Waterloo is a magnet for innovators and disruptors.
So, it is no surprise that tomorrow our University will welcome a diverse group of business leaders to our Waterloo Innovation Summit.
The impressive line-up includes world leaders in fields like artificial intelligence, quantum, entertainment and cryptocurrency.
Thought leaders from around the world come to the Waterloo Innovation Summit because this is a place where great minds come to address problems in unconventional ways.
The theme “hacking the future” is appropriate because the Summit addresses big challenges for which there are no obvious answers.
How will humans interact with machines driven by artificial intelligence?
What will drive mass usage of cryptocurrency?
Can cybersecurity keep us safe?
These are just a few of the many issues being addressed over the next two days.
Status quo answers simply do not exist for questions like this.
This conference has an impact on the world because, like our University, it is innovative, interdisciplinary and international in scope. As people meet, they are connecting with other great minds that have different perspectives, in a way that pushes the boundaries of knowledge.
That’s our way of advancing learning.
It’s no wonder that Waterloo continually attracts innovators, disrupters and people that always strive to make a difference.
If you are reading this, I’m guessing that you are one of those people.
So I must leave you with one question.
How will you hack the future?