CHI 2018: engage with technology in Montréal

published on 03 27 2018
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Montréal’s place at the forefront of AI research and development has captured the attention of the international science community. As a centre of knowledge and learning (and one particularly beloved by students) and home to a vibrant and dynamic information technology and communications sector, Montréal leads the way when it comes to making what’s long existed in the realm of science fiction into reality.

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the world’s premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction, and from April 21-26, the Palais des congrès de Montréal will play host to one of the year’s most exciting technology events. Sponsored by heavy hitters like Facebook, IBM Research, Google, Microsoft and others, CHI 2018 will bring together the world leaders under the keyword banner of “engage” – engaging with technology, engaging with new ideas and engaging with the international community of practitioners, designers and researchers.

EYE-POPPING SPECIAL EFFECTS

Far more than just words, a large demonstrations hall promises the rare opportunity for attendees to interact with the most cutting-edge technology. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Douglas Engelbart’s The Mother of All Demos, one of the most landmark demonstrations in computing history, CHI 2018 promises to continue in his groundbreaking footsteps with one eye on the past and another firmly focused on the future.

CHI 2018 also plays host to two Weekend Jams open to all, sure to produce unforgettable results. The GameJam, features games created by participants with no previous programming experience required while the ScienceJam lets attendees design and complete two-day scientific experiments. Results of both Jams will also be featured during conference breaks.

ENGAGING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

CHI’s line-up of keynote speakers run the gamut of what it means to engage – from big data collection to singing en masse.

Christian Rudder

A co-founder of OkCupid, Rudder researched on-line trends via one of the richest data sets in the world collected from one of the world’s most popular dating sites. Initially published on the OKTrends blog, read by millions of readers, his findings have since been collected in his first book Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Sue Gardner

A celebrated Canadian journalist and former head of CBC.ca, the online presence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Gardner acted as executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind Wikipedia from 2007-2014. Dedicated to the free transfer of information worldwide, Gardner advises and sits on the board of several organizations working in the fields of media, digital freedom, gender and technology including Global Voices, the Wiki Education Foundation, and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Ranked by Forbes as the world’s 70th most powerful woman, Gardner has also received the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for Defending Internet Freedom and the Harvard Humanist Association’s Cultural Humanist of the Year award.

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Since founding Choir! Choir! Choir! in 2011, Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman’s have gathered a veritable musical army of over 12,000 singers to gather in various locations to sing together. Performing on stages ranging from Toronto’s Massey Hall to Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City alongside musical luminaries as diverse as Patti Smith (leading a sing-along of her ‘Because the Night’) and Rufus Wainwright (famously covering Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ with 1500 backup singers), Choir! Choir! Choir! have blurred the lines between artist and spectator.