Ontario Centres of Excellence held its 14th Annual Discovery 2019 on May 13 and 14, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It showcased leading-edge innovations in Ontario, across Canada, and globally. According to organizers, the Discovery conference and showcase attracted more than 3,600 attendees and over 500 exhibitors. Discovery’s 200,000-square-foot show floor featured exhibitors from start-ups and established companies in a wide range of tech and business sectors. The conference covered immerging technologies such as 5G networks, connected and autonomous vehicles, space exploration tech, advanced manufacturing, healthcare tech, cleantech, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR).
Torontoartsandevents found the following keynote addresses interesting:
On May 14, 2019 Dr. Nicole Buckley, Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA’s) Chief Scientist, Life Sciences and ISS Utilization entertained the audience about the Lunar Gateway and the challenges humans face as we explore space. Of interest was how companies could apply to supply the CSA with technologies and the difficulties encountered in applying technologies on earth in space and vice versa.
Norm Judah, former Enterprise Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Microsoft discussed technical strategy, architectures and innovation, building technical leaders, digital transformation and making AI real. He brought up issues such as privacy and security and how an organization does not have to wait until its data is perfect before implementing an agile AI application.
Discovery also had panel discussions with entrepreneurs and industry experts across Canada in the areas of : 5G and C/AV: Connectivity and Autonomous Vehicles Enter the Fast Lane, Scale Every Mountain: From Start-up to Scale-up, There’s No “I” in Network: How to Build High-Quality Connections with Less Small Talk and More Big Listening, Innovative Cannabis Growth, The Next Generation of Mining and Advanced Manufacturing, Planting the Seeds of Foodtech Innovation, Appetite for Innovation: Canadian Agri-food is Hungry for the Digital Revolution and Next Generation Energy: Beyond Petroleum.
Networking & Career Development:
Students, job seekers, entrepreneurs, and start-ups had amble opportunities to network and interact with experts, investors, potential partners, career coaches and employers through: Meet an Investor/Ask an Expert Sessions, where attendees meet one-to-one with investors, experts, entrepreneurs, innovation agents, and professional services specialists; B2B Zone, where meetings were held between large corporations and start-ups and scale-ups; B2G Zone, where meetings were held between businesses and government.
For more on Discovery, visit www.ocediscovery.com
About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.
“OCE drives the creation of high-quality jobs by accelerating the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, digital media and information communications, advanced health, cleantech, automotive and ag-tech to drive economic growth and foster made-in-Ontario solutions.” [OCE]
Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery 2020
Discovery was an interesting and information conference. Check back here for Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery 2020.
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