Press Release

TKS is hosting a world-class conference to bring together Canada's top young innovators

Press Release

TKS is hosting a world-class conference to bring together Canada's top young innovators

Applications now open for youth ages 13-16 to attend INNOVATE at Corus Entertainment Complex

Toronto – May 25, 2017 - The Knowledge Society (TKS), Canada’s leading innovation program for youth ages 13-17, will bring 500 of Canada’s most driven students together in Toronto on August 13, 2017 to change their lives and the future of our country. The inaugural INNOVATE conference is fully subsidized to remove financial barriers, but there’s a catch: students must apply to attend.

TKS is looking for young people with an immense amount of curiosity, resourcefulness and genuine drive to propel our world forward. The application process assesses students’ desire to learn and initiative to find and solve critical problems facing our society today.

“We have seen the power of youth first-hand at TKS and believe that they are vastly underestimated,” says Navid Nathoo, Co-Founder and Executive Director at TKS. “The best way to predict the future is to create it, and we need to encourage students to start creating the world they want to live in.”

The full-day conference will give attendees exposure to the latest trends and cutting-edge technology in topics such as artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, virtual reality, financial markets, internet of things (IoT), robotics, entrepreneurship and venture capital. Leading thinkers, from senior government officials to CEOs, to top technology investors, will share their experiences on these topics.

“We are treating attendees to a world-class conference that many of us will never experience in our lifetime, opening their minds to uncharted territory,” adds Nadeem Nathoo, Co-Founder and Partnerships Lead at TKS. “They need to see what’s out there; be exposed to emerging trends and innovations so they can identify their interests and start working on developing tangible skills in those areas.”

“We are thrilled that Toronto has been chosen to host INNOVATE,” says Councillor Michelle Holland, Toronto’s first Advocate for the Innovation Economy. “This is exactly the kind of initiative we want to see as we work to champion the growth of Toronto’s technology and knowledge sector.” Councillor Holland adds, “Ultimately, youth will be the ones to build our cities and grow our economy.”

Applications are now open until June 30, 2017 at


About The Knowledge Society:

TKS was founded by successful tech entrepreneurs with a mission to develop the next generation of leaders that will solve the world's most important problems. A first of its kind after-school innovation program, students ages 13-17 are immersed in topics like genomics, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, internet of things, virtual reality, and ultra-poverty. TKS is funded by high-profile investors and corporations, and supported by top-tier mentors and advisors from some of the world’s leading technology companies and academic institutions such as Google and Stanford University. In Fall 2017, TKS will open its first standalone flagship location – 6,000+ square feet in the heart of downtown Toronto. TKS has also run programs in San Francisco and Calgary.

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