Tech, arts, business worlds collide in Hamilton at inaugural Cotton Factory event


Published November 16, 2022 at 3:13 pm

Technology, the arts, and the business world will unite at the inaugural Pivot Symposium in Hamilton.

The event, spearheaded by the Cotton Factory, is open to the public and will take place Thursday at the historic industrial complex at 270 Sherman Ave. North.

Organizers say Pivot will focus on creating community through technology and the arts by offering a unique opportunity for people from various fields to come together to share experiences and acquire skills in creative problem-solving.

“The goal is to drive progress by weaving together the threads of technology, arts and creativity in new and exciting ways,” says Rob Zeidler, Managing Partner of the Cotton Factory. “Hamilton has all the right ingredients to continue developing as a leader in the high-tech, innovation economy.”

Hamilton has been identified as a blooming tech hub with fast-developing talent.

The day-long event will focus heavily on new technology in sustainable housing, accelerating smart mobility infrastructure in communities, and using digital technology to widen access to cultural experiences.

“The thrust of the event is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and explore creative ways to design, build and sustain better communities using the tools and processes of technology and the arts,” according to organizers. “Examples include using digital technologies to enhance the enjoyment of art exhibitions and the built environment, innovations in the design and construction of affordable housing, and embedding art and new technologies into the public realm.”

According to organizers, the program will be delivered by experts experienced in collaborative projects that have had a positive impact in Hamilton and beyond.

Speakers include:

  • David Adames, CEO, Niagara Parks Commission
  • David Bobier, Founder, Director and Curator of VibraFusionLab
  • Dr. Robert Fleisig, PEng., Professor of Engineering Design, McMaster University
  • Gail Lord, President, Lord Cultural Resources Inc.
  • Ryan Moran, Entrepreneur and Creative Brand Specialist
  • Sean Nix, Associate Dean of Technology, Mohawk College
  • “Parkside” Mike Renaud, Creative Director, Hidden Pony Records
  • Jim Ruxton, Electronics Engineer and Media Artist
  • Dr. Deborah Sloboda, PhD., Project Lead, Art of Creation Study
  • John Summers, Manager of Heritage Resources, City of Hamilton
  • Mark John Stewart, Managing Director, Wentworth Strategy Group
  • Cyrus Tehrani, Director of Innovation, City of Hamilton

Program highlights include an exercise in the use of “design thinking” in the creative process, a talk on the role of technology in developing bonds of human belonging, stories from changemakers at the forefront of community-building, and a luncheon address on the topic of strategic management applied to success across societies.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.