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Welcome!


Fusion Conference

March 11 + 12, 2016

Buy tickets now!

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Welcome!


Fusion Conference

March 11 + 12, 2016

Buy tickets now!

 

The Fusion Conference is a 100% student-organized, not-for-profit, conference held at the University of Waterloo. Our aim is to bring together the minds of the future to foster growth and innovation in the fields of science, business and technology.

 
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FAQ


We're going into our 12th year! 

We're continuing to improve the Fusion experience for our delegates, speakers and sponsors. 

Stay tuned for this year's lineup!

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FAQ


We're going into our 12th year! 

We're continuing to improve the Fusion experience for our delegates, speakers and sponsors. 

Stay tuned for this year's lineup!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I attend Fusion?
Any high school, undergrad or graduate student can attend the Fusion conference, which will be held at the University of Waterloo. First round of ticket sales is starting mid-November, so keep an eye out for contests and ticket giveaways!

What can I expect as a delegate?
Attending Fusion will give you the ability to network with relevant industry professionals, as well as dedicated and like-minded students. You should definitely expect to attend interactive speaker sessions, tour product and company booths, pitch a creative solution in front of your peers during our case competition, and learn in hands-on workshops.

What kind of speakers have come in the past?
We've had speakers from fields and backgrounds ranging from government officials, mobile gaming entrepreneurs, aerospace professionals, science startups, international cellular corporations, and gas conglomerates. We've also had Jay Ingram in the past, so expect to be wow'd by 2016's lineup.

I would like to be a speaker/sponsor, how can I participate?
Whether it's offering a hotel booking discount, helping us supply food, or being a speaker at the conference, there's many ways to help out. Send us an email at connect@fusionconference.ca and let's discuss the possibilities.

My question isn't on here!
Shoot us a message on our Facebook page, or email us at connect@fusionconference.ca. We'd love to answer your questions and hear what suggestions you have!

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Speakers


Speakers

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Speakers


Speakers

Harry Gandhi | Medella Health

Harry’s passion for healthcare began during his time as a Science and Business student at the University of Waterloo. This passion for healthcare has motivated him to take some early strides in the health monitoring space. He is working on Medella Health, a start-up focused around creating a wearable technology platform for continuous and non-invasive monitoring of health vitals (starting with diabetes management). With this technology and platform, Harry aims to push the healthcare system from a reactive model to a proactive model, where diseases and symptoms are prevented rather than (surprisingly) obtained.

Harry is a recipient of the Thiel Fellowship,  a co-founder Velocity Science, and was a speaker at TEDxUW.

 

 

James MacLean | vitameter

Prior to founding Vitameter, James held research positions at the University of Waterloo, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Quadrise Canada, and Metecs. He has worked on everything from using nanotechnology in cancer therapies to programming VR graphics for NASA. He is an entrepreneur passionate about bringing cutting edge biotechnology to people who can make a difference. James holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Nanotechnology Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Vitameter allows users to track their vitamin levels (and other biomarkers) with a single drop of blood, taking the guesswork out of the vitamin industry. The device allows users to track their vitamin levels over time and purchase customized supplements based on those levels. Vitameter is currently working on the final iterations of their prototype in a closed beta and preparing for manufacturing. Vitameter uprooted their team in 2015 for an opportunity to a be a part of a med-tech accelerator run by Bayer Pharmaceuticals in Berlin.

 

 

 

Pablo Eder | Lani Inc.

Pablo first discovered his passion for entrepreneurship during his time at Velocity at the University of Waterloo. He is a current Velocity Coach and a Science and Business student at the University of Waterloo. Pablo was previously the VP of Finance for the Waterloo Entrepreneurship Society, a Research Assistant at the University of Waterloo, and is the founder of uwDNA.


Lani is a 3D printer payment and automation system. Lani allows people to upload or purchase functional models that can be 3D printed. All consumers have to do is click on a model of an item they want, hit purchase, and then they are provided with the printing costs for the item based on the amount and type of materials required.Pablo truly believes Lani has a step up on the competition because they are a unique combination of hardware and software that is always expanding. We live in a world full of demand and Lani facilitates custom object printing, anywhere at anytime.

 

 

 

 

Ashutosh Syal | Eyecheck

Ashutosh holds a Bachelor's Degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has previously worked as a Business Analyst for TD Securities, an Audit Intern at Scotiabank, and a System Support Officer at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. In his current role at Eyecheck, Ashutosh is accountable for all business lines, and specifically focuses on finance, legal, and human resources including integrating new talent and supporting the intern program.


