Unleash Toronto: Final Demos & Reception

MaRS Discovery District, Toronto
Dec 2nd 2015
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On the evening of December 2nd we will be celebrating the launch of the LOFT’s second physical lab space, along with all of the initiatives it will continue to drive and support. In our quest to spark innovation within our internal organization, we want to take this opportunity to open our doors to the larger entrepreneurial and university communities in Toronto. This innovation capability will reach far beyond the greater Toronto area  and support both the company as well as the city of Toronto in becoming a renowned leader in advancing technology. We hope to find ways to support the wider innovation ecosystem here in Toronto and identify areas for collaboration as we launch. 

We are thrilled to announce that we will also be hosting a special guest speaker, Jeremy Gutsche!


Jeremy Gutsche is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning innovation expert, one of the most requested keynote speakers on the planet, and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 most popular trend website, attracting over 2 BILLION views from 100,000,000 total visitors. Prior to Trend Hunter, Jeremy grew a $1 billion portfolio for a bank and today, over 300 brands, billionaires and CEOs rely on his unique expertise to FIND BETTER IDEAS FASTER. He has been described as "a new breed of trend spotter" by The Guardian, "an eagle eye" by Global TV, an "Oracle" by the Globe and Mail, an "intellectual can of Red Bull" by Association Week and "on the forefront of cool" by MTV. 


Evening Agenda




2:45 – 4:00 pm

Live prototype demos of top 10 hackathon teams

Auditorium, MaRS Discovery District

4:15 – 4:45 pm

Judges deliberation and participant experience assessment

Auditorium, MaRS Discovery District

4:45 pm

Doors open to reception

Multipurpose Room, First Floor MaRS Discovery District


5:15 – 5:20 pm

Welcome remarks and introduction of guest speaker

5:20 – 5:40 pm

Guest Speaker: Jeremy Gutsche

5:45 – 5:55 pm

Manulife and innovation remarks

5:55 – 6:05 pm

Announcement of winning teams, prizes, photo-op

6:05 – 6:15 pm

Closing remarks

6:15 – 8:00 pm

Reception commences


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