The Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict has a glit­tery tech play­ground

→ The Deloitte Green­house sets up big busi­nesses with problem-solv­ing toys, gad­gets and ro­bots

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The Deloitte Green­house might be the most fun you can have in the Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict. Housed in the firm’s of­fice at Yonge and Ade­laide, the space teems with high-tech gad­gets: drones, 3-D print­ers, a real-life Star Trek tri­corder, VR head­sets that let you tour the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, and an adorable AI cus­tomer-ser­vice ro­bot named Pep­per. The space looks like a Toys ‘R’ Us of the fu­ture, but it has weighty am­bi­tions: when C-suite types at Canada’s big­gest cor­po­ra­tions—in­clud­ing TD, the Toronto Blue Jays and In­fra­struc­ture On­tario—need to solve im­pos­si­ble business prob­lems, they pen up in­side the Green­house for vis­its that last any­where from a few hours to two days. Deloitte staff plan ses­sions tai­lored to the is­sue at hand, show­ing off tech and strate­gies that might help solve it—wear­ables that mea­sure vi­tals and track lo­ca­tion, for ex­am­ple, were a good fit for a min­ing com­pany con­cerned with work­ers’ safety. The end goal? To in­tro­duce game-chang­ing giz­mos, spur in­ven­tive ideas, and pair slow-mov­ing megafirms with nim­ble start-ups that can help them code, data-crunch and 3-D print their way out of any problem.

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