Experience the 6 opening conferences in MTL connect 2022 💡⚡️ – The Initiative

For its 4th edition, MTL connect: Montreal Digital Week directs its programming towards desirable digital technology that generates wealth and resilience for our ecosystems. The theme ECO (Systems) of Hope will be the center of the 6 themes, each introduced by a major opening conference.

The founder of FARI, the new institute of artificial intelligence for the common good, Hugues Bersini is also the director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Free University of Brussels. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and is the author of several books, including “Big Brother Drives You” and “Artificial Intelligence in Practice with Python”.

Hugues will present the opening conference on the topic of artificial intelligence.

The influence of artificial intelligence is growing: from self-driving cars to the discovery of cancer, with the potential to positively impact humanity. But on the other hand, artificial intelligence threatens to eliminate millions of jobs and increase social inequalities. How to ensure that the algorithms make the right decisions without bias? How do we guide this technology to become truly intelligent and improve human capabilities?
Cheryl is a member of Songhees Nation and has over eighteen years of experience in First Nations land management. She is a social scientist and teaches Kwetlal (snub) food systems from Songhee’s First Nation. For Cheryl Bryce and Songhee’s First Nation, the island’s forests and ecosystems are not only natural but also cultural, with a connection that goes back to time immemorial.

Cheryl will present the opening conference on the theme of Culture and Creativity.

The pandemic has dramatically and worryingly transformed the cultural environment and the creative industries. During the same period, the dematerialisation of cultural content and its dissemination on digital platforms continued to disrupt the methods of distribution, dissemination and access to content. How do you reinvent yourself in this context? How do you get the most out of your data culture? What are the new business models that can ensure the sustainability of cultural and creative industries?

Bronwyn Boyle is on the list of the most influential women in cybersecurity and fintech. She is an expert in computer security and has more than 20 years of experience in technology and security in financial services. She has led risk and management programs at Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, 10x Future Technologies, among others.

Bronwyn will present the inaugural conference on cybersecurity and digital identity.

Global interconnection is accelerating. Unprecedented security risks and threats undermine confidence and growth. During this time, digital identification projects will be multiplied. Biometrics, face recognition and multi-factor authentication help build trust online, but our personal data continues to be exploited commercially. How do we protect our digital asset?

Shohini, a quantum physicist and professor of physics and computer science at Wilfrid Laurier University, is a TED Senior Fellow and Fellow at the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars and Creators in Art and Science. In 2019, she was one of the 25 outstanding scientists worldwide. She will discuss quantum progress and their impact on our ecosystems.

Shohini will present the opening conference on the Disruptive Innovations theme.

Disruptive innovations allow us to look ahead. The digital transition is generating a break with existing markets to create new ones. How can new technologies help to make the digital transition coexist with the ecological transition? What technologies can have a positive impact on our ecosystems and our societies?

The Togolese anthropologist and architect, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, founded the HubCité project, which enables the inhabitants of Lomé, Togo, to regain their urban space. He is also the creator of WoeLabs: a network of Togolese tech hubs whose ambition is to make everyone equal in terms of digital technology. He invites us to take a different look at smart cities and “set out to regain urban initiative through technology”.

Sénamé will present the opening conference on the theme Resilience and the future of the city.

Faced with the metamorphosis of our increasingly vulnerable cities and territories, it becomes imperative to adapt collectively. Digital technology makes it possible to better design ecological policies, measure pollution and climate change. What technologies do we need to promote ecological change? How can technological innovations help us create environmentally and socially responsible prosperity?

The Professor of Educational Sciences at the University of Geneva is working on the issue of gender in technology. She has published “The Forgotten Digital” and founded the review “Gender, Education, Training”. Isabelle Collet leads the team of: Gender – Intersectional Relationships, Educational Relationships. She is a trained computer scientist and is also an honorary member of the Société Informatique de France.

Isabelle will present the opening conference with the theme Education and Work Tomorrow.

The pandemic has disrupted the world of education, but also the world of work. Today we face innovations that transform the way we teach and the relational aspects of work. What changes can be expected? How can digital help us in this transition? How to ensure that technological innovations do not reinforce social inequalities?

Rendezvous for PRO programming, from October 17 to 21, 2022, in Montreal and online, to cross business worlds, the arts, academia and the public sector.

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