Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Toronto Collision Tech Conference 2024

I really like the saying "the Olympics of Tech" to describe the Collision Conference which is in Toronto for the last time before it moves to Vancouver in 2025. Almost 40,000 people attended the 2023 conference and the 2024 conference continues from Tuesday, June 18 to Thursday, June 20, 2024 in the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. While content runs from 10am till 5pm there is also Collision After Hours that you can check out as well, plus keep your eyes peeled for entrepreneur and tennis legend Maria Sharapova's talk.

The main stage is setup and ready for morning breakout startups and then Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave's opening remarks at 10:15am
Paddy takes to the stage and says that Collision will bring us together. He also noted that there were a high number of startups taking place in the show (1600) and 44% of the startups are female founded. 
Collision Conference will become Web Summit Vancouver when it moves to the west coast of Canada in May 2025. There have been a number of Web Summit events around the world; Web Summit Rio in South America, Web Summit Qatar in the Middle East and the upcoming Web Summit Lisbon. Toronto has had three in-person Collision conferences since 2019, wildly popular despite the whole Covid thing. The conferences began in Dublin in 2009 and in the years since have seen almost 1,000,000 attendees around the world join technology founders, entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders exchange ideas while discussing emerging trends which are, and can, impact the world.
The atmosphere has changed since thousands of people have joined the conference floor, checking out the vendors and catching some dynamic speakers at the multiple stages.

From Collision, "The final Collision event in Toronto will gather more than 40,000 tech entrepreneurs from 130-plus countries. In just 10 years, Collision has become the fastest-growing technology event in North America, often dubbed the “Anti-CES”, for its unique approach toward creating meaningful connections and communities."

Early in the first day of the conference I am looking forward to two speakers discuss "The real world impact of AI" followed by "To Infinity and beyond! The future of space". I also want to check out some of the startups and PITCH sessions. Check out the full schedule on the Collision website or App and fill up your own schedule, then make your own connections.

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See more of the show after the jump.
Build against the odds
Stethophone is for the health care system
DMZ booth
PITCH 1 is underway 
The Texans brought the cash
City of Brampton has a few arcade games setup
There was quite a lineup of food trucks
City of Toronto had a large presence

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