Montreal, September 18, 2023 – MTL connect, the annual international event organized by Montréal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique), enthusiastically announces the official program for its 5th anniversary edition. See you from October 10 to 13, 2023 at the NAD School in Montreal and online.
Under the theme of COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE, MTL connect will bring together a community of entrepreneurs, researchers, decision-makers, industry players and artists to explore the challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution. With a cross-cutting vision encompassing economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects, the event serves as a platform to foster cross-sector understanding and collaboration.
This year’s varied program promises exciting moments for all participants. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
Belgium in the spotlight
After Senegal in 2022, it’s Belgium’s turn to be the country in the spotlight during MTL connect.
The history between MTL connect and Belgium is rich in complicity and exchanges. This year, a large delegation from the country’s three regions will be present at the event. It will be accompanied by hub.brussels, the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX), Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI) and Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT).
On this occasion, Montreal Digital Spring is honored to welcome the Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, Mr. Rudi Vervoort.
The Belgian point of view will be particularly highlighted through conferences, workshops, Focus territoires, as well as the long-awaited Café belge on October 11 at 5:30pm.
Opening conference on Collective Intelligence with Pierre Lévy –
Pierre Lévy, researcher and professor at the Université de Montréal, will explore the new possibilities for collective intelligence offered by emerging technologies such as generative artificial intelligence.
Interview on generative AI with Yoshua Bengio and Marc-Antoine Dilhac –
A discussion between these experts, moderated by Le Monde correspondent Hélène Jouan, will offer a nuanced and informed exploration of the positive aspects and challenges inherent in high-intelligence AI systems. As such, they will help shape a deeper understanding of the implications of these technological advances on our society and our destiny as a species.
Conference on education in a world populated by AI with Delphine Le Serre –
An economic, legal, societal and educational reflection on human fulfillment in the hyper-connected society of the future.
Workshop on our relationship with AI by Pierre-Majorique Léger and Sylvain Sénécal –
Between well-adopted AIs like Siri and Google Maps that we can’t live without, and more controversial AIs like the autonomous car and ChatGPT, why are humans so ambivalent about the role of AI in our society? Pierre-Majorique Léger and Sylvain Senécal, professors at HEC Montréal, co-directors of Tech3Lab and IVADO ecosystem researchers, are leading a strategic research program on the responsible development, acceptance and framing of AI in different contexts such as education, the future of work, transportation and service providers.
Workshop on intangible heritage and web3 by Géraldine Bueken –
To help safeguard the textile crafts and musical folklore emblematic of indigenous cultures recognized as Intangible Heritage by UNESCO, this workshop will explore the potential of 3D AVATARS as mediation tools.
Conference on cybersecurity challenges and opportunities with Phedra Clouner –
What kinds of attacks are organizations and citizens around the world facing? Who is behind them, and what are their motivations? How does Belgium intend to become one of the least cyber-vulnerable European countries by 2025?
Conference on connected and intelligent territories with Eric Cassar –
A reflection on the cities of tomorrow, and the new potential opened up by digital technology to make them greener, more inclusive and more surprising.
Workshop on cross-border innovation in healthcare with Sandra Schnock –
Presentation of a Belgo-Quebec platform that aims to transform French-speaking territories into connected spaces for research and development, where collaboration and knowledge sharing are at the heart of healthcare system change.
Two captivating itineraries in Montreal and Mont-Tremblant –
The event will culminate with techno-cultural tours in Montreal (McCord Museum, OASIS immersion, NFB and Centre Phi are on the program) and techno-industrial tours in Mont-Tremblant, which you can view here.
A colorful artistic program
Every year, MTL connect puts the spotlight on digital arts from Quebec and beyond. For this 5th edition, come and discover two installations featuring the work of Yan Breuleux and Louis-Philippe Rondeau.
Yan, a professor at the School of Digital Arts, Animation and Design (NAD), is a researcher in visual music for immersive devices. For nearly a decade, he has collaborated with musicians on multi-screen creations, panoramas, architectural projections and integral domes.
Louis-Philippe, a teacher and researcher, specializes in the development of devices that explore self-representation and performance in playful, unconventional ways. His research-creation focuses on simplicity of design and intuitive user experience, eschewing the complexity of computer code in favor of physical interfaces.
Seize this exceptional opportunity to dive into the future of the digital revolution and meet industry thought leaders. See the full program.
Stay tuned for upcoming communications on MTL connects programming!