Montreal, Quebec. 9 - 13 Nov 2020

About the Event

TechWeek is an institutional event of LaSalle College, promoted by the Computer Science programs which aims to bring together students, teachers, industry professionals, collaborators and the community in general around conferences, activities, workshops and mini courses on topics from the IT world. The past three editions have been so successful that TechWeek has become an awaited yearly event that our college community looks forward to organizing and promoting as part of its official educational projects.








November 9, 2020
10:30 - 11:00
Event Openning Ceremony
LaSalle College
11:00 - 12:00
Kahoot & Web Treasure Hunt
Innovators in Technology
Kahoot: Join us in this knowledge challenge at kahoot having a chance to win CAD $ 40 (1st place), CAD $ 30 (2nd place), CAD $ 20 (3rd place) in gift cards.

Web Treasure Hunt: Have fun and show your talent in this activity. Be the first to find and win a CAD$ 40 gift card.
Panel of experts
Alex Vilvert, Dara Aghamirkarimi, Sara Challab. Moderated by Nariman Mansour.
A panel of IT experts get together to discuss their career path, challenges, advice, tips to succeed and surviving the pandemic.
14:30 - 14:50
Tech-Talk: How I succeeded to get my Scrum Master Certificate
Mr. Mohamed Zeroug
In this tech talk I share with you some resources and tips to help you prepare and succeed the Professional Scrum Master Certification.
15:00 - 17:00
Workshop on Adobe XD
Mr. Alex Vilvert
I will help you learn Adobe XD efficiently and comprehensively. XD is a fantastic design tool used by industry professionals to product high quality & functional mockups. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to produce practical and effective User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) designs with Adobe XD.
November 10, 2020
10:00 - 11:00
Demonstration of GNS3 software
Mr. Andrew Golden
GNS3 is a simulation software that is able to use real Cisco operating systems therefore we can use GNS3 as a real network.
11:00 - 12:00
Workshop: Creating Shaders for video games
Mr. Felix Soumpholphakdy
Shaders are programs used in digital media to create various visual effects. They are commonly found in modern movies, animations and video games. Their creation involves an interesting mix of artistic and programming effort. The development of shaders has evolved significantly in recent years. New visual tools allow artists to create them without needing any code. On the other side, programming for shaders remains important for complex effects with performance concerns. Understanding shaders and how to use them is key in the production of modern digital content. Join me in my presentation that will cover an introduction to shaders for video games and guide you to create your first shaders. We will create shaders on three different platforms: web, Unity3D and Unreal Engine 4. I will show examples of shaders being used in a 2D and a 3D environment. I will also demonstrate real use cases from my own game Metal Unit.
11:00 - 12:00
Le modèle libre (OpenSource)
Mr. Patrick
Do you use FLOSS? In this session we will talk about “Free/Libre and Open Source Software” and introduce the various concepts around this movement.
13:00 - 14:00
Career Journey for a Linux Specialist
Mr. Ranmsés E. Martins Bastos
This is a presentation containing recommendations about career, IT Infrastructure & Operations, and life. Some cool real-word tools and projects are described, and the subject of Automation is approached with a quick demonstration of the Ansible software. In the end, the Red Hat Certification path is presented with the certs explained and the current number of certified professionals per country.
14:00 - 16:00
Workshop : Firebase
Mrs. Salima Hassaine
Nowadays, the need to capture and process big data is the main driving force behind NoSQL database popularity. It has been more than 40 years since the Relational Databases have been implemented and used by different organizations. However, in order to meet the growing demand of big data these databases need to scale up and use a cluster of on-demand servers. However, the relational database model is not well-suited for a distributed system spanning multiple machines. NoSQL databases provide a viable solution by focusing on performance and availability while also sacrificing some of the consistency usually identified with relational databases. A NoSQL database that does not use a strict schema, is an excellent choice to store large quantities of assorted and unstructured data. The stored data must always be accessible, from any location, and on any device. In this workshop, I will try to answer the question of why Relational Database fail to meet the Big Data requirements. I will compare Relational and NoSQL databases. Then, I will introduce Firebase which is a mobile and web application platform that provides tools and services to build applications. The most popular services are Firebase Authentication, Realtime Database, Firebase Cloud Storage, etc. Finally, I would like to present you a demonstration of developing Windows Forms Application in C# using Real time database of Firebase.
Accomplished Games by Students from Game Engines I and II
LaSalle Students
Watch a play through the best games made by students of Game Engine I and II since the beginning of Lasalle’s Game Programming program.
November 11, 2020
10:00 - 11:00
A guide for the Unity Certified Programmer exam
Mr. Glauber Torres
Unity is one of the most in-demand tech skills and has one of the highest forecasted growth rates. Do you want to stand out from the crowd as a Unity Developer? Gain a competitive edge in the job market and demonstrate to employers that you possess the technical skills by passing the Unity Certified Programmer exam. This presentation will cover key topics and will help you understand what to expect from the test with several practical examples.
