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June 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am - June 23, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
HardTech is Canada’s premiere hardware technology-focused conference, featuring prominent thought leaders in the tech ecosystem that are creating transformative experiences for those around the world. Hosted by ventureLAB in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York, our mission is to emphasize the importance of hardware technology and the impact it has on our globe, while making it an enjoyable and immersive experience.
We believe that a connected tech ecosystem will lead to more inspiration, innovation and opportunities in the hardware and semiconductor industry. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to connect with ventureLAB’s vast innovation ecosystem, including industry leaders, innovators, investors, media, mentors and startup enthusiasts. Click here to learn more about the HardTech conference.
Get your complimentary all-access pass, valued at $189 CAD.
Why Attend HardTech?
- Premium Content: HardTech brings together industry leaders in hardware technology to discuss the latest developments in the field and share their insights.
- Build Connections: Connect with 500+ attendees across Canada in various ways; participate in matchmaking, join a group lounge or simply connect one-to-one on the platform.
- Expand Your Knowledge: Pick from three simultaneous breakout sessions and join the conversation based around autonomous vehicles, medical technologies and agritech.
- HardTech Pitch Competition: Watch the dynamic HardTech Pitch Competition, bringing together up to eight Canadian finalists who are developing hardware and semiconductor-focused products. Are you a Canadian startup and think you have what it takes? Apply here.
- Team Building: Shared experiences are the key to building stronger teams. Attend HardTech with your colleagues and bring valuable insights back to your desks, and into your business.
- Brand Awareness: Get your brand in front of 500+ attendees from North America, including industry leaders, innovators, investors, media, mentors and startup enthusiasts.
This is a conference you do not want to miss! Get your complimentary all-access pass, valued at $189 CAD.
AGENDA: DAY 1
11:00 – 11:10 AM: Opening Remarks by ventureLAB President and CEO, Melissa Chee
11:10 – 11:55 PM: Keynote Panel Discussion – ‘The Evolution of Hardware Technology’
11:55 – 12:05 PM: Break
12:05 – 12:35 PM: Breakout Sessions (Healthcare, Autonomous Vehicles & Agritech)
12:35 – 12:55 PM: Break
12:55 – 1:40 PM: Panel Discussion – ‘Inspiring the Next Generation of Tech Titans’
1:40 – 1:45 PM: Closing Remarks
1:45 – 3:00 PM: Networking
AGENDA: DAY 2
11:00 – 11:05 AM: Opening Remarks
11:05 – 12:35 PM: Pitch Competition
12:35 – 1:00 PM: Judges Deliberation & Break
1:00 – 1:45 PM: Showcase and Panel Discussion – ‘Hardware Breakthroughs: Powering our Products of Tomorrow‘
1:45 – 2:00 PM: Pitch Competition Awards Ceremony
2:00 – 2:05 PM: Closing Remarks
2:05 – 3:00 PM: Networking
Registered attendees will have the option to attend one of the breakout sessions listed below. You will indicate your preferred breakout session on the registration form.
Modernizing our Healthcare for Today’s Needs
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a mad dash to secure Personal Protective Equipment and life-saving equipment like ventilators. In Canada, this global competition exacerbated gaps in our supply chain as countries around the world fought to protect their citizens by producing or securing sensors required in ventilators and other critical medical devices.
Join this breakout session as we explore what we’ve learned from this global pandemic, and the critical role foundational infrastructure like hardware and semiconductors play in life-saving devices and the future of healthcare.
Powering the Vehicles of the Future
By 2030, electronic systems will account for 50% of the total cost of the average car. As electric vehicles become more the norm and autonomous transportation integrates into society, Canada must take a leading role in producing some of the electronic components like electric batteries, chips, and sensors, rather than just assembling vehicles.
Join this breakout session as we explore just how critical these tiny sensors and chips are to our future of transportation, and how Canada can play a leading role in the automotive industry.
Revolutionary Technologies Shaking Up the Agriculture Industry
Traditional industries like agriculture play an important role in Canada’s economic prosperity. As traditional industries digitize and modernize, technologies like hardware and semiconductors are becoming increasingly important, and can even address global challenges like food supply.
Join this breakout session to get a glimpse into the future of agriculture, and examine the ways in which revolutionary hardware technologies such as automated tractors and drones, can help meet our supply and demand.
HardTech Pitch Competition
Tune in on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 as up to eight companies pitch for their chance to take home over $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizing, and showcase their breakthrough products and technologies.
The HardTech Pitch Competition, held in partnership by ventureLAB and the Regional Municipality of York, is open to small businesses incorporated in Canada. Finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their breakthrough products and innovations in hardware technology to a broad audience, including industry leaders, investors, government, media, and more!
The HardTech Pitch Competition will award over $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizing, and serve as an application to the coveted third cohort of ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative.
Applications close on May 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Are you a Canadian startup and think you have what it takes? Apply today!