Toronto Unconvention 2016
July 22 – 24, 2016
The meet-up where we’ll talk real IT Business.
No content-gearing, no shilling. Promise.
Learn from fellow techs and business owners.
Get real business strategies that work in the real world. Discover new tech.
|Holiday Inn Yorkville
280 Bloor St. W, Toronto
www.hitorontoblooryorkville.ca / 1-877-859-5897
Room: CA$169.99 + 16% tax
Parking: CA$22.00 + 13% taxGroup Name: Instant Housecall – Unconvention
Booking Code: IHUNo physical rooms being held, book early.By snobular demand: Four Seasons and Park Hyatt also nearby.
|Centre for Social Innovation – Annex (Venue)
720 Bathurst Street, Toronto
12 minute walk from hotel.Just south of Bathurst St. subway station.Hot desks + WiFi will be available at no charge.
|Friday Night Social (free)
Yonge & Bloor, depart 10pm sharp
City Tour with Toronto Friday night skate club.Cyclists and rollerbladers welcome. City bikes may be available for rent, availability limited. Return to hotel by midnight.
|Saturday: Arrive 9:30am
Centre for Social Innovation
Details coming soon.
Join the Solution Provider Industry Channel Executive Expert (SPICEE�) council for a jam-packed expert panel of industry leaders who will give you actionable ways you can scale your business. Gain valuable insights into new synergies and trends in IoT and Big Data that you can leverage immediately, no matter which SMB IT vertical you serve. Take your business to the next level with Hadoop in the Cloud, integrate it with social and mobility, boost ROI and customer adoption with more managed services recurring revenue and proactive monitoring of KPIs through a single pane of glass by following industry best practices. After we�re done, we�ll talk tech.
5 minute talks. 20 slides advance every 15 seconds. Get enlightened – quick.
passport requiredToronto has two airports: Billy Bishop (YTZ, recommended) and Lester B. Pearson International (YYZ).Taxi and limo service from Pearson is zoned. Limo recommended.By Land
Enhanced driver’s licence or passport required
|You will need– Passport or Enhanced Driver’s Licence– Laptop for labs– Canadian currency (recommended). Visa and Mastercard widely accepted, you won’t have the choice of debit or credit. Tell your bank you’re travelling, lest your card be flagged.|
Getting around and Stuff to Do
|Getting Around TorontoPeople here take public transit. Really.Uber and taxi available. Driving is … fine. Parking is often cash-only.The transit system is called the TTC.A one-way cash fare lets you go as far as you want in one direction on any combination of bus, streetcar, and subway. Get a transfer from the driver when you board.
Daily and weekly passes available at any subway station. On weekends, day passes are valid for 2 adults + 3 kids. On weekdays, just one person.
Lots near the hotel, some only so-so. More traditional in the immediate vicinity, which is tourist-swish.Eclectic dining (recommended) west of the hotel along Bloor past Bathurst. Lots of fallafel, shwarma, Korean and sushi places. Lots of pubs, too. Try to avoid the student haunts.Most restaurants will send an SMS when your table’s ready if you ask.The smaller and crappier is looks, the better and cheaper it is.
|Stuff near the hotel (walking distance)
The angular monstrosity outside your hotel is what we call the Royal Ontario Museum. Next door is the Bata Shoe Museum. If you’re into shoes or bad architecture, may be worth a visit.If you like ceramics, the Gardiner Museum is nearby, kids/spouses may enjoy Sunday family day.Bloor St. Cinema (Hot Docs) usually has a good documentary playing. If you like classical, the Royal Conservatory of Music is excellent, student performances are cheap and well worth seeing.If you feel like nursing a coffee and playing board games, Snakes and Lattes is good but you’ll need to wait for a seat. They’ll send an SMS, too.(Yes, we like the word “Royal” here. Come to the Unconvention, your highness).
|Stuff not-so-near the hotelAll the best stuff is hard to find. NOW magazine, Toronto Life, and toronto.com list some of the indie events. The best stuff is on flyers haphazardly taped to lampposts.Royal Alexandra and Princess of Wales theatres have Broadway calibre productions. Don’t pass up the indie theatres: they are good. Half-price rush seats at ToTix.Tourist
If you’re going to do several of the above, get a CityPass.
A 30-minute drive away is Canada’s Wonderland, our answer to Disney World. Buy tickets online at least a few days ahead of time. Locals don’t pay full price and neither should you.