Collision Conference 2019: The Fastest-Growing Tech Conference In North America
Startup founders, tech executives, venture capitalists, and more collided in Toronto May 20-23 for Collision Conference, the fastest-growing tech conference in North America.
Following the lead of their European event Web Summit, Collision has “become a crossroads for the world’s largest buyers and sellers of technology, alongside many of the world’s most disruptive emerging technology companies.” Now in its sixth year, Collision Conference played host to over 25,000 attendees, representatives from 125 countries, 900+ journalists, and nearly 4000 CEOs. 46 percent of this year’s Collision attendees were female, the highest in the event’s history. CBC has said that Collision is like “TIFF for tech,” a comparison to the renowned Toronto International Film Festival.
The four-day conference featured 730 speakers from a wide variety of industries, such as technology, entertainment, investment, and government. Speakers at the event included tech bigwigs Ev Williams, Kara Swisher, Tobias Lutke, and Palmer Luckey, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fellow politicians Doug Foud, Terry Tamminen, and Christiana Figueres, and celebrities-turned-entrepreneurs like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Akon, Seth Rogen, and Steve Aoki.
Loyalty, retention, and connectivity were major talking points for many of the latest and greatest tech brands. While loyalty is not new, client expectations have risen as brands continue to raise the bar on loyalty. New apps and streamlined payments platforms, such as prepaid, provide enhanced money management tools and instant rewards, offering fresh and unique ways to connect with customers.
“Right now feels like a special moment for Canada, and for Toronto,” conference CEO and founder Paddy Cosgrave said. “There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan and global atmosphere. Great companies are being started and incredible talent is coming out of University of Waterloo and University of Toronto and other institutions.”
At its core, Collision is a meeting spot for innovative companies and investors. “At the centre, all the gravity is created by all these incredibly fast-growing companies, and the gravitational pull started to layer on these other planets… I see no reason why [Toronto] can’t be one of the tech capitals on Earth. I think we already are, but I think that we can be solidified in that position as one of the top five tech capitals in the world.”
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