The first BC Tech Summit is just around the corner. This two day event will take place in Vancouver on January 18th and 19th and will showcase the growing BC tech industry. Hosted by the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC), in collaboration with the BC Government, the conference brings together business and tech leaders to discuss the role of tech and the impact it is having on BC’s economy.
The event features keynote speakers like Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, Ray Kurzweil, author, inventor, and futurist, and Elyse Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in multiple industry-specific breakout sessions spread across the two days as well.
Technology continues to become a more important part of the provincial economy every year and businesses from every domain are beginning to see the possibilities for innovation that the tech sector provides. With the impact of tech growing steadily in BC, so do the opportunities for everyone.
The Alacrity team and representatives from companies that are part of the Alacrity program will be attending this year’s summit. Over the last 6 years, Alacrity has been actively working with developing companies in Victoria and Vancouver. During this period, our firms have created significant new employment and attracted millions in new investment dollars to the province. The BC Tech Summit offers us, and our firms, a unique opportunity to meet with other BC-based firms and organizations to discuss our constantly changing marketplace and environment.
About the 2016 Summit
The tech sector has become a multi-billion dollar industry in British Columbia in recent years. In 2013, 6.5% of BC’s overall economic output came from high tech, according to BC Stats. A 2014 tech report card, published by KPMG in cooperation with BCTIA, noted that the BC tech industry employed upwards of 84,000 people in 2012. Tech employment numbers outperformed resource-based industries in 2009 and 2012. Earning 66% more than the average BC salary, tech employees made an average of $75,000 in 2012.
Entrepreneurs, investors, industry buyers, researchers, students, and government officials are set to come together at the summit to learn more about key topics impacting today’s business technology decisions. Fresh ideas, insights into innovation, new business models, and emerging best practices will help attendees discover how technology can provide a competitive advantage in every sector of the economy. The event is meant to connect all levels of tech, from purely tech-focused companies and services to those looking to contribute innovative tech solutions to more traditional industries such as mining, oil and gas, or forestry.
The conference promises to offer a comprehensive look at the evolving tech industry from all sides. A technology showcase, featuring the latest tech innovations made in BC, will highlight emerging and established local technologies. The event also includes a trade show that will give companies and researchers the chance to present products and services to potential customers. A career showcase and coding camp will help high-school students and recent grads explore employment opportunities in tech and learn more about the demands of the industry. Business-to-business meetings will also be hosted, connecting companies with potential customers and partners. Lastly, venture capital presentations will help companies looking for funding find potential investors through a dedicated presentation showcase.
The BC Tech Summit should be an inspirational and motivational way to start 2016! We look forward to meeting many new and exciting participants in the industry during the event!