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Top 12 Collision 2019 Talks Every Practitioner Should Check Out

If you're a Designer, Engineer, Product Manager, or Business Strategist, this guide is for you.

May 14, 2019

If you’re in the Toronto area on May 21-23, you’ll definitely want to check out Collision, the fastest-growing tech conference in North America. It’s now in its fifth year and is expected to host over 25,000 attendees.

We’ll be there at Booth E218 at the Enercare Centre where you can meet some of our Connectors, learn all about Connected, and enter our draw to win a Portal from Facebook (which isn’t available in Canada yet).

With so many great talks happening at this 3-day conference, we decided to narrow down the list to highlight some to look out for based on your practice.

Design

Snap’s vision for the camera

Speakers: Eitan Pilipski (VP of Camera Platform, Snap Inc.); Steve Kovach (Technology Editor, CNBC)
When/Where:
Tuesday, May 21 (10:30 - 10:50) at PandaConf + ContentMakers
Summary:
The democratization of augmented reality is throttling innovation and its widespread adoption. In this talk, Eitan Pilipski outlines the vision for a future where computing is no longer confined to a screen in our hands, it's overlaid on the world around us.

PlayStation at the intersection of entertainment and technology

Speakers: Dominic Mallinson (SVP of R&D, PlayStation); Robin Hunicke (CEO, Funomena LLC); Tanya Watson (Co-founder, Squanch Games); Dave Smith (Senior Technology Correspondent, Business Insider)
When/Where:
Wednesday, May 22 (14:00-14:20) at CIS Stage
Summary:
PlayStation is investing in technology that empowers creators to push the boundaries of play while offering consumers an immersive gaming and entertainment experience. One area that demonstrates the company’s commitment is virtual reality. Join Dominic Mallinson, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Global Head of R&D, Tanya Watson, Squanch Games’ Co-Founder and CEO, and Robin Hunicke, Funomena’s CEO, to learn how great content built on the foundation of innovative technologies enable new ways for players to interact and engage.

Customer experience is the future of design

Speakers: Michael Litt (Co-founder & CEO, Vidyard); Evgeny Tchebotarev (VP of Growth, Skylum); Tracy Lawrence (Co-founder & CEO, Chewse); Michelle Manafy (Editorial Director, Digital Content Next)
When/Where:
Thursday, May 23 (11:25-11:45) at Startup University
Summary:
This session examines why customer experience should be at the heart of design. Show your customers you care, and they’ll value your company in return. Simple.

Engineering

Building a more reliable internet by engineering chaos
Speaker:
Kolton Andrus (CEO, Gremlin Inc.)
When/Where:
Tuesday, May 21 (14:20-14:40)
Summary:
Join this session to learn how you can prevent major downtime and outages by automating chaos experiments throughout the software delivery process and across hybrid infrastructure.

Deep science for agile innovation
Speakers:
Tolga Kurtoglu (CEO, PARC); Lawrence Lee (VP of Incubation & Strategy, Xerox); Namiko Kajiwara (Partner, World Innovation Lab (WiL))
When/Where:
Wednesday, May 22 (11:50-12:10)
Summary:
Businesses today are competing in a world transformed by the rapid adoption of advanced technologies. In this new world, breakthrough innovations and business models separate leaders from the competition. In this talk, executives from Xerox and PARC will discuss how they are using deep science and an agile innovation methodology to create new growth opportunities.

Open source in the SaaS era
Speakers:
Elliot Horowitz (Co-founder & CTO, MongoDB); Rob Pegoraro (Contributor, Yahoo Finance/USA Today)
When/Where:
Thursday, May 23 (13:30-13:45) at SaaS Monster
Summary:
In a new era of open source, SaaS, and cloud computing, technology needs to adapt to help businesses move towards the cloud.

Collision Toronto panel
Collision Conference community launch night in Toronto 2018 (Image Source: Collision)


Product Management

Sidewalk Labs' plan to make your city smarter
Speakers:
Rohit Aggarwala (Chief Policy Officer, Sidewalk Labs); Steve Kovach (Technology Editor, CNBC)
When/Where:
Wednesday, May 22 (15:10-15:30); Auto/Tech +TalkRobot
Summary:
With Toronto as the base for its new project city, Sidewalk Labs is looking to make our cities smarter. In this keynote, Rohit Aggarwala from Sidewalk Labs will discuss the various challenges and opportunities presented when designing a smart city.

Delivering the benefits of self-driving technology with Aurora Speakers: Sterling Anderson (Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Aurora Innovation); Nick Mokey (Managing Editor, Digital Trends)
When/Where:
Wednesday, May 22 (15:50-16:10); Auto/Tech +TalkRobot
Summary:
Aurora technology have always employed rigorous engineering and applied machine learning to address one of the most challenging, important, and interesting opportunities of our generation: transforming the way people and goods move. In this discussion we’ll explore where that mission is going in the next five years. In this fireside chat, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Aurora, Sterling Anderson, will discuss what the future of automation holds with Nick Mokey.

Enterprise and AI
Speakers:
Jeetu Patel (Chief Product Officer, Box); Sean Silcoff (Technology Reporter, The Globe and Mail)
When/Where:
Thursday, May 23 (12:25-12:45)
Summary:
Jeetu will speak to the importance of digital transformation and the mistakes to avoid. And as AI reaches its peak potential and hype cycle, he'll share how artificial intelligence is being applied to enterprise content in practical ways, for companies of all sizes and across all industries.

Business/Company Growth

Is entrepreneurship in crisis?
Speaker:
Tobias Lutke (CEO, Shopify)
When/Where:
Wednesday, May 22 (11:15-11:35) at Centre Stage Summary: Tobias Lutke, founder and CEO of Shopify, one of the world’s leading commerce platforms, discusses the current state of entrepreneurship and the most pressing issues facing today’s brands, from small and medium businesses to major retailers.

Scaling up: Building culture during hyper-growth
Speakers:
Max Mullen (Founder, Instacart); Savannah Sellers (Co-Host NBC News’ stay tuned, NBC Television Network Bureau)
When/Where:
Thursday, May 23 (12:05-12:25) at Startup University Summary: Instacart started with three people in a kitchen in 2012. Today the company has over 800 employees, spanning three major offices in San Francisco, Toronto and Atlanta, each with their own flavour and traditions. In this fireside chat, Savannah Sellers and Instacart co-founder Max Mullen will talk about how to discover and nurture our company’s unique cultural differentiators as you scale through your seed round, massive growth, acquisitions, new offices and beyond.

Managing unprecedented growth
Speakers:
Allen Lau (Co-founder, Wattpad); Ian Wong (Co-founder and CTO, Opendoor); Henrique Dubugras (CEO, Brex); Meric Gertler (President, University of Toronto); Alyssa Newcomb (Business and Technology Contributor, NBC News)
When/Where:
Thursday, May 23 (14:35-15:00) at Startup University
Summary:
Our panellists discuss what it takes to scale companies and ecosystems. Securing VC funding is only one of the steps in scaling a startup. From growing your workforce and building the necessary technology, to managing talent and partnerships in an evolving innovation ecosystem, it's no easy task.

Are you heading to Collision? Swing by booth E128 to say hello or drop us a note beforehand to meet up!

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