What an amazing week colliding with some of the best and brightest in the technology industry and beyond! It is hard to believe that Collision 2019 is already over.
Here’s our round-up of highlights from day three, the last full-day of the conference.
A future powered by games
Laura Miele, Chief Studios Officer for Electronics Arts described herself as an unwavering optimist when she took to the centre stage at Collision for her talk on how the power of play through gaming can change the world for the better.
Miele shared how engaging in “active entertainment” like gaming lights up all areas of the brain and makes us better problem solvers, enhances creativity and improves collaboration and partnership. She predicts the future of gaming can take this even further as advancements in technology like machine learning and the creativity of developers take the virtual world to the next level.
The companies of tomorrow
Growth Summit at Collision is a track dedicated to highlighting the companies of tomorrow. On this stage, the leaders from some of the fastest growing businesses on earth shared their advice and experiences with the audience, while also pitching VCs that were in attendance.
I spent some time listening to these rapid 4-minute talks by start-up founders and CEOs who had goals ranging from disrupting the bus scheduling and ticketing industries to changing the way we find health insurance to achieving society’s move to a cashless society and everything in between. All presenters showed an inspirational passion for their companies.
The life-changing art of reinvention
“If you’re not rowing hard upstream, you can’t disrupt the market.” These were the words of Bryan Lamkin, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Digital Media at Adobe when he took the stage to share insights on how Adobe reinvented itself into the incredibly successful cloud company it is today.
Lamkin shared that some of the most highly successful companies are the result of reinvention and that it’s important to adapt, be nimble and not stand still. However, it’s not enough to just reinvent business and product – you need to continue to reinvent yourself. In some final words of advice, Lamkin noted that it’s important to be bold, take chances, make decisions, fail with flare and never forget why you are doing something in the first place.
While that’s a wrap for Collision 2019, it’s clear that the technology industry is thriving not only around the world, but here in Canada. It’s exciting to have had a glimpse at what is next to come. I hope you enjoyed following along.