January 16, 2020

Join us in Calgary for Inventures 2020

Inventures 2019 brought together some 4,000 innovators, investors, industry leaders and thought leaders from 32 countries. With more than 230 speakers, 100 plus program tracks and sixtracks, Inventures concentrated advanced thinking, business-focused opportunities and global leadership in some of the most exciting areas of innovation. Now it’s back for 2020, promising new opportunities to connect with big thinkers, forge business relationships, and strike deals.

“Inventures is fast becoming the hotbed for tech stars with breakthrough ideas,” says Alberta Innovates CEO, Laura Kilcrease. “It’s the place to make global connections, meet investors, and to gain first-hand knowledge of the incredible economic potential this province holds.”


This year, we’re bringing fresh insights to six new themes:

Innovation of Work

The rise of the ‘do anything from anywhere’ gig economy workforce is being shaped by technologies that overcome distance and time.

Agriculture in the Technology Age

Nearly one billion people on earth are undernourished. Advancements in genomics and real time sensor data, combined with the far-reaching zero waste movement, is driving a wholesale redesign of food production and processing systems.

The Future is AI

Artificial intelligence will add $13 trillion to the global economy over the next decade according to McKinsey. The wide spectrum of intelligent automation and algorithmic learning technologies represents a powerful and adaptive strategic platform.

Healthier Living, Broader Thinking

Innovation is revolutionizing the way we treat disease and how we can prevent it. Sensor technology, predictive data models, advanced algorithms and robotics are at the heart of the transformation in how health care is designed, delivered and received.

Smart Cities, Vibrant Communities

Innovation is transforming cities from concrete monoliths to symbiotic neighborhoods where people live, work and play. Adaptive communities that are climate resilient and resource efficient are emerging on a foundation of smart electricity grids, regenerative utility systems, 3-D construction technologies and sustainable materials.

Data in the Digital World

Data is the new currency – with an estimated 20 billion active IoT (internet of things) devices in use. This is driving monumental leaps in blockchain, quantum computing, fintech and an augmented analytics market that DatSci predicts will reach $18.4 billion globally by 2023.


In addition to the six new tracks, Inventures has just announced a special series, Creating the Future for Energy Resources. Bitumen Beyond Combustion and Blue Hydrogen are at the forefront of global conversations. Exploring innovations around energy production and consumption, this series is sure to drive conversations in Alberta and beyond.

While innovation is good, we don’t need to reinvent every wheel. Inventures continues to offer opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, students, academics, industry thought leaders and advisors to connect, pitch, learn, share and showcase their work.

Inventures is still accepting speakers nominations, pitch competition applications, and trade show exhibitors.

Join us in Calgary, from June 3–5, for this not-to-be missed event. For more information and to get your tickets, visit the Inventures website.