Only a short 2-hour drive from Seattle, Washington will land you in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia – one of the fastest growing tech hubs in Canada! Vancouver is no doubt becoming a major centre, with Microsoft, SAP, Vision Critical and Sony Imageworks, to name a few, calling the city home. Successful homegrown companies like Hootsuite, Slack, BuildDirect and STEMCELL have also helped put BC on the map.
You may not know that our tech sector employs more than 100,000 people in burgeoning tech centres –from Victoria on Vancouver Island to Prince George in Northern BC and Kelowna and Kamloops east of Vancouver. The success of these tech centres is reflected in the industry’s rapid growth – BC’s tech sector is growing at a faster rate than the provincial economy!
Tech is everywhere™ – and the innovation from companies in all parts of BC is impacting the way we solve some of the world’s pressing challenges, the way we operate businesses in the global marketplace, and ultimately, the way we live our lives.
Join us in Vancouver, BC for the #BCTECH Summit
There are more than 9,900 tech companies in BC. The province’s success is fueled by world class R&D, strong innovation and a thriving talent pool. Coupled with a pro-business climate, diverse culture, strategic location on the West Coast and an enviable quality of life, it’s clear why so many great tech companies call BC home. Why not come see for yourself what’s happening just north of the border?
The Government of BC and the BC Innovation Council are excited to showcase BC’s vibrant tech sector at the annual #BCTECH Summit in Vancouver, BC. Microsoft returns as Title Sponsor for the second year, and on March 14 and 15, thousands of local and international delegates will be in attendance to discuss technology’s impact on the world around us and the ways tech innovation is transforming industries from forestry, mining, health, clean tech, digital media and so much more.
More than 200 speakers to discuss today’s important topics impacting business technology
Global thought-leaders JB Straubel, CTO and Co-founder of Tesla, Beth Smith, General Manager of Watson Technology, IBM, as well as Shahrzad Rafati, Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV are among the lineup of 200 anticipated speakers.
The #BCTECH Summit will answer important questions like:
How can we become a global smart city?
What’s the future in Mixed Realities?
How are we integrating creativity with research and innovation to improve patient care?
How is genomics changing the future of food?
How do we balance between AI vs human connection when it comes to customer experience?
How is cleantech providing sustainable solutions to manage energy, waste, water and more?
See our full list of speakers and full agenda here.
Access to capital, markets and talent
The #BCTECH Summit will facilitate meaningful connections between organizations to help accelerate their business by adopting tech innovation. Returning this year is the Investment Showcase, where 40 BC companies will have the opportunity to pitch to local and international investors. This is the only event in BC focused on series A and B funding. Investors interested in hearing from BC’s tech stars can join us on March 15th (register here). Additionally, the #BCTECH Summit’s B2B Meetings will connect tech buyers with a business challenge or need and BC tech solution providers. At last year’s event, 228 meetings were organized for 92 SMEs and 40 buyers. We anticipate even more opportunities for matching this year!
The #BCTECH Summit brings together tech entrepreneurs, anchor companies, business leaders from traditional industries, investors, government and academia to establish new connections and to exchange fresh ideas and innovation to drive business growth. This is an opportunity for companies to find new customers, partnerships and talent, whether it’s on the action-packed Marketplace floor or at Techfest by Techvibes, a recruitment event for talent.
Explore. Connect. Invest.
If you have ever thought about visiting Vancouver, BC, the #BCTECH Summit is your chance to see our beautiful city and the innovation and technology happening across our province. For more information about the #BCTECH Summit visit bctechsummit.ca. Tickets on sale now. On March 14 and 15 – come explore, connect, invest.