Toronto has another thing to be proud of. One of the largest tech conferences is moving to Toronto in 2019.
The conference will be taking place over 4 day period at Enercare Centre in May 20-23, 2019. Collision has grown to over 25,000 attendees in five years. Originally hosted in Las Vegas, then moved on to NYC for few years, and then New Orleans, it is now coming to Canada.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, was happy with the announcement
Welcome to Canada, Collision. I’m happy you chose Toronto to host North America’s fastest growing tech conference. Collision will bring even more energy and vision to Toronto’s tech scene.
The reason organized chose Toronto was for its diversity, its strong AI startup scene and the sheer size of IT companies operating in Toronto. By last count, there were 401,000 people employed in over 18,000 tech companies.
Paddy Cosgrave, CEO & organizer at Collision Conference pointed out
We are delighted to announce that Collision is moving to Toronto. There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan and global atmosphere.
A new wave of Canadian founders are building companies not just out of Canada but all over the world. At the very moment when some countries around the world seem to be shutting their borders, when intolerance is on the rise, Toronto stands for diversity and inclusion.
The conference organizers said they will focus on AI, automation, connected vehicle, big data, software development and investment (possible block chain). They expect to bring over 90,000 attendees to Toronto over 3 years and have economy impact of around $147m.
Here are some high lights below from this year’s conference in New Orleans.