Collision from Home wraps up first online edition


Collision from Home wraps up first online edition
Shady Salah – Media in Toronto


The annual Collision tech conference has come to its end on Thursday, wrapping up its first online edition. The conference offered one of the world’s first peeks at the future of major tech conferences, which have had to grapple with travel restrictions, closures and financial anxieties amid COVID-19. The event is North America’s fastest growing tech conference, created
by the team behind Web Summit, which kicked off last Tuesday. It brought several prominent speakers and organized roundtables, interviews, with nearly 32,000 people from 140 countries took part. Among the speakers were the director general of the World Health Organization, officials representing Uber, Netflix, Sidewalk Labs and PayPal and were even joined by speakers including Paris Hilton, Shaquille O’Neal and Lucy Liu. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was due to join late Thursday before Collision wrapped.
While Collision, which jumps to a new city every few years, was due to call Toronto home from 2019 to 2021, the pandemic forced the organizers to hold this year’s edition online, something several experts said that will be the future for conferences ahead.

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