Mersivity-2023 Symposium: Uniting Visionaries for a Sustainable Technology Society

Mersivity-2023 Symposium: Uniting Visionaries for a Sustainable Technology Society


Toronto, ON – December 2023 – Mersivity-2023, an interdisciplinary symposium, is set to captivate audiences on Thursday, December 14th, at an innovative venue known for fostering collaboration and forward-thinking discussions.

In the words of University of Toronto President, Meric Gertler, "The ideas raised in this symposium remind us of the vital importance of harnessing technology in the service of people and planet."

Keynote Panel Unveils Technological Frontiers:
The symposium kicks off with a powerhouse keynote panel featuring Tom Furness, hailed as the "Grandfather of Virtual Reality," Avi Bar-Zeev, co-inventor of Microsoft Hololens and Apple Vision Pro, and Steve Mann, renowned as "The Father of Wearable Technology."

A.I. for Sustainable Society:
Mei Lin Fung, Founder of the People-Centered Internet, together with Vint Cerf, presents "A.I. for Sustainable Society." This session explores the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, sustainability, and society, setting the stage for profound discussions.

A.I. for Activism:

Reid Godshaw, Grammy Awards photographer, and AI activist, will give a tutorial on "Chat GPT and DALL·E 3: How to Create Generative A.I. Imagery for Sustainable Activism".

Anita Krajnc, founder of Plant Based Treaty", will give a talk: "Plant Based Treaty's Safe and Just report provides framework for planet in peril" (presented at 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference)

Prizes Galore for Excellence:
In a groundbreaking development, Mersivity 2023 introduces prestigious prizes for outstanding contributions. Categories include Best Talk, Demo, or Presentation, Best Solution to the Mochoid Problem, and Best Artwork conveying the six interconnects between Sustainability, Technology, and Society, as outlined in the Mersivity Manifesto (

Generously sponsored by Vuzix Corporation, winners will receive Vuzix SmartSwim underwater augmented reality eyeglasses. Thexyz also joins the celebration by offering a year of free email hosting for up to 10 mailboxes, featuring open-source solutions OX App Suite or SOGo.

Unmissable Performances:
Experience the extraordinary hydraulophone (underwater pipe organ) performance by Ryan Janzen, founder of Transpod. His talk on "Transportation for Sustainable Society" promises to be an enlightening exploration of future-forward transportation solutions.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, December 14th 12pm - 8pm
Venue: Mersivity Venue, University of Toronto
MC = Mechanical Engineering Building #022, 5 King's College Road Toronto, ON M5S 3G8

Mersivity 2023 is an unparalleled gathering of visionaries, sparking conversations at the intersection of Sustainability, Technology, and Society. Join us for a day of innovation, inspiration, and transformative discussions.

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Mersivity is a platform for exploring the convergence of Sustainability, Technology, and Society. Through symposiums and events, Mersivity aims to foster collaboration and innovation for a more sustainable and interconnected future.


The University of Toronto has been named the most sustainable university in the world by the QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2024, which evaluates post-secondary institutions for their environmental impact, social impact and governance.


Formed in 2021 as a global campaign, the Plant Based Treaty's tenets are to relinquish, redirect, and restore the global food system. The treaty aims to stop the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture. Endorsed by dozens of cities so far, including Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and Los Angeles, the treaty has attracted support from 120K individual endorsers, 5 Nobel laureates, IPCC scientists, and more than 3K groups and businesses.


As the world's largest technical professional organization, IEEE offers a number of ways to get involved with technical and local communities. These communities are active participants in research and authorship, conferences, and important conversations about today's most relevant technical topics locally and globally.

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