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UWaterloo looks 60 years into the future with special event to launch milestone year

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In 2017, the University of Waterloo will celebrate 60 years of innovation, and it will host a special event to launch this milestone year with a keen eye to the future.

Over the next 60 years, the pace of innovation and change will increase exponentially. The intersection of the human condition with new technologies — from quantum computing to artificial intelligence — have the world on the edge of a great new frontier, where the private can become public at the click of a button, and lines between person and machine are increasingly blurred.

Beyond 60 is a kick-off event featuring speakers who challenge the status quo and connect us with the potential of tomorrow. Their thought-provoking questions and conversations will extend beyond disciplines, beyond the present day and beyond borders.

Join Waterloo for Beyond 60 with keynotes and panelists including:

  • Edward Snowden (via video-conference), who sparked a global debate over mass surveillance, government secrecy and the balance between national security and information privacy.
  • Kate Darling, research specialist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center, whose research examines the intersection of technology and society.
  • University of Waterloo panel:
    • Heather Douglas, associate professor, Waterloo chair in Science and Society, Faculty of Arts
    • Dana Kulić, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
    • Michele Mosca, Faculty of Mathematics 

Welcome remarks by Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo.

DATE: Monday, January 9, 2017
TIME: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities, University of Waterloo

Viewing events will also take place at the following locations across our campuses:

  • Student Life Centre
  • Stratford Campus
  • School of Architecture in Cambridge
  • School of Pharmacy in Kitchener

Space is limited and registration is required. Members of the media must contact media relations in advance to book their space and to receive further information and special instructions.


    About the University of Waterloo

    University of Waterloo is Canada’s top innovation university. With more than 36,000 students we are home to the world's largest co-operative education system of its kind. Our unmatched entrepreneurial culture, combined with an intensive focus on research, powers one of the top innovation hubs in the world. Find out more at


    Media Contact:

    Pamela Smyth
    University of Waterloo

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