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

By Taylor Legere

University Communications

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Colourful Digital ArtLeading-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 HeadshotAmber 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 Jared Cohen Headshotserve 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 Strauble Headshot 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.