April 20, 2015

FITC Toronto Day 1

FITC Toronto 2015

FITC is an annual design conference hosted in Toronto focused on merging the future, innovation, technology, and creativity! I was fortunate enough to win a free ticket for the second time when I entered the women’s initiative. I entered a site I designed and developed quickly for the contest.

Pre-Conference Trip

I carpooled with 3 friends from my major who were also going to the conference. We set up an AirBnB and decided to leave a day early. We left around 9 a.m. and went up to Niagara on the Lake, where Janette took us to some awesome wineries and we had lunch at a cute pub. I went from not liking wine, to buying an expensive ice wine sampler!

We tried to find the mysterious chocolate factory a bartender at Inniskillin recommended, but it magically disappeared.

Day 1 of the Conference

We got to the conference bright and early at 9:30 a.m. for the 10 o’clock opening! I tried to enter the Adobe raffle for a free year of Creative Cloud but I was told Adobe interns weren’t eligible (Worth it! Imagination Lab @ Adobe, here I come!).

The opening was a talk from Gavin Strange, who is just awesome. So passionate and so humble. I also went to his B-Side talk later during the conference. What an awesome guy! I

Opening Night Party

After the last talk of the day, we met up to go grab dinner. Janette (always the foodie) took us to an AMAZING authentic Japanese restaurant with a huge line and a crazy cool atmosphere. After that we headed over to the opening party at a Saloon. Country-themed in Canada, who would have guessed? Janette and I rode the mechanical bull. It was terrifying. I still think I won.

We talked to a lot of awesome people there, like Jason Pamental (author of responsive typography), Paul Trani (Adobe evangelist), Naomi Atkinson (all around awesome entrepreneur), and a bunch more cool people.

Stay tuned for Day 2!