Featurettes Archives - Startupfest 2018


Canada’s largest startup event; an epic three day festival, held every summer, in Montreal’s Old Port.

2015 Sizzler
2014 Sizzler
2013 Sizzler
2012 Teen Judge favorite, turned Roving Reporter, Harrison Kirshner checks out Montreal’s 2013 International Startup Festival.

Roving Reporter at Startupfest 2013 – Harrison Kirshner

The secret sauce of the Startup Nation

Yossi Vardi – Startupfest 2014

The Better Block Project

The Better Block project began in Dallas, Texas in 2010 to help rapidly transform a neighbourhood block with high vacancy rates and auto-oriented streets into a vibrant, walkable, district complete with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, outdoor cafe seating, landscaping, and murals.

The project broke several outdated city ordinances to show how many of the rules and regulations that existed were holding back the potential for a great place to exist. Since that time, the Better Block has become an international movement occurring as far as Australia to Iran.

In this session, Better Block founder Jason Roberts will give you an inside look at how innovation, entrepreneurship, and the urban core generate new possibilities for the society in which we live.

Jason Roberts- Startupfest 2014

How to change the world without losing your mind

You want to change the world. At your disposal is a set of tools past generations could only dream of, giving you new ways to engage communities, reach under-served audiences, and bring new resources to bear. You’ve got new media and awareness strategies, triggered by the rise of social media, that let you leverage established brands and their messaging in mutually beneficial ways.

There’s just one problem: how do you do it all without burning out and going crazy in the process? After 20 years as a successful businesswoman, Lia Grimanis set her sights on a big problem: helping homeless women and children to rebuild their lives. In this talk, Lia will look at social venture programs, grass-roots efforts for poverty reduction, and how to stay sane while you change the world.

Lia Grimanis – Startupfest 2014

In the spirit of the holiday season, the team at Startupfest invites you to spread some love. We want you to take a moment, and do something kind – make someone’s day.

Share this moment with us.
Tweet it, facebook it, Instagram it, Vine it.
Use the hashtag, #StartupfestLove.

For every kind act shared and tagged with us, we’ll donate $10 to a worthy cause (up to a maximum of $10,000). And we’ll give you Startupfest goers $100 off your 2016 pass.

We’ll get in touch with you via whichever social media outlet you share your kind act on, and set you up with your discount code for Startupfest 2016.

Spread the #StartupfestLove, and let’s take care of each other.

This campaign will expire on January 1, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

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Here are the craziest things people are doing with drones

The drones are coming. People are doing some pretty amazing, innovative, or just nutty things with these nimble aerial platforms. Spend a few minutes with Sean walking through some of the best.

Sean Lynch – Startupfest 2014 (Keynote)

Passwords – You’re Doing it Wrong!

Turns out many startups and major companies are storing their passwords in a terrible terrible way – plaintext, SHA1, MD5, SHA1+salt, etc are common and BAD. DB leaks can and do happen. This fast talk gives an intuition about why these approaches are bad, why you’re company is a target for hackers, and what the right approach is (hint: bcrypt or similar). I give you a path to fixing all of your passwords overnight. Afterward, email your CTO!

Marty Weiner – Startupfest 2014 (Keynote)