Tech events you can’t afford to miss in December 2021

Tech events you can’t afford to miss in December 2021

From the possibilities of quantum computing to building more accessible workplaces, these tech events this holiday month promise to inform and inspire entrepreneurs and ventures ready to take their ideas to the next level.

Here are the tech events you need to know about for December.


Fuse cleantech and finance to meet the climate challenge head on

MaRS Climate Impact is a new conference that brings together the cleantech and social-finance communities, as well as big-time players from the ecosystem to advance both a healthy planet and prosperity. The conference will feature the most promising ideas and companies solving for the transition to net zero, and will give participants a chance to meet the brilliant minds driving climate action on a global scale: entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, finance professionals, academics, journalists and policymakers. November 30–December 2, online


Make employment more accessible for persons with disabilities

This edition of the MaRS and CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge is focused on confronting and breaking down the most pressing barriers facing persons with disabilities in the workforce. Featuring experts across a range of sectors and addressing a variety of topics, including accommodations, inclusive technologies and diverse workplace environments, the challenge will also offer innovators the chance to compete for a series of prizes, including one $50,000 grand prize. December 1, online


See how quantum computing will revolutionize drug development

Quantum computers promise to revolutionize everything from cybersecurity to financial modelling. So why not use the same technologies to solve the world’s greatest healthcare problems? That’s the question participants will grapple with at Solving the Unsolvable: Could Quantum and other Non-traditional Computing Hold the Key to Accelerating Drug Development, hosted by Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Attendees will hear entrepreneurs in the quantum computing space, as well as leaders from the therapy and pharmaceutical industries, discuss how this technology could one day replace laboratory experiments, reduce the cost of research, and minimize the need for human and animal testing. December 7, online


Glimpse the future of research and innovation in pharmaceuticals

The COVID-19 crisis has shone a spotlight on the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry, reminding us how crucial research and innovation are to our health and well-being. At this strategic forum on the pharmaceutical industry, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal will convene academics, policymakers, and experts from the life sciences and health technologies sector to discuss how we can seize on innovation opportunities created by the pandemic and promote the life sciences sector in Greater Montreal and Canada. December 13, online


Help innovators overcome the quantum challenge

Commercializing anything can be a challenge, much less a technology as new, groundbreaking and untested as quantum computing. At this upcoming panel hosted by the University of Waterloo, entrepreneurs who have taken their academic experience and found opportunities to bring quantum to market will discuss their personal pathway into commercialization, including challenges they encountered along the way and lessons learned. This event is a can’t-miss for startups working in the quantum computing field. December 13, online

Plus, here are some more online events you might want to check out

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