All festival sessions will occur at Corus Quay (25 Dockside Drive)


8:30 AM

9:30 AM – 9:40 AM
Welcome Remarks

FUTURE15 TALKS (A series of idea-packed 15 minute talks at Digifest)

9:40 AM – 10:10 AM
The Path to a Product

Discover what it takes to turn an idea into a successful product and get inspired to take action. Brian’s built teams for startups and with large corporations, and learned some valuable lessons along the way about building successful products. Hear his story and get inspired to pursue your own ideas.

Keynote Speaker: Brian Pullen, The Working Group

10:10 AM – 10:25 AM
Pill-Flower Project

The Pill-Flower Project reflects an obsession with the omni-presence of pills and tablets in our lives.

Speaker: Lynne Heller, OCAD University

10:25 AM – 10:40 AM
The Future of Technology Education

As a computer science drop-out, Pearl has personally faced the hurdles of feeling like she never learned “enough” yet has successfully built a career not only as a developer but also as a tech educator. In today’s landscape, many people are entering into a technology career without any traditional academic training. Are schools relevant anymore? What is the changing face of technology education?

Speaker: Pearl Chen, Karma Laboratory

10:40 AM – 10:55 AM
Trading Privacy for Pleasure — Introducing ByoLogyc

Design fiction helps us grasp the implications of future trends and technologies in the world of today.​

Speaker: Trevor Haldenby, ByoLogyc

10:55 AM – 11:00 AM

11:10 AM – 11:25 AM
Games Culture Now

Digital games are exemplary objects for research, artistic creation, technical innovation and social mediation. The Technoculture Art and Game Centre  brings together scholars, artists, designers, engineers and students from all departments at Concordia to participate in their creation and to explore their broader meaning in an expanding information society.

Speaker: Lynn Hughes, Concordia University

11:25 AM – 11:40 AM

janusVR is a 3D VR internet browser.  It allows a spatial walk through the internet, inspired by the novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson who detailed a metaverse. The analogy is that webpages are rooms, and links connect rooms via portals.

Speaker: Karan Singh, University of Toronto

11:40 AM – 11:55 AM
To track or not to track, that is the question!

What is big data and what is an intelligent infrastructure? How the harmonious relationship between privacy, money and pleasure (or safety) will ensure a resilient design?

Speaker: Nastaran Dadashi, George Brown College

12:00 PM


12:30 PM – 12:35 PM
Opening remarks

12:35 PM – 1:15 PM
Nova Vortex

A performance on hydraulophone, featuring the primal sound of water, on the same stage as new technology: a performance for the ancient past and distant future.​
Performance designed by Ryan Janzen (additional credits to be announced)

12:35 PM – 2:15 PM

Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steve Mann, University of Toronto / Meta

Priveillance + FUNd

Meet the “Father of Wearable Computing”, Steve Mann, whose work as an artist, scientist, designer, and inventor has made Toronto the world’s epicentre of wearable technologies dating back to the 1980s. Priveillance, a concept Mann has developed through his inventive work, unites ideas of privacy, surveillance and sousveillance; while FUNd, unites fun and funding. Steve’s talk will share his approach to invention, exploration and funding.

Don’t miss the 2015 Digifest Digital Media Pioneer Award ceremony as we recognize Dr. Steve Mann on May 8

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Privacy Impact Panel: Leak, Crawl, Creep: Privacy Today


Nicole Bogart, Global News


Sukanya Pillay, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Dr. Christopher Parsons, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

Nandini Jolly, CryptoMill Technologies

Over the last 40 years personal information has expanded from discrete elements like a social insurance number, to now include every piece of stored or transmitted data our devices produce. This expansion of how we can be known, and by whom, is triggering a new social contract between government, industry, and people. This panel will explore the changing landscape of personal privacy from a legal, practical and design perspective.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Closing Keynote: Foteini Agrafioti, Architech

Privacy by Default

Forget about privacy as an add-on setting. How about embedding it in your design? Privacy doesn’t sell. Businesses may spend millions of dollars on reactive measures for privacy breaches, but fail to be proactive. Privacy-by-design challenges the dogma that labels privacy an “unnecessary trade-off”, and establishes a way to embed privacy into the core of product design.

