Are you ready to get digital? It’s time to take a step into the near future with Digifest 2018. This annual technology and startup celebration is organized every year by the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College. It’s a fascinating roundup of the most exciting and thought-provoking emerging technology, and ideas from around the globe. It’s all right here for you to explore, from April 26th to 28th.
This Year’s Digifest
The current global population is 7.5 billion people. Over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. In North America, over 80 percent of us live in cities. If you think cities are crowded now — just wait. By 2050 the world’s population in on track to top 10 billion people! As the number of people on earth continues to skyrocket, so do the challenges around food priorities, health, education, mobility, work and urban space. This year’s theme for Digifest looks to the future. It’s called HelloTomorrow: Our Creative Cities. If we are going to solve the challenges that face us as a global population, we will need creative ideas and new technologies. We will rely even more heavily on innovation and design in order to maintain or exceed our collective quality of life. Digifest 2018 is focused on how creative thinking today will shape our world tomorrow.
Digifest 2018 is a gathering place for creative minds from across Canada and around the world. There is an extensive list of speakers who will cover a variety of subjects around the challenges that face us today and into tomorrow. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss, listen and learn from the experts about the wonders we can expect and the issues that need to be tackled. Here are a few highlights of the event schedule;
Festival Kick Off on April 25th, 2018
Digifest 2018 kicks off, on April 25th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with Meet the Media Guru. This event features award-winning information designer, Giorgia Lupi. She will discuss her work exploring Data Humanism. Lupi is the co-founder and Creative Director of Accurat, a data-driven design firm based in Milan and New York.
Day 1, April 26th, 2018
Linda Vlassenrood, Program Director at the International New Town Institute (Netherlands) will give a talk called Towards a Smart Society. The idea of going beyond ‘smart cities’ to create smart societies will be explored. To build a smart society we must identify and understand the needs relevant to that society.
Day 2, April 27th, 2018
Join media industry experts to explore how technology will continue to impact and shape how we share information. Don’t miss the Media & Storytelling Panel,from 1:45 pm until 2:45 pm.
Day 3, April 28th, 2018
Join the fascinating demonstration Let’s Talk Science on the final day of Digifest 2018, from 12pm until 1pm, with Sujeevan Ratnasingham. Using a LifeScanner, DNA barcoding technology, any animal tissue can be identified. Explore what you’re eating, as well as what’s in your garden and home in this extraordinarily interactive demo!
The Interactive Zone
The Interactive Zone is your opportunity to take an experimental journey into the future! You’ll be able to see and touch the latest technology from the fields of development, training, and entertainment.
See the most promising ideas from the most promising minds at the sixth annual Student Showcase. Winning graduate student submissions from across the country will be exhibited for the public and potential industry partners.
Digifest Family Day
Gather the family and save some money as Digifest 2018 opens to the public for a free Family Day on Saturday, April 28th, form 10am until 4pm. Experience and enjoy family-friendly fun for all ages, panel discussions, and the latest addition to Digifest — The Food Tech Pop Up. This pop up looks at possible future foods, as well as the people behind them. There may even be some free samples to try!
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