List of Montréal startup community and developer events (ongoing)

Because of our position at MTL NewTech, we get asked daily what specific events one should go to. We've launched a few years ago the Montreal new tech community events calendar, which you can subscribe to so that you don't miss a beat! Just click on the +Google Calendar on the bottom right. You can also join our mailing list, as every week we try to cover the upcoming events and highlights. Still, it seems though it's not enough, so we've put up together this unified list of developer, designer and startup events in our awesome community of Montreal. Please feel free to reach out if we are missing anything!
You can also add your newtech and startups events led by the community. Please make sure that these events are about learning, sharing and networking. If your event is about sales, or purely commercial driven events please reach out to us BEFORE, otherwise it  will be deleted by the moderators. And if you have doubts please reach out to to confirm.
Thank you for your understanding.

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Startup conferences and events (for founders, investors, CTOs):


International Startup Festival is the go-to conference in Montreal, attracting small and big startups and also influencers and executives worldwide. It's happening early July and by far, the biggest startup and tech conference you should go to. Get a ticket

Montreal NewTech gets the startup community every first Tuesday of the month to watch 5 startups demos. It also includes panels and a great opportunity to find a potential cofounders or talent. Since its beginning, it has featured more than 250 startups on stage.

Startup Weekend Montreal gets entrepreneurs, designers and programmers together for a weekend marathon. Good to find cofounders and test startup ideas.

HackingHealth gathers programmers and healthcare professionals to work on innovative apps to improve healthcare. The model has since then expanded on many levels.

FounderFuel Demo Day gathers 800+ attendees for their Demo day. See impressive startups on stage, as they've practiced for 3+ months!

Accelerate MTL is a yearly event featuring members of the C100, Montreal and Canadian VC funds, as well as successful startup entrepreneurs. Go Big or go Home !

Startup Grind Montréal  is a monthly event, where featured speakers share openly to the public their experiences, success, failures, and how they've made it.

MTL + eCommerce is a monthly event featuring eCommerce experts as well as a large community of eCommerce owners and marketers.

Startup Drinks Montreal is an informal meetup every last wednesday of the month. It's good to have beer with bloggers, investors, or other startups and talk about what you are working. One of Montreal's longest running startup events.

Regroupement Startup is the french-speaking version of StartupDrinks Montreal and attracts a large group of entrepreneurs in Griffintown

Startup Open House Montreal is an opportunity for Montréalers to discover Montreal startups. By opening their doors, it's a window on how startups work, and perhaps later join them.

Startup Breakfast Club is a bi-weekly series of themed events, where startup founders pitch their startups to the crowd, along with a good breakfast. Steven Milstein, the founder, also brings in an expert each time to talk about a special topic (export, funding, etc.)

Lean Startup Machine is the business version of Startup Weekend. No programmers, no designers, just entrepreneurs testing the validity of their ideas. It happens every year or so.

Montreal Girl Geeks features talks, workshops and discussions featuring women in tech. One of Montreal's notable startup community group!

Keep Marketing Fun workshops are organized by the Brendans & Brendans and are focused each time on a specific startup topic.

MTLAppTalks is a regular events focused on mobile apps, such as mobile UX, marketing, development.

SEO Meetups gathers every month the local SEO community and features the best SEO experts.

Developer events (for programmers, sys-admins, makers, devops, security)


Pycon has been this year the largest developer conference, brought to Montreal thanks to our friends at Montréal-Python. It's an international conference, with attendees coming mainly from the USA.

Confoo is a yearly developer conference, started first as a php conference and now also covering other languages as well as professional workshops.

CUSEC is a yearly computer science conference, with an impressive line-up of speakers. It's notable also for its connections to universities (Montreal and as well Waterloo etc.)

RECON is a yearly security conference, with speakers and attendees coming from all over the world to talk about the latest developments and meet their peers.

NorthSec is a yearly applied security competition event, gathering students, hackers and programmers to hack on various challenges and systems.

Montreal mini maker faire is a yearly fair featuring hardware hackers, makers and artists meeting the public and expose their works. Fun for everyone!

#hackmtl is a series of hackathons for front-end and back-end programmers. Students welcomed !

BuildSomething is a yearly hardware hackathon at Foulab.

Ladies Learning code is a series of workshops with teachers and mentors assisting students throughout the day.

JS Montreal gets together every month front-end and back-end javascript programmers.

Montreal Python has a large community of Python developers centered around its monthly friendly meetups. The group organizes workshops, PyLadies and is also working on Pycon.

Montreal.rb is one of Montreal's longest developer group, about ruby, rails

php Québec has monthly meetups at ETS engineering school.

Cocoaheads MTL - a meetup for iOS and mac developers, every month in a Montreal pub

Perl Mongers meetup gather perl devs 😀

Android Montreal gathers monthly Android and Google developers. Android Montreal also organizes DevFests hackathons.

Big Data Montreal gathers every month at RPM Startup Centre talks about managing & processing Big Data, as well as the latest developments.

Hacks/Hackers Montreal brings together Journalists and programmers to bridge technology & media

DevOpsMTL gathers dev ops, sys-admins, developers every month to talk about the latest tools, technologies and cloud developments.

MTL Data gathers developers looking to work on data analysis and vizualisation.

The R User group features workshops and talks by R experts

mtlsec gathers every month computer security practicioners, consultants, hackers

WordPress developers meetups gathers themes developers and wordpress plugins developers

Vimtl gathers vim users and fans

OWASP Montreal gathers a community of developers working on software security

HackMcGill is a large student hackathon, with hundreds of programmers coming into town.

Montréhack is a series of challenges focused on security.

PyLadies is a more focused group of Montreal-Python, with monthly meetups.

Linux meetup gathers Linux fans 😀

Foulab hacker space has open doors events every Tuesday evenings. It's a great opportunity to talk to other hardware hackers and share what you are working on.

Helios maker space has their open doors every thursday. Discover the tools and the team

YulDev is a language-agnostic developer group, to meet other developer friends.

HackerNestMTL is the developer version of Startup Drinks. No keynotes, just drinks!

Designer events (for UX, UI, graphic designers, front-end designers)


Tout le monde UX - A meetup for UX designers and creatives to exchange on UX topics.

Dribbble meetup - an informal meetup for designers and creatives hosted by Kevin Clark of Shopify

Behance Meetup - bringing members to present and get feedback on their work, hear from experienced professionals.

5 a 7 UX-MTL is a UX informal meetup