Eyecheck provides an automated alternative to performing eye exams. A picture of the human eye along with advanced image processing techniques aim to provide vision care to millions of people currently underserved in their region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aleem Hooda | IBM Interactive Experience

Aleem is a Senior Consultant within the Interactive Experience & Mobile practice at IBM Global Business Services, based in Toronto. He works with cross-sector clients in large-scale digital transformational projects, such as the recently announced IBM Sports Insights Central solution for the Toronto Raptors NBA franchise.

Experienced at working within various levels of an organization, Aleem is able to understand both the technical and business requirements of consulting engagements and apply his strong leadership, communication, business analysis, project management, and analytical skills to develop innovative and strategic solutions for his clients. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Distinction from York University's Schulich School of Business and serves as a Business Advisor to the Schulich Consulting Club and Enactus York University Chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Kope | Big Blue Bubble

Andrew oversees the development and maintenance of a proprietary real-time metrics dashboard and manages specialized analyses of game-play data to improve user monetization and retention. Through data analyses and business intelligence, Andrew and his team interpret and predict user behaviour and trends at Big Blue Bubble.  Big Blue Bubble is a mobile gaming company which has developed games such as Burn the Rope and My Singing Monsters. The mobile games are designed to consider the wide spectrum of mediums and engagement channels (from toys and merchandise to real world environments) through which the brand is experienced.

Prior to joining Big Blue Bubble, Andrew was a lecturer at Western University. Andrew’s academic research focused on using machine learning techniques to solve problems in computer vision and artificial intelligence, studying human spatial reasoning abilities and accelerating neuroimaging data processing algorithms.  Andrew holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Western University.

 

 

 

Brian Kumamoto | Sun Life

Brian joined Sun Life in 2011 and has over 30 years experience in Information Technology, with the last 17 years in delivering Digital solutions. In Brian's current role, he is responsible for the teams designing and developing Digital solutions for Sun Life. Brian also leads a Sun Life CIO sponsored Innovation program that identifies and actions new business capability and continuous improvement opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlo Chiarello | Powermat

Carlo is responsible for formulating and executing corporate strategy, product research and development, product management , sales and marketing Powermat.   Powermat is a pioneer and leader in the rapidly emerging wireless charging industry.  Powermat provides partners with a channel to reach customers and deliver timely, relevant offers while they charge their devices or while they are on the go.

Prior to joining Powermat, he drove BlackBerry  growth for 11 years in several executive roles– most recently as Executive Vice President, BlackBerry Handset Division.  While at the company, Carlo led a global team responsible for product lifecycle and all handset elements including hardware, software and application ecosystems.  He also held various positions in the field of High Capacity Fiber Optics and Network Management  at Innovance Networks, Nortel Networks and Bell Canada.

Carlo graduated from Carleton University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and has been a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) since 1993.  Carlo is also a member of the board of directors at Mad Catz.

 

 

Norm Malloch | Deloitte's Prototyping lab

Norm is the director at d { }, Deloitte's newest digital prototyping lab located at Communitech. He is responsible for developing and coaching high performance teams to create digital product prototypes that are used by Deloitte and it’s customers to validate new product and service concepts in the market. Prior to joining Deloitte, Norm worked as an Executive Mentor at the Laurier LaunchPad Program and co-founded two technology companies, Energent Incorporated and Northern Dynamic Inc. As a founder, he was responsible for leading the team through early stage technology product development, customer development, and fundraising, resulting in viable and sustainable businesses. Norm is a graduate of the computer engineering program at the University of Waterloo and holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is passionate about creating and growing new product ventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aleem Dhanji | Chalk.com

In just one year, Aleem has gone from creating his first iOS app to leading the development of Chalk.com’s entire suite of mobile applications as VP Mobile. Formerly a co-op student at Chalk.com, Aleem has now joined the team full-time while continuing his studies as a part-time Computer Science student at the University of Waterloo. With a strong passion for education, Aleem believes that technology will allow teachers to deliver more personalized learning, leading to greater student success.

Chalk.com is a productivity suite for K-12 teachers, and helps over 100,000 teachers in over 20,000 schools worldwide with their daily needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More to come!


There's lots more to come!

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More to come!


There's lots more to come!