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Planet Quebec brings Montréal innovation to SXSW

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Chomatic by Susan Moss 

Each year in March, the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals (better known by its acronym, SXSW) is the go-to gathering of some of the hottest names in music, film, politics and tech. The interactive component of the conference alone drew over 37,000 people from 82 countries in 2016, and featured speakers like Barack Obama, J.J. Abrams and Jimmy Wales.

President Barack Obama - 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

A major presence at SXSW for Québec technology innovators

This year, SXSW attendees may notice a little je-ne-sais-quoi in the air with the arrival of the largest-ever delegation from Québec. Led by the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation, more than 40 businesses and entrepreneurs from four territories of the province (Montréal, Québec City and the Mauricie and Estrie regions) will showcase home-grown innovations from March 12 to 15 at booth 1121 at the Austin Convention Center.

Panels, demos and workshops will be organized to present Québec’s savoir-faire in the sectors of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), medtech, transportation, and the creative and digital industries. The goal is to seek out business opportunities and to forge strategic partnerships with peers from around the world.

Quebec Sugar Shack powered by Planet Quebec @ SXSW


To sweeten the deal, on March 13 and 14, the Quebec Sugar Shack powered by Planet Quebec @ SXSW will set up shop at 92 Rainey Street with two full days of activities, presentations and entertainment. And, to add a dash of Montréal’s famous festive flair, there will be special evenings organized in collaboration with C2 Montréal, Piknic Eletronik, Telefilm Canada, Beachclub and Connect&Go.

Here are just a few of the sessions planned for the two-day program:

The Internet of Me: Impact of biometrics and machine learning on Health and Performance.
CAE + Agence spatiale canadienne + Tech3Lab

Data and the Future of Urban Transport
Local Logic + Smart Halo + Transit Lab + BeeGee


The Future of Creation and Audience Engagement
C2 Montréal

A Better Designed Death
Fragment + Mirego + SidLee

Robert Scoble and Shel Israel immerse us in the fourth transformation
Robert Scoble + Shel Israel + OVA + Vrvana + Livescale


How VR Storytelling Translates into Effective Marketing
5th Wall + Universal Studios

Element AI – AI First World for Today and Tomorrow
Jean-François Gagné, CEO of Element AI

So if you’re at SXSW this year, stop by and say hi! And if you can’t make it, no problem: we’ll be bringing you the best of the Montréal technology and innovations featured at the conference over the coming weeks.

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