DSrupted Is Two Weeks Out – Here’s Who’s Coming

September 2, 2014 by Dave Haynes

dsruptedwhitebgThe first digital signage conference focused just on disruptive technologies is now just a couple of weeks, and if you are still on the fence about attending, here’s a rundown on the companies sending people to DSrupted on Sept. 17th.

First, there will be a bunch of people from venue hosts Telus (a big Canadian telecom that is QUITE active in digital signage). There will also be multiples from sponsors LG, Cineplex, Pattison Onestop and Rise Vision. Then there’s the Digital Signage Federation, which is inviting people in for drinks the night before at a downtown Toronto mixer.

As for pure attendees, we’ll be seeing people from Bell, Canadian Tire, Dentsu, Olson, Ogilvy, Ontario Lottery, Nanolumens, Seneca Data, Four Winds Interactive, Omnivex, Capital Networks, Vif Tele, Barco,  Key West, Wand, Stratacache, Hughes,  Art Of Context, Wireload, L Squared, Architech, Codegent, John Ryan, Appspace, FastSigns, Screenfeed, Comqi, Armodilo, Media Resources and some more I am forgetting.

There are people coming from as far afield as the UK, and from the US west coast.

Why? Here’s the agenda. Five really interesting speakers and topics, none of them paying for microphone time. 45 minutes to talk, and another 15 for questions. Small, friendly venue in the heart of Toronto. And there is food.

Just $335 to learn a bunch and meet a buncha smart, smart people.

9:00 – 10:00: Cloud Technologies: Vidya NagarajanProduct Manager, Chrome Devices For Enterprise, Google

vidya_picBased in San Francisco, Vidya has 14 years of experience in cloud computing, spanning Product Management, Operations, Technical Account Management, Customer and Partner Program Management in the Enterprise space.

She’s currently a Product Manager focusing on building Chrome devices for the Enterprise, including digital signage. She previously worked on Google Apps and in the Business Intelligence (BI) realm.

10 to 10:30: Break/TELUS Innovation Lab Tour (optional)

10:30 – 11:30: How HTML5 Will Drive Explosive Growth in Digital Signage: Paul Vincent, CEO, Neuranet


HTML5 and surrounding technologies are going to help drive explosive growth in the digital signage industry over the next few years. Due to its flexibility/adaptability it will also help drive significant innovation, in areas such as touch or proximity-based experiences.

Paul Vincent is the CEO and Founder of Neuranet, which builds Flexitive, a web publishing platform that not only has the most responsive web user interface for content – but also for advertising creative. Based on hybrid HTML5 & native code, it creates the most consistent and intuitive user experience across smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and the desktop. Paul’s career includes stints running digital operations at PostMedia, and in management roles with Microsoft in Canada and in his native New Zealand.

11:30 – 12:30: Beacon Technology and IOT: Digital Engagement in PlaceDoug Thompson, CEO, dot3

doug-thompson-beeknWhen Apple embraced Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons last year, developers finally had a proximity-based technology that works across all the major phone platforms. It unleashed a wave of innovation – from amusement parks to museums, music events to amusement parks, retailers to your local church or library.

The simplicity of BLE technology has laid the groundwork for increasingly immersive and personalized digital engagements in place. It represents a significant wave of connected technologies that will change our perceptions of physical space. Whether combining context-aware phones with digital signage, beacons that can detect the temperature with pop-up social networks, or mesh networking with precision targeting of coupons – the future will see both new challenges and new opportunities for how we can create value and engagement with consumers.

Doug will provide insight into what Bluetooth LE beacons are and how they work, their limitations and challenges, and the lessons learned in how to deploy them effectively. He’ll outline emerging technology trends related to beacons including fleet management, cloud services, power conservation, beacon security, and integration with other technologies (including ARM processors and digital signage). 

He’ll outline five major implications for retail, business and brands as he projects a future in which “there is no offline” – including implications for privacy, architecture and interior design, and storytelling. 

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch/Break/TELUS Innovation Lab Tour (optional)

mattarnold2story1:30 – 2:30: Responsive Environments: Engaging Your Audience with Narrative Spaces, Matt Arnold, Lead Integration Engineer, Second Story

For years, Second Story, part of SapientNitro, has been creating installations that play out in the realm where the physical and digital worlds meet. Our approach is to find the narrative within content and spaces that allows us to build experiences rather than presentations. Through these narrative arcs and the balance of technology and design, we create smarter media that responds to audiences and envelops them in story, making the content feel more relevant and the experience feel more engaging and immersive. Matt Arnold’s talk will provide unique insights and examples of methods that will captivate your audience in a meaningful and participatory way at the crossroads of technology and place.

2:30 – 3:00: Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:00: The Programmable World, Matthew Milan, CEO, Normative

matthewmilanNormative is a design firm focused helping organizations develop strategies, products and services for a networked world. Milan co-founded the company, and built a world-class design practice focusing on leading-edge interaction design and strategy, service design and mobile systems.

Milan is often asked to speak in frank, engaging terms about technology and its possibilities.

 4:00 – 4:45: Expert Panel – Moderated Q&A With All Speakers

4:45 – 5:00: Wrap-Up & Summary



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