Festival Highlights


The Humble Pioneer
An Interview with Vera Frenkel

In an interview with the Digifest 2014 Digital Pioneer Award Winner, Vera Frenkel, Digifest Blogger Marcello Ferrara discovers that humility — and the ability to occasionally disconnect — are keys to empowerment and happiness in a world driven by digital technology.


Day 2 Reflection: “Live Fast, DIY Young”

Today’s ethos was summed up by MaRS’ Sameer Vasta’s aphorism: “Data doesn’t help you make better decisions, the information you get from the data and the stories you tell do.”


Arduino And The Challenges of Open Source
An Interview With Massimo Banzi

At the moment I think open hardware is going through some interesting challenges because the open hardware model I don’t think has reached maturity yet. So there is a group a companies that are generating a lot of interesting and valuable ideas, products, software, hardware…


Competing With The Big Boys
An Interview with Anthony Lacavera

It’s not dissimilar to the construction of other types of infrastructure – whether it’s a hydro-grid or it’s a toll road or it’s a highway. It’s an infrastructure project that involves constructing towers and antennas across the country…


Embrace The “Zig Zags”
An Interview with Mercedes Bunz

There’s this weird thing about technology where it has a lot of entry points, so we can never look into the future and exactly say what the next big thing is – there’s no logic to it. It goes in zigzags. This is why it keeps on being fascinating. If there is magic, I think the zigzag is the magic…


Close, But No Cigar…

Digifest guest blogger, Haroon Aslam, reflects on the Digifest 2014 Big Data panel and reports that despite the progress we’ve seen recently, there’s still a lot more work to do.


Living in a (Hyper) Reality
An Interview with Keiichi Matsuda

Day 1 speaker Keiichi Matsuda did not shy away from his uncertainty regarding our collective digital future. But, as Digifest Blogger Marcello Ferrara reveals in his interview with Matsuda, the present should give us some hope.


Day 1 Reflection: The Digital Beat Goes On

Under the glass plates of the Corus Entertainment building, standing above the waterfront, designers, entrepreneurs, students, and professionals gathered for the first day of Toronto’s own DigiFest 2014…


Designing Technology AND Human Experiences

Q: argodesign has set out not create just things, but experiences for consumers. Why do you think there is a demand…


Massimo Banzi

Co-founder, Arduino

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Thoughts about being a designer, by Mark Rolston

Festival Overview

Digifest is Toronto’s international festival celebrating digital creativity. The next festival will take place from May 8th to 10th, 2014 at the innovative Corus Quay building on Toronto’s waterfront.

At Digifest, you can expect to watch engaging performances, learn from top innovators and be part of a savvy and dynamic audience. From architects to app designers, creators and entrepreneurs take centre stage to share their stories and showcase the digital and technological discoveries that will re-shape some of today’s pressing urban challenges.

Festival Mission

Digifest showcases groundbreaking creations and trending content in digital media, art, design and technology. The festival fosters connections by bringing together industry, academics and the public, and inspires us to think about how digital tools and technology will shape our lives and our future.