Inspiring talks

Inspiration from the world's top innovators

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.

C2 Lab

Experimental brainstorming

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.

Masterclasses

Digging deeper Turning words into action

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.

Hands-on workshops

Getting your hands dirty

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.

Curated one-on-ones

Meeting the right people

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. Online and offline connection mechanisms help participants find their match and plan ‘braindates’, as baptized by peer-learning pioneers E-180.

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.

Startup pitches

Discovering – or becoming – the next big thing

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.

A whole village to discover

Going down the rabbit hole

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.

Artistic performances

Expecting the unexpected

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.

Montréal-style festivities

Celebrating our successes and failures

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.

Art & technology exhibits

Exploring the intersection of art and business

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.

Born & raised in Montréal

Blending influences and ideas

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.

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