is over for another year. But the celebration and impulse towards innovation in Ontario cannot be confined to two days.
From Zipcar founder Robin Chase’s provocative take on the “sharing, collaborative economy” to Tesla co-founder JB Straubel’s personal account of fulfilling his energy innovation vision, this year’s Discovery keynotes left attendees with a wealth of ideas to ponder.
The B2B Zone, which connected more than 90 businesses during the conference, opened new doors for collaborations and future opportunities.
The Social Enterprise Zone and the Accessibility Innovation Showcase, which together contained more than 70 exhibits, undoubtedly opened eyes to potential new markets for game-changing - and life-changing - technologies and services.
“OCE blew my expectations away with this year’s Discovery. The keynotes were fantastic. The exhibits were so innovative, and the people here are absolutely fabulous and really appreciate innovative thinking,” said Vlad Dascalu from Pinch PR.
More than 3,200 attendees and over 500 exhibitors from across the province took part in this year’s Discovery, Canada’s premier conference and trade show. And from the moment OCE President Tom Corr rang the bell at the TMX on Monday morning to mark the opening of the event until the last Wow Zone exhibitor packed up on the show floor the next night, the excitement surrounding the two-day event never wavered.
“The momentum and energy around so many entrepreneurs who are passionate about what they do is totally inspiring,” said Maayan Ziv from Access Now.
OCE takes great pride in planning and hosting this celebration of innovation every year, said President and CEO Tom Corr.
“It is always great to see Ontario’s innovation community come together to share their amazing products and services, make new contacts and forge new collaborations. It’s an amazing celebration of the ingenuity, talent and determination that resides in the people of this province.”
See the video above for a brief glimpse into this year’s Discovery.