Polyglot  YYC

Date: May 5th, 2018

Location: Microsoft Office - 110 9 Ave SW 7th floor, Calgary, AB T2P 0S9

Breakfast & Lunch provided


Polyglot: knowing or using several languages. This event is inspired by the Polyglot Unconference in Vancouver. We hope to gather 80 Calgary software developers who will leave language, platform and possibly even editor wars behind and come together for a spontaneously organized day of amazing talks, round-table discussions, panel sessions, and coding.

If you've never been to an unconference (or open-space) event before, you owe it to yourself to make it to Polyglot YYC 2018. It's an experience like no other.

Why $10 tickets? From our experience, we see a larger drop off rate for free events. Any proceeds after costs (catering breakfast and lunch, security, etc.) will be donated to the Calgary chapter of Canada Learning Code.

Who are we?

Polyglot YYC isn't the product of some faceless corporation looking to make a buck by getting you to a conference and then selling you a time-share. The organizers are all community members from around Calgary: just like you! We saw a lot of user groups for Ruby, Python, functional languages, .net, etc. but very few places where developers from different communities could get together. We hope that Polyglot YYC will be that place: a place for technologists to get together and talk about the craft.

Community Partners

Join the grassroots effort to get involved at the YYC Design & Dev Slack team in the #polyglot-calgary channel

Support Polyglot


Polyglot YYC is made possible by our generous sponsors. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact us at on the Slack channel (primary point of contact is Tys von Gaza).


Open-space unconferences are spontaneously scheduled and 100% attendee-driven. Sessions will be proposed, selected, and organised at the opening of the conference. We also encourage attendees to suggest and discuss ideas in advance.

Talks can be on any topic that is even vaguely related to technology. It can be on a hard technical topic or on a soft topic like "Having Empathy". They should be between 30 and 45 minutes long. We'll have projectors and a bunch of adaptors, just bring a laptop if you want use them. Sessions aren't limited to talks—here are some unconference session ideas. The organisers have the right to decline any topics that are not relevant or that are potentially inappropriate.

Some of the talks we've seen mentioned are:

  • Version control with git
  • SOLID principles
  • Tor
  • Event based programming
  • boost::asio
  • py.test
  • Design for Developers
  • Kubernetes
  • Deploying websites to Azure
  • Getting started with messaging
  • The new, open Microsoft
  • Continuous deployment: a primer
  • Intro to TypeScript

Track Sponsorship:

Big Room 1: Clio

Big Room 2: Robots & Pencils

Small Room 1: Absorb LMS

Small Room 2: Stealth Mode Startup - Contact Chris Edwards


8:30 - 9:00 Doors open and sign in
9:00 - 9:30 Session ideation/generation & Breakfast (Sponsored by Agile Recruiting / Teamit Teamit)
9:30 - 9:45 Session voting & Breakfast (Sponsored by Agile Recruiting / Teamit Teamit)
9:45 - 10:30 Keynote - Jonathan Watson, VP of Engineering at Clio, formerly of Shopify & Zynga
10:40 - 11:25 Session 1
11:30 - 12:15 Session 2
12:15 - 1:10 Lunch (Sponsored by Paradem)
1:10 - 1:55 Session 3
2:00 - 2:45 Session 4
2:45 - 3:00 Afternoon Refreshments (Sponsored by Jobber)
3:00 - 3:45 Session 5
3:50 - 4:35 Session 6
4:40 - 5:00 Wrap up and closing remarks

Post event networking

There will be drinks (sponsored by YourHere) at Madison's 12|12 immediately following the unconference.


Microsoft Downtown Office

110 9 Ave SW 7th floor, Calgary, AB T2P 0S9


Polyglot YYC couldn't happen without wonderful volunteers. If you're interested in helping out and or volunteering please get in touch with us at on the Slack channel.

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at Polyglot YYC are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

tl;dr: Be excellent with each other.Full Text