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Startupfest this year is all about engineering serendipity. We’ve already explained how we’re using an unwebinar philosophy and the six archetypes of the startup world to build unexpected experiences throughout the event. Last week, we walked you through our Five Fresh Faces matchmaking algorithm, and today, we want to share a bit about how we’re …

Creating the unwebinar

What’s an unwebinar? Let’s start with all the things a webinar is: One-way, scripted, two-dimensional. It doesn’t have to be that way, of course: Since 2020, the team behind Startupfest have been redefining what’s possible online across many events we run—and helping music festivals, governments, and more create the best experiences they can online. But …

The 2022 Venue

The Startupfest experience has always been inseparable from its venue. Over the years, we’ve moved around Montreal’s iconic Old Port. Our first event repurposed an old pier used by customs and immigration, turning the long industrial space into a pair of stages. Even then, we drew inspiration from our surroundings, turning the huge freight elevator …