Digifest was launched as Canada’s leading four-day festival on digital culture, creativity and innovation by the DXNET at the Design Exchange. From 2001 to 2003, Digifest featured interactive installations, talks and demos led by international digital artists as well as the “Digifest New Voices” design competition showcasing works in film, web, 3d animation and gaming.
Digifest was re-launched by the School of Design at George Brown College as a three-day festival and conference in 2011. Digifest featured keynote presentations by tech leaders, exhibitions of interactive 3d works, recognition of Canadian leaders with the Digital Pioneer Award, the IT’S A START Pitch Competition for emerging entrepreneurs, Family Day of workshops for all ages, as well as off-site tours with creative tech organizations in the downtown core of Toronto.
Digifest was held at the Berkeley Church and at Corus Quay from 2011 to 2019 until the global pandemic. In 2021, Digifest emerged as a virtual global event, partnering with Italy’s MEET | Digital Cultural Center to showcase and connect projects in a “Phygital” format with audiences in Toronto and Milan.