Celebrating 14 years of bold, new ideas, Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) award-winning Discovery conference returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, on May 13-14. The event showcases the best innovations happening in Ontario, across Canada, and globally through the international entrepreneurship community.
“Every year, the Discovery conference is the place to be for job creators, entrepreneurs, start ups, students, industry experts, government, investors and thought leaders to demonstrate innovation, showcase new products, make deals and do business,” said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, OCE. “We look forward to bringing them all together as we demonstrate Ontario’s global competitiveness and economic opportunities.”
Discovery’s 200,000-square-foot show floor features exhibitors from a wide range of tech and business sectors, as well as informative and captivating panel discussions with local and international industry experts. Highlights of the conference this year are many of today’s emerging technology trends, including 5G networks, connected and autonomous vehicles, space exploration tech, and advanced manufacturing. The show floor will also feature fascinating futuristic technology in the WOW Zone, as well as the latest in healthcare tech, cleantech, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), and more.
Discovery 2019 will feature four main-stage keynote addresses:
- Duncan Wardle, former Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney and founder of iD8 & Innov8, will discuss his experiences with global audiences and how to tap into your creativity to help your business grow and scale.
- Dr. Pernilla Jonsson, Head of Consumer & Industry Lab at Ericsson Research, will discuss 5G technologies and shed light on why 5G is not just another G.
- Dr. Nicole Buckley, Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA’s) Chief Scientist, Life Sciences and ISS Utilization, will speak about the Lunar Gateway and the challenges humans face as we explore space.
- Norm Judah, former Enterprise Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Microsoft, will discuss technical strategy, architectures and innovation, building technical leaders, digital transformation and making AI real.
OCE is also excited to feature panel discussions with leading entrepreneurs and industry experts across Canada:
- 5G and C/AV: Connectivity and Autonomous Vehicles Enter the Fast Lane
- Scale Every Mountain: From Start-up to Scale-up
- There’s No “I” in Network: How to Build High-Quality Connections with Less Small Talk and More Big Listening
- Innovative Cannabis Growth
- The Next Generation of Mining and Advanced Manufacturing
- Planting the Seeds of Foodtech Innovation
- Appetite for Innovation: Canadian Agri-food is Hungry for the Digital Revolution
- Next Generation Energy: Beyond Petroleum
Discovery also provides students, job seekers, entrepreneurs, and start-ups with opportunities to network and interact with experts, investors, potential partners, and employers. This includes:
- Meet an Investor/Ask an Expert Sessions, where attendees can meet one-to-one with investors, experts, entrepreneurs, innovation agents, and professional services specialists.
- B2B Zone, where the conference will facilitate curated meetings between large corporations and start-ups and scale-ups.
- B2G Zone, where the conference will facilitate curated meetings between businesses and government.
- Career Zone, where job seekers can meet with top employers, discuss current and future opportunities and get expert tips and advice from experienced career coaches.
Canada’s leading innovation conference and trade show will also hold the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitchcompetition, featuring twenty of Ontario’s brightest high school entrepreneurs.
For anyone who would like to learn about and engage with today’s dynamic innovation ecosystem, there is no better place to be than Discovery. It invites attendees to exchange ideas, foster partnerships, and develop new solutions that will solve current and future business challenges. By bringing together so many great minds under one roof, Discovery is showcasing Ontario’s global competitiveness, and further highlighting the province as a leader in economic development and job creation.
Named Canada’s Best Trade Show in 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2018, OCE’s Discovery is Canada’s premier innovation conference and trade show. It brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in the areas of advanced manufacturing, energy, ag-tech/food tech, cleantech, advanced health, digital media, information and communication technologies and automotive. The Discovery conference and showcase attracts more than 3,600 attendees and over 500 exhibitors.
SOURCE Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
Leading Decentralized Investment Banking Group – Coinstreet Partners, Awarded Asia Futurist Leadership Award
The Asia Futurist Leadership Award in the category of High Flyer Award – Outstanding Deal Originator In Asia was awarded to Coinstreet Partners by the Association of Family Offices in Asia, the Association of Private Bankers in Greater China and the Women In Leadership Association at the Asia Futurist Leadership Summit, held in Hong Kong during International Financial Week.
Asia Futurist Leadership Awards (AFLA) recognize family offices, family enterprises, industry professionals, private banks, institutions, funds and new ventures around the world that are creating a positive environment, promoting sustainability and making social impact, ultimately contributing to the creation of a better world.
The Association of Family Offices in Asia, principal organizer of AFLA, is a professional society that distinctively connects single, multi and virtual family offices as well as the industry societies in the region. It currently has more than 9000 institutional associates and hundreds of single and multi-family office members, with investment net worth typically over USD50 million.
“Digital assets are one of the transformative forces shaping the new face of the financial service industry and the economy as a whole. We would like to see more prudent players and regulation to ensure this development heads in the right direction,” said Ms. Eva Law, Founder and Chairman of the Association of Family Offices in Asia. “We are very pleased to see Coinstreet Partners win this award and look forward to their continuous effort to make digital assets widely available, and bring value to investors and to economic development.”
“Congratulations to Coinstreet for winning the Asia Futurist Leadership High Flyer Award, it recognizes them as an outstanding deal originator in Asia, and their vision to crossover Finance, Media and Technology is an exciting future trend,.” said Ms. Mercedes Ho, Executive Director of Forbes Global Alliance, and the presenter of the award.
