#BCTECH Summit Highlights Innovation and Collaboration across B.C.’s Technology Ecosystem

#BCTECH Summit Highlights Innovation and Collaboration across B.C.’s Technology Ecosystem

April 3, 2017 Posted by Amrinder Sandhar

The diversity and expertise across British Columbia’s technology sector was on full display during the #BCTECH Summit last month with companies and organizations showcasing innovative products and platforms.

In its second year, the #BCTECH Summit brought together over 5,000 business and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and students to exchange ideas and explore the latest tech innovations fuelling B.C.’s economy.

The event had dozens of thought-provoking sessions featuring international technology leaders from Tesla and Microsoft while also showcasing speakers from homegrown firms like BroadbandTV and Mojio. The tradeshow floor was a hub of activity with B.C. companies promoting new technologies and products aimed at improving the lives of people around the world.

The summit also further solidified British Columbia’s position as an emerging Virtual and Artificial Reality (VR & AR) hub, with companies like Archiact, Llama Zoo and Finger Food Studios showcasing how the VR industry can build practical tools to enhance education, health care and other sectors.
Other highlights from the 2017 summit included:

- More than 3,000 delegates from throughout the province and right across the globe.
300 B.C. companies, organizations and post-secondary institutions wowed attendees with unique innovations and research – such as virtual and augmented reality, robots, exoskeletons and robots in the Marketplace and Showcase areas.
- More than 1,500 secondary and post-secondary students, along with teachers and chaperones, explored exciting career paths related to technology during Youth Innovation Day.
- Forty of B.C.’s brightest tech stars pitched to more than 200 elite, national and international investors during the Investment Showcase.
- Over 250 business-to-business (B2B) meetings connected 145 B.C. tech firms with 41 potential technology buyers and scouts from the private and public sectors.

With multiple technology clusters in cities such as Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Prince George and Kelowna, British Columbia is a magnet for major global companies and fast growing start- ups. These firms are drawn to the diverse and cost-effective tech talent found here.  Coupled with a highly developed research infrastructure, low business costs, a supportive government and close ties to both the United States and Asia, British Columbia is an optimal choice for technology investment.

For more information on opportunities in British Columbia’s diverse technology sector contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives.
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