Leading design thinkers are redefining how things work, from corporate structures to the clothes you put on today. Explore how technology and innovation are turning the tables on how our everyday lives function.

Thursday, April 25 | Digifest Kick Off

This year’s conference begins with an appearance by award-winning information designer and artist, Giorgia Lupi. Lupi will discuss her work exploring Data Humanism.
Data Humanism
Humans have created a powerful relationship with data, but what information is left unseen when we strip information down to numbers? How can we make a real difference now that the ways we relate to information are evolving? How can data visualization design make data more meaningful? Giorgia Lupi will discuss her humanistic approach to data and jumpstart a new renaissance of opportunity. By questioning the impersonality of a merely technical approach to information, we can demand more from data and connect numbers to what they really tell us: our life stories.
Giorgia Lupi, Accurat Studio (Italy/USA)

Thursday, April 26

Brasilia: From Cursed City to Creative Hub | 2:00pm – 2:40pm

Created in 1960 as a modernist architectural landmark, Brasilia became the country’s symbol of bad politicians and corruption. After two generations, its population has already taken root and now seeks a new identity. Entrepreneurship, design, and food are among the industries most committed to this change, providing a new perspective to the city and its people.  
Claudia El-moor, Eye Design

Friday, April 27

Keynote | 10:00am-11:00am

Museums and Open Source
What would happen if an arts institution decided to digitize their collection and offer it to the public, for free, without any barriers of use? The Rijksmuseum did. Lead by Linda Volkers, the choice to make their collection open source has already impacted the museum and creative industries immeasurably. Institutions like the Rijksmuseum have historically protected the images of their collections, but by flipping the script, and embracing a sharing culture, we can explore endless possibilities of creativity and collaboration.
Linda Volkers, Rijksmuseum

Fashion Tech Panel | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Fashion has traditionally served as a tool for self-expression, but leaders in tech and fashion are pushing fashion design further in order to serve our everyday needs. How can we integrate technology into our garments without compromising style? How can the industry keep up with rapid market demands? How will fashion technology change our day-to-day lives? Join our panelists who will give us their insight into the future of fashion technology: what they’re doing now, what is coming, and how it will all happen.
Lindsay Barber, MW Canada
Stuart Campbell, Passen
Joyce Chow, Myant Inc.
Ye Tao, National Research Council
Moderated by Marilyn McNeil Morin, Fashion Exchange

Design Needs a New Future | 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Industries around the world, from banking to fashion to auto, are going through structural changes in an attempt to align with artificial intelligence-powered industrial futures. For many, technological advancement simply means progress and increased productivity. However, this revolution will actually turn the creative and design discipline on its head entirely. Some business leaders think that it will all be data-driven, or that computers will simply be able to generate visuals or predict design choices. But the reality is that the scale and scope of these structural changes have no historical precedent.  Design needs to embrace this impending complexity and designers need to be upskilled. Design needs a new future.
Idris Mootee, Idea Couture

Saturday, April 28

Future Ways of Living Panel

The Institute without Boundaries and Philosophy of Education Conference join forces to host a panel and workshop that encourage participants to imagine how societal and technological trends impact the way we live, work, play, learn, and interact. The panel will include a total of eight speed talks that provide insight to future narratives. This will balance utopian and dystopian narratives that encourage critical thinking and discourse amongst participants.
Thomas Ponniah, PhD., Faculty, George Brown College
GBC Students, Philosophy, Globalization & Society
Heather Lash, Faculty, George Brown College
Robert Giusti, Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College
Luigi Ferrara, School of Arts, Design & Information Technology, George Brown College
Elise Hodson, Faculty, School of Design at George Brown College
Ana Rita Morais, School of Design at George Brown College​

TTC Redesign | IDEA Club

Using the transit system can be a stressful experience for many commuters in Toronto. IDEA’s project redesigned the TTC to make it barrier free for all riders. The project includes updated payment systems, upgraded wayfinding system, and a compatible app that includes translation, accessibility options, and customized notifications.



Sticks (1979) is a self-organizing system. It is based on a simple rule, if a stick touches another stick one or both must reverse direction. Initially the piece is in a chaotic state. Using the rule it negotiates its parts into a non-conflict state. The viewer may gently touch one of the sticks to put the system into a chaotic state again.


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