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Ibridge Toronto Conference 2019


Ibridge Toronto Conference 2019

*** We are happy to announce that for the joy of Canada day, the early bird deadline was extended until July 15th. Get your tickets now before they are sold out. ***

iBRIDGES as a global hub for high tech entrepreneurs of Iranian descent will hold its 2019 Conference on Fri, July 26th in the beautiful multicultural city of Toronto. This gathering will take place at MaRS Discovery District, the biggest startup hub in Toronto and will be an unparalleled opportunity for entrepreneurs, VCs, and executives from around the world to jointly explore global advances in high tech entrepreneurship.

The conference will be held in conjunction with Tirgan Festival, the largest Iranian cultural festival with over 160,000 visitors from within Canada and around the world, 250+ artists, and 140+ performances, talks, presentations, and workshops.

Talks and Panel Discussions Will be Conducted in English.
Dress Code: Business Casual


8:00AM – 9:00AM
Registration/ Networking and Coffee

9:00AM – 9:30AM
Opening Session and Welcoming Remarks

Asieh Namdar (Master of Ceremony), Anchor at CGTN AMERICA

Fereydoun Taslimi, President of iBRIDGES
Mehrdad Ariannejad, President of Tirgan Festival
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

9:30AM – 10:15AM
Contribution of Iranian Diaspora to Economic and Business Sectors in North America

Pirooz Parvarandeh, Chief Operating Officer, Aquantia

10:15AM – 11:00AM
AI and Big Data – Global Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Hamid Akbari, CEO, Blanc Labs
Negar RostamZadeh, Research Scientist, Element AI
Parisa Naraei, Manager, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

A Discussion of AI Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries

11:00AM – 11:30AM
Coffee/ Networking Break

11:30AM – 12:30PM
Iranian Women in Tech – Emerging Movers and Shakers in Innovation

Chair: Nadereh Chamlou, Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group

Melody Adhamy, CEO, Havas Canada
Malekeh Amini, Founder and CEO, Tryat
Niki Bayat, Co-founder and CEO, Aescula Tech
Sepideh Nasiri, Founder and CEO, Persian Women in Tech

12:30PM – 1:30PM

1:30PM – 2:00PM

Firouz Naderi, Former Director of the Solar System Exploration at NASA

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Amazing Entrepreneurship Stories
Chair: Mehrdad Hariri, Founder and President, Canadian Science Policy Conf.

Martin Basiri, Co-Founder and CEO, ApplyBoard
Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-founder, Entefy
Sepi Ghajar, Founder and CEO, TAYGO

3:00PM – 3:30PM
Networking Break

3:30PM – 4:00PM
iBRIDGES 2.0 – Next Steps

Chair: Mahboob Bolandi, Founder and President, Karafarin Canada
Panelists: Current and Former iBridges Board Members

4:00PM – 4:30PM
Closing Remarks – Way forward

Kamran Elahian, Founder and Chairman at Global Innovation Catalyst


Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Please check our website at and email us at aW5mbyB8IGlicmlkZ2VzICEgb3Jn if interested.

Tirgan Festival
Karafarin Canada
Kanoon Mohandes
Sharif University of Tech Association

Map MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7, Toronto, Canada
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