MTL connect 2021: Call for participation

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Be part of tomorrow’s leaders!

Montreal, March 11, 2021 —  The third edition of MTL connect: Montreal Digital Week will be held from October 12 to 17, 2021 in a hybrid format. On this occasion, Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) invites you to submit your application before April 30, 2021 to present: conferences, discussion panels and workshops on the central theme of RENAISSANCE.

MTL connect is an international event that democratizes the issues and challenges of digital transformation at the technological, economic, social, cultural, and environmental levels. By digital transformation, we mean: “the cultural, organizational and operational change of an organization, sector or ecosystem through intelligent integration of digital technologies, processes and skills at all levels and functions in a progressive and strategic manner”.

With the current pandemic, governments, businesses, civil society, and individuals have faced an unprecedented global crisis. The challenge for them is to be resilient in the face of adversity.

This period saw a massive acceleration of digital transformation across all sectors to meet pressing priorities, while creating a degree of “normalcy” in spite of confinement and social distancing.

Now, we need to look beyond resilience and enter a new era. A period of profound transformation that signals renewal, a paradigm shift towards a prosperous future.

Historically, the Renaissance marked the transition between the Middle Ages and modern times, characterized by numerous upheavals and paradigm shifts, both scientific and social. Our RENAISSANCE today can be a time of transition, where we release the uncertainty and fear caused by the pandemic and move into a new, reimagined normality. A normality that draws on the lessons of the past, embraces today’s technological advances and faces the challenges of tomorrow.


This year, as part of MTL connect 2021, Montreal Digital Spring is inviting you to join in the discussions around the following questions:

  • In a world where everything seems to have changed, is it better to RENEW or REPAIR?
  • RENAISSANCE and RECOGNITION: Can you name things to better respond to new realities? 
  • What is the role of government, or rather E-government, in the face of this upheaval?
  •  What was and what will be your response to the upheavals? 
  • How does this lead us to rethink relationships between society and the economy, between media and democracy, business models, work methods, interpersonal communications, inclusion and diversity etc. In short, where are the new possibilities?

RENAISSANCE is the common thread of the event. It will unite the various themes that are covered in the different Pavilions at the 2021 edition of MTL connect. 


  • City of the Future
  • Robotics, IoT and 4.0
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity and Digital identity
  • Sustainable Development
  • Future of Work
  • Future of Education
  • FinTech and E-commerce
  • Culture and Creativity
Click here to download the themes and sub-themes of
MTL connect 2021 in .pdf format.

Programming Advisory Committee
The Programming Advisory Committee’s members are recognized experts in their intervention sector, here and elsewhere in the world: discover them.

You have until April 30, 2021 midnight (EST) to submit your application.

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Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique)

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