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DevFest Burnaby 2023 ⛰️🍁🌲

event date

25 Nov 2023


Northeastern University Vancouver & Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre Burnaby, Canada

Hey, fellow tech enthusiasts! 🚀 We may be the new kid on the GDG block, but when it comes to conferences and organizing, we're like seasoned pros!

DevFest is where technology and fun collide in a spectacular fusion of innovation and excitement! 🚀🎉

Calling all tech wizards and Google enthusiasts! If you've got a passion for all things digital and a craving for fun, you're in for a treat. 🧙‍♂️📱

Get ready to embark on a journey into the dazzling world of DevFest Burnaby, where the magic of Google technologies comes to life! 🪄✨

Picture this: A conference that's not just about learning; it's a spectacular adventure! 🌟🗺️

At DevFest Burnaby, you'll be in the front row to witness the latest innovations in Firebase, TensorFlow, Responsible AI, and much more. Imagine meeting tech experts and fellow tech aficionados while having an absolute blast! 🤝🔬

But hold onto your hats because DevFest Burnaby isn't just any tech conference; it's the most enchanting and spellbinding event you'll find in Burnaby. 🎩🔮

We're talking about a tech wonderland that covers everything from Mobile, Web, Cloud, AI, AR/VR, IoT, and all the other futuristic tech goodies you can dream of. 🌐🚀

What's the secret sauce, you ask? It's all about bringing top talent to Burnaby, creating an inclusive haven for local developers to learn and grow, and fostering connections that will make your tech-loving heart skip a beat. 💼💖

So, if you're ready for a rollercoaster ride through the digital realm, mark your calendar for DevFest Burnaby! It's not just a conference; it's a grand tech carnival you won't want to miss. 🎪🌟

See you there, tech adventurers! 🚀🎉

DevFest promises to be an unforgettable tech extravaganza, and we've chosen two remarkable campuses as our event venues. Get ready to explore the best of both worlds at Northeastern University's and Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Downtown Vancouver campuses!

Our journey begins at SFU Harbour Centre's Fletcher Challenge Theatre and its grandeur sets the stage for our captivating opening and closing ceremonies. For the heart of the action, we'll head to Northeastern University's vibrant campus where you will dive into a world of innovation, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing.

Event Highlights

- 15+ speakers from top tech companies and development experts across industries and tool stacks

- Learn more about Angular, Flutter, Android, AR/VR, Machine Learning, Firebase, Cloud, Web, and other technologies

- Multiple tracks on Mobile, Web, Startup Community, and AI

- Some fun elements in the fest! A “Barbie”/“Oppenheimer” or double feature Barbenheimer, you ask?

- Local talent, as well as other experts from around North America, speaking and sharing their expertise on multiple technologies

- Meet other developers, designers, DevOps, Cybersecurity Experts, Testers, Automation Engineers, Tech Entrepreneurs, and Enthusiasts

- A dedicated audience of 100+ technology professionals

- Tickets cover breakfast, lunch, and coffee for that day

- Fun swags, subscriptions, and prizes

- Magical moments

- Impactful event striving to promote diversity and inclusion

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GDG Burnaby is a volunteer-led, registered not-for-profit chapter of Google’s worldwide developer community known as Google Developer Groups (GDG).

We acknowledge that it is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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Call for Speakers
Call opens at 12:00 AM

05 Oct 2023

Call closes at 11:59 PM

27 Oct 2023

CFP closes in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-07:00) timezone.
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We are seeking speakers, facilitators, creators, designers, makers, artists and founders who love to co-create unique and compelling experiences that activate their audience to:

  • Build with Google technologies in Mobile, Web, AI, and Cloud.
  • Create, Design, Code and Build for Everyone.

