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Marc Saltzman

Technology Expert

Marc Saltzman is one of North America’s most recognizable and trusted technology experts, who specializes in consumer electronics, business technology, interactive entertainment and internet trends.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Aging in Place: How Tech Can Help Seniors Live Longer Independently
It goes by different names — “independent living,” “non-assisted living,” or the preferred “aging in place” – but these phrases mean the same thing: growing older without having to move to a healthcare environment. Nearly 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, says AARP. Today, high-tech monitoring systems and other gadgets are helping seniors age in place independently, while giving family members peace of mind in the process. What’s more, home-based tech tools are far less expensive than moving into an assisted living environment. In this keynote presentation, Marc Saltzman explores the myriad of options available to help our loved ones live longer on their own terms, and in their own home.

Home, Smart, Home: Bumping Up Your House’s IQ
While we don’t yet have Rosie the Robot from The Jetsons cleaning up our homes in 2017, we do have washing machines that will text us when the load is done, LED lights that will turn off when we leave the room, a smart thermostat that will know if someone is home or not, and a water sensor that will alert us to a leak in your basement. Whether it’s to save you money, automate your home, or give you greater control (even when you’re not at home), this presentation walks us through today’s smart homes – be it through Wi-Fi-enabled video cameras, Bluetooth door locks, voice-enabled smart home assistants, and even the latest in “pet tech.”

Tech tools to keep you on your game
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the ever-changing world of technology? You’re not alone. By translating “geek speak into street speak,” renowned tech expert Marc Saltzman will help you understand, and embrace, the top tech trends when it comes to remaining productive and competitive today – including the latest in mobile devices, free apps, the “cloud,” and more. Discovering how to get more done in less time, regardless of the industry you’re in, in this informal but informative and motivational talk.

EdTech and STEM: Be in the Tech-Know
We’re now well into the 21st century – and while the world has changed, why hasn’t our education system? Are you connecting with today’s youth? Are you embracing the tools they’ve grown reliant on to help engage with them? Are you helping to prepare them for a successful career? Renowned tech expert Marc Saltzman will help you wrap your head around today’s top tech trends among students – including mobile devices, wearables, apps, gaming, social media, and more – and where we’re going in the near future. This talk will also suggest a stronger in-classroom and extracurricular focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). 

Tech does retail
Technology is transforming virtually every industry, and retail is no exception. This visually engaging chat talks about the major shirt in offline and online shopping – and what retailers and brands need to know about how, when and where Canadians will consume their products and services going forward. Providing a lot of breadth over depth, Marc can discuss the intersection of technology and commerce – today and tomorrow – ranging from online/mobile shopping and peer-to-peer marketplaces to mobile payments and wearables to omni-channel retailing and apps to social media and iBeacons to augmented/virtual reality experiences and smart barcodes. In short: the physical and the virtual are colliding into a big bang the likes retailers have never seen. Are you ready?

  • Marc Saltzman is Canada's top consumer technology journalist, and within the top three on the continent in my opinion. Marc has participated in my workshops, at both the graduate student level as well as at high-end public relations industry conference. In all circumstances, he has proved knowledgeable, engaging, interesting, and handles difficult Q&A's with aplomb.

    - Mark LaVigne, APR
  • The highlight of our conference this year... He is well spoken and had our attendees riveted in their seats. I look forward to booking Marc for future presentations.

    - Founder & Co-Chair of the Landscape Designer Conference
  • Marc's ability to speak about complex technology (and technological issues) in plain and engaging terms made his recent visit to our school a valuable and informative one for 10-year old students and 50-year old teachers, alike.

    - Principal, Leo Baeck Day School
  • Marc was a pleasure to work with, and was eager to give us a customized presentation. He did a great job for us.

    - Google

Summary Profile

Marc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality. 

His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends and social media, small-to-midsized business tech, and interactive entertainment (including video games and virtual reality).

Along with his weekly syndicated column with Gannett and USAToday.com, Marc currently contributes to more than 40 prominent publications, including USA Today, AARP, Yahoo, Costco Connection (U.S. and Canada), MSN, Toronto Star, Metro, Media Planet, Rogers Connected, Common Sense Media, TELUS Talks Business, Homefront and Condo Elite.

Marc Saltzman was one of the first journalists in the world to break open the MP3 phenomenon in late 1997 on CNN.com. He correctly predicted this controversial audio file format would revolutionize the recording industry.

Marc has written 16 books. His latest is Apple Watch For Dummies (Wiley).

Marc also writes and hosts “Gear Guide,” a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters and its sister chains. It is seen by a “captive” 7 million people per month.

Marc is a request guest on CNN, CNN International, CNN Headline News, FOX, and CTV’s Canada AM. Marc has also made appearances on NBC’s “Today Show,” QVC’s Saturday Q” and the “CBS Early Show.”

Finally, Marc also hosts “Tech Talk with Marc Saltzman,” a daily radio segment and an hour-long program of the same name on Montreal’s CJAD 800 (Bell Media) and Toronto’s NewsTalk 1010 (Bell Media), plus a 1-hour show called Tech It Out on Winnipeg’s 680 CJOB (Corus).