The School of Continuing Studies will participate in Collision 2019

York University’s School of Continuing Studies will be an exhibitor at Collision 2019, one of the largest technology conferences in North America, May 20 to 23, at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.

At Collision 2019, the School of Continuing Studies will showcase its Data and Technology continuing education programs, which have been designed to re-skill and prepare the workforce of tomorrow. Featured continuing professional education certificates are: Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Digital & Content Marketing, Full Stack Web Development, IT Audit Execution, Machine Learning, Risk Management and User Experience (UX) Design.

The 2018 Collision Conference Community Launch Night in Toronto. Photo courtesy of Collision Conference

The students from the winter cohort of the School of Continuing Studies’ Certificate in Machine Learning will be attending the conference as a group. At the conference, they will network with industry leaders and represent Canada’s machine learning future workforce. The conference also offers the students a unique and immersive experiential learning opportunity.

Attendees at the WIT Lounge during day one of Collision 2018 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Collision via Sportsfile

Special passes will also be made available for female students who will represent Women-in-Technology (WiT) disciplines. They will highlight the need to bridge the gender gap in STEM. WiT ticket holders will have full access to the conference, plus access to the WiT mentor program, technology lounge and other networking opportunities.

Mada Seghete, co-founder, Branch, on the conferenc roundtables stage during day one of Collision 2018 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Collision via Sportsfile

Collision 2019 hosts 17 conferences under one roof and the School of Continuing Studies will join hundreds of conference participants including expert panellists, guest speakers, company founders, investors, activists, educators and thought leaders who will tackle trending topics. The conference offers more than one dozen individual “topic tracks” such as artificial intelligence, data, cyber security, software and web development, healthcare technology, marketing, design, music and sustainability — among others.

The conference will also host a dynamic roster of speakers, including City of Toronto Mayor John Tory; Christopher “Jillionaire” Leacock, musician in Major Lazer; Katharina Borchert, chief open innovation officer at Mozilla, and Alex Chung, founder & CEO of Giphy, among many others.

Collision 2019 Trailer – Video courtesy of Collision Conference

The School of Continuing Studies has set out to redefine the educational landscape in Canada, developing innovative programs to address the talent and skills gap in critical industries. Canada has a more educated workforce than ever before, but the talent pool does not have the competencies organizations need most—subject-matter and technological expertise combined with broader “human skills” such as communication, critical thinking and complex problem solving. Experts estimate that half of all jobs are likely to be disrupted by technology and automation in the next decade, and public and private organizations must prepare to retrain, re-skill or up-skill their workforce in order to remain competitive.