11:00 - 12:00
Panel of Women in IT
Elena Encheva, Fary Fallahi, Livia Ferraz and Manpreet Kaur. Moderated by Nariman Mansour.
A panel of female graduates in IT have a reunion to discuss how their careers path have advanced in the industry. They share challenges they face as women in IT, advice, and perspective on succeeding in the industry.
13:00 - 14:30
Introduction à la cybersécurité
Mr. Hamid Guenaoui (French)
Les qui seront couverts sont les suivants: Quelques définitions; Types d’attaques; Programmes malveillants (malwares); Types de pirates informatiques; Types d'hameçonnage; Bonne pratiques pour se protéger
15:30 - 17:00
Nothing is random, even rolling a die
Mr. Kaveh Bakhtiyari
In ancient history, the concepts of chance and randomness were intertwined with that of fate. Many ancient people threw dice to determine fate, and this later evolved into games of chance. Today, we are still using randomness in our daily life explicitly or implicitly. It is however very crucial to understand the underlying concept of randomness and its importance. Firstly, we should understand what defines random value as random. Randomness has multiple applications in finance, game theory, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and many more. As of the nature of randomness, it is almost impossible to generate a truly random value. So, one of the challenging questions is that if there is no true randomness, can we predict it? The answer can bring us to the next level of possibilities in the world. For the moment, we should learn how these pseudorandom phenomena can affect our life, and how we can make a benefit from that.
November 12, 2020
10:00 - 12:00
How to build your startup Entrepreneurship business
Mr. Donald Provençal
This workshop is intended for anyone who ever dreamed of owning a business and wondered what it takes to make it into a reality. In this 2-hour workshop, we will be going over some of basic questions like: • Am I ready to start my own business? • Do I have what it takes to succeed in an Entrepreneurial business? • Do I have a good potential business idea? • What do I need before starting? • What are some of the tools that will make my idea clearer and easier to realize? (Business model canvas, business plan, etc.) • What kind of team do I need to make the idea successful? • What are some of the realities in today’s business environment that you should be aware of? Positioning the issues and concerns that reflex today’s business reality, we will challenge the participants to introspectively answer these questions. By the end of the 2-hour period, the participants will be armed with the confidence of a clearer understanding of what it takes to start a business and ultimately make the decision of whether or not to start the life of Entrepreneurial business owner.
13:00 - 14:15
Managing user accounts in Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Domain Services
Mr. Abdelhak Fennouh
This workshop is a set of demos performed in a Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Domain Services environment (ADDS). The demos offered are: Managing user accounts (Creating user accounts using different tools, Configuring user accounts attributes such Logon hours, user profils ...) Managing user desktops with group policies GPOs (Controling both the environment of the operating system and user experience, Configuring Folder Redirection and Scripts, Configuring Group Policy Preferences and Managing Software with Group Policy) Configuring Password Policy and User Account Lockout Settings
14:30 - 16:00
Introduction to RETROFIT REST Client for Android
Mr. Mohamed Zeroug
As future mobile developers, you will certainly be requested to manage multiple formats of data stored in the net. Thus, this workshop will be demonstrating that by teaching you how to retrieve, upload and parse data using RETROFIT REST Client for Android. To be able to engage in the activities of this workshop, participants will need to download and install Android Studio version 4 and create a virtual machine.
Click here to download Android Studio.
November 13, 2020
10:00 - 10:45
Even3 - From the first days to global launch
Mr. Leandro Reinaux
The story of how a personal initiative and side project led its owner to start a company that became a leader in that market segment in Brazil and allow him to prepare for a global product launch. The speaker will share the various stages of creating the start-up, the challenges faced, and mistakes learnt that led him to accelerate the growth of his business and receive investments.
11:00 - 11:30
Tech-Talk: What's new in C# 9.0
Mr. Glauber Torres
Anticipating the upcoming birthday of twenty years of C#, the .NET platform is going to launch one of the most exciting and expected versions, which comes to its 9th release. In this Tech Talk, discover the latest features that will make your life easier as a developer. Join and find out firsthand the future of C#.
11:30 - 12:00
Tech-Talk: Computer Vision in Healthcare: Saving Lives
Mr. Branislav Holländer
In this talk, I will outline what computer vision can do in healthcare and how it can help doctors with the diagnosis and even save lives. I will specifically showcase examples from 3D ultrasound analysis developed by our company PIUR Imaging.
13:00 - 15:00
Workshop: Python API and NumpY
Mr. Dara Aghamirkarimi
15:30 - 16:00
Closing Ceremony
November 14, 2020
13:00 - 16:00
Game Competition
The winning TEAM will receive CAD$ 80 gift card
Find a teammate to play our exciting Counter-Strike Global Offensive competition. In this first edition, our championship will have only 16 teams playing.


