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Living the Meet the Future Experience


Jérémy Webb, a graduating student in the Bachelor of Automated Manufacturing Engineering program at ÉTS, shares his experience as a member of the Meet the Future 2018 squad.

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Jeremy Webb is graduating in Automated Manufacturing Engineering. He was an ÉTS ambassador for over 2 years and also started a pharmaceutical robotics business at Centech.

Factry’s Meet the Future 2018 event

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Factry’s Meet the Future Event

Last May, I had the good fortune to be invited to attend the Meet the Future event at C2 Montréal.

The organization selected 35 people between the ages of 18 and 35 to form a squad. They were to give their opinion on the guest entrepreneurs’ innovative ideas: a great opportunity to voice their opinion! To be selected for the squad, candidates had to produce a brief video description of themselves, explaining why they felt they deserved to be chosen. The primary purpose of this group was not to participate in all the activities offered on site, but rather to meet as many entrepreneurs as possible and to represent the point of view of this new generation.

Jeremy Webb with Mexican entrepreneurs at the Meet the Future event (Attention: coquille en français à “Future”)

The author, with head of the Mexican delegation Fatima Montiel, and two Mexican entrepreneurs

This experience began with a training session designed to prepare us for the madness of the next three days. We started with icebreaker activities followed by several simulations of the kinds of discussions that were awaiting us. A group of French entrepreneurs even came to meet us to help us with our preparation.

VIP lounges at Meet the Future

Outdoor area of the event and various company VIP Lounges

Snoop Dog’s address under the marquee

The three days of the event can be summarized by a mad rush to meet as many people as possible while enjoying the sensory and creative experiences of the site.

One of my favourite activities was the “braindate”: a meeting with a randomly designated person to discuss a subject of interest to us. Through this activity, I was able to talk to people I would never have dreamed of meeting, like employees of Kinova, Ford, Uber, and many others. Meet the Future really helped me develop my professional network and improve my spontaneous communication skills.

Among the activities presented on site, the most impressive were under the big 360 tent where many conferences were held, given by everyone from Sid Lee to Snoop Dog. In addition, several interactive laboratories located throughout the site hosted various activities ranging from baking cookies to stimulating our five senses. This event is distinguished by its sheer scope and the originality of its attractions. Everything had been planned for a long time and every turn led to a new discovery.

 

 

 

 

Restaurant at the Meet the Future event

The 360 degree restaurant turned non-stop

 

The most striking experience was meeting with the representative of Mexican entrepreneurs, who introduced me to several of them. I had the pleasure of ending the evening in a nice restaurant with more than twenty people from abroad. In a nutshell, this event was an unforgettable experience.

Jeremy Webb at a dinner closing the Meet the Future event

An improvised dinner with several entrepreneurs from around the world

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Jeremy Webb is graduating in Automated Manufacturing Engineering. He was an ÉTS ambassador for over 2 years and also started a pharmaceutical robotics business at Centech.

Program : Automated Manufacturing Engineering 

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