Toronto is the 3rd largest tech hub in North America. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Pinterest, Stripe, Klarna, and IBM all have offices in the city. The FinTech and IT sectors are well established in the city.
Over the last few years, Toronto has become a hub for AI and ML research in the areas of neural networks, adaptive systems, and more, receiving substantial financial support from the provincial government and local industry.
The University of Toronto is well-known for its Computer Science programs and AI research projects. They are also home to an early stage deep tech incubator lab.
There is so much to see and do in Toronto. Here are a few exciting experiences to enjoy outside of the conference:
Halo is a small brewery, tasting room, and bottle shop located in Toronto's Junction Triangle. Specializing in Belgian and American brewing styles, Halo seeks out unique ingredients to create exciting new flavors. The brewing maestros at Halo have even created a special dry hopped pale ale called Softmax, in honor of Causal Islands. Look for the Causal Islands brew at our Evening Social, and head to the brewery for the full tasting room experience with all of their great beers.
The CN Tower is 553.33 metres tall and is an icon of the Toronto skyline. Dine in their 360 degree restaurant, take in the magnificent view, or for the adventurous, take a stroll along the outside edge of the main pod - suspended by only a harness!
St. Lawrence Market is a historic market complex of three buildings featuring hundreds of talented artisans, farmers, speciality food vendors, bakers, and more.
Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum and ranks among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America. It is home to a world-class collection of millions of artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.
This bohemian neighborhood features art galleries, vintage boutiques, and trendy bars and cafés.
The Centre is the destination for contemporary art in Canada. It provides year-round programming on its 10-acre campus. Explore dance, music, craft, design, performing arts, skate, and more. The Harbourfront Centre includes CN Tower, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and a few breweries overlooking the lake as well.
In 1911, Sir Henry Pellatt embarked on an ambitious project to build an Edwardian castle on a hill overlooking Toronto. It took three years and $3.5M to build this 200,000 sqft triumph, now open to the public for self-guided tours.
Not far from The Paradise Theatre, the Ossington Strip features trendy restaurants and local foodie favorites, including Latin American - Asian fusion dining, popular ice cream sandwiches, and more.
Breathing new life into a former distillery, the 47 buildings have been transformed into a premier arts, culture, and entertainment destination.
High Park is the largest park in Toronto and features hiking trails, a dog park, a zoo, and blooming cherry blossoms when in season.
For some late night laughs, head on over to The Comedy Bar on Bloor St. (same street as The Paradise Theatre). Open 7 nights a week, this club has two stages featuring sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy.