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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.  

Digifest 2014, a large crowd of people standing around different table booths.
Four guest speakers sitting on stage, the second speakers is talking through a microphone.
A man is crouched down using a smart glasses device for viewing Augmented reality while another man is standing beside him watching the screen.
Presenting an award, three people standing together.
Two women pose in front of their Humber college table set up.
A man is helping another man put on smart glasses for testing out their Augmented reality device.
A winner of the it's a start competition giving a speech after receiving a $5000 cheque.
Six people are gathered on stage at the it's a start pitch competition. One of the speakers is presenting the award.
A man is sitting in a leather chair testing out Augmented reality using smart glasses and a controller in their right hand.
Two individuals are holding up signs that have unique codes in two separate colours. One is red and the other is blue.
Guest speaker Dr. Sara Diamond is on stage for the Digital Pioneer Award.
Four guest speakers are sitting on stage while the host sits to the left of them speaking into the microphone.
“It was a pleasure and honour to be part of Digifest again! The show was extremely well run and the visual presentation both on the web site and the show were excellent!.”
Ron, iNAGO Inc.
“Digifest was one of the best field trips that
I have ever been on. I loved this insider look on technology that most people don’t get the opportunity to see. The talks were very interesting. Thanks for giving us this opportunity.”

Kaitlin, Northview Heights Secondary School

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