True North Festival blog

True North Festival 2020: Taking it to the streets

Innovation. It’s a word so often used that it starts to lose impact. 

Here in Waterloo Region, we look at innovation as more than a buzzword. It’s a call-to-action. It drives tech companies, academic institutions, government and charitable organizations to work together on shared challenges. We want you to be a part of that.

True North Festival 2020 is one full week where tech founders, creative thinkers, movers, shakers and policymakers come together to examine what it means to be human (and humane) in our tech-driven world.

For our third year, we’re changing things up. The True North Festival delivers a week’s worth of programming, events and entertainment. We're inspired by our community on a daily basis, so we're bringing more people to the party. On June 2 and 3, True North Centre Stage will bring you thought-provoking keynote speakers and a wide variety of concurrent (business and fun) events throughout the community. 

Fluxible, Canada's UX Festival (made up of Fluxbile Meetups, Fluxible Workshops, and Fluxible Conference), will take place during the True North Festival with daily lunch-and-learns open to the community and Festival attendees. 

Want to see inside the offices of Waterloo Region’s tech leaders? Startup Open House is coming to town so you can walk into startup offices and connect with leaders shaping the future of business in Waterloo Region and beyond.

There are also local meetups covering professional topics from sales to marketing to diversity and inclusion that will be opening their doors to True North Festival attendees too. 

While the meetups and summits feed your mind, True North Festival will help lift your soul too. Local restaurants, bars and clubs will have a week’s worth of specials to bring people together. It’s like having a savvy local guide to show you all the hidden gems in a new town. For Waterloo Region locals, it’s a way to rediscover the community you thought you knew, and show our international guests what makes this place extraordinary.

All this sound good? It gets better. The venues for True North Festival 2020 are all located along our recently launched ION light rail transit line. Mainstage programming of True North Centre Stage is happening at the amazing Centre in the Square in Downtown Kitchener. Just a ride away, our Communitech Centre Stage summits will be happening at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Kitchener Public Library theatre.

So, skip the FOMO, pack your big ideas and bring your curiosity. Join us at True North for inspiring speakers, brain-busting summits and the best of Waterloo Region eats and entertainment. Let’s work together to create the future of tech, for good.

Canada’s largest AI competition announced

Communitech is excited to announce the Leaders Prize at True North, in partnership with the Schulich Foundation and Leaders Fund, and the University of Waterloo as the academic partner.

True North Tech for Good Declaration: The Canadian tech industry’s living document

Last May, a group of attendees to the first-ever True North conference created a set of guiding principles that all aspiring organizations can follow to create and use technology for the good of humanity: the Tech for Good Declaration.