Tenth annual Discovery conference transforms MTCC into innovation mecca

TORONTO, April 27, 2015 /CNW/ - For the next two days, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will be transformed into a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. The tenth edition of Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery trade show and conference is already the largest ever with nearly 500 exhibitors and 3,000 attendees confirmed.

Among the hundreds of made-in-Ontario innovation highlights at this year's show; the unveiling of the only Canadian entry into the $10 million X-Prize Tricorder competition, the debut of a high performance platform for the world's largest functioning brain model, a robot tea-butler, 'smart' jewelry and other wearable tech, advanced 3D printing and scanning, a pen that can draw a circuit board, a pizza oven that turns excess heat into renewable power and a cloud-based pet sitter.

Discovery also features keynote speakers Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, making his Canadian speaking debut in conversation with CBC's senior business reporter Amanda Lang, and Eric Ries, pioneer of the Lean Startup movement, appearing remotely for a conversation and Q&A moderated by Financial Post columnist Rick Spence.

Discovery's numerous panels and competitions will also feature participation from prominent names in robotics, aerospace, disruptive innovation and health, financial services and agriculture technologies.

For more on Discovery, visit www.ocediscovery.com

WHAT: OCE's Discovery 2015, Canada's Premier Innovation Showcase
WHEN: Monday, April 27 (1 - 6 p.m.)  and Tuesday, April 28 (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (Entrance at Bremner Blvd.)

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs. For more information visit www.onebusiness.ca

SOURCE Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.

For further information: For more information or to obtain media passes: Stuart Green, Manager, Media Relations, C: 416-892-0874, stuart.green@oce-ontario.org


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