In its 13th year, OCE Discovery delivered an engaging and informative event with over 3,500 attendees and 500 exhibitors. During our two days at Discovery, we got to engage with some amazing companies and build lasting relationships. Here are some of the coolest things we saw at OCE Discovery 2018.
A participant in the Social Enterprise Pitch Competition, Just Vertical aims to give urban dwellers access to fresh, affordable, produce year-round. Their flagship product the AEVA is a modular home unit that utilizes hydroponic growing technology and makes it easy for individuals to grow and consume their own food. Their mission is to reduce food miles, save water, and make local, sustainable food easily accessible to everyone. Hailing from the UTM’s ICUBE business accelerator, Just Vertical has a very exciting future ahead. Learn more here.
Probably the most anticipated part of Discovery 2018, Sophia, the Humanoid Robot, delivered a keynote address with her creator, Dr. David Hanson, hologramed in. The keynote touched on a number of questions many have including robots taking jobs – Sophia reassured the audience robots were here to “solve problems for humanity not create them.” Overall it was a surreal experience – a keynote delivered by a hologram and a robot was both very cool and a little intimidating. Luckily world domination is not on Sophia’s radar just yet.
Impossible Things brought a fun and engaging augmented reality experience to Discovery 2018. They develop blended experiences between digital media and the physical world. Their recent partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario on ReBlink put a modern lens on traditional art pieces. Learn more and find an exhibition here.
Catch the whole recap video below – we will see you next year at Discovery 2019!