July 12, 2018 4 min

Element AI launches AIFest at Montreal’s Startupfest

First of its kind three-day event offers curated content, hand-selected speakers that will discuss topics ranging from building AI, how to raise money in the AI sector, and broader topics like AI for Good

MONTREAL, July 12, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Element AI, a Canadian company that turns cutting-edge AI research into scalable software solutions, will be hosting AIFest at this summer's Startupfest in Montreal, Quebec. Taking place Thursday, July 12th through Saturday, July 14th, AIFest will gather players from the global tech community to discuss building and scaling AI startups while educating the broader public on AI's potential. The event breakdown goes as follows:

Day 1 will focus on how to build an AI startup and think about key concepts such as trust, bias, ethics, and human-centric design.

Day 2 delves into the mechanics of scaling an AI startup: fundraising, legal concerns, and the challenges of deployment.

Day 3 is geared towards the general public and will cover topics like AI for Good, healthcare, chatbots, conversational commerce, gender bias, and the future of work.

In addition to the AIFest programming, Element AI is working with strategic partners including IVADO, Fasken and Real Ventures to deliver actionable insights via curated sessions at the AI Tent on StartupFest Village. Each organization will be giving 30-45 minute content workshops designed for startup founders with key principals on-hand to answer audience questions. Specific content includes discussions on intellectual property rights given by Fasken, insights on ecosystem building via IVADO and a guide to fundraising presented by Real Ventures.

"Element AI believes strongly in supporting the startup ecosystem, the Canadian ecosystem, and the AI community at large," said Element AI CEO Jean-François Gagné. This festival is designed to be actionable, since the audience is made up of builders and people seeking to make change in the world. The speakers were carefully chosen, active members of the AI startup community, and will bring unique insights into the opportunities of working in an AI startup. I look forward to seeing innovators and collaborating with the best and brightest our community has to offer."

"Startupfest is a manifestation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem that surrounds us here in Canada," said Startupfest Founder Phil Telio. "For a few days in July, we're able to show the world how the leaders in the startup community including fledgling companies, investors and partners innovate and go about changing the world. This year is very special because we're working with Element AI to curate an entire AIFest to showcase bleeding edge technology. I can't wait for the best minds in the space to put their thoughts and efforts into common, shared and exciting goals."

AIFEST programming will take place on July 12th and 13th from 1:30pm to 5pm and on July 14th, from 10am to 5pm. AIFest regular tickets give access to the full site from July 11 to 14; this includes both AIFest and Startupfest programming. AIFest will give free access to the general public for Saturday only. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: http://www.startupfestival.com/aifest/#signupai

About Element AI

Element AI advances cutting-edge research and turns it into scalable solutions that make businesses safer, stronger, and more agile. Element AI is headquartered in Canada with offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, Singapore, and Seoul and is funded by leading investors including BDC Capital, Data Collective, Fidelity Investments Canada, Hanwha Investment, Intel Capital, Microsoft Ventures, National Bank, NVIDIA GPU Ventures, Real Ventures, and Tencent. https://www.elementai.com/

About Startupfest

Startupfest is Canada's leading startup event, and one of the world's "must attend" events for startups. Set in the iconic festival city and technology hub of Montreal.The unique, informal format tackles the entire lifecycle of new venture creation, from the spark of an idea to the final signature on acquisition or the ringing bell of an IPO. Attendees leave with five days of world-class content, fresh connections, back-of-the-napkin ideas, and the allure of champagne-popping exits. Visit startupfest.com

For further information: Media Contact for Element AI in Canada, Europe, and APAC: Caroline Bourbonnière, 514.261.4740, media@elementai.com; Media Contact for Element AI in the United States: Gregg Delman, 415.935.1804, gregg@elementai.com