With more show floor, more exhibitors (more than 420 in total), 2,600 attendees, two keynote presentations and a constant buzz of activity in the various zones and theatres, OCE’s Discovery 2014 (held May 12-13) was another success.
“I want to thank all those who made this year’s Discovery our biggest ever,” said OCE President and CEO Dr. Tom Corr. “I think we really outdid ourselves this year and have set the tone for next year which is our 10th anniversary.”
The show included a number of popular features and presentations including “Ask an Expert” and “Career Zone” which saw a steady stream of traffic over the two days. In addition to hundreds of made-in-Ontario innovations and showcase pieces, attendees were treated to panel discussions, networking opportunities as well as international delegations and venture capitalists looking for opportunities.
The show kicked off in Royal style with an opening address and Q&A session with His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
He was followed by Singularity University’s Salim Ismail, Global Ambassador and Founding Executive Director, and Brad Templeton, Networks and Computing Chair, who spoke on exponential technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics.
On the second day, Silicon Valley founder, guru and godfather, and serial entrepreneur Steve Blank made a rare Canadian appearance via closed circuit for a moderated conversation and Q&A session with Financial Post Columnist Rick Spence. The 75-minute session was filled with amusing anecdotes and interesting insights on the world of entrepreneurship and the lean start-up movement.