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Monday, July 25
 

5:00pm

Blockchain 101 with Ledger Labs
This workshop will introduce the basics of blockchain technology. Experts from Ledger Labs will explain how blockchains work, what they’re used for, and why they matter. Whether you are completely new to the technology or an enthusiast hungry for more information, this workshop will offer you a chance to ask questions and receive clear answers. 

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN ADDRESS! 

Monday July 25, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Influitive 111 Peter St, 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M5V 2G9, Canada

7:00pm

Techweek Toronto Kick-Off Party at Extreme Accelerator Rooftop presented by MUNDOMedia
Limited Capacity full

Please arrive early to secure your spot (there is limited space on the rooftop)


Monday July 25, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Extreme Accelerator 67 Yonge Street, 16th Floor + Rooftop Toronto, Ontario M5E 1J8

7:30pm

Kick-Off Party Continues at Houston Avenue Bar & Grill Patio
Due to popular demand, we will be expanding the Techweek Kickoff Party festivities to the Houston Avenue Bar & Grill Patio!

Monday July 25, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Houston Avenue Bar & Grill Patio 33 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1G4, Canada
 
Tuesday, July 26
 

10:00am

SheCoSystem's Co-Working & Wellness
Shecosystem Coworking + Wellness celebrates women using technology to promote wellness. Join our heart-centred community to get your work done, connect with a mentor, and make self-care part of your working life. Bring your laptop and cowork with us, or just come have a coffee, connect, and demo some of Toronto's female founded wellness-tech tools. All attendees get a free trial pass to Shecosystem's coworking + wellness space - opening Fall 2016!

Studio 106

Tuesday July 26, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5, Canada

4:00pm

Office Tour @ Twitter Canada
RSVP is mandatory. Attendees must be on time for the start of tour.

Tuesday July 26, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Twitter Canada 901 King Street West, Suite 401, Toronto

5:00pm

ecobee Happy Hour

Enjoy a happy hour with appetizers and drinks at ecobee’s headquarters in Downtown Toronto! The happy hour will include guided office tours and plenty of opportunities to mingle with team members at Toronto’s most rapidly growing smart home startup. This is a great opportunity to learn about ecobee’s team culture and to see first-hand why ecobee is one of the most exciting places to work in the city.

 

ecobee President & CEO Stuart Lombard founded Toronto-based ecobee in 2007 in a pursuit to reduce his family’s carbon footprint. After discovering that heating and cooling made up the majority of his home energy use, he built a thermostat smart enough to deliver comfort, conserve energy and pay for itself in energy savings. Today, the hard work of the ecobee team and its cutting-edge technologies has propelled the company to the No. 2 smart thermostat brand in the U.S., compatible with the industry’s leading smart home ecosystems including Apple HomeKit, Amazon Echo and Samsung SmartThings.

RSVP only! 



Tuesday July 26, 2016 5:00pm - 7:30pm
ecobee 250 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 3E5

6:00pm

The Entrepreneurship Society at Techweek Toronto (Private)
Limited Capacity full

Please sign-up for the waitlist. A Techweek representative will notify you when space becomes available.

The Entrepreneurship Society (TES) connects high-potential and high-growth business owners at quarterly learning events and private networking dinners in Toronto, and through access-to-capital missions to other major centres. Its goal is to be the hub of entrepreneurship in Canada: a place where business owners turn for advice and key connections.

On July 26, TES is proud to partner with Techweek to present top speakers, including:

- Sanjay Singhal, 500 Startups venture partner in Canada

- David Stein,  Co-founder and managing partner of the $100-million Leaders Fund. He previously co-founded Rypple, acquired by Salesforce in 2011, and co-founded Workbrain, which went public and was later acquired.

