Digifest 2015 announces its new dates:

May 7-9, 2015 at Corus Quay

Thank you for being with us at Digifest 2014.

With conversations on wearables, Arduino, gaming, objects going viral, and so much more, we hope that you left with plenty to think about.

If you missed Digifest 2014, be sure to check out these videos by Intel, and these ones by Digifest volunteer Amanda Huang. As well, Digifest blogger Marcello Ferrara’s interviews and reflections from the event are well worth reading.

Congratulations to Vera Frenkel, who we celebrate as this year’s Digital Pioneer.

Congratulations also to our IT’S A START winners: Peekapak, Giveffect, Apartmint, and Set Scouter.

Watch this space for updates, and sign up for our newsletter to stay posted as we move forward. We look forward to seeing you again for Digifest 2015!

-The Digifest Team

Interviews and Reflections

 

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
An Interview with Mark Rolston

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