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The top 10 tech events in Toronto for spring 2015

Tech events in Toronto this spring will give industry members and amateurs alike an opportunity to learn, network, and check out some of the sector's most mind-bending new developments. You might be looking to break into a startup, get your own projects off the ground, or just learn from the best in the field - either way, this is where you'll want to be.

Here are my picks for the top tech events in Toronto this spring.

OCE Discovery (April 27-28)
The provincially-funded conference explores cutting-edge tech and research from within Ontario and beyond at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Among the highlights: A keynote from YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley and a panel (featuring representatives from Airbnb and Uber) exploring disruptive technologies.

Hack'n'Talk 2015 (May 1-3)
The second annual event, coming to the Ryerson Launch Zone, revolves around new developments in wearable technology and the intersection of fashion and tech. Organizers promise collaborative hacking sessions, guest speakers, and some unique workshops on colour theory and practical aesthetics.

Digital Media Summit (May 7)
A one-day event covering all things social media and interactive marketing, the Digital Media Summit will bring experts from all over the digital landscape to the Sheraton Centre. The speakers list is remarkably diverse, with representatives from LinkedIn and Hootsuite appearing alongside communications pros from Microsoft, Etsy, MLSE, and Royal Caribbean Cruise.

DigiFest (May 7-9)
A three-day celebration of digital culture and design, DigiFest is set to bring together creators, developers and entrepreneurs at the Corus Quay building. Festival highlights include the IT'S A START pitch competition, and the brand-new Pleasure Room, which features projects that rely on sensory experiences.

Monthly Tech Toronto meetups (May 11)
This group has been going strong since 2009, bringing together the city's tech community once a month over five quick-hit presentations of five minutes each by companies big and small (they call 'em 5x5s) - or grab the mic yourself and pitch your own project. (Bonus: Snacks.) If you miss the next one on May 11, don't worry - they'll be back all summer.

Speakeasy (May 11)
FITC and Onemethod (the branding agency turned La Carnita creators) are set to launch a quarterly lecture series at Onemethod's King St. offices, featuring experts in the tech world and other creative fields (appearing first is designer Jared Ficklin).

DemoCamp Toronto 2015 (May 12)
At U of T's Rotman School of Management, tech researchers, entrepreneurs and investors will gather for the Toronto edition of a series of free DemoCamps across Canada. Build a network, check out demos, and soak up wisdom from guest speakers.

Toronto Startup Job Fair (May 22)
New this year, the Toronto Startup Job Fair aims to connect fledgling tech companies with those trying to break into the field. Startups are still being announced for the MaRS Discovery District-hosted event; to sign up as a job seeker, check out their site.

Unbounce Conversion Road Trip (June 3)
This traveling digital marketing conference makes a stop in Toronto on June 3, when conversion optimization experts will take over TIFF Lightbox for a daylong crash course. Panels include "How To Write Copy That Converts" and "What To Do When All Your Marketing Results Are Complete Crap". You'll be a sellin' machine in no time.

NXNE Interactive (June 17-21)
This year, the digital component of the NXNE music fest has a brand-new home - the MaRS Discovery District. The lineup is still to come for the 2015 edition, but expect liberal doses of music, comedy, and pop culture content - last year's instalment brought podcaster/comedian Marc Maron and OVO's Oliver El-Khatib.

Did I miss any? Leave your picks for tech events in Toronto this spring and summer in the comments.

Photo via Hack'N'Talk.


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