 

The event will feature learning tables including the following topics, facilitated by subject-matter experts:

1. Raising capital for growth

2. Digital marketing strategies

3. How to optimize sales

Our facilitators include:

* Mark Organ, founder and CEO, Influitive
* Matt Golden, managing partner, Golden Venture Partners
* Fabricio Dolan, head of marketing, Google Canada
* Mark Skapinker, managing partner, Brightspark
* Matt Roberts, associate director, BDC Venture Capital
* Jamie Scarborough, founding partner, Sales Talent Agency
* Heidi Fortes, owner, Fortes Consulting
* Tibor Shanto, principal, Renbor Sales Solutions

Please email bobby@theentrepreneurshipsociety.com to indicate your preferred table topic, and to provide a head-shot and bio for our 'who's-in-the-room' screens." 


Tuesday July 26, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Blakes 199 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J, Canada

8:00pm

HackerNest Tech Social

Want to meet the Toronto Tech Community?

HackerNest Tech Socials  are a fun, relaxed way to connect with your local tech brethren. Atmosphere: chill, friendly, unpretentious, agenda-free (no sales pitch, yo), and brimming with UltraSmart(TM) people.

Rough lineup (pretty much always in development)

– quick intro 
– sponsor appreciation & love 
– announcements   

HackerNest  is an international nonprofit uniting local tech communities  through unpretentious Tech Socials  and hackathons . We cram lots of smart, accomplished people into a room with free drinks. Our relaxed, down-to-earth events attract a diverse and highly technical membership. Strict no-douchebag policy .

Wanna show off your office? We’re always looking for big open spaces with 150+ (standing room) capacity that are easily accessible. Bring the Toronto Tech community to you!  



Tuesday July 26, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
City Hall 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada
 
Wednesday, July 27
 

11:00am

Techweek Toronto Hiring Fair presented by HIRED

 
Join us for the Techweek Toronto Hiring Fair presented by HIRED featuring:

HIRED
Shopify
General Motors Canada
Zynga
Uberflip
FreshBooks
HireSense
UXP Systems
Achievers
EventMobi
Flybits
Index Echange
VersaPay
HackerNest
Overbond
TradeRev
ConferenceCloud Inc.

Bring your resume! 


Wednesday July 27, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Atrium @ MaRS Discovery District 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:00pm

Techweek Launch Competition
Over 30 different startups from the region will be showcasing their products and competing for the title of Techweek Toronto Launch Champion and a chance to win $50,000 as the Techweek 2016 Launch Champion in Miami later this year. 

Open Demo Period: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Final Round: 3:15pm - 5pm
 

Wednesday July 27, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Auditorium @ MaRS Discovery District 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

5:00pm

Rise of the Drones (& How to Hack Them)
Drones (the flying quadcopter variety) have become wildly popular in the last couple years with the advent of low cost and easy to fly models entering the market. Besides military applications, they are used for photography, agriculture, inspection of buildings, and recently drone racing. Amazon is even exploring shipping packages via drone! Learn the technology behind drones and try a live demo of programming a drone to do your bidding!


Wednesday July 27, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lighthouse Labs 46 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2H8, Canada

7:00pm

Rogers Communications Happy Hour & Office Tour

 Join us at the Rogers Campus for Happy Hour!

·       Gain insights on how to become involved in the Rogers Innovation Program
·       Hear from our current technology partners on delivering new solutions to customers
·       Participate in a guided tour of Rogers headquarters



Wednesday July 27, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Rogers Communications 333 Bloor Street East, 6th Floor Toronto, ON M4W 1G9
 
Thursday, July 28
 

8:00am

Breakfast in Honor of Women in Tech: Apply
Limited Capacity full

  • Coffee discussion starts at 8am, breakfast at 8:30am
To be eligible, participants should be:
  • A female entrepreneur or founder
  • A female CEO, executive or business leader
  • A female investor
  • A female technologist, computer scientist, engineer, scientist or mathematician
  • A female technology media or press member

If you satisfy these eligibility requirements, please apply for the breakfast discussion here.


