Join us at AWE Nite TO on January 24 for our first AR event of 2019 hosted at StartWell.

We are really excited to be kicking off the new year with a bang with a presentation and demo from North, makers of Focals smart glasses. Focals are one of the most anticipated AR products of the year and this is a unique opportunity to hear from the team and go hands-on with the product.

This event will also feature a presentation and demo from The MRsive Project. Pizza and beer will be served courtesy of Super Ventures!

A huge thank you to StartWell, IDEABOOST, Super Ventures,, Impossible Things, and Xesto for making this event possible.

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  • 6:00-7:00PM: Doors Open, Networking
  • 7:00-7:15PM: Welcome and Opening Remarks – AWE Nite TO Team
  • 7:15-7:45PM: Presentation and demo of Focals by North presented by Sam Legge – Product Manager, Consumer Experiences Lead
  • 7:45-8:00PM: Presentation and demo of The MRsive Project presented by Jad Rabbaa
  • 8:00-9:00PM: Networking including demos of Focals by North and The MRsive Project

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About our Presenting Companies

North, formerly Thalmic Labs, builds products that change the way see and engage with our world. North’s latest product, Focals, are custom-built glasses with a display only the wearer can see. Focals let you see texts, get turn-by-turn directions, check the weather, request an Uber, talk to Amazon Alexa and more — seamlessly and immediately. Founded in 2012 by three graduates of the University of Waterloo's mechatronics engineering program, Stephen Lake, Matthew Bailey, Aaron Grant, North has grown to a world-leading team of engineers, researchers, designers and creators. North has raised over $135M USD to date from investors including the Amazon Alexa Fund, Intel Capital and more. Learn more at

MRsive Project – The AGO Immersive Tour – is an MR/AR activated solution for indoor wayfinding within complex architectural spaces such as museums, airports, hospitals etc. The MRsive project is part of Jad Rabbaa's thesis and research, currently in the development and user-testing stage being conducted at the Art Gallery of Ontario – AGO. The MRsive project not only explores how might Augmented Reality make wayfinding experience at the AGO more intuitive but also implements different AR multisensory interactions to engage visitors with the different artifacts in the space. Learn more at

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About our Sponsors

StartWell's Club on King Street West is a happier place to do the work that you love. As a special offering to friends of AWE Nite TO we are extending a warm invitation to join our club using the special registration link below to get 24hr access to our main campus for just $99/mo! Sign up:

IDEABOOST is a Toronto-based business accelerator and startup community for companies that are building the next generation of technology-based media and entertainment products, services, and brands. Learn more

AWE is the world’s #1 XR event series including conference and expo dates in the USA, Europe, Asia and Israel and meetup chapters worldwide. Learn more

Super Ventures: An early stage fund for Augmented Reality. Learn more

Impossible Things: works at the convergence of mobile communications, machine learning, computer vision, game mechanics, advanced animation and drop-dead-gorgeous design to make new experiences real. Learn more

MRSV is a new tech Business Incubator and curator of new software and content focused in the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Marketplace. Learn more

Xesto provides developers a machine-learning cloud based device agnostic gesture platform to recognize and record the gestures they want in their applications. Learn more

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