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    Mohamed Zeroug

    Mohamed Zeroug has more than 10 years of experience in IT. Teacher at Lasalle College since 1998, holding a diploma in computer science and several certificates: Oracle OCP, Professional Scrum Master Certification, etc.

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    Nariman Mansour

    Masters Higher Education, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), IT Expert, CS Professor, team leader, internships supervisor and CS curriculum design specialist. Founder and head of INT (Innovators in Technology). Entrepreneur and CEO."

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    Alex Steinheuser Vilvert

    Successful professor in the fields of programming, web development, mobile technologies, Database and Game development.

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    Branislav Holländer

    AI and software engineer, M.Sc., 6+ years of experience in computer vision and image processing. Currently a software engineer at Piur Imaging.

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    Dara Aghamirkarimi

    I am a software eng. graduated from ETS (bac. and master) with more than 17 years of experience (part time and full time) in the industry, here in Montreal.

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    Donald Provençal

    What I love to do is help student align their dreams with today’s business reality by helping them learn the skills and talents necessary to be tomorrows leaders.

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    Glauber Torres

    Over 20 years of professional experience developing enterprise solutions. Seasoned Microsoft Certified Trainer, Unity Certified Programmer, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.

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    Kaveh Bakhtiari

    Data Scientist, PhD Candidate in Artificial Intelligence

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    Leandro Reinaux

    Founder and CEO of Even3, responsible for the startup's growth and scalability

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    Ranmsés E. Martins Bastos

    Computer Engineer, M.Sc., Red Hat Certified Architect, Ph.D. Candidate

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    Salima Hassaine

    She received a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the University of Montreal in 2012, with the Award of Excellence.

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    Abdelhak Fennouh

    Professor of computer networks.

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    Andrew Golden

    Networking professor for 22 years... CCNA/CCNP/CCNA Security certified.

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    Felix Soumpholphakdy

    Owner of JellySnow Studio. Teacher at LaSalle College. Bachelor of Software Engineering.

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    Hamid Guenaoui

    Professeur d'informatique depuis 24 ans - Formateurs de formateurs Cisco (ITQ) - certifié IT Essentials, CCNA, CCNA Security et CCNA Cyber ops, CCNP et DEVNet Associate.

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