Montreal is a major hub for Internet-related activities including web design, marketing, and especially technology and gaming development.
Here’s a list of some of the more popular conferences, meetings, and “camps” that you can attend on a fairly regular basis.
Running a periodic ( monthly/quarterly/annual) meeting is a major task and as a result, some will stop from time to time. New conferences are continually appearing as a great idea in one city takes off. In fact, many of the conferences below actually originated in other cities and these are simply the local chapter.
Note that keeping lists like this up-to-date is very time consuming so if you see an event missing or one that needs corrections, please feel free to add it in the comments below. Also, I have listed the more prominent meetings. There are many others that take place from time to time so be sure to ask around and network!
Social Media Breakfast
This event is typically held on a monthly breakfast. A couple of speakers are invited to discuss various topics related to social media while you eat breakfast. Many people who attend are business people from the Montreal community who want to learn about social media.
This is a great little conference for people interested in WordPress. This is all things WordPress, meaning that you will hear talks about everything from using this platform for Internet marketing to custom programming to the Nth degree. There is usually at least one party associated with this event that is worth attending. Tickets are very cheap and you get a lot for the admission fee. The Montreal WordPress community also holds several events during the year (some are meet and greets, others are more technical/formal).
If you’re into podcasting, social media, Internet marketing, vlogging, blogging, and related topics, this conference is for you. PodCamp Montreal is a great, affordable conference with dozens of speakers from diverse backgrounds. The event also features at least 1-2 parties for networking and having fun!
Web Analytics Quebec / Web Analytics Montreal (WAM)
This is for Internet marketers and anyone interested in analytics. The organization is for the entire province of Quebec but has meetings in Montreal.
Identity Camp Quebec is typically held several times per year in French. The meeting focusses on personal branding and related topics.
Girl Geeks Dinner
Socializing and educational event for all but especially for women in Montreal.
This conference is covers ecommerce. It’s primarily French.
Web Not War
This conference focuses on the Microsoft web platform, Open Source applications, cloud computing and the mobile world. This conference moves from city to city each year so it may be in Montreal again soon.
For users, programmers, and enthusiasts of the content management software Drupal. This is an annual meeting and admission is very cheap.
IMC Internet Marketing Conference has been held in Montreal for years. It’s an annual event in Montreal. Tickets are a little more pricey compared to the “camp”-style conferences but it is still very worthwhile.
This annual conference features sessions on Java, .Net, PHP, Python, Ruby, and others. The conference will appeal to programmers/developers and project managers. Tickets are $500-$700+. Confo is known as the “Angry Programmers” conference because it has been pointed out that the website lacks the finesse that a non-programmer would add to the site. That’s pretty funny!
This is an annual conference touching many aspects of the web. It is one of the largest of its kind in Quebec. Tickets are a little pricey but some sessions are free and you can visit the exhibitors section.
This is a small conference that focuses on the media and technology.
Technology Events & Meetings MeetUp
Many Internet-related events are scheduled for free or at a low cost on MeetUp.com. You will find a handful of training seminars here as well. Just visit the site and browse through the Montreal listings.
Montreal Meetings at Eventbrite
Eventbrite is a great source of local event information whether for Internet-related events or otherwise. Look through the Montreal area events and you’re sure to find meetings and training sessions listed.
TED (Montreal TEDx Events)
TED (Technology Entertainment Design) is an organization that holds conferences devoted to the concept of Ideas Worth Spreading. Since 1984, it has been a prestigious place for speakers. You can now watch many TED videos on their website (highly recommended). In recent years, the TEDx program talks emerged to provide TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. There are several Montreal TEDx events including TEDxMcGill, TEDxConcordia, and TEDxMontrealQuartierLatin.
This is an annual meeting north of Montreal. The topics presented are eclectic and include some tech.
This conference has an interesting premise: Each speaker gets 5 minutes with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.
Meetings where people network, share experiences, and discuss technology, business amd web 2.0. These started off as small gatherings of 20 or so people and have turned into much larger events.
Local Montreal Facebook meetings.
This is a socializing event for Twitter enthusiasts. Several different people have run Tweetups in Montreal. This is one of them.
These are monthly meetings to discuss mobile technology.
A small mobile meeting.
Meetings, networking, and presentations on different technology and Internet-related companies getting started. The event attracts hundreds of people looking for venture capital funding as well as entrepreneurs just interested in getting information. There’s an unconference and actual pitch sessions.
Networking event for the Montreal start-up community.
This networking event is held several times per year and geared toward start-ups.
Tap in Tuesday
This is an event for start-ups.
Some of the events listed above also have Facebook pages that are worth discovering.
You can network and find groups and events on LinkedIn as well.