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Startup slam


Startup Slam is safe and inclusive place for all people. Sendwithus holds the right to expel any persons from the event that we feel are in opposition to our code of conduct.





Sendwithus created Startup Slam to showcase Victoria’s burgeoning tech sector and provide insightful and informative workshops to young professionals. In 2014, the University of Victoria hosted the first Startup Slam and were joined by 60 attendees. Last year, over 350 students, developers, and entrepreneurs came together to share ideas, knowledge, and expertise.

Workshops will be offered on startup engineering, early stage entrepreneurship, and product validation and design.


Session Tracks


Beginner and StuDent Tech

Introduction to basic technical tools, programming best practices and introduction to new programming languages.

Audience: Computer Science and Engineering students, beginner programmers


Advanced and professional Tech

Introduction to advanced technologies such as Architecture Design, Databases, Scaling Systems, and API implementation.

Audience: Professional developers and advanced Computer Science and Engineering students



Introduction to building companies, apps, and products. How to assess customer feedback, market traction, MVP, and general business sense.

Audience: Computer Science, Engineering, and Business/Commerce students, developers and emerging entrepreneurs.


product and Design

Best practices and strategies around design concepts, tools, and implementation. 

Audience: Computer Science, Engineering, Business/Commerce, and Design students, developers and emerging entrepreneurs.



Talk to an expert

Have an idea you want to bring to fruition? Talk to investors, founders, and startup legal experts one-on-one about how to found a startup by booking a 10 minute session at registration. Space is limited, so book early to take advantage!

  • Startup founders

  • Angel Investors

  • Technical & Early Stage Development

  • Startup Legal



Every year we partner with a few amazing companies who help make the event possible. Interested getting involved?


Track SponsorS

Talk to an expert sponsors


fuel sponsors



8:00 - 9:00


9:00 - 10:00


Welcome and Keynote Presentation

10:15 - 11:15

Workshop Session 1

Workshop Session 2


11:30 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch & Talk to An Expert

Workshop Session 3

1:30 - 2:30

Talk to An Expert

     2:30 - 3:00

3:00 - 4:00

Workshop Session 4

     4:00 - 5:00

Closing Reception

Code of Conduct

Be welcoming

We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Be respectful 

Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It's important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Attendees should be respectful when interacting with each other and with anyone within the event.

Be careful in the words that you choose 

We are a community of students and professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behaviours are not acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
  • Repeated harassment of others.

In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

When we disagree, try to understand why

Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and Startup Slam is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we're different. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn't mean that they're wrong. Don't forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn't get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.


Sendwithus holds the right to expel any persons from the event that we feel is in opposition to this code of conduct.

If you feel that someone is in opposition to the Startup Slam of Conduct please contact a member of the Sendwithus team or another volunteer. You can connect with us using Slack, email, or in person (look for the volunteer tag). We will keep your identity safe if you so choose.