Waterloo Devfest

AI in Action: From Prediction to Integration

DevFest, the largest decentralized developer conference, transcends beyond a regular meetup to offer a rich array of activities including, but not limited to, insightful talks, hands-on demos, and highly interactive workshops. The agenda is specifically crafted to cater to the interests and needs of the vibrant local developer communities, providing an enriched learning experience and fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration.

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Venue, Lazaridis Atrium
Waterloo DevFest Lunch
DevFest Waterloo 2022
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Tanmay Bakshi

In 2022

250 in-person attendees and over 10k live viewers.

Whether you are a seasoned developer, a student, or an AI enthusiast, DevFest Waterloo 2023 promises a collaborative environment where you can enhance your knowledge, network with like-minded individuals, and be a part of the driving force that is steering the future of technology.

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Speaker Tracks
Talks & Workshops
Access to free resources

Workshops and Speaker Sponsors


Introducing Our Expert Speakers

Discover the minds driving innovation at DevFest Waterloo 2023. Our speakers, are set to provide insights and hands-on experiences that resonate with our theme, "AI in Action: From Prediction to Integration." Join us, learn from the best, and explore the forefront of technology.

  • Hoda Abokhadra

    MLOps @ Scotiabank | MCS-DS @ UIUC | Certified GCP Architect | AHF Advisor & Mentor

  • Mike Wolfson

    Lead Engineer for Able AI LLC

  • Jeremy Wilken

    Engineering Leadership & Futurist

  • Bardish Chagger

    Member of Parliament for Waterloo

  • David Cardozo

    Senior Designer

  • Elyes Manai

    Machine Learning GDE & Educator

  • Mark Ryan

    Manager in Google Cloud AI

  • Artur Badretdinov

    GDE, Director of Android Engineering @ Squire

  • Bryce Howitson

    Shepherd of ideas, designer of interfaces, writer of code, maker of prototypes

  • Alex Astrum

    Developer Relations Engineer @ Google

  • Jacob Lee

    Founding Software Engineer @ LangChain

  • Hana Hassan

    Founder | Talent Connector | Mentor | Community Builder

Agenda (with tracks)

Main Stage

  1. Registration (Coffee & Networking)

    - EST

  2. Opening Remarks

    - EST

  3. Opportunity Knocks

    Why a small-company developer joined Google by Alex Nicolau

    - EST

  4. Lightning Talk

    Bridging Talent, Technology, and Inclusivity: A Glimpse into Google's Ecosystem by James Campbell

    - EST

  5. Navigating the AI Odyssey

    Unveiling Unseen Forces with Jeremy Wilken

    - EST

  6. LLM Chronicles

    A Journey Through A Year of Evolution by Mark Ryan

    - EST

  7. Navigating Tech Transitions

    Hoda's Blueprint from Art to Machine Learning

    - EST

  8. Lunch Break

    Box lunches & Networking

    - EST

Room: Main Stage

Room: LH1009

Room: LH1010

  1. Women in Tech

    Breaking Barriers And Building the Future

    - EST

  2. Beats Meets Code

    Unleashing Creativity with breakbeatcode

    - EST

Main Stage

  1. BREAK

    - EST

  2. Engineering Arts & Crafts

    How to UI without a design degree

    - EST

  3. Navigating Explainable AI

    Opportunities, Challenges and Real-world Insights by Elyes Manai

    - EST

  4. Mindfuel Magic

    Skyrocketing Your Productivity with AI

    - EST


    Earn prizes by participating in interactive activity.

    - EST

Exclusive Learning Offer for Attendees

We are delighted to offer all DevFest Waterloo 2023 attendees complimentary access to Google Cloud`'s rich training resources, a value worth $299. Uncover the fundamentals of Generative AI through a specially tailored learning path at no cost. Additionally, discounted subscriptions to Google Cloud`'s full training catalog are available for those eager to dive deeper. Seize this opportunity, register now, and take your skills to the next level!

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