ELEVATE 2018 HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATION IN THE CANADIAN CANNABIS INDUSTRY
The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Canada, so it wasn’t surprising to note that it got its own track at one of Canada’s biggest tech conferences—Elevate, a four-day tech festival that celebrates the best of Canadian innovation with Toronto’s startups, investors, and TED-style discussions.
SIDEWALK HUSTLE DOES ELEVATE: EVERYTHING WE GOT FROM IT
For its second Toronto edition, Elevate welcomed a roster of speakers and experts in technology, innovation and culture. Speakers like Wyclef Jean, Al Gore, Spotify’s Tobi Lütke, Eric Schmidt (Google/Alphabet), Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd and Square’s Sarah Friar carried out talks while sessions from companies like Condé Nastand Loblaw (who put on feast of a party at Portland Variety) made for a busy few days.
WHAT THE CFO OF SQUARE THINKS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MONEY
Cash has a cost. That’s one of the key messages that Sarah Friar, the CFO of rapidly growing mobile payments company Square, has for those still reluctant to embrace the digital payment revolution. Sitting down to chat with the Financial Post about the future of money at the Elevate tech conference in Toronto, Friar spoke about a town in Northern Wales with no bank branches — a more and more common reality outside of urban areas.
Elevate Techfest is Canada’s largest technology and innovation festival that attracts global professionals, tech leaders, investors, and creatives who are at the forefront of innovation. Elevate is taking place in Toronto this week and several University of Waterloo faculty and alumni are featured in this year’s event line-up.
WYCLEF JEAN’S MESSAGE TO CANADIAN TECH LEADERS – DISCOVER UNDERREPRESENTED TALENT TODAY
As the day for main stage talks at Elevate Conference in Toronto wrapped up, I was impressed by the great talks I’d heard (which I’ve summarized in my latest article for Betakit). However, one of the talks that stood out as quite different from the rest, was from acclaimed artist and music producer Wyclef Jean. Elevate attendees heard Jean preach diversity, reveal that his birthday is the same date as Canada’s cannabis legalization (Oct. 17), and even rap in English, Spanish and French
SHOPIFY FOUNDER WARNS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF U.S. TECH GIANTS SETTING UP SHOP IN CANADA
Speaking at the Elevate technology festival in Toronto, Lutke said his dream is to build a technology sector in Canada that is so strong that when people arrive in the country they feel like they just stepped off a time machine because the country is so innovative.
APPLE, GOOGLE, AL GORE, and CANADIAN SOCKS – DAY ONE OF ELEVATE
In its second year Toronto’s Elevate Tech Fest had a long list of speakers and companies but none were more impressive than Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt and former U.S. vice president Al Gore who closed off today’s presentations in their matching red and white maple leaf socks.
The famed climate change activist had a call to action for the Toronto audience saying, “I came here to recruit you. I want to directly ask that all the people working on tech in this fast growing tech hub that is Toronto, to find solutions to climate change.”
Elevate is a city-wide tech and innovation festival centered in North America’s fastest growing tech ecosystem. An essential destination for global professionals, tech leaders, investors, and creatives, the event features inspiring keynotes, topical content streams, experiential programming, and epic socials. Join us September 21-27, 2018 in Toronto to be a part of a diverse and inclusive community at the forefront of innovation.
AL GORE OR SOLVING THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS WITH DIVERSITY AND TECHNOLOGY
To a standing-room-only auditorium in Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Al Gore delivered an engaging speech yesterday about his core focus of climate change with a twist made for Elevate – how technology can drive global change. The former Vice President of the United States quipped about iPhones vs Android, the current US political situation, and delivered a call to action for entrepreneurs at Elevate
Returning for its second year to overtake the streets of Toronto from September 21-27, Elevate will once again showcase Canadian tech to the world. Expanded this year from three days to a full week, with over 300 speakers, 250 host venues, and more than 10,000 expected guests, Elevate has a lot to offer.
DISTRIBUTED APPLICATIONS, TEAMS, GENES AND GEOGRAPHIES WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF VC IN 2018
Earlier this year, the wonderful Candice Faktor invited me and my partners to the Elevate Toronto Conference. Walking through the MaRS innovation district — a gleaming, government-funded conference center where AI tech and healthcare startups work alongside venture capital firms and research labs — it is clear that Toronto has all the magic puzzle pieces in place to become a deep AI cluster.
At Shopify’s Toronto office, Elevate announced some of the speakers that would headline its week-long technology festival in Toronto.
Former VP of the US and co-founder of Generation Investment Al Gore is among the initial lineup announced today at Shopify’s Toronto office. Other speakers include Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO at Bumble; Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder and COO at Cloudflare; Yung Wu, CEO of the MaRS Discovery District; and Karan Wadhera, managing partner at Casa Verde Capital.
