[Wine & Cheese] Tech Talk: Technologies Changing The Face of Education

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Technological innovations are rapidly changing the face of the educational sector. The question is: how are these technologies actually affecting education and what is the impact technologies have on the teaching and learning process? Well, on February 25th, you will get an exclusive insight into the minds of some of Toronto’s most influential educators in the technology industry and hear firsthand their viewpoint on Technologies Changing the Face of Education.

This Tech Talk will be a wine & cheese night, allowing our guests to enjoy a beverage and snack upon their arrival, as they make their way to the seated area. The panel discussion on “Technologies Changing the Face of Education” begins promptly at 6:30pm, with thought leaders Daniel Eidan, Mike Silagadze, George Paravantes & Stuart Browne, and moderator, Rares Crisan. The event will wrap up with a Q&A period, followed by an hour-long networking session (nametags will be colour coded to ease the networking process).

*Due to the intimate nature of the event and our limited number of seats, please only RSVP if this topic is of serious interest to you and/or your company. This event is on a first come, first serve basis. Thank you*


6:00pm-6:30pm Registration / Food & Drinks

6:30pm-7:45pm Panel Discussion

7:45pm-8:00pm Q&A

8:00pm-9:00pm Networking

9:15pm Event Ends


Rares Crisan (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/rares-crisan-/) is an experienced developer that has worked with many startups in Toronto's growing tech community. He has a degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Biomedical Computing from Queen's University and a law degree from the UBC's Faculty of Law. Rares likes to merge an academic understanding of technology with the real world applications of it.

Twitter: @rarescrisan (https://twitter.com/rarescrisan)


Daniel Eidan (https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-eidan-60162325) is a Product Architect at BrainStation. He graduated from UofT with a degree in Computer science and Mathematics where he studied and did research with the professors such as Stephen Cook, Allan Borodin and Geoffry Hinton. Since then he has worked as a full stack and mobile developer on numerous projects. He manages BrainStation's digital product and helps develop our course curriculums.

Twitter: @Danieleidan (https://twitter.com/Danieleidan)

Mike Silagadze (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tophatmike) is the founder of Top Hat, an education software company based in Toronto. Top Hat is changing the way classroom instruction is done on a mass scale. Prior to Top Hat, Mike was an early employee at Miovision Technologies in Waterloo. Mike is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in electrical engineering.

Twitter: @MikeSilagadze (https://twitter.com/MikeSilagadze)

George Paravantes (https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgeparavantes) MFA IxD is an Interaction Designer and Program Coordinator of the Multimedia Design Program. As a Design Instructor his area of expertise are in UX and mobile UI, web, motion design, and interface design. George holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Interaction Design from the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden. With over 15 years of international work experience which include RIM, Nokia, Volkswagen, Drive Design UK, along with consulting work with mobile starts-ups in Toronto. George’s approach to his teaching and design work is that design brings stories to life, and the goal for his students is to be inspired and empowered to confront and solve tomorrows design problems.

George was recently awarded two user interface design patents while working at Volkswagen AG in Germany on the subject matter of mobile phone and vehicle interface integrations. His ability to help students focus on disruptive thinking in their design work is a real asset to have faculty of such a high level and an ability to share these experiences with students.

Twitter: @vantes (https://twitter.com/vantes)

Stuart Browne (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuartrbrowne), CEO of Pycap Venture Partners and Managing Partner of the Pycap group of companies. He is also an Expert Reviewer on four Technology Investment Funds for the Ontario Government and a Board of Advisors member for Startup Toronto. Stuart's well-rounded background in Marketing, Finance and Strategy includes work within North & Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He has been an advisor for a national angel investor association, a finance and marketing manager for a publicly traded company and a corporate advisor for an international investment media company. Stuart has been featured on Bloomberg TV and Business News Network (BNN), and writes articles regularly for Techvibes. He has been a roundtable advisor on VC Industry policy for the Federal Economic Development Agency and Immigration Canada and a frequent public speaker for events such as the China (Beijing) International Tech Transfer Convention, Mongolia Entrepreneurship Summit, Cambridge House Investment Conference and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Stuart holds an MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business.

Twitter: @stuartrbrowne (https://twitter.com/stuartrbrowne)

About our Venue:

BrainStation (https://www.brainstation.io/) is a progressive educational institution that is powering the next generation of creators. Our curriculum is developed and updated in real-time based on what's happening in the industry. BrainStation is education for the 21st century, where business, creativity and technology collide.

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