Digifest Schedule 2017

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10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
13:00
13:30
14:00
14:30
15:00
15:30
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16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
19:30
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20:30
21:00
Wednesday, April 26
Wednesday, April 26
Wednesday, April 26
Thursday, April 27
Thursday, April 27
Thursday, April 27
Registration & Welcome
09:00 - 09:30

Interactive Zone
09:00 - 18:00
West Atrium Exhibits

Student Showcase
09:00 - 18:00
Main Corridor Exhibits

Inspiring Agency Through Mixed-Media Storytelling
09:30 - 10:30
Corey Timpson, VP @ Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Time
09:30 - 10:30
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Corey Timpson, VP @ Canadian Museum for Human Rights

At the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, we deliver stories, that can be difficult, but the serve to inspire and demonstrate human agency, resilience and empowerment. Our artefacts are not 3D objects but stories themselves. And we deliver these important stories through immersive and interactive, trans and mixed-media storytelling, creating rich and meaningful experience for everyone.

Break
10:30 - 11:00

Be Your Own Brief
11:00 - 12:00
Nik Nieuwenhuijs, Creative Director @ CODE D'AZUR
Time
11:00 - 12:00
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Nik Nieuwenhuijs, Creative Director @ CODE D'AZUR
Twitter
Instagram
LinkedIn

In this digital world, we all know that advertising is no longer about banners or TVCs but about inventing new services and products that use technology a way that truly adds to consumers' lives. The cherry on top is if this also solves real human problems; it stands out, but fits in, with their routines, lifestyle, values they share and day-to-day activities. It needs to stand out by surprising them with intelligence, question themselves with ‘Why was this not here before?' powered with smart use of technology. Agencies have both the opportunity and responsibility to seek out and recognise these societal and cultural challenges themselves, matching them with brands that can make a difference.
But you don't have to wait for the perfect client brief to make this happen. In this talk, Nik , CEO of Amsterdam’s CODE D’AZUR will look into the bold agency process of creative strategies using technology with clients such as KLM and Snapticket. How they pro-actively deep dive into the market of the brand, understand their business and their challenges. Connecting the dots with a creative solution which perfectly fits the brand, adds value to their customers and ends being a fantastic business opportunity.​

Lunch
12:00 - 13:00
Featuring The Arepa Republic & The Great Canadian Food Truck

Featuring The Arepa Republic & The Great Canadian Food Truck

LinkedIn Learning
13:00 - 13:30
Jake Hirsch-Allen, Lead for Higher Education Canada @ Lynda.com
Time
13:00 - 13:30
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Jake Hirsch-Allen, Lead for Higher Education Canada @ Lynda.com

In this talk, Jake will explore his personal views on the future of education and specifically how to increase access to on-demand online content focused on the most in-demand skills. For instance, a proposed partnership with the government of Ontario would improve how our colleges and universities use Lynda.com's content and LinkedIn's data to highlight learning pathways and career clarity for Ontario's students, faculty, and staff.

Digital Champions
13:30 - 14:00
Janice Liu, Director of Digital Solutions & Operations @ Cossette
Time
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Janice Liu, Director of Digital Solutions & Operations @ Cossette

Janice will be giving us a brief history into how she got into digital media, the company she currently works for, Cossette Media and how individuals can champion themselves in their own career through digital technology.

Permeable Domesticity
14:00 - 15:00
Eran Chen, Founder, Executive Director @ ODA New York
Time
14:00 - 15:00
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Eran Chen, Founder, Executive Director @ ODA New York

Jane Jacobs' dream of life on the intimate scale of Greenwich Village's streets is fading as population density increases and forces us to build vertically. ODA is in search of the best practices to develop a new paradigm that infects vertical living with the human and social qualities of the low-scale housing formulas. We believe that our quality of life need not be compromised for the privilege of being in NYC.