Thursday July 28, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

8:30am

Big Data and Economic Research - The Perspective from a Labor Market Economist with Daniel Tencer and Tara Sinclair
Moderators
avatar for Daniel Tencer

Daniel Tencer

Business Editor, The Huffington Post
Daniel Tencer is the senior business editor of Huffington Post Canada. He has been writing about politics and business for more than 15 years, and his work has appeared in numerous publications including the National Post, The Raw Story and This Magazine.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Sinclair

Tara Sinclair

Chief Economist, Indeed
Tara Sinclair is chief economist at Indeed, the world's largest jobsite, and an associate professor of economics and international affairs at George Washington University. Her research focuses on modeling, explaining, and forecasting labor market and other macroeconomic trends for different countries. As Indeed's chief economist, Sinclair is developing original research using proprietary Indeed data combined with publicly available data to... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

9:05am

Fireside Chat with Michele Romanow and Rajen Ruparell
Speakers
avatar for Michele Romanow

Michele Romanow

Dragon, Dragons' Den
Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms Buytopia.ca and Snap By Groupon, which have saved millions of users hundreds of millions of dollars. Ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in... Read More →
avatar for Rajen Ruparell

Rajen Ruparell

Co-Founder, Groupon International
Rajen Ruparell is a Canadian entrepreneur best known for co-founding Citydeal, an online discount deal company purchased by Groupon in 2010.


Thursday July 28, 2016 9:05am - 9:35am
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

9:35am

The State of Investment in Toronto with Janet Bannister, Brian Kobus, Sunil Sharma, Mark Skapinker, Ben Yoskovitz
Moderators
avatar for Janet Bannister

Janet Bannister

General Partner, Real Ventures
Janet is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their businesses reach their full potential. She founded Kijiji.ca, worked at eBay in Silicon Valley, was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. and a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble. She is now a General Partner at Real Ventures, Canada’s largest and most active early-stage venture capital firm.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Kobus

Brian Kobus

Director, Omers Ventures
In his role as Director at OMERS Ventures, Brian Kobus is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities for OMERS Ventures in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Brian brings 15 years of experience in the areas of technology, venture capital and finance to his role at OMERS Ventures.  Previously, Brian was VP Technology Alliances at ScribbleLive, a leading content... Read More →
avatar for Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma

Managing Partner, Extreme Venture Partners
Sunil Sharma was co-founder of Extreme Startups, one of Canada’s leading technology accelerators. Backed by 5 of Canada’s best venture capital funds, Sunil has co-lead investments into more than 18 companies. Sunil is very active in the technology ecosystem across Canada. He is the Co-Director of the Founder Institute, the world’s most global accelerator program.
avatar for Mark Skapinker

Mark Skapinker

Managing Partner, Brightspark Ventures
Mark Skapinker has been an entrepreneur and seed investor in the Canadian software industry since the inception of the personal computer in the 1980’s. In 1988, Mark co-founded Delrina Corporation, makers of WinFax, one of the most popular Windows programs of all time and one of Canada’s most successful software companies. Mark was president of Delrina until it was acquired by Symantec in November 1995. Delrina grew to over 600... Read More →
avatar for Ben Yoskovitz

Ben Yoskovitz

Founding Partner, Highline BETA
Ben Yoskovitz is a Founding Partner at Highline BETA, a startup co-creation company. Previously he was VP Product at VarageSale and GoInstant (acq. $CRM). He's the co-author of Lean Analytics, a book on building startups better and faster with data. Ben has invested in 15+ startups individually and co-founded an early stage startup accelerator, Year One Labs.


