Learn And Grow With Your Local Tech Community

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About Us

Dyspatch created Startup Slam in 2015 to showcase Victoria’s burgeoning tech sector. We bring students, developers, and entrepreneurs together to share ideas, knowledge, and expertise.

For 2020 we’re taking everything our community loves about Startup Slam online, and opening our programming up to attendees across Canada, offering them an introduction to the talent, drive, and curiosity in Victoria’s now thriving tech sector.

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Learn From Industry Pros

Startup Slam features interactive sessions led by industry professionals, centered around our four core themes: Fundamentals, Advanced Development, Product & Design, and Entrepreneurship. We handpick sessions that give you actionable takeaways and lots of food for thought.

Laura Cooper
Lead Developer, LeapXD
John Oram
Senior Backend Developer, Certn
Jason Michael
Software Development Manager, Checkfront
Aurora Walker
Software Development Manager, Bambora
Dave Robinson
Senior Developer, Bambora
May Pongpitpitak
Software Developer & System Admin, Tutela Technologies
Evan Savage
Developer Fellow, Code for Canada
Dave Russell
Development Team Lead, One Feather
Anne Thomas
Co-Founder, Shop Critique
Marisa Bernstein
Municipal Programs Manager, Code for Canada
Karina Rigby
Mixed Reality Software Developer, Gregory C Marshall Naval Architect Ltd
Stéphane Fournier
Freelance Designer, Sponsored by Gearbox
Jayesh Vekariya
Co-Founder and CEO, Joni
Deborah Motilewa
Co-founder & CEO, Afro Hub Marketplace
Yamila Franco
Co-founder & CFO, Afro Hub Marketplace
Julianne Johnson
Senior Customer Success Manager, Checkfront
Jason Carter
Virtual Controller, Virtual CFO

Our Tech Community

Over 25 companies and organizations have joined us to support Startup Slam over the years. It’s important that Startup Slam have as few barriers to entry as possible – the event is free to attend, thanks in no small part to the generous support of the tech community in Victoria.

Interested in shaping the future of Startup Slam? Get in touch with us to learn more.

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Talk to an Expert

My favourite part was definitely the talk to an expert session. It was super insightful and helped me to think about what to do next.

Diverse community. Incredible speakers. And it’s FREE?? What an amazing gift to the community: thank you Startup Slam.

My favourite part of Startup Slam was getting to go to talks and enjoying what they were talking about. It felt low-stress and very friendly.

I come to Startup Slam to connect with colleagues in the tech scene that I don’t see often enough and attend thought provoking talks.

At Startup Slam I learned about how people got to their positions and how some of the things I’ve learned in classes can be applied in the industry.

I like getting to reconnect with folks I haven’t seen in a while and networking with new folks!