____ Posted Thursday July 20, 2017 ____

September 13-15

Waterloo Innovation Summit hosts forward-thinking conversations on disruptive trends

Some of the world’s foremost thinkers on disruptive technologies will gather at the University of Waterloo this September to discuss Canada’s role in the world’s next economy.

Joining Canadian business, government and academic leaders at this year’s Waterloo Innovation Summit will be influential speakers from some of the world’s most cutting-edge companies and innovative schools of thought.

Among the confirmed key note speakers at this year’s summit, titled Hacking the Future, are Tesla’s JB Straubel, Jared Cohen, president of Jigsaw, and Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist and fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Bloomberg TV’s Amanda Lang and Michael Serbinis, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of LEAGUE, will co-chair the three-day event celebrating its fifth year.

“Our world is a rapidly changing place — from politics to our climate, from cybersecurity to our day-to-day activities, like driving to work,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “It’s critical that we transform, adapt and that takes insight and collaboration.

“As the University of Waterloo celebrates 60 years of innovation, we are delighted to provide this opportunity for these provocative and important discussions.”

In addition to keynote discussion, the 48-hour event will feature a diverse range of speakers from several industries, including:

• Sandeep Chennakeshu, president of BlackBerry Technology Solutions,
• Melissa Hathaway, cybersecurity advisor to two U.S. administrations,
• Tom Waller, senior vice-president of Whitespace, lululemon’s innovation team,
• Thomas Dolby, entrepreneur and a pioneer in the electronic music industry,
• Cindy Fagen, COO of SAP Labs Canada

Hacking the Future takes place September 13 through 15 at the University of Waterloo and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Registration information and a complete list of speakers is available on the Waterloo Innovation Summit website.

Presented in collaboration with community partners, attendees also have the option to join the Innovation Ecosystem Tour on September 13.

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