BCTIA goes to the #BCTECH Summit!

Author: BC Tech Association

On January 18th & 19th, over 2,600 people came together to celebrate our province’s vibrant tech industry during the inaugural #BCTECH Summit.

It was an action-packed two days, featuring a Technology Showcase, Career Expo, and a Trade Show that included a BCTIA pavilion featuring Aequilibrium, Axine Water Technologies, Finger Food Studios (IoT Design Shop), Global Relay, Motion Metrics, Tasktop Technologies, Traction on Demand, Trulioo, TSO Logic, Rigid Robotics, and UrtheCast. The BCTIA team was in attendance, including President & CEO, Bill Tam, who moderated a panel discussing “Why BC?”.

When asked for highlights from #BCTECH Summit, here’s what our team had to say:

  • “It was so cool to see how the Summit brought together people from all ages and backgrounds who share a common passion for technology, from programmers to entrepreneurs to big-company CEOs to students just starting their tech journey.” – Camila Louzada, Manager, Talent Programs
  • “It was great learning from Ray Kurzweil and his amazing work as a futurist and general knower-of-all-things technology” – Nick Sartore, Community Outreach Specialist
  • “I like the Startup Alley because I got to learn about some really cool projects that the smaller companies have been working on.” – Kimberly Wong, Programs Specialist
  • “The Summit was a good balance of government, industry and professional services leaders and thought leaders discussing how to work together to future proof and catapult #BCTECH and the economy.” – Raseel Sehmi, Policy & Strategic Initiatives
  • “We had fun moderating the ‘Tech is Everywhere’ panel, where we gave an overview of a career in technology to over 500 high school students. Some fun facts included: ‘the average tech job pays $75,000/year, which is 60% higher than the BC average’ and ‘tech has created over 23,000 jobs in 10 years and is trending to hit 103,000 by 2022!'” – Allison Hicks, Manager, Talent Development & Human Resources
  • “It was fun seeing everyone in the tech community congregate under one roof. It was also great to listen to tech leaders from Kiip, Mobify, Global Relay, and McKesson share wise words on how to build a solid talent pool for a growing company.” – Kim Nguyen-Don, Communications Specialist

Overall, the #BCTECH Summit was an excellent way to bring the tech community together and showcase some innovative BC-made technology. It reinforced that the tech ecosystem in BC is incredibly strong and growing quickly. We look forward to working alongside the BC Government and our industry partners to the tech ecosystem in our province continue to grow for years to come.

For more information, visit http://bctechsummit.ca