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OpenText Future Forward Conference - July 13 2017

OpenText is inviting Waterloo students (as well as staff and faculty) to a really great (really free) event this summer called Future Forward.  If you’re able to, you should take advantage.

The event, which is akin to TedX, is designed to help post secondary students explore a career path in Enterprise Software.  Talks are followed up with access to the Expo Hall floor, a fantastic networking opportunity including booths, pods, and demos.  They have several U of W speakers including President Hamdullahpur and Larry Smith.  Future Forward is part of OpenText’s annual user conference.  This year, it’s occurring at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, July 13 (10am-5:30pm).  There’s even free travel from Waterloo (and back)!  Not to mention:
       FIVE Paid Internship Opportunities
       FREE Alienware Machine Drawing
       FREE Food/Refreshments Served
       FREE Professional Profile Photo

See the agenda below, and join us for this unique opportunity!

10:30am, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Introduction | Adam Howatson, OpenText
A brief introduction outlining OpenText, as well as the purpose of Future Forward.

10:50am, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC 
Welcome To Your Future | President Feridun Hamdullahpur, University of Waterloo
The role of entrepreneurship, co op programs and transformational research in preparing the next generation of technology & business leaders.

11:25am, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Quantum is Coming | Martin Laforest, The Institute of Quantum Computing
Martin explores what Quantum Computing means to information technologies, and what that will mean to the world.  It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of “when.” It’s not just a shift in technology, it’s a shift in thinking…

12:00-1:15pm, location TBD

1:15pm, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Shopify Goes BIG | Mark Bergen, Shopify Plus
Mark tells the story of how Shopify grew from an entrepreneur helping small companies, to a big company helping both small companies, and with Shopify Plus, big companies. Large merchants, as they start to build infrastructure, often lose the ability to be flexible and remain entrepreneurial. Shopify Plus explores the opportunity for large companies to act big, but remain fast and nimble.

1:50pm, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Innovation Activation | Craig Haney, Communitech
Craig explores “entrepreneurship” vs “intrepreneurship.”  How are they similar?  How are they different?  What are the strategies large organizations use to decide which to use, and when?  Drawing on his experience as Director of Corporate Innovation at Communitech, Craig answers these questions and describes what it takes to help big companies launch products like small companies.

2:25pm, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
The Artificially Intelligent Enterprise | Stephen Piron, Deep
Stephen Piron will share how his Toronto-based startup helped one of the world’s largest banks successfully incorporate deep learning into its complex organizational network. From GPUs to customized machine learning training, Mr. Piron will uncover the toolkit making deep learning transformations possible for the world’s largest organizations.  

3:00pm, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Why Big Problems Are The Only Problems Worth Solving, And Why You Will Fail To Solve Them | Larry Smith, University of Waterloo
Larry is a Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo, and an effective speaker and storyteller.  He has mentored many of his students on start-up business management and career development. He is author of the book No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need To Do To Have A Great Career.  In this talk, he outlines what it takes to understand and solve big problems, and challenges the audience’s thinking on what it will take to have a great career solving them.

4:00pm, Exop Hall, MTCC
Pods, Demos, and Networking

Future Forward attendees will rub shoulders with Enterprise World attendees (customers, partners, staff) while they check out booths, pods and demo presentations.


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