Collision Conf 2024: a milestone event for tech innovation

Insights from the last Collision Conference as it turns Web Summit Vancouver in 2025

Collision Conf 2024


Collision Conf 2024 in Toronto is the largest tech conference in North America and one of the largest in the world, attracting over 40,000 attendees from 120+ countries, with 1,500 startups and 750 investors. This event united technology leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, featuring a diverse range of speakers who showcased cutting-edge advancements and facilitated invaluable networking opportunities.

Because this is Collision’s last year in Toronto, the event marks a significant transition as it prepares to move to Vancouver and rebrand as Web Summit. The change aims to expand its reach and impact within the tech community, promising to bring even more innovative discussions and networking opportunities to a new city. You can find more information about the next chapter of this prestigious conference on the Web Summit Vancouver website.

As we reflect on our experience at this final Collision in Toronto, here are some of the standout moments and speakers that made this event unforgettable:

Meta IT participation at Collision Conf 2024

For the third consecutive year, the #MetaTeam is attending Collision. During the conference, we had the honor of being invited by the Consulate of Canada and the Trade Commissioner Service to present our journey in Canada, showcasing our remarkable growth and achievements.

Meta IT presentation at Collision Conf 2024

Beatriz Rignel presented Meta IT’s growth journey at a masterclass during Collision Conf 2024.

Keynote Speakers at Collision Conf 2024

Geoffrey Hinton: The Godfather of AI’s Cautionary Tale

Geoffrey Hinton, widely recognized as the Godfather of AI, warned of the significant threats AI poses, including autonomous weapons, bioterrorism, cybercrime, and surveillance. Hinton stressed the need for regulatory intervention to mitigate these risks as AI approaches human-level intelligence.

Sam Salehpour: Boeing Whistleblower’s Bold Stand

Boeing whistleblower Sam Salehpour shared his experiences and the heavy consequences of speaking out. He underscored the moral obligation to reveal life-threatening issues and emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability in the aviation industry.

Marnie Wilking: Addressing AI-driven Travel Scams

Marnie Wilking, Chief Information Security Officer at, highlighted the rise in AI-driven travel scams, particularly with the advent of ChatGPT. She urged the use of AI to combat these sophisticated phishing attacks effectively.

Jeff Shiner: The Rise of Personalized Scams

Jeff Shiner, CEO of 1Password, discussed the increasing sophistication of AI-enabled scams. He emphasized the need for heightened awareness and advanced security measures to counter these more intelligent threats.

Maria Sharapova: Enhancing Tennis with AI

Tennis legend Maria Sharapova talked about AI’s role in transforming the sport, including replacing human line judges and enhancing fan engagement with detailed player insights.

Vinod Khosla: Critiquing Regulatory Overreach

Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, criticized antitrust regulators for over-enforcement, arguing it hampers economic progress and innovation.

Frank McCourt: Advocating for Social Media Health Warnings

Frank McCourt supported calls for health warnings on social media platforms, highlighting their negative impact on adolescent mental health and urging regulatory action to protect young users.

Trending Topics at Collision Conf 2024

“Is Quantum the Next AI?”

Jennifer Strong interviewed Florian Neukart, Chief Product Officer at Terra Quantum, exploring the potential of quantum computing as the next technological revolution. Neukart emphasized quantum computing as a complementary technology to classical computing, offering new possibilities in optimization, machine learning, and simulation.

Florian Neukart CPO of Terra Quantum at Collision 2024

Florian Neukart, CPO of Terra Quantum, at Collision Conf 2024.

Applications and Simulation in Quantum Computing

Neukart also highlighted quantum computing’s role in optimization, machine learning, and simulation, transforming real-world problems into efficient solutions. He focused on its applications in personalized medicine, drug design, and material science.

Quantum Computing and Neural Networks

Additionally, Neukart explained how quantum computing enhances neural networks in machine learning and improves tasks like logistics and weather forecasting.

Technological Advancements in North America

He highlighted North America’s leadership in quantum computing, emphasizing the importance of organized national labs and industry collaboration.

Advancements in AI and Machine Learning

Significant progress in AI and quantum computing is anticipated by Neukart, who noted the efficient compression of large language models.

Quantum Computing for Complex Tasks

Neukart concluded with quantum computing’s potential to revolutionize complex tasks, complementing classical and cloud computing systems.

Transitioning from Search Engines to Productivity Engines

Devin Coldewey interviewed Richard Socher, Founder and CEO of, discussing the evolution from traditional search engines to productivity engines. Socher highlighted the shift towards providing direct answers and comprehensive summaries for complex queries, emphasizing the coexistence of search and productivity engines.

Richard Socher, CEO, and Devin Coldewey, CEO of Terra Quantum, at Collision 2024

Richard Socher, CEO, and Devin Coldewey, CEO of Terra Quantum, at Collision 2024.

Challenges and Opportunities in the Search Landscape

Addressing the challenges posed by established players like Google, Socher highlighted’s innovative strides and unique approach to combining direct answers with traditional search elements.

Future Prospects and Innovation

Looking ahead, Socher expressed optimism about the future of productivity engines, emphasizing their potential to enhance digital experiences through efficient and accurate tools.

Thanks for the memories, Collision Conf!

Collision Conf 2024 showcased the forefront of technological innovation, with key insights from industry leaders and discussions on the future of AI, quantum computing, and productivity engines. This landmark event highlighted the transformative potential of these technologies and their implications for various industries. We are excited to see what Web Summit Vancouver brings next!


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