Discovery Preview: chocolate printer, a paper-thin tablet computer, intelligent homes and cars, and robots galore!

May 15, 2013

This year's Discovery features the futuristic tech of your dreams, like a printer that prints chocolate in 3D, as well as keynote speaker Dr. Peter Diamandis, innovator, entrepreneur, futurist and founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation.

Ontario Centres of Excellence's two-time award-winning Discovery trade show is back May 27 and 28, showcasing leading-edge innovations and convening the research to commercialization community. 

This year’s Discovery features the futuristic tech of your dreams, like a printer that prints chocolate in 3D, as well as keynote speaker Dr. Peter Diamandis, innovator, entrepreneur, futurist and founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation. 

In addition to the 200,000 square feet of new ideas, innovations and solutions in CleanTech, Health, Digital, Information and Communications Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing and more, the two-day conference's agenda is jam-packed with things to do and see, including the following highlights:

  • Dr. Peter Diamandis
    Founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, Dr. Diamandis will share his thoughts on how disruptive innovation in exponentially growing technologies including digital manufacturing, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and nanomaterials, will enable us to make greater gains in the next two decades than in the previous two centuries.

  • 3D Chocolate Printer
    A fourth-year Mechatronics Engineering design project from the University of Waterloo, the 3D chocolate printer is a fully functional student-designed and constructed Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)-type 3D printer which is capable of printing common thermo-plastic powders, with a special focus on chocolate powder. 

  • Papertab
    The papertab tablet out of Queen’s University looks and feels just like a sheet of paper. However, it is fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7” plastic display developed by plastic logic, a flexible touchscreen, and powered by the second generation intel® coretm i5 processor. Instead of using several apps or windows on a single display, users have ten or more interactive displays or “papertabs”: one per app in use. 

  • QNX Connected Corvette
    Discovery demonstrates mobile connectivity technologies in a cool concept car. The car, a specially modified Chevrolet Corvette, showcases QNX Software Systems’ vision for the fully connected automobile — a vision that encompasses connectivity to the cloud, to roadside systems, and to a host of mobile-device applications. 

  • Unmanned vehicles: The Grizzly
    With the tagline, “When the going gets tough, the tough get grizzly,” Grizzly is Clearpath Robotics’ largest all-terrain robot, offering the performance of a tractor with the precision of an industrial robot. 

New This Year
  • Mobile Innovations @ Discovery
    A new partnership with The Mobile Institute means even more programming this year. The mobile showcase will show the best new innovations currently under development in Ontario as well as more than a dozen mobile industry panel discussions.

  • Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch
    This year, Discovery is hosting a competition targeted towards Ontario’s high school aged innovators. Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch is an entrepreneurship competition for Ontario high school students presented by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment and its partners. 
    Eighteen semi-finalists, whose video submissions were chosen through a combination of public and expert voting, will pitch their ideas in front of a live audience and a judging panel comprised of young, influential entrepreneurs at Discovery.

  • Ask an Expert
    Building on last year’s Guinness World Record, this year’s Ask an Expert event will allow aspiring entrepreneurs to seek guidance from experienced advisors. Participants can connect one-on-one with experts in the areas of investing, entrepreneurship, support for innovation, professional services and corporate leadership. 

  • Young Entrepreneurs Zone 
    Sponsored by OMERS, this busy area will feature nearly 100 Ontario companies developed in the nine OCE-supported Experiential Learning Program (ELP) centres representing 12 Ontario colleges and universities. A number of companies from the federally-supported SmartStart program will also be on hand. Companies attending will include Reebee, Groupnotes and FoodStory.

Returning Favourites
  • Procurement Representatives
    Discovery is the place for companies to connect one-on-one with procurement officers representing numerous ministries from the Ontario, federal and municipal governments. 

  • Career Corner
    This zone will offer students access to job postings, resume tips and evaluation, interview preparation and a chance to meet with top employers. Also, students will be able to perfect their interview skills at Interview Roundtables on May 27 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (45 minutes sessions, eight people max/session).

  • Exporting Presentations
    The Export and Procurement Theatre is host to organizations and provincial and federal government departments which offer advice on exporting, government procurement and related program support for the innovation community.

Register for Discovery online in advance of May 27 or on-site the day-of at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.