Connect in a Global IT Hub
As a magnet to both tech titans and cool coders, Toronto’s rising status as a global hub for IT and new media provides a limitless platform to program vibrant events. Our city cultivates a distinctive mix of culture, education, diversity, and talent for tech start-ups to think and thrive — and contribute to a great way of life.
More than 18,000 technology companies flourish in Toronto, employing a globally connected talent pool of nearly 400,000 people. Connect with CIOs from the world’s largest leading companies, founders of exciting startups, and experts in applied research working out of our internationally hailed universities.
From hands-on hackathons, to the buzziest events, Toronto venues have the scale and support for technology meetings. The successful Canadian debut of the Collision tech conference in 2019 surpassed 25,000 delegates and 100 international trade missions. Toronto has also served as host city three times for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, bringing 16,000 delegates for 135 nations
Collision is riding the wave of Toronto,” Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave told VentureBeat. “Toronto is here already. It’s arrived. If Collision never came here, would it make much of a dent? I’d argue, possibly not. If anything does come of it, that’s a great incidental benefit. But Toronto had already arrived before we came here. I just don’t think a lot of people elsewhere in the world had seen it with their own eyes. That’s my view. We’re riding the wave. Collision is not going to make the wave bigger. If it shines a spotlight on Toronto, OK, great.
The fact that Toronto is the most diverse city in North America and the third-largest tech hub is a huge draw to us. I can’t express how important it is that we’re able to attract quality startups so that we can grow the event. If we can’t attract startups to the conference, then the investors, the speakers and the general attendee won’t come. It's a very organic process and Toronto’s talent pool of engineers and entrepreneurs really stands out to us
Ciarán Hope, senior vice-president, event operations, Web Summit/Collision