As an entrepreneur with experiences running businesses between Canada, East Africa and India, he applies a unique lens on how people live and work. Qasim previously founded Design Guru (a creative studio whose portfolio of clients included cause-based organizations like the Stephen Lewis Foundation to large multinationals like the Coca Cola Corporation), the BBC-partnered global music brand Indian Electronica, GetFilmi (a digital distributor of Indian cinema) and other software startups. He has a passion for enabling innovation through technology – something which has led to creating the Founder Deck playing card game, WeTeachStartup ideation bootcamps, Startup Safaris global pitch sessions as well as running IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program across Canada. A wealth of diverse career experience led to his formation of StartWell in 2017 - a multifunctional brand that builds and operates businesses in media, hospitality & health/wellness.
Qasim Virjee is an entrepreneur with 28.1 years of experience in user interface design, digital media, social media, web development, and strategy. He has worked with renowned companies such as Design Guru, BBC-partnered global music brand Indian Electronica, GetFilmi, and other software startups. Qasim's passion lies in enabling innovation through technology, which has led to the creation of the Founder Deck playing card game, WeTeachStartup ideation bootcamps, Startup Safaris global pitch sessions, and IBM's Global Entrepreneur Program. He has also founded StartWell in 2017 and has a diverse career experience in media, hospitality, and health/wellness.
Palo Alto,California,United States
Startup Grind is the largest startup community in the world, delivering education, connections, and opportunities to help startups grow. Through local events, flagship global conferences, startup membership, partnerships, mentor and investor programs, and online content – Startup Grind collectively reaches over 4 million startups in 600 cities and 125 countries worldwide.
We aim to be the premier global platform for watching quality Indian cinema online. GetFilmi streams a curated selection of award winning modern titles, classics, independent features and documentaries to audiences around the world via mobile, tablet, computers and connected TVs and are working with large studios, distributors and independent filmmakers. With the aim of developing a sustainable ecosystem around Indian cinema, GetFilmi is also incubating a crowd-funding platform to help indie filmmakers leverage our member base to finance their projects and then exhibit their films on our platform. *Our website: http://getfilmi.com
Skrumble Technologies builds communication technology that decentralizes, secures and differentiates your business. The business world is changing, and it’s vital to your companies future for you to explore the benefits of what blockchain can offer your business. Learn more on how Skrumble can help you take your business to the blockchain at skrumble.com If you're interested in learning more about the Skrumble Network project, please visit skrumble.network
At IBM, we do more than work. We create. We create as technologists, developers, and engineers. We create with our partners. We create with our competitors. If you're searching for ways to make the world work better through technology and infrastructure, software and consulting, then we want to work with you. We're here to help every creator turn their "what if" into what is. Let's create something that will change everything.
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The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian) is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. As Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival, Reel Asian® provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada. Reel Asian will be showcasing special projects featuring prominent artists, content creators, up-and-coming filmmakers and will also include the “Reel Ideas” program for creative minds in the industry to connect online. Works presented at Reel Asian include films, videos, and other media artworks by Asian artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world.
Located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, the Design Exchange (DX) has served as a critical meeting point for commerce, design, technology, and innovation. Purpose-built in 1937 as the original Toronto Stock Exchange, DX now hosts various events, from meetings and fundraisers to conferences and galas, and some of the country’s most spectacular weddings and events.
Design Guru is a Toronto-based agency specialized in using design, open source software and social media to allow communities to communicate more easily and grow. We take a holistic approach to online placemaking - a process of planning for and building spaces which facilitate and encourage social interaction online. Our focus on contextualizing space online is oriented around the notion of 'community.' We design, develop and strategize for the conversion of 'space' to 'place;' where people become personally engaged with interfaces and each other through them. In the world's largest social space, it is important to be able to articulate using a variety of media with an understanding of cutting edge technologies, tools and platforms. The Design Guru approach entails a commitment to leveraging the flexible scalability of Open Source Software (like OpenX, Drupal, Wordpress and Joomla) using seamless practices for social network integration and streaming media. Additional to partner and client work, we are constantly incubating ideas of our own that improve web experiences; be they from the side of producer, consumer, conversationalist or observer. As well, we attempt to relate a larger impression of the evolving media industry through our designguru.tv video interview series and events.
Brooklyn,New York,United States
Founded in 1975, Project for Public Spaces has brought some of the most successful public spaces in the world to life. Public spaces are only able to fulfill their potential when the people who use them everyday take part in the process. That’s why we put constructive community participation at the heart of our work. We partner with corporate social responsibility initiatives and foundations to support projects of all scales and budgets—from planning or improving parks, plazas, and public markets to transforming entire districts. Through workshops, trainings, and conferences, we educate and equip people with the tools to lead in their own placemaking efforts worldwide. Our interdisciplinary team has worked on the ground with over 3,500 communities in 52 countries, creating places that serve as the foundation for our society’s health, resilience, and so much more. Together, we can build a world where every public space is community-powered. Learn more at www.pps.org.
Dotsavvy is Kenya’s first digital business agency that provides integrated digital business solutions to some of Africa’s biggest businesses and most loved brands. We are driven by the challenge of reconciling our clients user needs and business goals to achieve transformational digital business outcomes. We are more than a digital marketing agency, we are an agent for change for progressive businesses and brands that want to disrupt the status quo by using digital at the heart of their business strategies. Going forward, mobile is core to ALL digital engagements for businesses and consumers alike throughout the African continent. Social media has become the currency of conversations that can make or break brands. Converging digital platforms are leading to integrated ecosystems that are transforming business as we know it. Its a brand new and bold digital world out there and Dotsavvy is able to help you successfully navigate it. Fly with us, lets soar!
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