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The Agenda

Show off your Cool S#!t.

On May 11, we’re showcasing the best Canadian tech in our Cool S#!t Interactive Zone. Check out the list of awesome companies you can interact with at #TLCWR:

2G Robotics proudly designs and produces industry-leading underwater laser scanners and imaging systems for subsea surveys and inspections. 2G’s systems generate real-time 3D models of subsea structures and environments that provide millimeter measurements to maintain the world’s critical infrastructure.

Wearable to automatically track your lifestyle - i.e. your food, stress, sleep, and activity intensity.

Alert Labs builds sensor-networks for residential and commercial property owners. Their simple-to-deploy sensors can be placed on water meters, sump pumps, furnaces, near toilets and other appliances to detect water leaks, floods, power issues, and other events. Customers receive real-time alerts and insightful data analytics via SMS, email, and app.

AVIDRONE Aerospace designs and produces custom high performance drones for your industry. We create unmanned aircraft ranging from 1lb to 1000lbs, capable of carrying payloads that save lives, deliver goods, and fly over dangerous terrain. Our aircraft are born from a powerful combination of award winning technologies, world-class experience, and practical talent that is a rare combination in the UAS industry.

Team Dave is FRC Team 3683 – the FIRST Robotics Team at St. David CSS in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Cybercavs is a high school robotics team from Woodland Christian High School, located in Breslau, Ontario, Canada.

Grobo develops hydroponic grow boxes which allow you to easily grow high quality food and medicine at home, all year long.

Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS) is a leader in connected car technology that enables drivers to be safer, smarter and greener. Our unique approach of converging in-car infotainment, automotive telematics and wireless technology has resulted in an impressive range of solutions. From insurance and government, to fleets and everyday drivers, the company’s innovations are pioneering the connected car category and revolutionizing the way people travel.

Magnet Forensics is a global leader in building innovative and relevant smartphone and computer forensics software. Helping examiners and investigators fight crime, protect assets and guard national security, we’re the trusted partner for thousands of law enforcement, government, military and corporate organizations in over 93 countries.

Medella Health is a wearable technology startup based out of Kitchener-Waterloo, developing the next generation of biosensors and electronics to help us monitor our health. We are building a smart contact lens platform that non-invasively and continuously detects biomarkers in tears and transmits the data to a mobile phone.

PerkinElmer is a global leader focusing on innovating for a healthier world. We develop software and hardware solutions to improve the health and safety of our families and the environment around us. Our software innovation lab in Waterloo is focused on improving our digital solutions by exploring new ideas and experimenting with new tech to improve accuracy, throughput, and overall customer experience.

Structur3D Printing develops technology for 3D printing with soft materials, such as silicone, biomaterials with cells, nanomaterials, and space dust. Our Discov3ry Complete printer system is the leading platform for researchers looking to 3D print advanced, custom materials.

Studio 1 Labs is Canada's leader in Fabric Sensor Technology that developed a functional bed sheet as a medical device, and provides complete end-to-end solutions of monitoring, to advanced analytics for predicting health decline.

Expensive fees or long delivery times in eCommerce are due to dimensional weight, a concept introduced by couriers to charge shipping fees based on the size of a package rather than actual weight. We’re developing affordable dimensioning technologies to instantly dimension parcels and optimize packaging to significantly reduce shipping costs.

Innovation Basecamps

Innovation Basecamps

Exclusive to Innovation Ticket Holders

These aren’t your typical workshops. Each full-day session is designed to help you think differently and more effectively about innovation through hands-on learning.

About the conference

This is #TLCWR

Communitech’s Tech Leadership Conference brings the best entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to connect, learn and help shift the power and control of technology in the right direction.

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Hotel & travel info

Hotel & travel info

Never been to the Waterloo region before? Well, let us help you plan your trip.

Hotel Info

Guests travelling from out of town can take advantage of a discounted rate from the Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo. The Ddiscounted rate of $121 / night is available for May 9 and May 10 and comes with a discounted on-site parking rate of $5 per night plus complimentary WIFI through the entire hotel.

Please book by April 14, 2017 by calling their reservations department at 519-744-4141 or their global reservations centre at 1-877-408-6665.

Group code: TLC

Travelling by Car

Are you driving to the Waterloo region? Here are some estimated distances and travel times to help you arrange your trip.

  • Hamilton, ON
    64 km / 39.9 mi
    50 minutes
  • Toronto, ON
    109 km / 67.7 mi
    1 hour, 14 minutes
  • London, ON
    112 km / 69.6 mi
    1 hour, 19 minutes
  • Niagara Falls, ON
    139 km / 86.4 mi
    1 hour, 38 minutes
  • Windsor, ON
    286 km / 178 mi
    3 hours, 18 minutes
  • Buffalo, NY
    171 km / 106 mi
    1 hour, 55 minutes
  • Detroit, MI
    290 km / 180 mi
    3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Chicago, IL
    761 km / 473 mi
    7 hours, 36 minutes
  • New York, NY
    803 km/499 mi
    8 hours, 40 minutes

Travelling by Air

In addition to the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), Kitchener benefits from being less than an hour’s drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM). To help you plan your route, here are the estimated distances and travel times from each airport to the Waterloo region.

  • Region of Waterloo International Airport
    16 km / 10 mi
    20 minutes
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
    91 km / 56 mi
    57 minutes
  • John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
    72 km / 45 mi
    60 minutes
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With a few different options to choose from, you can join us for one day or two.

Tech Tour

Ecosystem ticket holders will jump on board a half-day Tech Tour to explore everything that makes the Waterloo Region the epicentre of all-things tech. Confirmed stops include Google, the Communitech Hub, Sedra Student Design Centre at UW, the Accelerator Centre at 44 Gaukel, Shopify and Vidyard.