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 a sponsor 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.

We are working hard to provide a seamless and phenomenal hybrid experience for every one 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!


Event Details

Event Name: QT QONFERENCE

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

 

The Draft Agenda

You can view the draft agenda for the 2-day event at the link below. Please do not share widely as the agenda is still being finalized and timings, spaces, and content may change. 

View Here

Workshop and Speaker Applications

We are still recruiting workshop facilitators and speakers for the Qonference. This is another great opportunity for company exposure and a way to interact with the Qonference attendees. You can review the Call for Speakers and Facilitators Application Here!

The Physical Space

LOCATION - TORONTO, ON

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.

ADDRESS:
Microsoft Canada Head Office
CIBC Square
81 Bay Street, 44th Floor
Toronto, ON M5J 0E7

It is important that anyone attending the physical event be registered with QueerTech in order to access the building. Please have anyone that will be attending in-person review these ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS

Sponsor Space at the Physical Event

Space is limited and in order to create a great attendee experience, we are currently working on the best space configuration for the QT Qonference. Based on your sponsor level, there will be space made available to interact with attendees. Again, we are currently still working through the floor plan and will communicate the layout by September 19.

 

The Virtual Space

The virtual platform will be powered by Brella.io with fantastic tools helping us to facilitate a fully hybrid experience. You will have the ability to create a virtual booth, schedule both your 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 information. 

 

Event Registration

As a sponsor for the event you have a set number of both sponsor representative tickets as well as a set number of attendee tickets. Please read more about the types below. 

Sponsor Representatives

Sponsor Representatives will be anyone that is attending the QT Qonference to solely promote the company brand and recruit.

Because this event is a fully hybrid experience and space is limited, your team can participate either in-person or virtually. A template will be provided to collect the needed information. 

Attendee Tickets 

Attendee Tickets are intended for you to share with your ERG, internal employees or guests. These tickets are not to be used by recruiters.  

As a sponsor you have been allocated a specific number of attendee tickets in addition to your Sponsor Representative tickets. To use your allocated attendee tickets, whether used by employees or your invited guests, you will receive a registration link specific to your company and registration instructions the week of September 19. There is a registration deadline of October 3.

If you need to know how many tickets you are allowed, please feel free to contact us. 

 

Important Dates

Monday, September 19

  • Attendee Registration Opens
  • Physical space plan communicated

Wednesday, September 28

  • Sponsor Information Session

Monday, October 3

  • Virtual Sponsor Booth Materials Due

Friday, October 7

  • Virtual platform opens to Sponsor Representatives 

Wednesday, October 12

  • Virtual platform opens to Registered Attendees
  • In-person Sponsor Attendee Tickets Deadline 

Thursday, October 27

  • Allyship Partner Training

Tuesday, November 1

  • Sponsor Representatives Deadline

 

Trainings and Resources

SPONSOR INFORMATION SESSION

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, September 28 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern. RSVP TODAY

The session will be recorded if you aren’t able to attend. 

RSVP TODAY

 

RSVP FOR THE ALLYSHIP PARTNER TRAINING

October 27 @ 4:00 PM Eastern

A workshop on the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in the workplace
Together we will look at the main concepts related to sexual and gender diversity, some important dates in the history of these communities, the issues that LGBTQ+ people can face in the workplace and good practices to ensure inclusive workplaces. This workshop will end with the personal story of a woman who transitioned and how she navigated her experience in the workplace.

This training is an opportunity to learn how to be a better ally in the workplace and an opportunity to have your questions answered.

RSVP TODAY

 

TOOLS TO HELP

Questions?

If you have any questions or need assistance with our partnership, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or Naoufel!

About Brella

Brella is a great event and matchmaking tool that we will be using to power interactions and connections at the QT Qonference. Whether you and your team will attend in-person or virtually, the Brella app will be central to your interactions with attendees. 

This year, we are able to provide sponsor admin access to your virtual booth which will allow you to self-create your booth experience. We will send these invitations in a separate email. If you need assitance building your sponsor booth, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Saldaña for assistance. 

Here is a great sponsor resource to guide you and your team through accessing and building your virtual booth.

If you have any questions specific about Brella, please contact [email protected] or check out their FAQ.