The number of technology jobs in Toronto increased at a faster rate than in any other North American city over the past five years, landing the top spot on a list that included well-known hotspots like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. There are few better cities in Canada for tech, so it’s no surprise that there are dozens of summits, conferences, and other events dedicated to the industry each year.
Tech conferences are one of the best ways to network, learn new skills, and connect with talented professionals within your specialty. Though many of the top tech events in Toronto have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rest have chosen to move online or go on as planned later in 2020. Take a look at some of these must-attend events, and dive into a list of completely online events from cities around the world if you’re looking for more opportunities to connect.
Top Tech Events in Toronto in 2020
Date: September 17-23
Combining traditional conference elements with an arts and culture festival, Elevate is unlike any other tech event you’ve seen. The conference aims to unite the world’s greatest innovators to solve global challenges and attracts thousands of creative, executive, and entrepreneurial professionals each year who hope to combine their talents to create a better world. Elevate hosted more than 21,000 guests, 150 partners, and 350 speakers—including Michelle Obama and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt— in 2019. While the full 2020 schedule has yet to be released, it’s sure to contain the mix of well-known names and surprise hits for which Elevate is known.
Date: October 19-22
Held in downtown Toronto, SecTor features insights and network with some of the IT industry’s most respected experts. Get the inside scoop on the latest in technical security and IT management techniques, and seize opportunities for hands-on learning in the IT Hack lab, which lets you put everything you’ve learned into practice. In addition to its impressive panel of speakers, SecTor also includes a career fair with companies actively recruiting candidates, career coaching, and more than 100 exhibitors of innovative IT products on the expo floor.
Date: October 22
The Toronto Tech Summit is a free, online event on the future of tech. Speakers will discuss how innovative tech is enabling the future, pivots in the work environment, and lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies like LinkedIn, Google, Amazon, and Genysys will be represented, and you’ll have the chance to connect with more than 400 fellow attendees throughout the day.
Date: November (Exact dates TBA)
Though Canada has become a hotspot for clean technology innovations, there were no major events dedicated to cleantech until this year. The inaugural MaRS Cleantech Summit will gather startups, investors, supporters, and adopters together to discuss the industry’s future and ways to scale innovations for global impact. Keynote topics will include women in cleantech, smart cities, circular economy, and industry 4.0. Firm dates have not yet been determined, but the summit will take place in early November.
5. iTech 2020
Date: November 25
IT professionals can’t miss the iTech Toronto conference, which brings industry experts and the latest IT technology together for a day of exhibitions, seminars, panel discussions, and demos. The conference will focus on the cloud, data centres, infrastructure, security, and mobility this year, bringing together global experts to share their insight on each topic. Browse upcoming and previously recorded webinars on the iTech site to get yourself ready for the big day in November by taking a close look at cyber recovery, artificial intelligence, IoT, and more.
Take Your Learning Higher
While tech conferences can be a quick way to expand your skillset and meet fellow tech professionals, a degree or certificate may be the best option for those seeking to deepen their knowledge in a particular area of tech. Northeastern’s portfolio of online and on-ground tech programs are based in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Vancouver, Toronto, and Boston, providing students with access to industry experts and the latest developments in technology.
The university’s unique approach to education combines instruction from professors with real-world experience in the industry and projects, co-ops, and other opportunities to work with businesses in the tech space. This focus on experiential learning integrates your classroom studies with the work you’ll be doing when you graduate, giving you the skills necessary to build a successful career.
To learn more about advancing your techonlogy career with Northeastern, explore the related degrees and certificates offered at our regional locations in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Vancouver, and Toronto.