Program Outline

Here’s a plan for the week’s events. For information about how to register, please visit our Registration Page

Co-located Events:

Tuesday May 15th

Keynote Speaker

Communicating Sustainability: Not a Technical Problem
Human ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.

ConverStations Session 1

Research paper presentations at ICT4S 2018 will take place through the traditional ICT4S ConverStation format. During the ConverStation, papers are presented around tables to support good interaction. Each ConverStation session will comprise three rounds of presentations. Before the ConverStation starts, each attendee will select three different presentations to attend.

For a full list of papers presented in this session, see our List of Accepted Papers.

Challenge Session 1: Towards thriving communities

This session will challenge the audience to explore how we build sustainable communities, by focusing on three specific issues: urban mobility, affordable housing, and sustainable food systems. Three invited speakers will outline the sustainability challenges in each of these areas, followed by a roundtable discussion session, in which conference attendees will work in groups to respond to the challenge by identifying essential, awkward and missing research questions.

Director of the Public Realm Section, Transportation Services at the City of Toronto

Professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto

Food Systems Consultant with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Research Poster Gallery and Opening Reception

Poster authors will give lightning talks to advertise their posters. The posters will then remain on display throughout the opening reception.

For a full list of posters to be presented in this session, see our List of Accepted Posters.

The opening reception will be held in the quadrangle in historic Hart House. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

Wednesday May 16th

Keynote Speaker

Privilege & practice: Questions of sustainability in worlds of injustice
Assistant Professor at the School of Library Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia

ConverStations Session 2

The second of our research paper sessions, in the traditional ICT4S ConverStation format. During the ConverStation, papers are presented around tables to support good interaction. Each ConverStation session will comprise three rounds of presentations. Before the ConverStation starts, each attendee will select three different presentations to attend.

For a full list of papers presented in this session, see our List of Accepted Papers.

The ICT4S Technology Showcase

Held in the Autodesk Lightbox Exhibition Space in the MaRS Building. Exhibitors include:

  • Alert Energy: Data driven solutions for building, energy and water use.
  • Autodesk: Software tools for sustainable building design.
  • City of Toronto Open Data: making information more accessible to build public trust in government
  • CREW Toronto: Tools to help people during extreme weather events.
  • Ecobee: The Donate Your Data program helps scientists advance the way to a sustainable future.
  • EDGI: Online tools to archive public environmental data and ensure its continued public availability.
  • Esri Canada: GIS solutions for achieving sustainability in the economy, society and environment.
  • OCE TargetGHG program: Helping Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets
  • Ontario Climate Consortium: decision-ready science.
  • Project Dasher: a BIM-based platform to provide building owners real-time building performance data.
  • Screaming Power: A mobile social platform to connect directly with the energy user.
  • TOMesh: A community-owned infrastructure to address barriers to internet access in our city.
  • TransPod: TransPod is a zero-emissions advanced hyperloop mass transportation system.

The ICT4S 2018 Banquet

Held at the Second City Theatre, in downtown Toronto. Second City is world-renowned as one of the top venues for improv comedy, and has become the training ground for many famous comedians. The evening will include a buffet dinner, the ICT4S conference awards ceremony, and will end with a 90 minute improv comedy show by Canada’s finest comedy troupe. As is traditional for ICT4S, audience participation will be necessary!

Thursday May 17th

Keynote Speaker

Interactive Adaptivity: ICT for Sustainability in Buildings
Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of the Environment,
at the University of Toronto and Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability

Challenge Session 2: Research Transformation

This session will explore new ways of kicking our research and innovation up a gear, to respond to the challenge to transition to a sustainable society. Our invited speakers will start us off with some big picture thinking, from where we will move into a roundtable discussion to brainstorm about new initiatives and new partnerships.

ConverStations Session 3

The third of our research paper presentation session, once again using the traditional ICT4S ConverStation format. During the ConverStation, papers are presented around tables to support good interaction. Each ConverStation session will comprise three rounds of presentations. Before the ConverStation starts, each attendee will select three different presentations to attend.

For a full list of papers presented in this session, see our List of Accepted Papers.

Challenge Session 3: Visions and Roadmaps

In this session we will collectively explore our aspirations for creating a sustainable society. Our invited speakers will share their visions for how we can create a long term optimistic view for the future, and we will use round-table discussions to build on these ideas.

CEO of Mightybytes, and author of “Designing for Sustainability”

Futurist, Baker McKenzie

Chief strategist for CTR Inc, and founder of Re-think Sustainability Initiatives