IT’S TIME TO CAPITALIZE ON TORONTO’S EARLY LEAD IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: U OF T EXPERTS
Thanks in part to research at the University of Toronto, Canada has emerged as an early leader in the artificial intelligence revolution – but truly reaping its rewards will require political vision, an ongoing commitment to diversity and an appetite for winning that, outside of hockey, is rather un-Canadian. That was one of the themes that emerged from this week’s Elevate Toronto festival…
DIVERSITY IS CANADA’S STRENGTH, ELEVATE TORONTO COFOUNDER SAYS
Like the vast majority of attendees at Elevate Toronto, Achievers Corp. founder Razor Suleman was born the child of foreigners. Before giving the new tech conference’s first-ever keynote, he asked the audience of around 2000 to stand if they were immigrants. More than two-thirds did.
ELEVATE TORONTO EMBOLDENS DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF INNOVATORS
What began as a pitch to Toronto’s Mayor 90 days ago has become the biggest innovation festival in Canada. Elevate Toronto kicked off its first year in fine form. Elevate’s inaugural year had some big numbers to show off: 5000 people, 100 speakers and 70 venues. Top that off with 96 different organizations contributing to its success, and you can say Elevate’s core ideal of collaboration is plainly on display.
ELEVATE TORONTO ADDS VINOD KHOSLA, AMANDA CREW AS SPEAKERS, $20,000 PITCH COMPETITION
As Elevate Toronto looms closer, the inaugural event is on track to hit 5,000 attendees with 95 community partners. Since BetaKit published its guide to Elevate Toronto, festival organizers have continued building the three-day celebration of Canada’s diverse tech ecosystem. As part of that mission, Elevate Toronto has announced new speakers and programs that highlight the importance of including a variety of perspectives.
The countdown to Toronto’s three-day tech festival: “Elevate Toronto”
Jodi Kovitz, CEO at AceTech Ontario, and Razor Suleman, co-founder & CEO at Elevate Toronto, join BNN to talk about “Elevate Toronto,” a three-day tech festival from Sept. 12-14 that celebrates the best of Canadian innovation with Toronto’s startups, investors and corporate innovators.
#ELEVATETORONTO launches tech festival to showcase best of Canadian innovation to the world
Mayor John Tory, who stopped by at Elevate Toronto’s launch, said that Elevate Toronto will become a major event for showcasing Toronto’s innovation ecosystem. “There is no doubt that Toronto is becoming a global centre for innovation and technology,” said Tory. “Elevate Toronto will become a marquee event for the city to showcase its innovation ecosystem, its talent, its ambitions and our undisputable leadership in areas like AI and FinTech.”
Razor Suleman’s latest project aims to help underrepresented tech voices
Razor Suleman, CEO of Elevate Toronto, joins BNN from Toronto’s CN Tower to discuss his hopes to empower the underrepresented voices in Canada’s tech community. “In Canada, we have 35 million people. We can’t afford to have half of the talent pool not engaged in our industry. We need to access every unique individual. They bring a different perspective. And if we’re going to win, we need to disrupt together.”
Toronto’s tech industry is booming and to celebrate and showcase it, the city is partnering with a bunch of tech-related organizations for Elevate Toronto, a three-day festival from September 12 to 14, 2017. Festival organizers are also focussing on attracting a more gender and racially diverse network of talent to the city.
Elevate Toronto seeks to celebrate tech diversity & attract global talent
Atop the CN Tower, former Achievers CEO Razor Suleman announced the launch of the event which seeks to attract a gender and racially diverse pool of talent to meet with technology companies and hear from industry leaders. Toronto is becoming an epicentre for emerging technology including blockchain, AI and fintech and Suleman believes it’s time to make the city a global destination for tech talent.
A massive three-day tech festival is coming to Toronto
Elevate Toronto will showcase the best of the Canadian innovation industry. Over the course of three days, Toronto will attract thousands of global tech leaders. Mayor John Tory welcomed the news of the Elevate Conference and was at the launch event on Tuesday.
Elevate Toronto to bring city’s startup ecosystem to global stage
While anyone looking out the windows on that foggy morning would have been correct that the festival’s organizers had their heads in the clouds, the event is anything but wishful thinking. Elevate Toronto aims to showcase the core values of the city’s bustling tech ecosystem: The diversity and inclusion present in Toronto businesses; the collaboration that is occurring between established business groups and startups; and the unique position the city is currently in thanks to local and federal initiatives.
“This is Toronto’s coming out party. We have many amazing things going on here. We’ve spent the last 30 years building a strong tech community, but the world doesn’t know about it.” said Alex Norman the co-founder of Tech Toronto an organization that helps tech entrepreneurs connect. “This is our desire: to claim a week to get everyone to join the party and see what’s happening. This is about getting our story out there.”
Elevate Toronto launches ambitious new technology festival
“Toronto is an amazing city and is incredibly well positioned to capitalize on the current wave of emerging technology,” said Razor Suleman, Cofounder & CEO, Elevate Toronto. “It’s our time – startups and corporate leaders are aligning with the government’s innovation agenda creating the perfect circumstances for accelerated growth.”