iBRIDGES is an open, inclusive and collaborative initiative which aims to empower a worldwide high-tech entrepreneurial community, focused on those of Iranian descent, to exchange knowledge, best practices, and innovative thinking. The iBRIDGES community is committed to nurturing individuals who build and accelerate the growth of an “Innovation Economy” everywhere.
At iBRIDGES we believe that the promotion and development of entrepreneurial capacities is a key lever for all societies to elevate their social condition. Entrepreneurship opens minds and enables individuals to unleash their creative capacities. It enables them to shift their perspective from seeing themselves as mere consumers or passive members of society, to being active producers, contributors and creators of their social reality. In particular the high-tech entrepreneurial space brings with it game changing dynamics and new ways of engagement that promote diversity and equal opportunity, celebrates merit based achievement, advocates participative management as well as fosters shared ownership. All of these elements are needed to establish a “Global Innovation Economy”.
Please note that the talks and panel discussions will be conducted in English.
Friday, July 26th
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Registration and Coffee Networking
Asieh Namdar (MC), News Anchor at CGTN AMERICA
Fereydoun Taslimi, President of iBRIDGES
Mehrdad Ariannejad, President of Tirgan Festival
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
Pirooz Parvarandeh, Chief Operating Officer at Aquantia
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM – AI and Big Data – Global Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A Discussion of AI Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Coffee/ Networking Break
Melody Adhamy, CEO of Havas Canada
Malekeh Amini, Founder and CEO, Tryat
Chair: Nadereh Chamlou, Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group
Firouz Naderi, Former Director of the Solar System Exploration at NASA
Martin Basiri, Co-Founder and CEO ApplyBoard
Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-founder Entefy
Sepi Ghajar, Founder and CEO TAYGO
Chair: Mehrdad Hariri, Founder/ President, Canadian Science Policy Conf.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Networking Break
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
iBRIDGES 2.0 – Next Steps
Chair: Mahboob Bolandi, Founder and President of Karafarin Canada
Panelists: Current and Former iBridges Board Members
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Closing Remarks – Way forward
Kamran Elahian, Founder and Chairman at Global Innovation Catalyst
Student Pricing $33.46