As mentioned earlier in our blog, Kurt Juson, Director of Sales, attended the first-ever #BCTech Summit which was held at the Vancouver Convention Center West, January 18-19.
I debriefed with Kurt and found that he will definitely be attending the Summit in future years and would recommend the conference for anyone -- regardless of their industry. Technology touches almost all aspects of our lives now, and is truly relevant to everyone.
VENTURE CAPITAL IN THE HOUSE
The most surprising part of the Summit was the number of universities and researchers that were connected with capital and resources -- 180 venture capital investors attended from all over the world with an estimated venture capital value of over 500 billion dollars!
The ability to coordinate these working relationships and networking opportunities pushes BC towards being a leader in bleeding edge technology, and brings international investors to our province, which helps the growth our economy.
THE RESTLESS GENIUS
The biggest takeaway he had was how cutting-edge BC is when it comes to technology -- and not just basic everyday technology -- but medical imaging equipment, mining, and incredible advancement in many other industries.
Kurt was extremely impressed with keynote speaker Ray Kurzweil, an American author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist. Kurzweil has been described as a "restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. His latest predictions are that technological advances will irreversibly transform people as their minds and bodies will become one as advancements progress with genetics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.
#BCTECH SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS
Some of the highlights of the #BCTech Summit include holograms, 3D printing, electric cars, tree planting robots, a 4D Portal exhibit, demos by startups, and a coding camp. Among the demos there was a great lineup of keynote speakers including Elyse Allan, the President and CEO of GE Canada, Andrew Wilson, the CEO of Electronic Arts and T.K. Rengarajan, Corporate Vice President, Technology & Research of Microsoft.
I have a feeling this will become an annual draw for Vancouver -- it was sold out this year!