With rising populations and loss of farmland, cities need to work together to ensure its citizens have access to healthy food, made from whole ingredients, at an affordable price. Hear from the companies and people who are tackling these issues firsthand.

Thursday, April 26


Transformational Innovations Shaping Future Food Trends | 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Researchers on university campuses are creating the tools needed to produce enough food for the growing human population, while sustaining the ecosystems on which we depend for life. Using twenty-first century tools, science can help farmers to produce more food on less land and we can make sure that food is where it’s needed most. This presentation highlights some of the game changing science that will shape the way cities will cope with food waste and food demand in the future.
Dana McCauley, University of Guelph

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

Saturday, April 28


Let’s talk Science Demo| 12:00pm – 1:00pm

LifeScanner employs DNA Barcoding technology to identify insects, food, fur, or any tissue from animal. Find out what you’re eating, what’s in your garden, or in your home at this hands-on demo!
LifeScanner, a conservation technology initiative that provides DNA based species identification tools to citizen scientists, schools, public watchdogs, and conservation agencies. LifeScanner’s seeks to effect change in the way people perceive biodiversity, increase the appreciation of living things in the environment, and amplify the human-environment interaction.
Sujeevan Ratnasingham, LifeScanner

Food Tech Pop-Up | 10:00am – 4:00pm

New to Digifest is the Food Tech Pop-Up! We’re celebrating the people who are advancing and envisioning the future of food. This year’s crop of entrepreneurs have merged sustainability, whole food ingredients, and your health. Test samples from these intrepid innovators, and see what your future might taste like.

The Maker Bean

The Maker Bean is Toronto’s first makerspace cafe, where one can enjoy great coffee while designing and making things with others. The space will offer a variety of mediums in which to create, from traditional arts and crafts to digital fabrication, like 3D printing, laser cutting, and educational workshops. The Maker Bean is located inside The Ontario Science Centre, with a second location opening this spring at Bloor and Dufferin.

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