Last week, we attended Collision Conference 2019 in Downtown Toronto. It’s known as one of the fastest-growing tech conferences in North America, with 2019 being their fifth year hosting thousands of start-ups, large scale companies, students, and professionals. We witnessed tons of great companies exhibiting and speaking at this 3-day conference and we’d like to share a few of the things we loved.
With Collision changing locations from New Orleans to Toronto this year, it further cements the fact that Toronto is quickly becoming the place to be in the tech community. The conference boasted over 25,000 people from 125 different countries to talk about the great products and services they’re creating both locally and abroad.
Many strong Toronto-based tech companies roamed the floors, took the stage, and exhibited at Collision. We heard about entrepreneurship, partnerships, and how technology is making the world a better place from companies such as Shopify, Rakuten Kobo, and RBC and walked us through new product innovations coming from Interac and Koho at their booths. These are just a handful of the amazing Toronto companies that showed up to Collision – not even mentioning all the great conversations with Torontonians we had at our own booth.
While we could continue to sing Toronto’s praises, what made Collision great was all of the companies and people who came to our city to spark interesting discussions around innovation. Charity: Water, Waymo, and Sidewalk Labs were a few of the companies in attendance that shared their stories and got us thinking about how charities, cars, and cities can become so much more with some innovation and a product-focused mindset.
Outside of the talks and exhibiting companies, it was also an exciting time for women in tech thanks to the opportunities that Collision set up for women to chat with other women, whether it was at the Women in Tech Lounge, Women in Tech Mentorship, or the Women in Tech after-Collision events for sips and conversation. We loved that the conference offered discounted Women-in-Tech tickets and it allowed us to send many women Connectors to the show this year.
We were thrilled for the opportunity to talk to so many product builders and other like-minded folks at Collision. We learned just as much about you as you learned about us. There were some great conversations that went beyond, “Who are you? And what do you do?” and we thank everyone who stopped by our booth to say hello!