Tech conference Collision draws over 25,000 participants to Toronto

TORONTO—For its first debut at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, technology conference Collision saw 25,711 attendees from 125 countries, and 730 speakers across 15 tracks to debate the most pressing issues in tech and the world today.

 

After Canada and the US, the top attending countries come from across the world, including nations such as Germany, Brazil, India and Nigeria.

Overall, 45.7 per cent of Collision attendees are female. This has been the best result the company has had so far, compared to last year’s Collision in New Orleans, where the percentage was 42.5 per cent. The gender ratio also improves upon the event’s flagship event, Web Summit, where in 2018, 44.5 per cent of the conference’s attendees were female.

The event also welcomed 1,100 startups, 83 per cent more than last year. Startups attending Collision come from over 60 countries. Top representing countries include Colombia, the Netherlands, the UK and Mexico.

With Toronto being the business and financial hub of Canada, the artificial intelligence and fintech industries are among the top three industries of startups showcasing their work, alongside those from enterprise software solutions.

Over 850 investors attended, with a high number of investors visiting from Asia. Of the top 10 countries investors are visiting from, five of the 10 are from the Asia-Pacific.

The conference has also attracted over 100 trade delegations from around the world. Trade delegations from over 55 countries attended to establish business connections. The event has attracted delegations from countries such as South Africa, India, Lebanon and Jamaica.