This blog post is written by Tremaine Gordon on behalf of the group of students who attended Digifest.
WØRK. LΣΛRN. PLΔY.
Work. Learn. Play. the theme that set the tone at this year’s DIGIFEST in 2017. It was also your daily itinerary. Your morning started off with Coffee and announcements, and then straight to work. The Keynotes began almost immediately, and the audience started preparing questions. At each break you would get the chance to try out some tech hardware. The Corus Quay Urban Tavern building itself had a mix of offices, innovative design, and even a slide. Each speaker gave a creative and informative presentation about something innovative happening somewhere around the world. We really enjoyed Cory Timpson’s talk about digital Storytelling at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The breaks gave everyone a chance to speak to people, and learn about some of the creative displays (Mostly game developers and and virtual simulators). We took the time to get a photo-op with the banner on the main stage.
There were two speakers that really left the floor full of questions.
Andrew Lo Ah Kee from Godaddy, gave us an E-commerce perspective from 125 countries around the world. It concluded with him explaining that Toronto is the city of innovators, and entrepreneurs; and it’s known world wide.
"Toronto is a case study for the whole world.."
Satish Kanwar from Shopify spoke about synergy in the workplace and why a team of teams linked by one vision is the best possible work environment.
"Be a broken record with your vision, and create a team of teams that share that vision.."
We were able to speak with Satish after his presentation, and ask about the inner workings of Shopify.
Digifest 2017 was a fun experience that everyone could benefit from attending next year. It also gave the students a real feel for what to expect from the Digital Business Industry.