Collision, North America’s fastest growing tech conference, is changing venues and countries.
The event, which has been held for five years in New Orleans, Louisiana, is moving to Toronto, Canada. It will be held at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, for three consecutive years starting with the May 2019 edition.
“We are thrilled to welcome Collision to Enercare Centre in 2019/2020/2021,” said Councillor Mark Grimes, chair, Board of Governors of Exhibition Place. “Securing Collision was a truly collaborative effort by Enercare Centre, Tourism Toronto, City of Toronto, Toronto Board of Trade, and the Toronto and regional tech community with the support of the Provincial and Federal Governments; and builds on the existing strength of Toronto’s dynamic tech ecosystem.”
Since its launch in 2014, Collision’s attendance has grown from 5,000 to an expected 25,000 attendees in New Orleans this year. Created by the team behind Web Summit, the world’s largest and most influential tech event, Collision attracts CEOs of the world’s largest companies, founders of most exciting startups, leading investors and media, from more than 120 countries.
“We know that the venue’s robust ICT infrastructure, commitment to sustainability and demonstrated success in delivering high profile international events was a key component in this win,” said Dianne Young, CEO, Exhibition Place.
Toronto ranks as the largest tech sector in Canada and the third largest in North America. The sector employs 401,000 people, accounting for 15 per cent of all Toronto jobs and 14 thousand tech companies – outpacing the growth of New York City and San Francisco. Based on that growth rate, Toronto will have more technology jobs than Silicon Valley within two years.
The four-day international tech conference is the umbrella under which 12 other conferences take place over six stages, with sectors including AI, automated and connected vehicles, data, security, design, investment, software development, marketing, music and sustainability.
About Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment and convention site, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is home to the award-winning, LEED Gold Enercare Centre, which is Canada’s largest exhibition and convention centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading edge green technologies and practices across the site.