Thursday July 28, 2016 9:35am - 10:20am
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

10:25am

VC and Obstacles to Growth with Alex Baker and Ben Zlotnick
Moderators
avatar for Ben Zlotnick

Ben Zlotnick

Founder, INcubes
Ben is the founder of Incubes one of Canada’s leading Accelerators. His grooming of executivess & building of early-business infrastructure, results in success. Having launched several startups along with a number of traditional businesses, he’s made the prestigious Canadian Profit100 for 5 consecutive years. Having been on “both sides of the table” as founder & as an accredited angel investor, Ben brings connections to both Investors... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Baker

Alex Baker

Relay Ventures, Partner
Alex is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile computing.  Alex oversees direct investments in a broad range of mobile applications and services companies.  Alex is an active board member and observer in supporting Amp Me, 7shifts, Nymi, Influitive, ClearFit, TouchBistro and Kira. Alex oversees the Fund’s affiliate program investments that include Highline and Next36, and Alex... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 10:25am - 10:55am
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

11:00am

The Entrepreneurial Journey with Sheetal Maya Nanda, Allen Lau, Caitlin MacGregor, Yoav Schwartz and Markus Latzel
Speakers
avatar for Markus Latzel

Markus Latzel

CEO, Palomino Inc.
Visionary executive with an urge to bring to market innovative, profitable solutions. Experienced leader under start-up and growth conditions.
avatar for Allen Lau

Allen Lau

CEO & Co-founder, Wattpad
As CEO and Co-founder of Wattpad, Allen Lau leads the company's efforts to transform the reading and writing experience of millions of people around the world. Prior to Wattpad, Allen was the co-founder of FeedM8, a mobile advertising company that was acquired in 2008. In 2001, he co-founded Tira Wireless where he helped leading brands optimize content for mobile delivery.
avatar for Yoav Schwartz

Yoav Schwartz

Co-founder, CEO, Uberflip
Yoav Schwartz is the co-founder and CEO of Uberflip, a platform for marketers to create, manage, and optimize content experiences across the buyer journey. With a Computer Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, Yoav is a unique combination of a creative and analytical thinker. In his spare time, Yoav likes to kick back with one of his guitars in hand.


Thursday July 28, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

11:50am

A Fireside Chat with Twitter with Cam Gordon
Speakers
avatar for Cam Gordon

Cam Gordon

Head of Communications, Twitter


Thursday July 28, 2016 11:50am - 12:20pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

12:25pm

The State of Technology in Waterloo with Chris Plunkett, Jessica Chalk, Kory Jeffrey andAli Asaria
Moderators
avatar for Chris Plunkett

Chris Plunkett

Director External Relations, Communitech

Speakers
avatar for Ali Asaria

Ali Asaria

CEO, Tulip Retail
Ali Asaria is CEO of Tulip Retail and founder of Well.ca.
avatar for Jessica Chalk

Jessica Chalk

CEO and Founder, TrafficSoda
avatar for Kory Jeffrey

Kory Jeffrey

Regional Lead (Canada) - Developer Relations, Google


Thursday July 28, 2016 12:25pm - 1:10pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

1:15pm

AR & VR Where will this technology take you? with Alan Smithson, Ryan Andal, Keram Malicki- Sanchez and David Nalaco
Moderators
avatar for Alan Smithson

Alan Smithson

CEO, MetaVRse
Alan Smithson is an Entrepreneur and CEO of MetaVRse who has always been on the cutting edge of Emerging Technologies. Alan's passion in Virtual Reality was embraced when Chris Milk first showed him VR 3 years ago. Since then, Alan has become a leader in business applications for AR/VR providing insight into this growing industry.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Andal

Ryan Andal

Secret Location, Technical Director, Partner
A firm believer that true success can only be achieved through failure, Ryan | has always found himself in a constant state of iteration. It is through this | iteration and good fortune that he’s managed to garner a number of accolades | for his work. | Fueled by unhealthy amounts of caffeine Ryan has won and been nominated | for literally hundreds of awards from the digital, advertising, and entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Keram Malicki-Sanchez

Keram Malicki-Sanchez

Executive Director, VRTO
A graduate of UCLA's certification programs in Cinematography, Producing and Digital Media, respectively, Keram Malicki­Sanchez is an alumnus of Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School – | Los Angeles chapter. He has been asked to speak about the intersection of technology and the | arts at NXNE, Cinegear Expo (Los Angeles), the Toronto Star, Digital Hollywood and NAB | (Vegas). He is the founder of Transportive Technology – a virtual... Read More →
avatar for David Nalasco

