BC Tech was thrilled to host a sold-out TechConnect event at our Hub on Thursday, October 18.
We reimagined our TechBrew networking events to bring you more demos, quick pitches, and connections, as well as to ensure the focus is on people (not just beer!). Sponsored by Harper Grey LLP, TechConnect is the place for the tech community to gather and cultivate meaningful relationships while staying current on the industry here in BC.
Ultimately, the name change to TechConnect sums up the spirit of the changes the team made: additional emphasis on assembling the tech community to forge relationships, do business, and grow together.
The evening kicked off with a BC Tech welcome and lightning pitches from featured companies: 2018 TIA Spirit of BC Tech award winner Ayogo, Wiiv, Riipen, Victory Square Technologies, Technical Safety BC, and WealthBar. As always, these innovative companies were available all evening to network amongst TechConnect guests and provided tabletop demos for those that were interested.
Networking mode was the name of the game throughout the night, and attendees were happy about the connections they made at the event. Here’s what a few had to say about their experience:
“This was Riipen’s first TechConnect and we had the chance to meet some of BC Tech’s movers and shakers. As someone who recently moved to Vancouver, I’m happy to see the fire and drive from the tech community here,” said Jan Natividad, Sales and Marketing Operations Specialist at Riipen.
“The event was great, I’ve arranged three meetings since with people I met there. Our booth was busy the whole night, and I actually lost my voice a bit before I went on stage due to how many people we were talking to. The room was packed and had an energetic atmosphere, and the food was fantastic as well,” said Liam Guy, Senior Industry Sales Manager at Riipen.
“Meeting with the Riipen team was fabulous: being a smaller business, utilizing the skills and fresh ideas of students and interns is a fantastic way to get projects going that we would otherwise put on the backburner,” said Kirsty Graham, Creative Services Manager at 10Net.
TechConnect also attracted Vancouver Mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart, who dropped by to speak with tech workers and leaders and put his finger on the pulse of the business.
The BC Tech team has a lot in store for the future of TechConnect, so expect this updated & improved version of the series to feature more innovative companies, delicious food, demos, and of course, the opportunity to make more connections with fantastic members of the tech community.