EXPO FOR DESIGN, INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 8, 2017

OVERVIEW

Change the world by design.

Imagine this — a 150,000-square-foot abandoned factory transformed into a futuristic world where design, innovation and technology are the solutions to today’s grand challenges.

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology is a signature Ontario 150 experience for big-thinkers and bold doers. Produced by Design Exchange, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this groundbreaking expo-meets-festival will shift perspectives and ignite conversations.

MAJOR SUPPORTERS

UNDP

The Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Ontario 150

City of Toronto

MAJOR PARTNERS

Rogers

Air Canada

First Gulf

Metrolinx

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Ace Hill

Deloitte

Bullfrog Power

Holland

Facebook

Frontier

LRI

Astound

Great Gulf

Dream

EXPERIENCE

AN AMBITIOUS
PROJECT WITH A
GLOBAL GOAL

Prosperity For All

Situated inside East Harbour (formerly the Unilever soap factory) near Toronto’s Port Lands, EDIT demonstrates how the powerful intersection of design, innovation, and technology can change the world for the better for everyone.

From September 28 to October 8, 2017, dreamers and disruptors from around the world will unite for a 360° experience guest-curated by today’s salient leaders. Inspired by the UNDP’s 17 Goals for Sustainable Development, the expo is an “edit” of the unparalleled undertakings and projects that are shaping our future.

THROUGH A SERIES OF FORWARD- THINKING SPEAKERS, PAVILIONS, AND INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING, EDIT WILL UNCOVER THE TRUE MEANING OF PROSPERITY FOR ALL.

THEMES

PROSPERITY FOR ALL

Created by Bruce Mau

EDIT’s main exhibit, showcases the most promising design, innovation and technology solutions to the planet’s pressing issues. Bruce Mau will hand-pick a selection of work from Paolo Pellegrin – an award-winning Magnum photographer renowned for his unflinching documentation of global conflicts.

Against this powerful backdrop, the exhibit will also highlight design projects that confront these challenges and seek to advance the human condition. From smog vacuum cleaners in China to floating schools in Nigeria, EDIT visitors will discover the people and organizations designing products, systems and materials that are making a difference in the world today.

HOW CAN WE SOLVE
THE WORLD’S GRAND
CHALLENGES?

PROSPERITY FOR ALL

Created by Bruce Mau

EDIT’s main exhibit identifies areas around the world that are in need of daring interventions. Prosperity For All showcases the most promising design, innovation and technology solutions to the planet’s pressing issues.

HOW CAN WE SOLVE
THE WORLD’S GRAND
CHALLENGES?

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GUESTS WILL DIVE DEEP INTO AN EXPLORATION OF PROSPERITY FOR ALL THROUGH FOUR CORE EXHIBITS, EACH ONE TAKING OVER AN ENTIRE FLOOR OF EAST HARBOUR.

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SHELTER

Curated by Carlo Ratti

How can we make cities more inclusive, resilient, safe and sustainable? Carlo Ratti’s featured exhibition, The Green and the Grey, envisions what cities can – and should – be, by presenting architectural innovations and new technologies that seek to bridge the divide between nature and the city. Learn how a city’s waste can be mined for data on the health of its population, and how shorelines are being redesigned to protect coastal communities from changing climates.

International pavilions showcasing exciting design projects from around the world, art installations and a cafe space on the second floor will also make their home on the second floor.

EDUCATE

Curated by Kentaro Toyama

Today’s teens are tomorrow’s trailblazers. Discover the tools and techniques that will empower the next generation and expand access to education, from high-tech tablets to enduring technologies like abacuses and slide rulers. Kentaro Toyama’s Educate exhibit will take visitors around the world to witness innovative alternative education models that are breaking cycles of poverty and discrimination.

The EDIT Campus, which highlights cutting-edge projects from post-secondary institutions worldwide, and Indigenous education tools, including Inuit wayfinding strategies that wave-mapping techniques of the Marshall islanders, will also be showcased on the Educate floor.

CARE

Curated by Julielynn Wong

From robotic prosthetics to drone-delivered medical supplies, Julielynn Wong’s featured exhibition will demonstrate how design is opening up new possibilities in the world of healthcare and influencing the future of wellbeing. Discover how cutting-edge technologies are creating new avenues for health care, while smartly designed low-cost medical tools are making care more affordable and accessible for off-grid communities across the globe. 

This eye-opening display will be complemented by an interactive “Drone Zone” to test fly delivery drones, and a HealthTech pavilion showcasing everything from data generated healthcare and assistive robotics to 3D printing and wearable technologies.

NOURISH

Curated by Jamie Oliver Foundation

The Nourish experience feeds an audience hungry for change. By educating and empowering kids with nutritious food choices—and cooking up new menus with 3D printing technology, alternative proteins, and food waste—the space takes a revolutionary approach to improving nutrition, reimagining food security, and combating global hunger.

Also on the floor is a thriving rooftop garden and self-sustaining aquaponics display that’s accompanied by a Kitchen Lab providing interactive food science experiences and a Food Tech Pavilion that showcases the latest innovations in nourishment. Cricket ice cream, anyone?

VENUE

UNILEVER
DETERGENT
FACTORY

A RAW, INDUSTRIAL SPACE

Located at 21 Don Roadway near Toronto’s Port Lands, East Harbour (formerly the Unilever Soap Factory) is the ultimate stage for a festival of awe-inspiring architecture and design exhibits, interactive experiences, and symposia.