Coinstreet is a leading decentralized investment banking group and consultancy firm in the F.M.T. (Finance, Media & Tech) field, providing a business eco-system for the new era of digital economy. Coinstreet focuses on five business segments: Token Finance Consultancy, Digital Asset & Wealth Management, PR Media & Investor Relations, Digital Asset Tokenization & Trading Platform, and Decentralized Finance & DLT Solutions.
“The Association of Family Offices in Asia is a highly respectable organization in traditional investment communities,” said Mr. Samson Lee, Founder and CEO of Coinstreet Partners. “We are very honored to be the recipient of the Asia Futurist Leadership Award. It represents a significant recognition of our efforts and vision of the convergence between the traditional financial eco-system and the digital assets system.”
According to a survey from the World Economic Forum, around 10% of global GDP will be tokenized and stored on Blockchain by 2027. Coinstreet serves clients with tokenization needs ranging from stablecoins, real estate, financial services, technology, biotech, healthcare, telecommunications, energy, manufacturing, hotel, hospitality, lifestyle, gaming, media and entertainment sectors. Significant growth in the number of high-quality STO projects and global expansion of investor communities is expected, as adaption of this new corporate finance model gains popularity globally.
SOURCE Coinstreet Partners
Monerium and Algorand enter partnership to issue e-money on the Algorand protocol
Monerium (https://www.monerium.com/), the world’s first authorized provider of licensed e-money for blockchains, and Algorand Inc. (https://www.algorand.com/), the world’s first open source, permissionless, pure proof-of-stake blockchain protocol, announce a non-exclusive partnership to support the Algorand protocol in 2020 with Monerium’s fully programmable and redeemable e-money.
Mainstream adoption of blockchains requires a reliable form of digital cash on-chain. Since receiving its e-money license in June 2019, Monerium has announced several B2B use cases for e-money, including a cross-border transaction in euros. Monerium now supports e-money across the EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein in US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds, and Icelandic krona.
Algorand recently benefited from a significant upgrade, Algorand 2.0, which includes a number of features that enable sophisticated exchanges such as account quarantine, whitelist models, flexible asset reserve models and more.
“We look forward to supporting the Algorand protocol. Algorand incorporates key features for many mainstream use-cases, including stateless smart contracts and scaleable proof-of-stake consensus. The Algorand leadership has taken a pragmatic and deliberate approach in designing a blockchain for mainstream applications while staying close to the ethos of the open source community” states Sveinn Valfells, co-founder and CEO of Monerium. “Supporting new blockchains with mainstream relevance is a priority for Monerium.”
“Monerium and Algorand have a shared vision for real-world use cases that are enabled by advanced blockchain technology,” said W. Sean Ford, COO of Algorand, Inc. “We are thrilled that Monerium will be bringing their solution for e-money to Algorand and we look forward to our community’s ability to leverage the technology for straightforward regulatory compliance.”
SOURCE Algorand Foundation
Kadena Launches Public Chain with Smart Contract Transactions, Completing Industry’s First Hybrid Blockchain
Kadena, the first blockchain technology company to come out of JP Morgan’s Blockchain Center for Excellence, has announced the full launch of its public blockchain. Kadena’s public blockchain is first to market as a sharded Proof of Work Layer 1 network. Following the start of genesis mining in October 2019, Kadena has surpassed having two million blocks mined at hash rates as high as 40 TH/S. Today’s launch includes full transactions and the ability to write smart contracts. The latest functionalities of the network complete Kadena’s hybrid blockchain platform. Kadena is already delivering interoperability, scalability, and security across industries including finance, healthcare, and insurance.
The hybrid blockchain supports interoperability using Pact, Kadena’s open-source, Turing-incomplete smart contract language with Formal Verification. The simple smart contract language is powerful enough to code complex contracts and execute multi-party transactions. Enterprises and developers alike will find that applications once considered too difficult to build are now achievable with Kadena. Removing the complexity and vulnerability of other smart contract languages, Pact advances secure and legible transactions.
“Despite blockchain having immense potential, our experience building JP Morgan’s first blockchain showed us its limitations,” said Founder and President Stuart Popejoy. “Launching a fully functional hybrid blockchain which seamlessly integrates a public chain with a private network is a significant step forward in reimagining what applications can do on-chain.”
Kadena’s public blockchain functions through a braided, parallelized Proof of Work consensus mechanism, the only protocol that has been validated in the market. The architecture enhances throughput and scalability while preserving the reliability of Bitcoin. Kadena Kuro, the platform’s next-generation private blockchain, overcomes the challenges of security, scalability, and speed found in existing blockchains such as Ethereum.
“We’ve solved the scaling challenges of Bitcoin with parallel Proof of Work chains while addressing the security issues of Ethereum with Pact,” said Founder and CEO Will Martino. “Today’s launch of our public blockchain with smart contract transactions, which completes our hybrid platform, advances mainstream adoption. We’re excited to see how Kadena’s blockchain will empower entrepreneurs and enterprises to bring in Economics 2.0.”
The launch comes after Kadena completed a year full of milestones in 2019, including the news that next-generation blockchain networks such as Cosmos and Polkadot are looking to implement the Pact smart contract language. Businesses exploring deployment of applications on blockchain were able to utilize the speed and security of Kadena Kuro when it got listed on AWS Marketplace and Azure Marketplace with free community editions.
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