Conquering the Summit
The third annual Bctech Summit takes place from May 14 to 16. Use this handy guide to navigate the conference floor NOTABLE SPEAKERS: GREG CAWS, ALAN WINTER, TOPIC: MAY 15 ( ROOMS 211-214) TOPIC: NOTABLE SPEAKERS: NORMA BILN, IGOR FALETSKI, NOTABLE SPEAK
Returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre this month, the Bctech Summit has tripled in size since it launched in 2016. That means more speakers, some 6,000 attendees and about quadruple the number of high-school students passing through to learn about the 1,200plus technology companies and other organizations at booths and interactive displays throughout the concourse.
Besides giving ticket holders free access to Science World for two weeks, this year’s gathering includes a Funding Foyer where several provincial and federal funding programs, like the BC Innovation Council’s Ignite, the Build in Canada Innovation Program and Futurpreneur Canada, will be on the lookout for new ventures.
To help attendees make the best use of their time, the three-day event is broken up into streams. Here are a few worth considering. president, Premier's Technology Council; B.C. innovation commissioner
Includes “the Canadian digital technology supercluster” and “harnessing the power of data for innovation.” So, you know, pretty simple stuff.
BREAKTHROUGH IN THE DIGITAL AGE
NOTABLE SPEAKERS: SUZANNE GILDERT, co-founder and CEO, Sanctuary AI; JEFF WHITE, creative director, Vancouver, Industrial Light & Magic
TOPIC: What is a breakthrough in the digital age? Autonomous cars, sure, but also humanlike robots. Think Westworld, just without “all the horrible parts,” in the words of Sanctuary AI'S Gildert.
executive director, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs; TIPPING, president and CEO, BC Tech Association
Find out what it takes to achieve workplace diversity–and why you shouldn't be surprised to see more investment in womenled businesses. co-founder