Extraordinary Future Conference 2019: Notes from the Floor

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Did you miss the Extraordinary Future Conference? The Investing News Network was there on the floor. Here’s what happened.

The two day Extraordinary Future Conference has officially wrapped up at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Investing News Network (INN) team was there covering both days of the show, which was packed with a variety of panel discussions and company presentations. Over the course of the event, the team conducted a variety of interviews with experts in the tech industry.

If you missed either day of the show, don’t worry⁠ — here’s everything you need to know about the event.

Extraordinary Future Conference: Day 1

Sunday (September 22), the first day of the show, was robust with panels and presentations from people and companies involved in cleantech, esports, cannabis and emerging technologies.

Registration started at 8:00 a.m., an hour before the official show began.

The show kicked off with an introduction to the conference from Cambridge House CEO Jay Martin. Cambridge House is the organization behind the Extraordinary Future Conference.

From there, Shaun Frankson, co-founder and CTO for Plastic Bank, held a panel discussion called “Turning the Ocean’s Plastic into Currency and Eliminating Poverty.”

Plastic Bank takes plastic waste and turns it into currency. Founded in 2013, the company has partnered with IBM (NYSE:IBM), using blockchain token rewards to tackle ocean plastics.

From there, DeepGreen Metals held a company presentation on low-impact metal mining and recycling and what organizations can do to contribute to a sustainable future.

Perhaps one of the most well-attended panel discussions of the day was hosted by Ben Greenfield. It was called “Biohacking and Advanced Anti-Aging Tactics.”

The discussion touched on a range of topics, including anti-aging, DNA testing and sleep tracking.

INN conducted video interviews throughout the day, including one with Ryan Irvine, founder of Keystone Financial. In the interview, Irvine discussed his top tech picks. Stay tuned for our interview with Irvine in the coming days.

Other highlights of the first day of the show included a presentation from First Responder Technologies.

In a separate presentation, WELL Health Technologies (TSXV:WELL), a Vancouver-based medical technology company, said it has an analyst price target of C$2, above its current price of C$1.64.

Dr. Essam Hamza, CEO of Premier Health Group (CSE:PHGI), hosted a panel discussion on the future of health technologies and what to watch for in the sector.

Esports are perhaps one of the hottest markets within the technology sector right now, and Sunday afternoon brought a panel discussion called “Are You Buying Esports Stocks Right Now?”

With panelists including Julia Becker, head of investor relations and marketing at Enthusiast Gaming (TSXV:EGLX,OTCQB:EGHIF), and Chris Parry, founder of Equity Guru, the discussion circulated around the thriving esports market.

“We’re seeing huge prize pools coming out of esports,” Becker said on the the industry’s rapid growth. “(At least) 400 million (people) will tune in and watch these competitive games.”

Extraordinary Future Conference: Day 2

The early part of Monday (September 23) focused heavily on one-on-one meetings, where investors had the opportunity to schedule exclusive private conversations with exhibiting companies.

By the afternoon, panel discussions and company presentations had resumed. The afternoon kicked off with another discussion hosted by Parry, a workshop focused on esports and called, “Where Every Esports Deal Goes Wrong, and What Comes Next.”

INN spoke with First Responder Technologies CEO Robert Delamar in an interview.

The INN team also spoke with Guy Halford-Thompson, CEO of Pepper Esports, a company that plans to launch in the public market in the early part of 2020.

Watch for the full video interviews on our YouTube channel following the show, along with other interviews conducted by the team.

A panel discussion dedicated solely to psychedelics was also held. Moderated by Robert Laurie, lawyer and chairman of the advisory board to Liberty Leaf Holdings (CSE:LIB,OTCQB:LIBBF), Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., spoke about the regulatory struggles, medical applications and the path towards commercialization for psychedelics.

While this year’s Extraordinary Future Conference has concluded for another year, stay tuned for our additional coverage of the show in the coming days.

Don’t forget to follow us @INN_Technology for real-time news updates!

Securities Disclosure: I, Jocelyn Aspa, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Editorial Disclosure: First Responder Technologies is a client of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

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