LAST UPDATE: NOVEMBER 8
Thank you for supporting QueerTech’s mission of queering the tech ecosystem by breaking down barriers, creating spaces, and connecting communities to support and empower LGBTQ2S+ people to thrive.
We welcome you as an attendee to the QT Qonference and hope that this guide helps you get the most out of the experience at this hybrid event. Please bookmark this page as it will be updated frequently with important information.
- Event Details
- The Agenda
- Accessing the Physical Space
- Accessing the Virtual Space
- About Brella
- Event Registration
- Connect with other attendees
- Anti-harassment policy
We are working hard to provide a seamless and phenomenal hybrid experience for everyone and appreciate your support as we launch this inaugural conference! As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in November, and thank you for helping us QUEER THE TECH ECOSYSTEM!
Are You Feeling Ill?
While it is no longer required to wear face masks in public, if you are worried about COVID infection we recommend that you wear a mask to minimise your risk. See Ontario guidance for more information. https://www.ontario.ca/page/public-health-measures-and-advice
If you have any Covid-like symptoms or you have recently tested positive for COVID, you should not attend the conference unless you can certify that you can comply with the Ontario provincial requirements:
If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, fever, or feeling at all under the weather, we encourage you to attend the QT Qonference VIRTUALLY!
Event Name: QT QONFERENCE
Event Theme: Finding your queer power
Event Dates/ Times:
Thursday, November 10, 8:00 - 18:30 Eastern
Friday, November 11, 8:00 - 17:00 Eastern
Event Website: queertech.org/qt_qonference.
About the Event:
The QT Qonference is our first in-person 2-day conference. For this first installment, we are excited to bring our QTs together for a two-day multi-sensory, interactive, and immersive experience. Our goal is to take the community on a journey of professional SELF-DISCOVERY, where they will be welcomed and encouraged to push beyond their current professional hurdles to find their FULL QUEER POWER.
Each of our sessions will be recorded and our goal is to stream live as many of the sessions as possible so that those not able to attend physically can still participate.
Streaming, Recording, and Photography:
Please note: All sessions will be recorded and shared through QueerTech channels to attendees and community members. By participating at the QT Qonference you consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition or reproduction.
You can view the detailed QT Qonference agenda at the link below.
The Physical Space
LOCATION - TORONTO, ON
YOU MUST HAVE REGISTERED FOR AN IN-PERSON OR HYBRID TICKET TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE PHYSICAL SPACE - NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE ALLOWED!
QT Qonference will be hosted by Microsoft at their offices located inside the CIBC Square tower. With beautifully designed spaces and sweeping views of the city, this center created to inspire innovation will definitely be an amazing source of inspiration for our in-person attendees and provide the built-in infrastructure to create a bridge to our virtual audience.
Microsoft Canada Head Office
81 Bay Street, 44th Floor
Toronto, ON M5J 0E7
It is important that anyone attending the physical event is registered with QueerTech in order to access the building. Please have anyone that will be attending in-person review these ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS.
The Virtual Space
The virtual platform will be powered by Brella.io with fantastic tools helping us to facilitate a fully hybrid experience. We will be inviting you to the Brella platform shortly before the event day. You will have the ability to schedule in-person and/or virtual 1-on-1 meetings and connect through chat with fellow attendees. To begin getting familiar with the platform, we encourage you to check out their great guide at https://help.brella.io/en. We have also included a section below, complete with Brella's information.
Brella is a great event and matchmaking tool that we will be using to power interactions and connections at the QT Qonference. Whether you attend in-person or virtually, the Brella app will be central to your interactions with other attendees and speakers.
To make the most of your experience, we encourage you to check out the Brella help guide at https://help.brella.io/en/i-am-an-app-user.
If you have any questions specific about Brella, please contact [email protected] or check out their FAQ.
You can get your ticket using the following link https://next.brella.io/join/QTQonference22/tickets
If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to me at Gabriela Coto Fernandez, Andy Saldaña, or Naoufel Testaouni!
Connect with other attendees
Let the world know that you will be attending the QT Qonference!
Here are a few tips and tools to help you out:
- Use the hashtags #QTQonference #QueeringTech
- Tag us in your social posts @QueerTechHQ
- Use the “I’m attending” badge below
- Use this sample post and make it your own -
“I’m attending @queertechhq’s #QTQonference on 10-11 Nov. Join me there and let’s find our queer power together! REGISTER TODAY at queertech.org/qt_qonference. #queeringtech”
I'M ATTENDING BADGE
If you run into any issues navigating this information or the QT Qonference, please be sure to reach out to the QT Team!
QueerTech is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from our events, conferences, and on-line communities at the discretion of the organizers.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to: • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination [related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion • Sexual images in public spaces • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following • Harassing photography or recording • Sustained disruption of talks or other events • Inappropriate contact • Unwelcome sexual attention • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.
Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.
You can make a report either personally or anonymously.
You can make an anonymous report here https://forms.gle/PcBCHWzgx9itEAMe8 .
We can't follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.
You can make a personal report by: QueerTech representatives can be asked for at Registration. Someone at registration can locate QueerTech staff to take your personal report. When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.
Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
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