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July 27-29, 2012 • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Preconference Courses: July 26-27, 2012 • Professional Members’ Forum: July 30, 2012

Futurists: BetaLaunch 2012

The premier launch event for cutting-edge technology!

Photos from Futurists:BetaLaunch 2011

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Don't miss your chance to meet:

  • 11 Amazing future-focused startups with awesome inventions
  • 1,000 futurists from around the world
  • Venture capitalists and angel investors such as X-Prize board member Naveen Jain, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Netopia founder Reese Jones, among others.

What, Where, and When is the Event?

The second annual Futurists: BetaLaunch (F:BL) is a technology and innovation showcase. Engineers, designers, and other future-makers will present their inventions to the 1,000 futurists expected to gather for WorldFuture 2012, the Society’s annual conference. The winners receive a complimentary pass to the conference where a Best In Show will be chosen.

F:BL will be held the evening of Saturday, July 28th at 7:00 PM at Sheraton Centre Toronto’s Grand Centre ballroom, in conjunction with WorldFuture 2012: Dream. Design. Develop. Deliver, the annual conference of the World Future Society, at the Sheraton Centre, July 27-29, 2012.

This evening event is free to the public. Registration for the WorldFuture 2012 two-day conference can be purchased from the World Future Society at a discount rate, for a limited time.

Don't miss your chance to get up close and personal with the F:BL 2012 winners!

Senstore …is bringing Star Trek's medical tricorder to life with intuitive interaction and diagnosis.

Sensory Acumen …offers a new take on “smell-o-vision,” giving your gaming and entertainment experience that extra level of realism.

The Mission Business …creates immersive, cross-platform theater events to thrill audiences with educational entertainment about near-future technology.

Filabot” …helps bring 3-D printing home with its personal filament maker, which uses recyclable plastic to create filament.

ComposeTheFuture …is a free social network that allows futurists to predict, plan, and promote a better future.

OCAD University – Strategic Foresight & Innovation program …trains students to address complex, socially important issues through designing for creative social futures.

Life Technologies …offers affordable whole-human-genome sequencing in just hours instead of days or weeks.

Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D …has created the Cyberhero League, a social platform that will enable children to actively impact the welfare of people, animals, and the environment through everyday activities.

I3 BioDesigns …has developed a life-saving garment that treats jaundice in newborns and allows babies and parents to bond in those first few days of life.

B-TEMIA …gets people on their feet with wearable dermoskeletons.

Last year's event, co-produced with 1x57 and sponsored by Disruptathon, was a huge success, covered in the Vancouver Sun, BYTE, published by Information Week, CBC Canada, the Washington Post, and other news outlets around the world. Learn about it here.

The World Future Society

Founded in 1966 as a nonprofit educational and scientific organization in Washington, D.C., the World Future Society has members in more than 80 countries around the world. Individuals and groups from all nations are eligible to join the Society and participate in its programs and activities.

The Society holds a two-day, international conference once a year where participants discuss foresight techniques and global trends that are influencing the future. Previous conference attendees have included future U.S. President Gerald Ford (1974), Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy (1975), behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner (1984), age-wave expert Ken Dychtwald (2005), U.S. comptroller general David M. Walker (2006) and inventor Ray Kurzweil (2010). Others in attendance typically include business leaders, government officials, scientists, corporate planners, and forecasters from across the globe.