. At Airbnb, he pioneered bringing Airbnb to mobile devices, designing and building the original iOS and Android apps and hiring and managing the team up to 20 engineers.

As the company has grown from 10 employees to over 3000 across 20 offices all around the world, he has shifted his focus to applying technology and design to expand Airbnb's social good and humanitarian programs.

Stefan Martynkiw

ANDROID APP DEVELOPMENTStefan Martynkiw, a recent graduate of Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta, is currently an Android developer at Drivewyze. Drivewyze is an Edmonton-based road safety notification and weigh station bypass service provider that operates across 38 American states. In his spare time, Stefan likes to tinker with computers and electronics, with hobby projects ranging from breadboarded Z80 microcomputers to tinkering with his car's On-Board Computer. Stefan enjoys mentoring students and builds example projects on GitHub to demonstrate the use and setup of new technologies used in industry. 

Nathaniel Rossol

INTRODUCTION TO VR WITH UNREAL 4: Nathaniel Rossol has had a long-time passion for game creation. In his earlier years, he participated in several mod competitions, earning a few prizes from the international Make Something Unreal Competition. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D. in Computing Science from University of Alberta, and now teach games, graphics, and computing part-time at MacEwan University. His primary focus, however, is on vrCAVE which creates cutting-edge multiplayer VR games that people can play collaboratively with their friends.

Stephanie Enders

BUSINESS MODEL 101: Stephanie Enders is part of the Startup Edmonton team and manages marketing, communications, and foundational programming.

For more than a decade, her professional practice has focused on bridging the gap between creators and audiences, tech products and customers, and letting the creativity and passion of builders shine at the centre of marketing and communication efforts. She has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Broadway Across Canada, Canadian Cancer Foundation, and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. 

In addition to her work supporting technology founders, Steph teaches at MacEwan University in the Arts and Cultural Management Program.

Heather Whyte

HOW TO GET HIRED!: Heather Whyte is passionate about maximizing people's potential, something she has done in her work across Canada, Mexico, and Rwanda. From rebuilding a crumbled non-profit from the ground up, to experimenting in the solar energy industry, she knows how building the right team is make-or-break to your success. During her 6 years at AIESEC, she reviewed thousands of entry-level resumes, facilitated group and individual career development trainings, and helped place hundreds of students into local and international internships. Now she's focused on growing Granify's all-star team as People Operations Manager. She is responsible for all areas of hiring - entry-level and VP, developers and designers, Edmonton and Austin - as well as creating a work environment where you can do and be your best.

Who is Student DevCon is suitable for?

  • Postsecondary students studying computing science and computer engineering.
  • Students with proficiency in computer programming or IT.
  • High school students with an interest in computing science are also encouraged to attend - Comp Sci 20 or 30 required.

*Please note: Valid Student I.D. will be requested at the registration desk. If you are not currently a student and interested in attending the program, please email hello@startupedmonton.com