Canada's largest innovation festival will take place in Toronto from September 24-27, 2018
TORONTO, April 17, 2018 /CNW/ - Leaders representing the tech and corporate innovation community gathered at Shopify's Toronto office to announce 2018 plans for Elevate, a week long technology and innovation festival. This year's keynote speakers include: Al Gore, former VP of the United States and Cofounder & Chairman of Generation Investment, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder & CEO, Bumble, Michelle Zatlyn, Cofounder & COO, Cloudflare, Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS Discovery District, and Karan Wadhera, Managing Partner, Casa Verde Capital.
"Elevate is thrilled to bring global leaders like Al Gore to Toronto" says Razor Suleman, Co-founder and CEO of Elevate. "Our mission to elevate the Canadian innovation ecosystem is really resonating with people who see Canada as a global leader not only in tech, but in fostering a diverse and inclusive society."
Elevate anticipates 10,000 guests, 300 speakers, and 250 venues for this year's city-wide festival. Themes will include hard-hitting topics like data privacy and digital inclusiveness, as well as cutting edge technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence and fintech.
"I'm excited to be included in this year's festival," says Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder & CEO, Bumble. "As someone passionate about encouraging young entrepreneurs and women in tech, I love what Elevate is building and the values behind it."
In addition to its speaker lineup, Elevate announced the launch of Elevate-as-a-Platform to strengthen the ecosystem and encourage collaboration within the innovation sector. New this year, Elevate is partnering with the National Angel Capital Organization to bring the World Angel Investment Summit into the festival. Elevate also announced it is working with Startup Open House alongside the NewCo Festival, to connect over 4,000 students, job-seekers, and young professionals to hundreds of innovative companies and startups across Toronto.
"This is an exciting time for public service and the tech sector to come together and collaborate to drive innovation forward," says Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister Responsible for Digital Government. "At the Ontario Digital Service, we know that we can't do it alone. We must start with users and deliver, together."
Tickets and more information on Elevate are available via elevatetechfest.com.
Elevate is Canada's largest technology and innovation festival made by the community, for the community. The not-for-profit organization brings together founders, ecosystem leaders, corporate innovators, senior government officials, youth, and community partners to raise the profile of the Canadian innovation ecosystem.
For further information: Lisa Zarzeczny, Elevate, 416-892-3324, [email protected]