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Discover. Inspire. Connect.

For almost two decades, we've brought together students like you from across the country - creators, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, budding scientists and young visionaries - to change the way you see technology.

With over 4000+ students reached, our impact has been felt across an entire generation. After 16 years of hosting our event in Toronto, we're bringing it back to where it all began.


AR & VR – Change your Reality

See the world as never before through the power of Augmented and Virtual Reality. From gaming to medical procedures, change your reality and discover the applications of AR/VR.

Artificial Intelligence – Machines that Learn

For AI, the future is now. From powering today’s biggest online platforms to helping us catch money laundering and fraud, learn how AI is changing our daily lives.

Blockchain and Fintech

The status quo of a sector once known to be historically conservative is being disrupted and blockchain technologies are right in the center of it.

Design/UX – Perfection in Product

A well-designed product extends beyond functionality. Learn about the art of making elegant and intuitive tech that users will love.


Ignite inspiration through learning from our awesome lineup of speakers

  • Joe Lonsdale

    Joe Lonsdale

    Partner at 8VC
    Co-Founder at Palantir & Addepar

  • Manish Kothari

    Manish Kothari

    President, SRI Ventures of SRI International

  • An Tran

    An Tran

    Director at Wealthsimple Quebec

  • David Lennie

    David Lennie

    SVP of Data Science and Engineering at Shopify

  • Fiona Yeung

    Fiona Yeung

    Designer at Google

  • Ahmed Adel

    Ahmed Adel

    Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft

  • Iman Abudagga

    Iman Abudagga

    Data and Artificial Intelligence Product Lead, Microsoft

  • Milos Dunjic

    Milos Dunjic

    AVP, Payments Innovation Technology Solutions at TD

  • Brian Zubert

    Director at Thomson Reuters Labs

  • Bhaskar Ghosh

    Bhaskar Ghosh

    Partner and CTO at 8VC, Ex Head of Data at LinkedIn

  • Beth Coleman

    Beth Coleman

    Director of City as Platform Lab

  • Alex Moore

    Alex Moore

    Partner at 8VC, ex-Director of Operations at Palantir

  • Andrea Tagliasacchi

    Andrea Tagliasacchi

    Visiting Faculty at Google/Daydream

  •  Alisha Kassam

    Alisha Kassam

    Senior Product Designer at Shopify

  • Abdul Rehman

    CEO and Co-Founder, SSIMWAVE™

  • Samantha Estoesta

    Outreach Manager at TD Innovation Lab

  • Dave Caputo

    Dave Caputo

    Co-Founder of Sandvine

  •  Anita Li

    Anita Li

    Director of Communities at The Discourse

  •   Bryan Peters

    Bryan Peters

    Ops Leadership at ConsenSys

  • Sherryl Taraske

    Sherryl Tarnaske

    Director, UX at Sandvine

  • Chris Wormald

    Chris Wormald

    ex-VP at Blackberry, Co-Creator of BBM

  • Mukul Pal

    Mukul Pal

    Founder, AlphaBlock & Orpheus

  • Maria Kamali

    Data Scientist, Thomson Reuters Lab

  • Jay Shah

    Jay Shah

    Director at Velocity

  •  Herbert Lui

    Herbert Lui

    Creative Director at Wonder Shuttle


All work and no play? No way.

Incredible Keynotes

Want to know what it takes to found three successful companies in Silicon Valley? How about getting a sneak preview of the ideas inside the mind of top innovators? Don’t miss our keynote sessions and come prepared to have your minds blown!

Panels and Fireside Chats

Hear about the journeys, insights, and advice of leaders at companies such as Shopify, LinkedIn, Thomson Reuters, and Wealthsimple. Come prepared with your most burning questions to ask during our interactive Q&A’s!

Interactive Sessions

Like to hack, prototype, and pitch? Get the chance to practise vital skills, receive mentorship from our sponsors, compete for amazing prizes in our many interactive sessions throughout the conference.

Tech Expo

Come interact with sponsor companies, exciting start-ups, and design teams at the Tech Expo! Experience the cutting edge of technology and have a discussion about getting hired to make your mark of the future.


CUTC 2018 is possible thanks to the continuous support of our corporate partners

In Kind Sponsors



Experience Silicon Valley North for yourself this year at CUTC through our venue partner The Communitech Hub.

Communitech Hub


151 Charles Street West, Suite 100
Waterloo, Ontario

more information


Here's some answers to our most frequently asked questions!

When and Where is CUTC Ignite?

CUTC Ignite will be held on May 5-6th at the Communitech hub in the heart of downtown Kitchener

Who Can Attend?

High school, undergraduate and graduate students from all across Canada can attend. Once applications have been reviewed, all students will be notified by email regarding the status of their application.

When Will I Hear Back?

Acceptances will be sent on a rolling basis so apply early! The acceptance email will include a link to our payment service.

What’s different at CUTC then say, at a hackathon?

At CUTC, it’s not just about hacking. Sure, you can get your hands dirty and create things; however, you also get to learn from the people in the trenches--entrepreneurs, pioneers in technology and the ones who build and maintain the tech we use everyday.

Is a schedule available?

The schedule will be up very soon. We’re currently crafting something that gives you the best experience possible.

What am I getting for my money?

We’ve been working hard to cut prices as much as possible to make sure cost doesn’t get in your way. Tickets will only cost you 30$. You get access to keynotes, workshops, challenges, the mini-events, our pub night social, accomodations at University of Waterloo residences & delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Where do I stay?

Don’t have a place to crash? We gotchu. We've hooked up with UWaterloo Residences to offer FREE housing to most delegates, with preference to those of ya coming from far and wide.

How do I get there?

We're also working hard to get you subsidies for transport to/from Waterloo, and hope to be able to cover some of your costs. Stay tuned for updates!

What are the costs of attending?

Tickets for admitted delegates will cost $30 (or $25 each if you apply with a friend!).

I still have more questions!

Send 'em our way by shooting us a message on our Facebook page!

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