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HamOnt JS 2017

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

HamOnt JS 2017

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Regular 30 Sep 2017 $20.00 $1.80
Student 30 Sep 2017 $10.00 $1.20

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HamOnt JS is a JavaScript conference in its 2nd year... low cost and kick ass, featuring experts from within and abroad for a full day of talks... we would love for you to join us on Saturday September 30th!

Check out the schedule of talks below! HamOnt JS attendees can also expect morning coffee & snacks, lunch, afternoon drinks & snacks, and an after party!



9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Arrival and registration!  We'll have coffee and snacks available!

10:00 a.m — 12:00 p.m.

Juan Musleh (@juanmusleh)

Partner at Upspark

Talk: The Wheel of Startup Life

Technology teams, at startups in particular, are often too busy writing code and fixing bugs to step back and reflect on their practice. As a result, they are not able to adopt the mindset, tools and processes that lead to a higher performance. In this talk, we will explore some of those often overlooked areas that can transform how your team works. This is your chance to reflect on the health of your engineering organization and to walk away inspired and armed with some ideas you can start implementing right away.

Bio: Juan is a veteran technology leader with experience building successful teams in fast-paced startup environments. She is eager share knowledge and connect with the tech community through speaking at technology events. She has developed and led workshops covering a wide range of topics, from programming skills to leadership development. Her latest venture, Upspark, is a consultancy focused on helping companies turn their vision into reality via hands-on technical leadership that improves technology, process, communication and ultimately tech delivery and output.


Rohan Nair (@rohan10)

Head of Engineering at Pungle Payments

Talk: Leveraging the awesomeness of Async/Await in Node.js with KoaJS

Bio: Rohan is a polyglot developer, architect and experienced technology leader with over a decade of experience with Javascript. He is currently the Head of Engineering at Pungle Payments, building a real-time payments platform with Elixir, Node and React.


Nael El Shawwa (@naelshawwa)

Software Craftsman at FlashStock

Talk: Call Me Maybe: Do's and Dont's of JavaScript Promises

Promises have been around for a while in the form of various libraries (ex. Q, Bluebird). They started to first appear in JavaScript in frameworks like jQuery and Dojo (ex. Deferred). Today, ES6 brought Promises natively to Javascript. So what's the fuss all about and how do they fit into JavaScript's single threaded and asynchronous nature? This talk will explore some do's and dont's of Promises I have learned the hard way.

Bio: Nael is software craftsman who spent the last decade wrangling both software and people. Since 2008 he has been focused on building large scale JavaScript applications and helping teams see the "good parts" of JavaScript. As the VP of Engineering at FlashStock (now acquired by Shutterstock) he is responsible for the technology platform that helps Fortune 500 brands create custom and on-demand visual content at scale by connecting them to a worldwide network of photographers. Nael lives in Toronto and is also one of the co-founders of #DevTO; one of Toronto's largest developer communities that organizes monthly and annual events for the tech community. 

12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Fantastic lunch! Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available.

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Rob Porter (@rgeraldporter)

Chief Innovation Officer at Weever Apps

Talk: The Future Platform(s) of Web Development

Details: WebAssembly, MediaCapture, new APIs, PWA's, OS updates and more will shape the future of web development as a whole. Learn what's coming soon - and what you can start using today! An avid nature photographer, Rob is well known in Hamilton as a co founder of Weever Apps and Director of Field Events at the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club.

Houssein Djirdeh (@hdjirdeh)

JavaScript Developer at

Talk: Progressive Web Apps with Angular 2+

Bio: Houssein is passionate about JavaScript and all things web. Based in Toronto, he works as a JavaScript developer at On the rare occasions when Houssein is not working on a blog post or his next side project, he enjoys weightlifting and long walks on the beach.

Lightning talks - 10–15m each!

  • Sam Cymbaluk of McMaster University will review his work in building an automated full stack JS testing suite
  • Additional talks to be announced

Jennifer Champagne (@JenEChampagne)

JavaScript and IoT Developer

Talk: Creating a web interface for IoT sensors

Bio:  Jennifer will demonstrate a live JS/Device connection to the audience and explain how to build a web interface for IoT applications. Come prepared to participate!

Arsham Eslami (@aivalabs)

CTO at Aiva Labs

Talk: Creating a chat application with node and

Bio:  Arsham is the CTO at Aiva Labs, a start up based in Hamilton which brings machine learning to the forefront of web development. He has worked in all facets of the product development life-cycle and cherishes working with new technologies. Some of his favorites are Kubernetes, AngularJs, and Nginx. You can catch him working late nights at The Forge fixing server issues.

3:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

James King (@agentultra)

Engineering Manager at Weever Apps

Lightning Talk: Functional Programming in 2017

Bio: Back by popular demand, Jim returns this year with a follow up talk on the benefits of adopting functional programming. Jim has worked as a cloud consultant at Dreamhost, senior developer at Polar Mobile, Digisphere and Panometrics. He is involved in the Python and Openstack communities, and has also made contributions to WebGL, Firefox and Python. He is interested in functional languages, static analysis, and modelling software systems.

Eliad Moosavi

Software Engineering Student

Lightning Talk: Blazing-fast static sites with the great Gatsby

Bio: Eliad Moosavi is a 22-yo Software Engineering student, enthusiastic about React, Angular & Docker. He’s worked as a developer and designer at IBM Watson IoT & Gopher Labs Ltd.

Ursula Sarracini (@ursulasarracini)

Firefox Engineer

Talk: Writing modern React in a legacy code base

Bio: Currently working on improving the newtab page experience in Firefox using modern web technologies like ES6 features and React/Redux. Ursula's background includes work in Augmented Reality, 3D Modeling and enjoying good coffee.

Q&A Panel: All about the Javascripts

Ask whatever you like – this is your opportunity to learn from peers and expert developers!

Panel participants:

  • TBA: We're not going to say outright that we have some fantastic and as-of-yet unannounced surprise panelists, but yeah, we are basically saying that :)

5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Beer and pizza! Make connections, ask more questions of the presenters, and start great conversations. Have fun!

Sponsors and organizers

Thanks to our proud sponsors! If you are interested in sponsoring or contributing in some way please e-mail or details!



  • What dietary options are available?
  • Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available.  Although everything will probably be nut free we cannot guarantee this.  If you have any other concerns or requests please contact us.
  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements for the event?
  • Students are welcome, but the minumum age for attendance is 16
  • What are my transportation / parking options for getting to and from the event?
  • CoMotion is located in downtown Hamilton so getting here by public transit is easy.  During the weekend there's lots of parking within a few blocks
  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
  • No. Unless you want to give your ticket to someone else at the last minute in which case we will need to see the printed version of the ticket
  • How is this event only $20!?
  • We have a firm policy: we only organize events that we would want to actually go to ourselves! That means good food, a limit to total attendance, opportunities to learn and interact and a price that is actually affordable for everybody. Thank the sponsors for helping us to make this vision happen :)

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CoMotion On King
115 King Street East
(3rd floor)
Hamilton, ON L8N 1A9

Saturday, 30 September 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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