Where the digital creative community converges to share and provoke. Enabling the intersection of entrepreneurs, designers and developers.

DESIGN + CODE + BUSINESS

WHETHER WE’RE DESIGNERS, AUTHORS, ARTISTS, DEVELOPERS OR ANOTHER CREATIVE GROUP, WE DON’T OFTEN CONGREGATE WITH OTHERS OUTSIDE OUR DISCIPLINES OFTEN ENOUGH. EXPLODE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT AND EXPERIMENT WITH A CREATIVE COMMUNITY ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO.
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KEYNOTES

Una Lee

Designer & Creative Community Organizer

Design for a better, more beautiful world

Liam Thurston

Creative Director @ TWG

Heart on Sleeve, Sleeve Rolled Up, Designing For Human Beings

Kim Alpert

Creative Strategist, Artist & Inventor

Why Would You Can't

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THE VENUE

Explode takes place in downtown London at Fanshawe College's Centre for Digital and Performance Arts. This state of the art facility is the perfect background for 2 days of industry leaders, emerging talent and novel ideas to come together and network, learn and collaborate.
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The Explode Conference is an event you can't miss. Two days learning & laughing with fellow devs, designers and business leaders. Your ideas and passions are ready to launch - lets make them explode!
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SCHEDULE

Thursday May 5th

8:30:Registration
9:30:Opening Remarks
Opening Keynote: Una Lee
Keynote: Kim Alpert
12:15:Lunch Break Including Pitches from Campus Entrepreneurs
1:30 - 5:00:Breakout Sessions: Design, Code, Business, Innovation
Denise Spiessens Darcy Clarke Ross Simmonds David Canton & Matt Roberts
Greg Neely Shachar Weis Steve Martell Chris O'Connor
Billy Gregory Pete Forde Chris Farias Heather Carson
6:00 - 8:00:Work in Progress - Building a Creative Practice
8:00 - LATE: Official Explode Party

Friday May 6th

9:30:Opening Remarks
Panel Discussion - Digital Creative Commuity
Company Profile Pitches
12:15:Lunch - Food Trucks
1:30 - 4:00:Breakout Sessions: Design, Code, Business, Innovation
Jessica Cobb Jeff Jewiss Kathleen MacAinsh James Wilkinson
Emily Wyss Damon Muma David Ciccarelli Chantelle Diachina
4:00:Closing Keynote: Liam Thurston
BUILDING A PROFESSIONAL CREATIVE PRACTICE
Thursday, May 5th from 6:00-8:00. (Doors @ 5:30)
Speakers Include:
CRAIG SELLARS - Digital Concept Artist - for film, television & video games
LIAM THURSTON - Creative Director TWG - Web design, marketing& advertising
ANTONY HARE - Illustrator - working in the field of Editorial Design
BRECK CAMPBELL - Graphic Designer - Logo & Brand design, motion graphics, UX & Design for video games

Your ticket price gets you:
• pizza
• Entrance to the Explode after-party
• 1 Drink ticket (when you attend the Explode after-party)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Both Students and Creative Professionals in the areas of fine arts, video games, graphic design & digital media production of all forms.

Come hear our expert panel of speakers share insights into their process, talk about how they've built their professional practices, where they are going next with their careers, and the importance of editing portfolios for client, employer, & public viewing.

WOULD YOU LIKE A CRITIQUE FROM OUR PANEL?

To top it off we're going to let a couple of lucky attendees receive a critique of a personal portfolio piece by our panel. To qualify, purchase a ticket to "WORK in PROGRESS: Building a Creative Practice" and submit a url / link to your online portfolio. Please name the piece you would like to submit for critique. The organizers and speakers will select a couple pieces for critique. Those chosen to participate will receive a gift as a thank-you for participating.
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SPEAKERS

code

Darcy Clarke

Full-stack Developer, Designer, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Mentor & Advocate
Code

James Wilkinson

Executive Director of Full Stack Toronto
UX

Greg Neely

Principal, Forge Media
Sales

David Ciccarelli

CEO, Voices.com
Design

Denise Spiessens

Product Designer, Shopify
code

Damon Muma

Front End Development/UX, London Life
accessibility

Billy Gregory

Sr. Accessibility Engineer, The Paciello Group
STRATEGY

Ross Simmonds

Digital Strategist, Marketer, Author
productivity

Kathleen MacAinsh

UX Architect @ London Life
Code

Emily Wyss

Front-End Dev, Race Roster
VR

Pete Forde

CEO and Co-Founder, ItsMe3D
Entrepreneurship

Heather Carson

CEO and Co-Founder, Repable
Dev Tools

Jeff Jewis

Developer, Precision Nutrition
Business

Chantelle Diachina

Founder, Prana Yoga
Maker

Jessica Cobb

Founder, Mission Control Lab
Code

Shachar "Vice" Weis

Freelance Developer
Business

Matt Roberts

VC at BDC - Venture Group
Legal

David Canton

Lawyer, Harrison Pensa
Business

Steve Martell

VP Creative Technology, Current Studios
Innovation

Chris Farias

VP Creative Development and Partner, Kitestring
Career Success

Chris O'Connor

Manager, Business Analysis & Data Management at Info-Tech Research Group
Business Pitch

Gareth Everard

Co-Founder, Rockwell Razors
Business Pitch

Caitlin MacGregor

CEO, PlumHR
Business Pitch

Ian Campbell

CEO, iCONECT
Business Pitch

Ryan Figueiredo

Co-Founder, GamerLink
CEO Panel

David Strucke

CEO and Co-Founder, Media Sonar
CEO Panel

Charlie Conron

CTO, Life Design Analysis
CEO Panel

Ryan O'Grady

Owner and President, Fotaflo
SPEAKER DETAILS & SCHEDULE (PDF)
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