David Nalasco

Senior Technology Manager for Graphics, Radeon Technology Group at AMD.
David Nalasco is Senior Technology Manager for Graphics in the Radeon Technology Group at | AMD. With more than 18 years of experience in this fast­paced industry, he is responsible for | tracking industry trends, planning future products, and evangelizing the benefits of new graphics technologies. Most recently his focus has been on enabling and evolving virtual reality | experiences. David joined ATI Technologies in 1997 as a design... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

2:05pm

A Fireside Chat with Ecobee with Stuart Lombard
Speakers
avatar for Stuart Lombard

Stuart Lombard

Founder, CEO, Ecobee inc.


Thursday July 28, 2016 2:05pm - 2:35pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

2:40pm

Unleashing Opportunities in Consumer IoT with Landon Borders, Patrick Fitzgerald, J. Michael Palermo IV and Rahul Raj
Moderators
avatar for Rahul Raj

Rahul Raj

VP Marketing & E-Commerce, ecobee

Speakers
avatar for Landon Borders

Landon Borders

Director of Connected Devices, Haiku Home by Big Ass Solutions
Landon Borders, Director of Connected Devices at Big Ass Solutions®, oversees much of the behind-the-scenes innovation and research necessary to the creation of the company’s future products. Also an electrical engineer, Landon’s day-to-day work includes collaborating with the engineering team to develop smart, Internet-connected lighting and fan products including the Haiku® with SenseME™ smart ceiling fan.He has more... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald

Business Development, ENJOY
avatar for J. Michael Palermo IV

J. Michael Palermo IV

Senior Alexa Evangelist, Amazon
Michael is an international speaker and has been evangelizing innovative technologies for nearly two decades. Michael’s current passion is empowering developers to create voice-interactive ‘smart home’ experiences with Alexa.  Michael is a published author of technical books and online courses . Get connected with Michael at http://about.me/palermo4


Thursday July 28, 2016 2:40pm - 3:25pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

3:30pm

FinTech: Block Chain with Anthony Di Iorio, Sunny Ray and Joseph Weinberg
Moderators
avatar for Anthony Di Iorio

Anthony Di Iorio

Chief Digital Officer, Toronto Stock Exchange
Anthony Di Iorio is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, community organizer, and thought leader in the field of digital currencies and disruptive and decentralized technologies. He serves as the Chief Digital Officer at TMX Group/Toronto Stock Exchange, and is the founder and CEO of Decentral and Jaxx, and co-founder of the Ethereum Project.

Speakers
avatar for Sunny Ray

Sunny Ray

Co-founder & President, Unocoin
Sunny is the Co-founder and President at Unocoin, India's leading bitcoin blockchain company. Unocoin is a blockchain platform that makes it easy to securely buy, sell, store, send, receive, use and accept bitcoin. Unocoin is backed by Digital Currency Group, Boost VC and Bank to the Future.
avatar for Joseph Weinberg

Joseph Weinberg

Co-Founder & CEO, Paycase
Joseph Weinberg knows his way around the digital currency world as an early investor in bitcoin and former director at Coinsetter. Joseph’s diverse experience includes business development roles at both Xtreme Labs and Pivotal. Currently, Joseph is both the co-founder and CEO of Paycase, a mobile-first remittance app that leverages both bitcoin and blockchain technology.


Thursday July 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:15pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

4:20pm

Concluding Remarks with Mayor John Tory
Speakers
avatar for Mayor John Tory

Mayor John Tory

Mayor, City of Toronto


Thursday July 28, 2016 4:20pm - 4:35pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

4:35pm

The State of Canada's Tech Sector, 2016
Speakers
avatar for Sean Mullin

Sean Mullin

Executive Director, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship


Thursday July 28, 2016 4:35pm - 5:00pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada

5:00pm

Speaker Summit Happy Hour Reception sponsored by GuruLink

Thursday July 28, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Berkeley Church 315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7, Canada