Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Collision From Home tech conference 2020

Canada's largest technology conference had just successfully settled in Toronto in 2019 for the first of three years (see photo at top), where it had welcomed over 25,000 people. Collision immediately started planning for the 2020 edition, then as Covid-19 swept around the world governments shut down festivals, concerts and almost everything that moved. Collision decided to use technology and instead of cancelling the conference in 2020 they brought the conference to the world - online. From June 23 to 25, 2020 over 32,000 people from 140 countries around the world will watch 600 speakers provide over 100 hours of online content, right from your home. You can still book tickets for the remaining days by heading over to their website and watch the informative talks, enjoy workshops that are still to follow.

Opening day featured Toronto Mayor John Tory helping to launch Collision from Home with a desire to start Toronto's journey in rebuilding the city's economy. "Toronto participants will have the opportunity to connect with members of these delegations representing academia, government, small to medium enterprises, foreign direct investment prospects, accelerator and innovation partners, technology buyers, start-ups and venture capital investors."

Mayor John Tory stated "COVID-19 is changing the way we do many things, including Collision – North America's fastest growing tech conference. I'm proud to participate in Collision at Home to showcase Toronto’s phenomenal technology and innovation sector and connect them to international investment opportunities but I especially look forward to the day we can welcome Collision back to Toronto.” The conference and the City worked together to make free tickets available to students, community groups, the tech sector, a number of higher institutions of education and to displaced tech workers. Tickets were also distributed to organizations that supported diversity.

Each day will includ discussions focusing on Black Lives Matter, the culture war in the upcoming US election, Covid-19 impacts and Mental Health. Speakers like Shaquille O'neal, Arianna Huffington, Anthony Scaramucci, Margaret Atwood and scores of high level executives from some of the world's most famous software and technology firms.

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