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We’re interested in proposals at all experience levels in the following tracks:

Track 1 : Mobile

Developing for a range of audiences and form factors building high quality apps, faster using: 

  • Android
  • Jetpack Libraries
  • Android Studio
  • Jetpack Compose
  • Google Play
  • Firebase
  • ARCore
  • Google Assistant
  • Large Screens and Foldables
  • Modern Android Development

Track 2 : Web

Creating fast, secure sites and apps, and solving common challenges quickly for the open web using: 

  • Chrome, Chrome Dev Tools, and UI
  • Baseline
  • Authentication - Passkeys + FedCM
  • Core Web Vitals
  • WASM & WebGPU
  • Firebase - Authentication, Extensions
  • ChromeOS
  • Angular

Track 3 : AI + Deep Learning

Bringing the power of responsible generative AI, machine learning, and LLMs to apps and workflows and leveraging AI to solve massive real world problems using: 

  • Generative AI - Gen App Builder
  • Vertex AI
  • TensorFlow
  • PaLM
  • Kaggle
  • Bard
  • Keras Core / KerasCV / KerasNLP
  • SimpleML
  • MediaPipe
  • MakerSuite
  • StudioBot

Track 4 : Cloud

Simplifying and scaling end-to-end development, accelerating application development, speeding up innovation and productivity without managing infrastructure using: 

  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Google Workspace
  • Matter
  • Firebase
  • Firestore Advanced Queries
  • Cloud Native tools and Techniques
  • Security / Secure Supply Chain
  • App Modernization - GKE / Serverless

Track 5: Methodologies & Frameworks

Accelerating velocity of value creation using open source, established, and emerging frameworks like: 

  • Agile & Scrum
  • DevOps
  • Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)
  • SecOps
  • DevSecOps
  • FinOps
  • Value Stream Delivery
  • DORA

Track 6 : Google Developer Ecosystem and Business Programs

Launching every developer with Google-made programs to accelerate their skills, expertise, careers and opportunities through community support and partner programs such as: 

  • Google Developer Groups (GDG)
  • Google Developer Student Clubs (GDSC)
  • Google Developer Experts (GDE)
  • Women Tech Makers (WTM)
  • Google Partner Program
  • Google For Startups (G4S)
  • Google Accelerators
  • Google for Non-Profits
  • Google Certification

Track 7: Diversity and Inclusion

Co-creating the future by welcoming everyone (regardless of gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, age or ability) to join us in technology.

Track 8 : Career Development

  • Portfolio/resume workshop for developers and designers
  • Resume Do's and Don'ts
  • Rocking your first coding/design interview
  • How to make your portfolio standout
  • Inclusivity and diversity in tech and workspace

Track 9 : Product Management

  • Mind the Product
  • Product Lifecycle & Success Stories
  • Product Management Software & Innovation
  • Product Manager Roundtable Talks
  • Product Marketing Community

Track 10 : Standup comedy/improv speaking or some pop quiz to entertain the audience? ;)

If you have something entertaining, give it a go. You never know! :)

Did you like Barbie or Oppenheimer or double feature Barbenheimer?

The only criterion is to generate some laughs and giggles from the audience.

Start your proposal today! The deadline is 28th October 2023 PST.

Session Type

  • Keynote - 45 mins
  • Lightning Talk - 10 mins
  • Session - 25 mins
  • Workshop - 45 mins 
  • Panel Discussion - 45mins - 1 hr (Must include all your co-speakers emails for your panel. Otherwise, we will consider it an incomplete submission.)
  • Pecha Kucha - 10 mins
  • Igniter Talk - 10-15 mins
  • Plenary Session - Conducted by the Organizers

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time star-in-the-making, we're rolling out the red carpet of fun and enthusiasm just for you! 🎤🌟

So, toss your hat into the ring, take a leap of faith, and send us your proposal. We promise it'll be a wild ride of knowledge-sharing and good times. Let's turn your speaking dreams into a fantastic reality at our event! 🎈🎉

Next Step

We will review all submissions and notify you the schedules two weeks before the event. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at

About the Audience

Most of our target audience is students/job seekers, including developers/designers/non-tech, but not limited to this. Anyone from any background is welcome to attend our conference. 

Travel, Accommodation & Expenses

DevFest Burnaby is a community-driven and volunteer-supported event. Your contribution is totally voluntary. Unfortunately, we are unable to support travel/accommodation for speakers.

If your company can cover your travel and accommodation expenses to speak at DevFest Burnaby, please let us know as we can add your company as a sponsor for the event!

For any further queries, feel free to email us at:

P.S. Amidst challenging layoffs, let's humbly extend kindness and community support to one another. ❤️

event fee

free for speakers