Two high-profile Canadian entrepreneurs will provide visions of tomorrow's high-tech trends as well as lessons for today at the inaugural Kingston Technology Council Innovation Expo later this month.
Futurist Walter Derzko and award-winning marketing guru Arlene Dickinson from CBC's Dragon's Den will deliver lunch-hour keynote addresses at the all-day event March 26. The expo will highlight developments in eastern Ontario's life science, environmental, information technology and advanced materials and manufacturing sectors.
Derzko, consultant, lecturer, teacher of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto, and author of the popular Internet blog Smart Economy, will speak on "The Future is Now - What's Next?"
In his 11 a.m. talk, Derzko will outline emerging trends and issues associated with so-called "smart" technologies, says a release from the Kingston Technology Council.
Marketing specialist Dickinson, who is a panelist on CBC's popular reality TV show Dragon's Den, will focus on the present and will talk about the value of marketing as a crucial business driver, the release said.
During a talk at 12:30 p.m., Dickinson will relate the lessons learned when companies look at strategy and measurables before leaping into marketing activities.
Three speaker panels, featuring entrepreneurs, financiers and company executives from high-tech industries in the Kingston area, Ottawa and Toronto, will also talk on subjects ranging from preparing the region for growth in the high-tech sector to financing for early- and late-stage startups.
There will also be booths, tabletop and poster displays, an elevator pitch challenge and live demonstrations of emerging technologies throughout the day.
Tickets for the expo are $50 for general admission and $20 for students and seniors. Booths cost $300. For information and registration, go to www.kingstontechnology.net