Our future matters. But predicting what that future looks like gets more difficult as the pace of change increases.

Within a decade, virtual reality devices will reshape how we interact with the digital world, the internet of things will change how we think of our homes and offices, while wearables will blur the line between biology and technology like never before. These advances will reach far into our lives. They will impact our societies, health, the environment, commerce, work and education.

Determining what form those impacts will take requires insights from diverse disciplines and sectors. MaRS brings together global experts and partners to share their perspectives on how this new technological revolution will change our economy and society.

This year, MaRS will give a platform to dozens of the entrepreneurs, researchers, technologists and innovators whose work could shape our future. Here are some highlights coming up in our partnerships and thought leadership programs.

  • Big data, artificial intelligence and decision-making, establishing trust in algorithms. These are a few themes explored by Toronto’s Data Science Group at MaRS. Sponsored by Georgian Partners, one of the top growth equity firms in Canada, the group brings together data scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, developers, statisticians, analysts, and technologists to exchange ideas and debate topics around big data. The Data Science Group meets monthly. Register for the next event on Feb. 11.
  • MaRS reaches out to the world and the world reaches back. The MaRS Global Leaders Series attracts top leaders, global thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs who are smart, passionate and want to change the world. On Feb. 2, we will host best-selling author Eric Weiner to discuss his new book, The Geography of Genius. Register here.
  • The Futures Of… is a science and research-led conversation series that tackles tough questions across a number of broad areas and disciplines. Recently, MaRS hosted Ruslan Salakhutdinov, a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research fellow, who spoke about deep learning and its impact on the field of artificial intelligence.
  • Wearables and the Internet of Things. Coming off an incredibly successful year, MaRS continues its partnership with We Are Wearables. With over 7,000 members to date, We Are Wearables explores how the physical, digital and biological worlds are converging and the implications for consumers 2016 and beyond. For more information on upcoming events, check the We Are Wearables website.

To stay connected, register here for the latest news and events happening at MaRS.

Sue McGill

Sue is the Head of Consumer & Commerce and Executive Director, JOLT. A startup mentor and advocate for innovation, she has been actively involved in over 200 startups in the emerging technology space. See more…