About Me

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Short and Copyable Biography For Conferences & Meetup Organizers

Rami Sayar is a technologist passionate about the intersection of art, design and the web. For the past 5 years, he has been experimenting with the bleeding edge of emerging technologies, determined to find use for them in everyday life. In his current role as a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Canada in Montreal, Rami covers technical areas such as open source technologies, open data, and cloud computing. He is a frequent international speaker and has spoken at prestigious conferences such as Build, FITC, ConFoo, DroidCon, CUSEC, KWS and TEDx at HEC Montreal. Rami is prevented from sleeping by his curiosity for experimentation, his insistence on shipping high quality code and helping startups survive the grind.

Open Source & Web Evangelist

I lead the web and open source developer community outreach & advocacy, messaging and marketing & execution strategy for Microsoft Canada since August 2013.

I had the pleasure of speaking at over 75 major conferences, startup events, hackathons and meetups including Build, FITC, ConFoo, DroidCon, WordCamps, Startup Weekends, Lean Startup Machine, AngelHack, Founder Institute, etc. I have delivered five online courses live to an average audience of >5000 people on NodeJS, Redis , MongoDB and React for the Microsoft Virtual Academy.I organized four JavaScript conferences with leading web speakers in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary and an Open Data, Open Source & Web Standards conference that was globally livestreamed on Channel 9 from Montreal.

My technical articles have appeared on numerous Microsoft properties and popular, highly-trafficked sites such as SitePoint, CodeProject and noupe among others. See my other writing here.

I was awarded Worldwide Best in Role for FY2016 by Steve Guggenheimer and admitted into the HiPo, Lab One and Senior Technical Leadership programs.

I have also developed grunt & gulp plugins to promote modern web standards among web developers that was adopted by over 15 technical evangelists worldwide.

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The Community Organizer

Over the last three years, I organized monthly meetups for developers and engineers interested in a few select topics. Chief among them, I organize the Montreal Unity User Group which regroups over 800 game developers, 3D artists, game designers that have an interest or use Unity3D.

The Hipster Startup Dude

Desiring to help build Montreal’s tech startup ecosystem, I started the local chapter for Startup Grind. From September 2013 to December 2015, I ran monthly fireside interviews featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. We hosted Julien Smith, Andy Nulman, LP Maurice, Sylvain Carle, Greg Isenberg, Bruno Morency, Melanie Joly, and others.


The Student Years

Before graduating in 2013 with a Computer Engineering degree from McGill University, I founded the Code Jam @ McGill, the university’s largest engineering competition to improve training for my fellow students. In 2012, I was awarded the Scarlet Key for student leadership and significant contributions to the McGill community. I was also a teaching assistant and awarded the Faculty of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Assistant award.