Collision Toronto to feature innovative and disruptive startups

Posted Apr 17, 2019 by Karen Graham
Collision, one of the world’s biggest tech conferences, is coming to Toronto's Enercare Centre May 20 - 23. The conference will bring together over 25,000 attendees in what has become the fastest-growing tech conference in North America.
Collision conference and trade show in New Orleans on May 4  2017.
Collision conference and trade show in New Orleans on May 4, 2017.
Collision Conference
Collision is now in its sixth year and has become the crossroads for the world’s largest buyers and sellers of technology, alongside many of the world’s most disruptive emerging technology companies.
There will be hundreds of speakers, including tech luminaries like journalist and Recode co-founder Kara Swisher, Medium CEO and founder Ev Williams and Y Combinator's CEO Michael Seibel, to name just a few. The conference will also feature at least 15 different tracks, from cleantech and health to fintech and SaaS.
The move to Toronto
Last year, during the Collision Conference in New Orleans, the creators of Collision announced that the conference will be moving to Toronto, Ontario, in 2019 and for the two following years.
"At the very moment when some countries around the world seem to be shutting their borders when intolerance is on the rise, Toronto stands for diversity and inclusion," said Paddy Cosgrave, founder, and CEO of the event and of Web Summit. He was referring to the actions of the Trump administration in denying visas to some international tech entrepreneurs at the New Orleans event.
However, Trump denying visas aside, Toronto has experienced a rebirth in the technology sector with more than 401,000 people in more than 18,000 tech companies — "outpacing that of New York City and San Francisco combined," the Collision team says.
"Canada and Toronto have lived to some extent in the technology shadow of America... but that's changing, and changing fast," Cosgrave added. "There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan, and global atmosphere."
Startups the focus in Toronto
Startups that focus on everything from artificial intelligence to dating apps will be spotlighted at Collision 2019.
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Illustration by Digital Journal
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