Festival to showcase hot new trends in digital creativity and design
TORONTO, April 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The leading edge of digital innovation and design is coming to Toronto for Digifest, May 8 to 10 at Corus Entertainment on Toronto's waterfront. Presented by George Brown College, Digifest is Canada's premiere, international, digital culture festival, focused on the future of digital innovation.
Founded in 2002, Digifest is an annual event featuring interdisciplinary talks by some of the world's most visionary tech leaders, and showcases hands-on demos of cutting-edge innovations. It is conceived to bring industry, academia and the public together to celebrate hot new advancements in digital creativity, around the globe.
This year, Digifest 2014 will address the theme of Digital Urbanism and the Future of Cities. Its programming and events will highlight the latest digital tools that are facilitating creative solutions, and connecting people and networks that inspire us to imagine more responsive cities that will enable better living.
"This year, Digifest is focused on Digital Urbanism and boasts many of the world's best minds on the subject," says Luigi Ferrara, Dean of Arts & Design at George Brown College and founder of the festival. "The festival's unique convergence of global industry experts, academia and the general public, will inspire us to reflect on how digital tools and technology will shape our lives and the future."
How will we create future cities?
For the first time in history, more than half the world's population now lives in cities. Continual growth of 60 million urban residents per year is predicted meaning that 70 per cent of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. That's why Digifest is asking the question: "How will we create our future cities?"
Digifest will explore the blending of physical space with digital assets through a series of keynote lectures, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and an entrepreneur challenge. International speakers will address emerging trends in interactive design, social issues, and the maker culture.
Meet the experts at the forefront of digital innovation
Digifest 2014 features engaging talks, demonstrations and performances from world leaders who are expanding the boundaries of digital creativity on a daily basis. The expert-packed speaker lineup includes architects, app designers, creators and entrepreneurs who will share their stories and showcase digital and technological discoveries that will re-shape some of today's pressing urban challenges.
Top-flight speakers include:
- Massimo Banzi (Italy), a global pioneer in maker-culture and the founder of Arduino, an open-source and user-friendly microcontroller board;
- Daan Roosegaard (Netherlands), a social designer and expert in the integration of technology and urban settings;
- Mark Rolston (USA), the former Chief Creative Officer at frogDesign (the world-renowned design firm responsible for many of Apple's designs) and founder of argodesign;
- Keiichi Matsuda (Japan/UK), an experienced designer who constructs architectural visions of future cities in film.
- And many more including Nadia Amoroso (DataAppeal), Eric Brockmeyer (Disney), Loretta Faveri (Sonic Wear), Karl Martin (Bionym), Heidi Overhill, and more.
- For a full list of speakers, please visit www.torontodigifest.ca.
"This year's Digifest is bigger and better than ever," says Ferrara. "Never before has George Brown College, Toronto, or even Canada seen so many high-caliber innovators converge to share ideas and expand our minds."
Intel Family Day delivers fun for all ages, free of charge
On Saturday May 10, Digifest has partnered with Intel to create Intel Family Day, a free to the public, full day of exhibitions, play spaces and workshops. Intel Family Day celebrates the power to create, innovate and realize ideas. The day welcomes everyone from preschool to adults to take in exhibits and demonstrations by artists, and learn from inventors and makers of many cool things!
Featuring technology from around the world, visitors will have the opportunity to experience and interact with wearable technology devices, robots and creative performances, and participate in Arduinofest, a show and tell of the most innovative projects featuring Arduino microcontrollers. Intel Family Day also includes a student showcase of innovative digital projects from across Canada and beyond, and the "IT'S A START" entrepreneur competition that sees 20 finalists battle it out in a pitch contest finale for a chance to win more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.
Please visit www.torontodigifest.ca for the complete festival schedule and to register.
Produced by Toronto's George Brown College, and founded in 2002, Digifest is Canada's premiere digital culture festival. It's the go to place to see leading-edge technologies, trends, innovations and designs that will influence our future and change the world.
Digital Urbanism, the theme of Digifest 2014, will examine how our cities are being remade through emerging technology. The three-day event will feature keynote lectures, panel discussions, hands-on 3D printing workshops, an entrepreneur challenge, maker showcase and student showcase.
International speakers will address emerging trends in interactive design, social issues and the maker culture, and will feature the world-famous creator of Arduino, Massimo Banzi; Daan Roosegaarde, the developer of Smart Highways; Eric Brockmeyer of Disney Interactive research; plus CEOs of the world's most innovative design firms, clean technology gurus, leaders in gaming and many more.
Digifest takes place from May 8th to 10th, at Corus Entertainment on Toronto's waterfront.
SOURCE: George Brown College
For further information: Luigi Ferrara, Dean of the School of Arts and Design at George Brown College is available for interviews. For more information and to arrange Media Accreditation to attend Digifest 2014, please contact: Amanda Lai, Strategic Objectives, 416.366.7735 x 278, email@example.com; Peter McGregor, Strategic Objectives, 416.366.7735 x 276, firstname.lastname@example.org