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