Corporate Innovators and ENTREPRENEURs  Developing Smart Connected Products

January 31, 2019 Research

Industry Trends and Market Opportunities – Sensors, Minaturization, Technical Convergence


March 21, 2019 Commercialization

Go to Market Strategies, Financing options,  Global Supply Chains, B2B & B2C


May 23, 2019 Innovation

Understanding Your Core Competencies and Value Propositions in the World of Electronic Hardware Design


June 20, 2019 Research

TechStorm – BrainStorming Your Idea From Concept to Production.


Sept 19, 2019 Innovation

Selecting Components & Solutions for Software & Hardware Design & Understanding “DFX”


November 14, 2019 Demo Day & Investor Showcase


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The 2019 Driving Dreams Expert Series is designed for anyone who is developing a new electronic/hardware/software product. We’ll address the most relevant issues and decisions for these innovators through a series of panel discussions, workshops and networking events throughout the year. By bringing industry experts, thought leaders and technical professionals together, this program will provide an outstanding forum for collaborating and resourcing.

Some technical innovators work in corporations. Some work as entrepreneurs. They all face the challenge of developing a product and bringing it to market in an environment of rapid technological change. In these workshops, attendees will learn about choosing an architecture or topology, understanding market trends, dealing with obsolescence and cost/performance trade offs. These are only a few of the complex issues that innovators must address.

Cloud, Wireless Protocol, End Point Gateway, SaaS, HaaS, IoT, IIot, MIoT, Industry 4.0, Modular Verses Discrete, AI, AR and VR


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January 31, 2019


Hosted at Arrow Electronics

Industry Trends and Market Opportunities – Sensors, Miniaturization, Technical Convergence Join this session to get up to speed on all the market trends hot from CES 2019 in Las Vegas. You’ll learn exactly how these market and technology changes will impact the product you are working on. You’ll also learn about emerging trends that will impact your product roadmap. You may find some of the biggest opportunities for your product’s success by taking advantage of the evolution of the technology landscape over the next 3 to 5 years. This session will cover frameworks for evaluating your innovations, including future focused research and identifying general problems that your technology can address.

Hands-On session – Intel
Keynote speaker – Alex Fesiak , IoT Business Development Manager, Arrow Electronics
Tech Workshop: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Keynote, panel and networking: 2:00pm – 6:00pm


March 21, 2019


Hosted at Arrow Electronics Go To Market Strategies Learn the best marketing strategy for your products, HaaS, SaaS, White Label and Channel Partners. Increase your customer engagement by understanding their needs and building a unique profile.

Learn how to finance hardware in the Canadian Environment. Where do you get financing? Abroad? Corporate R&D partners and investors? Selling – B2B and B2C – What are the considerations for each, common requirements, pitfalls, who makes buying decisions, how to reach the right people. Consumer products – Selling to large chain retailers and monetizing data, IoT, collecting data; How and what information to collect, where to store it, etc. How to use data to scale and remain competitive.

Hands-On session – Arrow
Keynote Speaker – Greg Dashwood – Microsoft
Tech Workshop: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Keynote, panel and networking: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

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May 23, 2019


Hosted at Arrow Electronics

Understanding your core competencies and value propositions in the world of smart product design Innovation is required to remain competitive and expand business. There are many facets consider to promote innovation and creativity within a business. You’ll come away from this conference with a better understanding of this complex subject. Questions that concerns most businesses are whether to make component parts themselves or by modular systems, and whether to purchase products locally or from abroad. Which supply chain strategy and manufacturing strategy is best for your business? Should you source products from China? If you do business abroad, how do you protect your intellectual property?

Hands-On session – Digi International, Modular Solutions Speeding Time to Market
Keynote Speaker – Bereskin Parr – Protecting Your Intellectual Property
Tech Workshop: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Keynote, panel and networking: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

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June 20, 2019


Hosted at Arrow Electronics

Business & Technology Fundamentals (Product-market fit)

Competition, the rapid advance of technology, and other factors require significant research and investment to remain competitive. Are you ready to pivot? How do you keep growing in a marketplace that sometimes seems to change on a daily basis? Is your business focused and well-funded so that it will be able to prosper in this rapidly changing world? Are you concerned about competition and whether it’s a good or a bad thing to have? Research is vital to remaining competitive and expanding business. Pilot projects are necessary to test new ideas before bringing them to market. But how do you incentivize industry to consider doing a piloot  project whether it is paid or unpaid?

Hands-On session – Multi-Protocol Solutions For Design Flexibility  presented by SiLabs
Keynote Speaker – Certification and Compliance: Regulatory Hurdles for Wireless Technology presented by Nemko Canada
Tech Workshop: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Keynote, panel and networking: 1:00pm – 4:00pm


September 19, 2019


Hosted at Arrow Electronics Selecting Components & Solutions for software & Hardware design & Understanding “DFX”

Encouraging innovation in your business is vital to staying ahead of the competition and prospering in the 21st century global environment. To succeed, you must know your core competencies, and understand the regulations for hardware products (signal / radiation etc), software trends, sensor software, open source and so on. Another concern is how to create a collaborative echo system. How do you work with partners, AI and block chain? What environmental risks are there from the components to the packaging? To create great products, you must understand the building blocks of electronic design, and design for “test; design for de-risking “. The best practice is to design for excellence (DFX) by designing for test, manufacturability, and production.

Hands-On session – ADI – Do you need to rapidly prototype your new idea? ADI’s new MeasureWare Solution is revolutionising the product development process enabling Scientists, Engineers and Entrepreneurs, to build a working, sensing prototype in minutes.

Robert Finnerty – Applications Engineer, ADI
Fiona Treacy – Marketing Manager, ADI

David Allen, Intel

Panel Discussion:
Mike Brown, Swift Labs
Mark Wood, Microart Services
Greg Durlacher, Silicon Experts
Robert McMillan, CENGN – Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

Tech Workshop: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Keynote, panel and networking: 1:00pm – 4:00pm


November 14, 2019


Brampton Economic Development

Companies must have attended at least 2 of the sessions to participate in Demo Day. Review panel approves companies to participate based on readiness


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Our Awesome Speakers

Motivating speakers from global organizations leading technology innovation

Amir Azhari

Chief Operating Officer at AOMS Technologies

Brent MacKinnon

CEO and Founder of NextGrid

Greg Dashwood

Product Lead IoT & Advanced Analytics, Microsoft

Alex Fesiak

Business Development Manager, Arrow Electronics

Dan Mathers

President & CEO, Eleven-x Inc.

Dustin Steinhoff

Channel Sales Manager, Digi

Feisal Hurzook

CTO, Archronix Corp

Joanna Ma

Patent Agent & Lawyer at Bereskin & Parr

Paul Barter

Entrepreneur in Residence, RIC Centre

Stephen Beney

Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP

Greg Durlacher

Regional Sales Manager
Silicon Experts

Michael Willis

Arrow Business Development Manager for Intel

Mike Brown

Senior Director Business Development

Swift Labs

Mark Wood

Microart Services

David Allen


Robert McMillan

CENGN – Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks


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