Dear humans -- we’re going to look into the future of tech as a force for good. Robot or human, all were welcome to Communitech’s first annual True North Conference in Kitchener-Waterloo. Here at Kiiah, we went to find out what all the buzz was about. So let us fill you in on why we thought True North was such a hit!
To kick off True North 2018, DJ Shub threw down some beats for the incredible indigenous dancers. We all agreed that they did an amazing job to kick off the event! Every person in the venue had their attention glued on these energetic dancers as they hyped everyone up.
Communitech photo: Harminder Phull
Celebrity Speakers and Influencers
The keynote speakers that True North boasted this year set the standard for the years to come. Big names and big brands made people jump on the opportunity to listen in on their sessions. Our favourite speaker was Bozoma Saint John, the Chief Brand Officer for Uber. This woman is a true legend. She left you laughing so hard you cried and she inspired you to take on any new opportunity that comes your way. Her story of how she joined Uber was incredible. When she joined, Uber was going through a rough patch -- but that’s not how Bozoma saw it. She left Apple because she saw this as her opportunity to truly build the brand.
The incredible lineup of speakers had us on the edge of our seats the entire conference. Each one captivating with their knowledge on tech, cool stories and intriguing topics. Whether they were offering insight into A.I. Learning, Digital Red Tape, Tech for Good or Inclusion, they left you inspired and ready to hit the ground running.
True North did a great job of creating that networking ambiance. From the moment you walked in to the moment you sat down in your seat, you had ample opportunities to connect with other leaders in the industry. True North also offered a networking courtyard where delegates could sit out on some cool lawn furniture. You could grab a drink, stick your feet up and and get to know some other delegates. There was also a special lounge for partners, and an international lounge to host people who came a far distance.
The venue LOT42, was sweet! It was an old manufacturing factory that captured the industrial look that Kitchener’s tech has adopted. They had giant murals painted across the sides of the building in the courtyard and a large open space on the inside. There was so much personality that added to the entire conference vibe.
True North decided to take their conference’s festivities and offer them to the whole community. A highlight was watching the girl rock band The Beaches perform in City Hall. They were very cool. As well a large variety of local restaurants and bars gave special deals and discounts to anyone from the True North Conference.
The #TNDTK experience also forced us to walk around our city and really take it all in. We discovered things that we never knew existed! For example, have you ever heard of the White Tiger Vintage Boutique? Super cute shop that you have to check out! The #TNDTK festival was a fun experience and something that newcomers, locals and the whole community could get involved in.
As True North 2018 ended, we left feeling excited for the future of tech in our community of Kitchener-Waterloo. We can’t wait to see what True North 2019 holds in the future!
Let us know in the comments your favourite part of the True North 2018 Conference!