Hacking the future at the Waterloo Innovation Summit
Speakers from Google, Tesla and Microsoft Canada join business and government leaders to exchange ideas about the disruptive trends that are driving innovation
Speakers from Google, Tesla and Microsoft Canada join business and government leaders to exchange ideas about the disruptive trends that are driving innovationBy Taylor Legere University Communications
Leading-edge innovators will come together to share ideas on Hacking the Future at the annual Waterloo Innovation Summit happening on September 13th to 15th.
The summit, which takes place on the main University of Waterloo campus as well as the Centre for International Governance (CIGI), will highlight the disruptive and defining trends that are driving innovation today and in the future.
“[The summit] will change the way you think about your world and your business potential,” said broadcaster and author Amanda Lang, who is co-hosting the summit along with serial entrepreneur Michael Serbinis.
This year’s summit will feature keynote speakers from Harvard University, Google Ideas, and Telsa Inc. Innovation leaders from Microsoft Canada, Dyson, Voltera, Axonify and BlackBerry are also part of the line-up. Participants can also opt into an Innovation Ecosystem Tour and observe a Velocity Start-up Pitch Competition.
Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist and fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society, will explain how our relationships with increasingly advanced machines are impacting the way we interact with the world.
Jared Cohen, founder of Google Ideas and president of Jigsaw, is the youngest person to serve in the U.S. State Department’s policy planning staff and one of TIME Magazines 100 Most Influential People. Cohen will be speaking about the need for disruption in the face of rapid change.
JB Straubel, co-Founder and CTO of Tesla Inc., is considered to be one of the top innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review for his work on the technical and engineering design of vehicles. He will be discussing what organizations need to do to keep up and prosper while technology continues to grow exponentially.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.