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
IT’S A START Pitch Competition

The top startups to watch this year!  Over the past 4 years IT’S A START has discovered some serious entrepreneurial talent, and we’ve got more than our fair share of success stories including Think Dirty, Peekapak, Giveffect and Apartmint.  Contestants will have 3 minutes to pitch their business to the jurors and convince them that their business should win.  Jurors will consider criteria such as idea feasibility, pitch quality, innovation and creativity.

MC:  Matt Humphreys

Presented in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

All Day Events

Best of the Best Student Showcase

Pleasure Room Exhibition

Interactive Games


All festival sessions will occur at Corus Quay (25 Dockside Drive)

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

9:30 AM – 9:40 AM
Welcome Remarks

FUTURE15 TALKS (A series of idea-packed 15 minute talks at Digifest)

9:40 AM-10:10 AM
Fearless Innovation: Exploring Failure as the Path to Success

While the thought of “failing” is scary to most, it is in fact a necessary ingredient for discovering success. How can we foster a tolerance for failure in terms of taking risks and experimenting? Not only with technology, but also our business models and design principles. If we are failing, it means we are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. This lively presentation will provide counter-intuitive insight as to why success always starts with failure and, how to best go about innovating fearlessly.

Keynote Speaker: Jason Della Rocca, Execution Labs (Montreal)

10:10 AM-10:25 AM
Branded experiences in post digital age

This talk will explore how FEAST is creating immersive branded experiences through extreme video storytelling creative, multi disciplinary implementations and metrics driven execution.

Speaker: Lucia Mariani, Feast Interactive

10:25 AM-10:40 AM
Zata Omm’s vox:[email protected] Stage

William Yong (Artistic Director of Zata Omm) will discuss the motivation, insights and challenges of staging the biggest experimental dance show powered sustainably: Zata Omm’s vox:lumen @ World Stage 2015.

Speaker: William Yong, Zata Omm Dance Projects

10:40 AM-10:55 AM
Drones in the Industrial Market

An in depth talk about today’s most advanced aerial data acquisition platforms, how they work, the types of data they collect, and how professional UAV pilots utilize this technology in today’s Industrial Markets.

Speaker: Mike Cohen, Industrial Skyworks

10:55 AM – 11:10 AM

11:10 AM-11:25 AM

Neuroanalytics:  How to combine neuroscience and machine learning to track emotional response.

Speaker: Frank Russo, Ryerson University

11:25 AM-11:40 AM
Seeing bacteria in a new light. A potential game changer for wound care clinicians and patients.

The device will provide clinicians for the first time with new information about bacterial load in wounds which can be used to improve clinical assessment and make better medical decisions at the bedside.  MolecuLight’s revolutionary imaging product has the potential to meet this need and improve wound management, lessen the health economic burden and hasten better patient outcomes.

Speaker: Dr. Catherine Theodoropoulos, MolecuLight

11:40 AM-12:00 AM

The History and Future of Projection Technology (or “Where is my Princess Leia hologram?”)

Speaker: Hagan Carlile, MysteryBox Media


12:00 PM-12:30 PM
Best of the Best Student Showcase Awards

Participants in the Best of the Best Student Showcase are tomorrow’s leading designers, artists, developers and innovators. This exhibition features projects from students in their graduating year and introduces their work to an audience of local and international leaders in the digital industry.

Presented in partnership with TD Bank

12:30 PM-12:35 PM
Opening remarks

12:35 PM – 1:30PM
Keynote / Meet the Media Guru Speakers: Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, University of Victoria

Surveillance Never Sleeps

Join Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, leaders of Canadian media theory, on stories of drones, DIY bodies, and uncanny robots. They will share stories of dreaming with drones, dark singularities, DIY bodies, and robots trekking across the uncanny valley.

