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Toronto Tech Events to Watch for in the Second Half of the Year

As I’ve mentioned earlier, Toronto is quickly becoming the Silicon Valley of the East Coast. Evidence of this can be seen in the growing number of tech industry events slated to take place in the city in the near future.

Industry professionals seeking to learn from and network with other industry experts will have no shortage of opportunities to meet and mingle in Toronto in the coming months. Workshops, conferences, and social events are planned for professionals at all levels of their career.

Want to work for a tech giant like Google, Facebook, or Apple? Those hoping to break into the industry won’t want to miss Omni212’s “’How to Ace the Tech Interview’ Bootcamp” scheduled to begin July 31 and run through August. With convenient sessions held online on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm. PST, this virtual instructor led “bootcamp” will test your interviewing and problem solving skills. Attendees need not have previous knowledge of computer science, but the willingness to learn and the commitment to succeed. Registration is $200, with special discounts for seniors, students, the unemployed, veterans, and women in tech.

Nonprofit HackerNest will host a relaxed social at City Hall – Member’s Lounge on July 31 from 6-9:30 p.m. for members of the tech community, with special guest Councillor Norm Kelly. Attendees will enjoy drinks and discussion as well as have an opportunity to socialize with likeminded peers. A suggested donation of $10 permits entry into this event.

Financial tech pros should mark their calendars for August 18 when the Digital Finance Institute will host the 3rd Annual National FinTech Conference at MaRS Discovery District from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers promise an “engaging day of learning” that will conclude with a networking cocktail party at Borden Ladner Gervais from 5-8 p.m.

Many well known Internet entities such as YouTube, DropBox, Quora, EventBrite and other sites are built using Python. Accordingly, Python programmers are in high demand, with annual salaries averaging over $100,000. Join experienced instructor Rex Liu on Saturday, August 19 at WeCloudData for a free open class on Python for Data Science. Topics to be covered include how to set up the Python environment and data analytics stack, numpy, scipy, pandas, and matplotlib. With a price point that can’t be beat, this class is geared for both seasoned pros and beginners.

Meanwhile, digital banking executives and decision makers will convene in Toronto on September 14th for the Canadian edition of the Global Digital Banking Conference. This day of presentations and panel discussions led by industry leaders will take place at the One King West Hotel from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Topics will include the future of global retail banking, continuing conflicts between branch and digital, how to transform the customer service experience, artificial intelligence and IOT, and others. The cost of the conference is $495, however, early bird registrants will receive a significant discount if they sign up before August 14.