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Digifest 2019: Creative Growth

April 25, 2019 - April 27, 2019

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*Please register online using the promo code NEWS19 to get 20% discount at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/digifest-2019-design-technology-startup-conference-tickets-5356453596

Join us on April 25-27 for Digifest 2019! Featuring the IT’S A START Pitch Competition, the new this year Educators Forum, the Interactive Zone, the Digital Pioneer Award, talks from industry veterans, more workshops than ever before, unique digital performances, MEET (formerly Meet the Media) talk, exclusive networking events, Saturday’s Family Day, and more you won’t want to miss!

Digifest is a 3 day design & tech festival, as well as a startup event, organized annually by the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College. Thought leaders, entrepreneurs, students and creatives from all industries come together for three days to share compelling digital content and discuss the future of design & technology.

From April 25-27, we will explore the theme Creative Growth. With the emergence of the digital economy, often referred to as the “fourth industrial revolution”, creativity leads as our new renewable resource for growth. Join us as we bring together leaders to share their creative stories!

Join us for key events over the three days including:

Digifest 2019 is your chance to…

  • Hear from some of the leading thought leaders in the digital innovation and creative sector.
  • Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level.
  • Interact with peer and build your network

It’s a conference and showcase for creative professionals, students and entrepreneurs.

This year’s topics will include:

  • Future of transportation and mobility
  • Tech and Social Good
  • Digtial Innovation and Jewellery
  • Branding and Cannabis
  • Future of Education
  • Tools in Teaching and Learning
  • VR Experiences

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 25, 2019

8:00am – 9:15am — Registration

9:15am – 9:30am — Welcome To Digifest 2019

9:30am – 10:00am — The Next Generation of Human-Like Vehicles, presented by Ron Di Carlantonio

10:00am – 11:00am — Future of Smart Transportation and Mobility, presented by Sam Saad, Afraj Gill, and Colin Dhillon

11:00am – 11:15am — Break

11:15am – 12:00pm — Enhancing Huamn Creativity Through Machine Learning and VR, presented by Sam Snider-Held

12:00pm – 1:00pm — Lunch

1:00pm – 1:30pm — PERFORMANCE: Project Key Code

1:30pm – 2:15pm — Beyond the Shadows: Business Lessons from the Dark Web, presented by Scott King

2:15pm – 3:15pm — Tech for Social Good, presented by Ceit Butler, Bassem El Remesh, and Alexia Hefti

3:30pm – 4:30pm — Creative Branding + Cannabis, presented by Matt Humphreys, Brandi Leifso, and Charles Bern

4:30pm – 5:00pm — Break

5:00pm – 7:00pmIT’S A START Pitch Competition

Friday, April 26, 2019

8:00am – 9:00am — Registration

9:00am – 9:05am — Welcome to Day 2!

9:05 am – 10:00 am — UX and Datavis: A Tale of Convergent Paths, presented by Manuel Lima

10:00am – 11:00am — Educators Forum sessions

  • The Impact of A.I. on Language Learning, presented by Hosni Zaouali
  • Enhanced and Accessible Learning Using WebVR, presented by Anthony Scavarelli
  • Sensory Design Excercises: A Novel Approach to Student Engagement, presented by Dr. Lois Frankel & Research Team

11:00am – 12:00pm — Educator Forum sessions

  • Photographic Animation for Film Makers and Photographers, presented by Tom Gasek
  • Language Learning and Gamification: A difficult relationship? Presented by Alessandro Puglisi
  • Digital Innovation + Jewellery, presented by Lina Maria Avendano, Korinna Azreiq, Wing-Ki Chan

12:00pm – 1:00pm — Break

11:00pm – 1:45pm — PERFORMANCE: Bears Stars and Trees, brought to you by The Chimera Project

1:45pm – 2:45pm — Educators Forum sessions

  • Best Practices for VR Education 2019, presented by Julie Smithson
  • Deaf-First Design: Gamification for Accessible Learning, presented by Amineh Olad
  • The Matrix of Applied Research: Connecting Classrooms with Industry, presented by Spencer Idenouye, Dan Stopnicki, Michael Bekiaris

2:45pm – 3:35pm — Educators Forum sessions

  • Data and Online Learning: The Future of Work and Learning, presented by Jake Hirsch-Allen
  • The JPEG is DEAD! Presented by Julia Krolik and Owen Fernley
  • Imagining Futurities, presented by Rosa Duran and Jennifer Chan
  • Classroom Tech for Engaged Student Learning, presented by Anita Gandhi

3:45pm – 4:00pm — Break

4:00pm – 5:30pm — Educators Forum sessions

  • Rise and Visualize: Designing Youth Spaces for Data Criticality, presented by April Xie
  • Leveraging Technology to Triple Participation Rates in Class Discussions, presented by Bobby McDonald
  • Design With Less, presented by Xavier Masse
  • Emerging Tech in Education, presented Rob Theriault
  • Off-Site Walking Tours

5:30pm – Book Launch with Tom Barker

April 27 – Family Day

10:00am – 10:30am — So You Landed Your First Job… Now What? Presented by Saikat Asaduzzama

10:00am – 12:00pm — Discovering Hoop Dance, presented by The Chimera Project

10:30am – 12:00pm — ROM’s Christian Dior Exhibit Research & The Pattern Technology Used, presented by Berta Pavlov

12:00pm – 12:30pm — NextGen Creative Growth: Hacking to Raise Creators, Not Consumers! Presented by Arushi & Artash Nath

12:00pm – 1:00pm — Diagrams for Game Designers, presented Jeffrey Pidsadny

1:00pm – 2:00pm — Exploring the Wonders of Motors for FREE, presented Michael Chan

2:00pm – 2:30pm — In Frame: What Video Games Can Learn from Graphic Novels, presented by Carl Spidla

2:30pm – 3:00pm — Games You Keep Playing After Putting The Device Down, presented by Michael Conway

All sessions will be held at Corus Quay in the main atrium (25 Dockside Drive).


April 25, 2019
April 27, 2019
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