We find inspiration in the stories of those who have managed to flip an issue on its head and achieve positive change. Each year, based on an overarching theme, C2 curates these stories and invites innovators across fields and sectors to share them with us, in a multimedia stage environment designed to yield collective ‘ah-ha’ moments.
Where do you get your best ideas? At the office, in the shower, or suspended in a net 18 feet above ground? Each year, the C2 Lab devises new atypical brainstorming environments designed to propel participants out of their usual frame of reference.
Inspiration is only the first step towards getting things done. After their talk, speakers step off the stage and into masterclasses, where they work with small interdisciplinary groups of participants to dig deeper into the content, try out new methodologies, and turn ideas into solutions.
C2 brings together talented creatives, young entrepreneurs, and high-level executives across industries, disciplines and countries. A broad variety of workshops encourage the collision of ideas and approaches. Together, participants examine case studies, experience new processes, and prototype creative solutions to real business problems.
Each year, C2 Montréal gathers 5,000 of the most innovative people from around the world. When you’re in such good company, you could potentially learn more from the person sitting right next to you than from the person on stage. Peer-to-peer learning pioneers e180 created Braindates to facilitate meaningful connections between up to four participants in the Braindate Lounge.
Every element of the event is also designed to maximize meaningful connection opportunities that appeal to all participants – from terrified introverts to avid hand-shakers.
By creating an even playing field for both incumbents and up-and-comers, C2 provides a glimpse at cutting-edge technology and business models, while encouraging the growth of emerging leaders.
At its core, C2 engineers spaces for creative answers to emerge. Every year, the setting for C2 Montréal is reinvented to serve as the perfect playground for decision makers and creative minds to take a step back and challenge their assumptions. We design the C2 Montréal village as a space where curiosity is the norm, where risk is encouraged, where being bold is celebrated, and where anything can happen.
C2 is a platform for unusual collaborations, a place of contrasts and hybridation. Live performances – some announced, some not – punctuate the event, sparking conversations and leaving participants wondering what will come next.
Participants are invited to connect on a whole other level through a series of spectacle-filled evenings showcasing leading international and promising local artists and performers. C2 festivities have involved artistic partners including the world-renowned talents of Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory, Centre Phi, Circo de Bakuza, James Murphy, Cirque Éloize, Win Butler of Arcade Fire, and Moby.
To demonstrate the creative links between industry, technology and culture, C2 carefully curates the work of some of the most cutting edge innovators and tech projects from around the world.
C2 was created in Montréal, and that is no coincidence. Montréal mixes cultures and languages, bridges America and Europe, flirts with the old and the new. Much like this natural hub for creativity and innovation, C2 is a blend of influences, a cross between disciplines, a hybrid creature that pulls together divergent trends to turn them into exciting opportunities.