DisruptED 2016 - Recap

Thank you to all attendees, speakers, and sponsors of DisruptED 2016! We truly believe we made a step forward in STEM education for Manitoba.

For pictures and a graphically recorded recap of all sessions, visit the Education DisruptED website


Technology can be disruptive. Good. It’s about time we shake things up.

At DisruptEd, educators, industry leaders, government and students will come together to explore the ways technology can enhance the future of education. Join us in November for two awesome days of thought provoking speakers and game-changing ideas. Let’s make tomorrow even better than today.

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When is this thing? November 24 & 25 from 8:15am to 4:00pm
Where is it happening? RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg, York Ballroom (first floor, new building)
What is the cost? You get two awesome action packed days of learning and networking!
• Government/Industry: $450
• K-12/University/College: $375
• Students (full-time K-12/University/College): $75

Can’t make it for both days?! No worries! Buy a pass under one name, and simply share it with another person attending, on the opposite day (only 1 person per pass).

Keynote Speakers:

 Marc Saltzman

Marc Saltzman, Technology Specialist
Marc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality.

His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends, small-to-midsized business technology and interactive entertainment.

Marc writes and hosts "Gear Guide," a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters, IMAX theatres and various sister chains; is a frequent guest on CTV's Canada AM morning show, CHCH, Global TV, CityTV and CP24; along with his weekly syndicated columns with Gannett, Marc currently contributes to more than 40 prominent publications and has published 16 books and Marc also writes and hosts three radio shows, branded as "Tech Talk".



Sidneyeve Matrix, Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar
Sidneyeve Matrix teaches mass communications and digital culture trends in the faculty of Arts and Science and for the Queen’s School of Business executive Education Program. Sidneyeve has several teaching awards and nominations, and is an Educator in Residence at the Centre for Teaching and Learning. An educational researcher, she has published in EDUCAUSE Review, eLearning Papers, Issues and Trends in Educational Technology, and The Journal of Pedagogic Development. Her educational technology initiatives and research have been featured in University Affairs Magazine, Macleans Magazine, Yahoo!, MSN.ca, Canada.com, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. This summer Sidneyeve is working with 700awesome Queen’s Students in her online courses in digital media culture and commerce.


Michael Furdyk

Michael Furdyk, Co-founder; Director of Technology, TakingITGlobal
Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (www.tigweb.org), which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. TIG was awarded the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.

Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s “Twenty Teens that will Change the World”. Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. He sits on several non-profit boards, and recently completed his Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design at OCAD University.


Tanmay Bakshi

Tanmay Bakshi, iOS & Mac App Developer, Cognitive Developer, Programmer, Algorithm-ist, YouTuber
Tanmay Bakshi, 13 years old, is a Software Developer, Author, Keynote Speaker, Algorithm-ist, Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor, IBM Champion for Cloud and YouTuber. He lives just outside of Toronto, in Brampton, Canada.

Programming since the age of 5, he had his first iOS app, tTables, accepted when he was 9 years old. Since then, he has created apps, such as the youth-focused “I Can, We Can!” app, and tID Vault, along with tGuess, a number guessing game for Apple Watch and iPhone, just to name a few. His YouTube series “Tanmay Teaches: Watson” made him the youngest IBM Watson developer.

He has created algorithms, ranging from a recursive Tower of Hanoi algorithm, which helps to solve the Tower of Hanoi problem, to AskTanmay, his most recent creation, which is the world’s first web-based NLQA (Natural Language Question Answering) System to be powered by IBM Watson. In fact, it’s open source, so that other developers can learn from it, and build their own QA systems off of it.

PLUS three panel discussions, a debate and an unconference portion that will put YOU in the drivers seat!


Day 1: Getting Schooled.

Day 1 is for learning. Tech expert Marc Saltzman and Professor Sidneyeve Matrix will highlight the latest tech trends and discuss digital citizenship before a panel presentation gets you thinking about collaboration, community and connectivity. Let’s uncover the great things tech can do for classrooms. Lets talk about the not-so-great things, too. Let’s ask big questions and debate a thousand possible answers.

Day 2: The Unconference.

Day 2 of DisruptED is an unconference. That means it’s whatever you want it to be. You get to lead. You get to decide where the conversation goes. You get to sit in the driver’s seat. Let’s learn from awesome Tech leaders like Michael Furdyk and challenge the way classrooms are run. Let’s say “what if” and “could be” and “I don’t know, maybe, give it a shot.” Let’s disrupt old ways of thinking and inspire each other to reach for the future of STEM education. The world is changing. We should too.

An interactive playground.

Yes. You read that right. Playgrounds rule. That’s where we learned to push our boundaries and follow our curiosities. That’s where we used our imagination to bring whole worlds to life. At DisruptED’s interactive playground, you can find that feeling again. We want you to be creative. Try on some wearable technology. Take a turn at coding and virtual reality. Check out some robotics. Discover the ways technology can be used for interactive learning. Come play with us. You might learn something new.

Only in Winnipeg

Manitoba’s capitol city is the perfect place for DisruptEd to start shaking things up. Winnipeg is full of people from different backgrounds, with different perspectives and different interests. DisruptED is about getting those people into the same room to learn from each other and discover new things together. In Winnipeg, people are drawn together throughout the year. They’re drawn to festivals and beaches, ski hills and - occasionally - parties in snow forts. This environment of extreme warm weather and extreme cold weather has forced the people here to learn how to adapt and how to innovate. Here, international architecture competitions inspire warming huts to appear along the longest ice-skating trail in Canada. Here, pop-up restaurants that seat 1200 people at a single outdoor table in the heart of downtown. Here, educators from all over gather to talk about technology and its future in our classrooms. This is a place where new ideas are celebrated. This is a place where people disrupt the status quo.