Schedule of Events

Thursday May 8th

8:00 – 8:45 am

Registration

8:45 – 9:00 am

Opening Remarks

Scott Dyer, Corus Entertainment

9:00 – 10:00 am

Mark Rolston

argodesign, USA

10:00 – 11:00 am
Wearable Tech Panel Discussion
Imagine a helmet that can alert the police about an accident when it happens, or a sweater that can give you a hug when it senses you need it. Wearable technology is changing how we live our everyday lives. But what does a world look like when what we wear is made “smart” with connected sensors? When our computers are no longer on our desks or in our pockets but instead on our bodies, we find ourselves faced with new opportunities and challenges that impact how we interact with the real world, the digital world and each other.

With Loretta Faveri, Dr. Karl Martin, and Kate Hartman.
Moderated by Tom Emrich.

Tom Emrich, Moderator

11:00 – 12:00 pm

Stéphane Natkin & Cécile Le Prado

Terra Dynamica, France

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Fantastic Toronto Food Trucks Onsite

Per Se Mobile
Blue Donkey Streatery
The Feisty Jack
Pretty Sweet

Partners Luncheon

Joan Vogelesang, President and CEO, Toon Boom Animation Inc.

by invitation only

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Interactive Dance Performance

featuring Ballet Jorgen and Sonic Wear

1:15 – 2:00 pm

Rylan Grayston

Peachy Printer, Canada

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Clean Tech Panel Discussion
The cleantech sector is leading a technological revolution in Toronto and around the globe. The need for clean technology is inherent in everything we do, from how we conduct business to how we manage energy intelligently in our urban centres. This panel discussion will explore the key innovations that are transforming the way we are building sustainable cities and economies in the ever-changing world of digital urbanism, and how the Internet of things is playing a significant role in these developments.

Nicholas Parker, Moderator

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Keiichi Matsuda

UK/Japan

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Daan Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde, Netherlands

All day

Student Showcase

at George Brown College

Digifest Installations

offsite

 

Friday May 9th

8:00 – 8:45 am

Registration

8:45 – 9:00 am

Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:00 am

Anthony Lacavera

Globalive, Canada

10:00 – 11:00 am
Big Data Panel Discussion
How will big data impact our lives? Who is collecting and analyzing the vast amounts of data now being generating around the world? The ability to harness ever-expanding amounts of data is completely transforming our ability to understand the world and everything within it. Advances in analyzing big data are helping us to spot trends, prevent disease, pinpoint marketing efforts and combat crime.

With Igor JurisicaNadia Amoroso and Sameer Vasta . Moderated by Jury Konga.

Jury Konga, Moderator

11:00 – 12:00 am
Gaming and Social Change Panel Discussion
Games that change the world
The rise and relevance of Social Cause games

What role does gaming play in how we engage those around us in positive social change? Join our panel as we explore the concept of Social Cause gaming, or games that change the world, where our panelists will discuss their recent projects from a pioneering game design incubator exclusively for women, to a David vs. Goliath battle against Big Oil, to the big man himself, Rob Ford.

With Cecily Carver, Jim MunroeSagan Yee, and Barnabas Wornoff.
Moderated by Ben McEvoy.

Ben McEvoy, Moderator

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Fantastic Toronto Foodtrucks Onsite

Per Se Mobile
Blue Donkey Streatery
The Feisty Jack
Pretty Sweet

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Eric Brockmeyer

Disney Research Interaction Group, USA

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Mass Customization Panel Discussion
In the age of mass customization, craftsmen, industrial designers and healthcare practitioners alike have access to tools and techniques which are greatly shifting how they are able to deliver services. With the onset of new digital technologies, mass manufacturing and the personalization of products can be part of one, harmonious system. This panel will explore how these technologies provide both individuals and companies the ability to connect and customize for their needs in ways which are unprecedented.

With Matt Ratto, Khoa Nguyen, Fanny Sie and Matt Compeau.
Moderated by Heidi Overhill.

Heidi Overhill, Moderator

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Mercedes Bunz

Hybrid Publishing Lab – Leuphana University, UK/Germany

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Digital Pioneer Award: Vera Frenkel

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Meet the Media Guru

 

Massimo Banzi

Arduino, Italy

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Digifest Install & Gallery Crawl

9:00 – 1:00 am

Digifest Wrap-Up Party at the United Steelworkers Hall

All day

Student Showcase

at George Brown College

Digifest Installations

offsite

 

Saturday May 10th
Intel Family Day

10:00 – 4:00

Maker Showcase

Over 30 exhibits featuring works created by artists, designers and hackers!

Interactive Installations

The “Listening Walker” by Terra Dynamica: A 3D simulation of Paris that blends from the abstract to the highly realistic. This installation was funded by the French government and featured at the “Futur en Seine” Festival in 2013.

“Drawing Space” by Luc Courchesne: Standing within a 360˚ panorama of interactive video displays, users can navigate a digital terrain, using gesture-recognition and a hand-held controller to intuitively explore the environment and leave their marks within it.

Wearable Technology Demos

Come test out Google Glass, see a helicopter controlled by only gesture using Myo, and much more!

Wearable Technology Performances

Performances by with Ballet Jorgen using SoMo of Sonic Wear to control sound with movement!

Arduinofest

A show and tell of the most innovative projects using Arduino microcontrollers. We invite you to submit your Arduino powered interactive object to Digifest. Select participants will have a chance to meet with Massimo Banzi, the co-founder of Arduino at the Maker Showcase! For more information, please contact info@torontodigifest.ca.

Student Showcase

40 top digital projects from 13 post-secondary institutions across Ontario, as well as select works from England and France!

Workshops

Attendees of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate in a variety of workshops including 3D printing, robotics and wearables. Participants will go home with something created at the workshop.

To sign up for a workshop, click here

10:00 – 12:00

IT’S A START Entrepreneur Competition

See the 20 finalists battle it out in this pitch contest finale for the chance at over $20 000 in cash and prizes!

11:00 – 12:00
& 1:00 – 2:00

TAAFI Animation Screenings

In Room 237 at George Brown College, Waterfront Campus

11:30 – 3:00

Fantastic Toronto Food Trucks Onsite

Per Se Mobile
Blue Donkey Streatery
Localista Food Truck
Pretty Sweet