Last week four of our Young Reporters attended the hugely successful virtual Collision from Home conference! With hundreds of talks and speakers presenting at Collision, our Young Reporters had access to an immense amount of information, opportunities to connect with professionals in various fields, attend Q&A sessions and even interview individuals doing amazing work in the fields of education and climate change.
A 3-day conference based in Toronto, Collision from Home was a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our Young Reporters to coordinate and work together across three time zones – British Columbia, Scotland, Malta and Denmark – in order to cover their first virtual conference as Young Reporters. It was incredible learning experience both in terms of the information of the talks, as well as the logistics of an online conference. Below, some of our Young Reporters’ favorite parts of the conference…
“My favourite thing about Collision was the goldmine of information available at the click of a mouse. This high-level conference not only presented talks about technology, the future, current issues and those to come, but was also an amazing network of like-minded people, all ready to interact, all ready to 'Mingle'! The only pity was that it was over the span of just three days- it deserved a lot more.” Martina Mifsud, YRE Malta
“My favourite moment was a talk by Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. She is a brilliant woman who speaks so eloquently on climate change. It was particularly inspiring to hear her talk about the potential for a better world coming out of COVID-19, and what we need to do to ensure we continue working towards climate justice.” Allison Gacad, YRE Canada
“Having such an important event with top speakers was a good opportunity to actually hear from those big companies like H&M or Google about their projects, and ask them direct questions because it is also those companies that we need to make a change. Floriane Marié, YRE International
Personally, the best part of Collision from Home was the amazing opportunity to speak with Topher White from Rainforest Connection. Rainforest Connection is a super cool organization that is working to save our planet’s rainforests using old cellphones and it was awesome being able to interview Topher White about how he’s used technology to combat deforestation and climate change.” Reeza Hanselmann, YRE International
Overall, the conference was fantastic experience for the YRE team, so thank you to our Young Reporters for their active participation and high involvement in all the sessions and to the Collision from Home team that helped organize and facilitate this amazing opportunity!