AUGUST 25-27, 2020


Join thousands of folks online for 3 days of all things freelancing and side hustles. Interested in speaking? Share your expertise and empower the community to leverage the power of side projects!


Finding Your Audience

Shaan Puri, Senior Director of Product, Twitch

Founded bebo acquired by twitch. Currently heads product (mobile gaming) at twitch and co-host of the famous my first million podcast.
🚀 IDEA to Product

From 9to5 to

Daryna Kulya, Co-founder, Openphone

Alongside leading a thriving product community and managing product at Vidyard, Daryna spent her 5to9 rethinking business phone communications – leading to ycombinator.
💰 Venture Capital

Pitch Your 5to9 Project

Ameet Shah, Partner,
Golden Ventures

Founded FiveMobile, acquired by Zynga and now, a partner at one of North America’s coveted vc firms.
🤝  Community building

Kickstarting Communities

ROSIE SHERRY, Community manager, indiehackers

A community builder, indie hacker, founder of ministry of testing – rosie is a well known leader in building tech communities.

✨  Social Impact

Side Projects for Impact

Mudassir Azeemi, UX Designer, Wells Fargo

Apart from leading the interaction design effort for portal doing 13 trillion dollars of transactions every year at Wells Fargo, Mudassir also brought the Urdu language on Apple’s iOS 2 billion devices!
🧱  Agency

Starting an agency

Derek Vaz, Founder & Principal, DVXD

Previously the Group Director at HUGE Canada, Derek decided to venture out and start his own studio designing for new brands and products aimed at sustainable growth.

💼  Career

Making my own clothes

Maria Pereda, Director of Product Design, Roadmunk

Having been a designer for over 15 years, sometimes it’s easy to forget how it feels to be a beginner. Maria will share her 5to9 & how making her own clothes helped her become a more empathetic leader. Bonus: How you can also start making your own clothes!
🤝  Community building

Turning 5to9 into 9to5

Andy McIlwain, Community, Godaddy

Organizing meetups, freelancing, community building for GoDaddy Pro and more – Andy has a wealth of knowledge around turning your hobbies and side projects into a career, all while pursuing your interests.

🚀 IDEA to Product

Community-Driven 5to9

Stephanie Eckles, Author, ModernCSS.Dev

Stephanie Eckles is the author of and creator of Steph will speak about building community driven projects, automating for minimum oversight and setting processes in place.
📺 Youtube

Content Creation

Femke van Schoonhoven, Product Designer, Uber Eats

Femke’s 9to5 is a product designer at Uber Eats. Her 5to9 consists of co-hosting a weekly podcast (Design Life) about design and side projects, along with a YouTube channel touching on topics related to design and research.
💼  Career

Building Your Brand

Stephen Gates, Head Design Evangelist, InVision

Stephen is Head Design Evangelist at InVision. He is also founder and host of The Crazy One podcast which gives you actionable insights to be more creative, become a better leader, create more innovative work, build better relationships with your clients, grow a stronger career, and more.
🤝  Community building

Embracing Your Fuckups

Marsha Druker, Host, Create Community & Founder, Fuckup Nights Toronto

Marsha is a community expert and the Founder of Fuckup Nights Toronto (a community that de-stigmatizes failure). She is also the host of the Create Community podcast, where she chats with fellow community builders to define what community truly means.
💼 Career

Expedite Your Career

Marianne Bulger, CEO & Co-founder, Prospect

A multi-disciplinary strategist and entrepreneur, Marianne’s company recently launched the Canadian #COVID19 Talent Help List. In her spare time, she builds large scale mirror installations in natural landscapes and runs a global self-affirmation postcard initiative called Moon Mail. She’ll share how side hustles can expedite your career journey.
🔌 Building Plugins

Solving Problems

Gleb Sabirzyanov, Indie Maker

A self-proclaimed indie-maker and full-time Figma plugin maker, Gleb’s background is in design and development. He uses these skills to build digital tools that empower creatives because he wants everyone to be able to express themselves.
✨ Social Impact

embrace the hobby

Kezie Todd, Associate UX Designer, Puppet

Teaching herself anything from modular synthesis to origami, side projects are a way of life for Kezie. She looks to find the fun in venturing outside your comfort zone and help others do the same. Kezie has learned to carry the best of the 9to5 into the 5to9 and vice versa by bringing a beginner’s mindset and hobbyist’s enthusiasm to any project, side or not.
💼 Career

Inbound for freelancers

Stefan Palios, Founder and Publisher, Remotely Media

Stefan has been a freelancer since 2017 and is the author of The 50 Laws of Freelancing. From day one, he built an inbound funnel so clients come to him. To this day he has never sent a cold pitch. In this talk he’ll explain how you can build your own inbound client funnel.
💼 Career

Freelancer Finances

Mohammed Asaduallah, CEO, Benji Technologies Inc.

To be a freelancer is to be your own business. Mohammed is the CEO of Benji — an online financial solution that finds tax write-offs for Canadian freelancers by sifting through their bank transactions. Mohammed will share insights and actional steps that’ll equip you to make better business decisions.

About The Conference

5to9 Conference is a virtual 3-day conference, focused on exploring how folks can leverage the power of side projects to diversify their income streams, launch their passion projects and more.

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