Never before has the general public had access to this colossal and untouched Toronto industrial landmark.

UNTIL NOW

GET INVOLVED

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Are you a savvy corporation whose DNA and/or CSR platform is about social impact and helping the planet in a profound way? This is your chance to be part of an unprecedented experience.

EDIT sponsors are essential members of the EDIT community who significantly impact the festival’s growth and evolution. EDIT provides a unique opportunity to tell a corporate story to an audience of over 100,000. Sponsorship packages range in both price and theme, with endless options for customization.
For all sponsorship inquiries, please contact laura@dx.org.

PARTICIPANTS

Whether you’re an inventive chef with a brilliant solution to food waste, a soon-to-be graduate with a kick-ass app to combat poverty, or an architect who has collaborated with a community on a beautiful affordable housing project – we want to hear from you.

EDIT is looking for design-driven breakthroughs that have solved — or aim to solve — societal or environmental problems that fall under the themes of Shelter, Care, Nourish and Educate, or address the greater goal of Prosperity for All. For all exhibitor inquiries, please contact jill@dx.org.

SPEAKERS

Do you have a story about how design, innovation, and technology are making the world a better place for all people?

Take the stage at EDIT’s symposium and public talks –– vehicles for inspiration. Held on September 29th and 30th, the Making Change symposium is a special two-day event for the design, innovation, and technology communities.

The speaker series is open to a public audience and will run daily for the duration of the festival. For more info, contact elizabeth@dx.org.

UNIVERSITY EXHIBITS

We are inviting proposals from universities and colleges to exhibit in the EDIT Campus. This is a chance for your school to demo its forward-thinking programs and initiatives, and enlighten youth about their power to positively transform the future.

To learn more about getting your school involved with EDIT, please contact natasha@dx.org.

SCHOOL GROUPS

EDIT is dedicated to equipping youth with the knowledge and confidence to transform our future for the better.

We strongly encourage schools and students at every level to join us at EDIT and become inspired by the design, innovation, and technology disciplines. We offer free admission to students on October 4, 2017 — a special day of youth-centric programming.

VOLUNTEERS

Spend 10 days immersed in an innovation hub, spice up your resume, make valuable industry connections, and most importantly, help shape an inaugural event that can change the world.

Volunteers are the pulse of the EDIT experience. Whether you’re a social media wizard or a logistics guru, your skills and dedication are crucial to our success and there are plenty of ways to join the movement. For more information, please contact EDITvolunteer@dx.org.

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MEET THE TEAM

EDIT MANAGEMENT

TEAM

Shauna Levy

President & CEO, Design Exchange
(Founder, Interior Design Show/IDS)

OPERATIONS

Joe Sellors

Vice President, Director of Operations

Sara Peel

Operations Strategist

DEVELOPMENT

Laura Levy

Director of Development

Jill Oba

Development Manager

PROGRAMMING

Elizabeth Pagliacolo

Director of Programming

Natasha Peterson

Assistant Curator

Tara Akitt

Assistant Curator

Jeremy Forsyth

Programming Coordinator

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Mo Ghoneim

Director of Marketing & Communications

Rebecca Kraus

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Lulu El-Atab

Graphic Designer

COMMITTEE

Christopher Wein

Chair, President, Great Gulf

Josh Bloom

Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Dr. Joe Cafazzo

Centre Lead, Healthcare Human Factors

Dr. Sara Diamond

President, OCAD University

Fabricio Dolan

Head of Marketing, Google Canada

Heather Dubbeldam

Principal, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Zahra Ebrahim

Co-Director Doblin Canada

Dr. Irwin Eydelnant

Principal + Creative/Scientific Director, Future
Food Studio

Siamak Hariri

Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects

Paddy Harrington

Founder, Frontier Co.

Alexander Josephson

Co-Founder, Partisans

Jennifer Keesmaat

Chief Planner and Executive Director, City of
Toronto

Iain Klugman

CEO, Communitech

Joshna Maharaj

Chef and Nutrition Activist

Dragana Maznic

Director of Design, Great Gulf

Dale Morgan

Founder, Astound Group

Janet Rosenberg

Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio

Gary Schwartz

CEO, Impact Mobile

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director, The DMZ at Ryerson University

Salim Teja

Executive Vice-President, Ventures at MaRS
Discovery District

DX BOARD

Christopher Wein, Chair

Chair President, Great Gulf

Krystal Koo, Vice Chair

VP Sales and Marketing, DREAM

Peter Clewes

Principal, Architects Alliance

J Urban Joseph

Retired, TD Bank

Dave Marcus

President + CEO, Aya Kitchens

Lorne Gertner

CEO, Hill & Gertner Capital Corporation

Stephan Weishaupt

President, Avenue Road

George Georghiades

President, Lexington Park Real Estate Capital

Diego Burdi

Principal, Burdi Filek

Raymond Girard

CEO, Bookmark Content & Communications

Michael Lafave

Co-owner, Contempo Media

Siamak Hariri

Principal, Hariri Pontarini

Tony Cohen

Founder + CEO, Global Edge Investments

Dragana Maznic

Great Gulf

Janet Rosenberg

Principal, Janet Rosenberg Landscape Architects

Art Mandalas

President & Creative Director Community Agency

EX OFFICIO

Linda Lewis

Morton Rapp

CITY COUNCILLORS

Mary Fragedakis

Michelle Holland

SEED FUNDERS

Great Gulf

Daniels Development

Mantella Corporation

Lexington Park

The Grad Family

The McLean Foundation

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