Break

Digital Pioneer Award Presentation 2017
16:00 - 17:00
Don Tapscott, The Tapscott Group
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Don Tapscott, The Tapscott Group
Website

A digital pioneer is a true trailblazer within technology and culture. They embrace the unknown and stand at the forefront of innovation. Their work explores previously unimagined uses for emerging technologies. A digital pioneer takes a creative approach to solving complex problems and through that impacts culture and industry. A digital pioneer is the first to develop, use or apply technology in a way that has not conceived of before.
Don Tapscott is a Canadian business executive, author, consultant and speaker who specializes in business strategy, organizational transformation and the role of technology in business and society. Don was the originator of the term ‘Digital Economy’ and was one of the first people to predict the internet’s dramatic effects on business and government on a global scale. He is the CEO of the Tapscott Group, a think tank that regularly advises business and government leaders, and a Senior Advisor at the World Economic Forum.

Friday, April 28
Friday, April 28
Friday, April 28
Registration & Welcome
09:00 - 10:00

Interactive Zone
09:00 - 18:00
West Atrium Exhibits

Student Showcase
09:00 - 18:00
Main Corridor Exhibits

Demystifying Mobile Innovation From A Global Perspective
10:00 - 10:45
Andrew Low Ah Kee, Vice President International @ Go Daddy
Time
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Andrew Low Ah Kee, Vice President International @ Go Daddy

Emerging and developing economies are complicated and unpredictable, but also create opportunities to drive competitive development in their favor. These forces uniquely position young economies to dominate and fundamentally disrupt the future of mobility, in a context where mobile is often users’ first and only point of connected access to the Internet. In this talk, GoDaddy’s EVP of International, Andrew Low Ah Kee, shares his insights into trends in products and platforms that are fueling rapid growth in the emerging markets that are shaping and formalizing the global economy.

Break

Building Products at Scale
11:00 - 12:00
Satish Kanwar, Director of Product @ Shopify
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Satish Kanwar, Director of Product @ Shopify

Learn how today's fastest growing technology companies build and grow products, teams, and vision at scale. Lessons and stories based on the personal experiences of Satish Kanwar and Canada-based Shopify.

Lunch
12:00 - 13:00
Featuring Buster's Sea Cove

The End of Clicks, Swipes, and Gestures
13:00 - 14:00
Grant Owens, Chief Strategy Officer @ Critical Mass
Time
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Grant Owens, Chief Strategy Officer @ Critical Mass

It’s official. Artificial Intelligence is turning out to be the paradigm-shifting, technological marvel we were told it would be. Our devices are getting really good at talking with us. AI-driven, voice interaction has the potential to change how we work, commute, shop, live, learn, raise our children, and more. Unfortunately, many companies and consumer brands are not prepared for the shift.

Building the Future of the Video Game Industry
14:00 - 15:00
Kate Edwards, Executive Director @ IGDA
Time
Location
Main Atrium
Speaker
Kate Edwards, Executive Director @ IGDA

Since its emergence, the game industry has always had a certain character to it that eventually became accepted as "normal". This normality includes extreme work hours and/or extended periods of "crunch time", a lack of demographic diversity, a narrowing of what are considered "successful" games, while the greater public continues to embrace games as another mainstream form of entertainment.
Games are a unique cross-section of art, technology, and culture, and as these evolve and change - so do the content and role of games. Where is the industry going, and what do game developers really want out of it? With insights from the IGDA's annual Developer Satisfaction Survey and other inputs, Kate Edwards will envision what our game industry could be and what it could look like to consumers in the near future.

IT'S A START Pitch Competition
15:00 - 18:00
Watch the final presentations of our pitch competition!
Location
Main Atrium

IT’S A START is an exciting and interactive pitch competition taking place at Digifest 2017. Pitch your business, convince the judges of its value, and wow the crowd in 5 minutes, and you will have the chance to meet with investors, win thousands in cash, incubation space, and mentorship.
For more details visit the competition website here.

Digifest Schedule 2017
Wednesday, April 26