1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Future of Digital Currency: In Conversation with Anthony Di Iorio


Jesse Hirsh

Guest Speaker

Anthony Di Iorio, Decentral, Toronto

Join Jesse Hirsh, for a one-on-one discussion with Anthony Di Iorio, founder of Decentral and the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, to explore Bitcoin and the future of cryptocurrency.

Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Communications & Design at Ryerson University

2:30 PM-3:15 PM
Presenter: Patricia de Vries, Institute of Network Cultures (Netherlands)

The MoneyLab Project: Considering Digital Economic Forms in Times of Crisis

The MoneyLab research project of the Institute of Network Cultures aims to critically explore and map the politics of alternative digital-economic forms such as crowdfunding and digital currencies. Patricia de Vries will present some of the key findings of the MoneyLab Crowdfunding Toolkit, and the MoneyLab Reader, both part of the research project.

Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

3:15 PM-3:30 PM

3:30 PM-4:15 PM
Presentation and digital music Performance Felix Kubin, Germany

Voices from the ether: the sonic adventures of radio play

German sound artist Felix Kubin presents excerpts of his experimental radio works, showing the variety and possibilities of this genre ranging from classical plots to abstract word and sound experiments.

Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Toronto

4:15 PM-5:00 PM
Drone Videography

Speaker: Benoit Labourdette, Quidam (France)

Explore the world of filmmaking using video footage from drones – Filmmaker Benoit Labourdette debuts his drone film exploring the newly re-opened Picasso Museum in Paris.

Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Toronto

5:00 PM-5:30 PM
Digital Pioneer Award Ceremony: Dr. Steve Mann

The fourth annual Digifest Digital Pioneer Award will be honoring Dr. Steve Mann, a researcher and Professor at the University of Toronto, in recognition of his career as a life-long inventor and teacher.

5:30 PM-6:30 PM


MAY 9 | SATURDAY Family Day

All festival sessions will occur at Corus Quay (25 Dockside Drive)

All Day (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Startup Market: The STARTUP Market is a way for early stage technology startups to connect with the public in the main atrium at Corus Quay.  Meet the creators/inventors of lifestyle products in health and fitness, food, games for adults or kids, eLearning, SmartHomes, photography and much more!

(Presented in collaboration with Unifor)

Pleasure Room Exhibition

Best of the Best Student Showcase Exhibition

12:30 PM & 2:00 PM

Live Music Set: Felix Kubin

Join Felix Kubin as he performs two music sets based on his composition “Entre les incidences” which was written for and premiered at the festival, Presences Electroniques in Paris.  Performances will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm.


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Workshop #1)

Drone Photography and Videography with Benoit Labourdette, Quidam (France) & Marcus Dickinson, X4 Drones

Learn how to capture stunning aerial shots with a drone! Get an introduction on tools available for beginners and see demonstrations by professional photographers/filmmakers. You will learn basic skills for controlling the drone and lining up the perfect shots, flight preparation, navigation and more. Each registrant will get their own drone as part of the workshop fee. Limited spots available.

Fee of $119

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (Workshop #2)

Designing for Smartwatches with Brian Pullen, The Working Group

Smart watches are the premier devices in the growing category of wearable computing. As this category grows it has the potential to become as impactful as mobile phones before it. We will explore what types of applications work best along with how to build great user experiences for this emerging and diverse set of devices.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Workshop #3)

Digital Privacy at Home with Zach Aysan, Venn

The Internet is quickly replacing other forms of media and communication – how do different groups use the Internet to gain or hide information and how will that change over the coming decades.


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Workshop #4)

CryptoParty with Toronto Crypto 

CryptoPartys empower people to take control over their own digital privacy. At Digifest 2015 Toronto Crypto is introducing guests to four different privacy tools through accessible and engaging hands on experiences.

Thursday | Friday | Saturday



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