KAST, MIDAS and Kootenay House at #BCTECH Summit 2019: The Reality Revolution.
It’s been one heckuva day for KAST and the rest of our Kootenay contingent for this, day one of #BCTECH Summit.
The day began with a media scrum featuring a brief press grilling of Premier John Horgan directly in front of Kootenay House and the MIDAS ‘M’!
New to the Summit for 2019, are six distinct regional “houses”, each housed beneath a metal geodesic dome featuring success stories in their respective regional tech and innovation narratives. In addition to Kootenay House, the houses include Indigenous / Stélmexw (all of B.C.), Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast, Thompson Okanagan, Northeast – Cariboo, and North Coast – Nechako.
A terrific addition showcasing technology and innovation throughout the province, the regional distinctions are a fun and informative way to see and celebrate how the sector is blossoming beyond the Lower Mainland and even our neck of the woods.
The Premier subsequently made the rounds of the summit, specifically visits to each of the regional houses, before stopping by to visit Kootenay House and chat with KAST Executive Director, Cam Whitehead, who presented Mr. Horgan with some great Koots swag.
The premier took time to visit with occupants and entrepreneurs of Kootenay House, Rossland based ThoughtExchange; Cronometer from Revelstoke; Pixel Cents out of Nelson; Kodiak Measurement Services and Selkirk College from Nelson and Castlegar, respectively; and the new Columbia Lake Technology Center from Canal Flats.
Throughout the day, Everyone took in the various summits, keynotes, workshops, masterclasses, and networking while also spending time in the Marketplace, a space loaded with tech and innovation resources, and information an inspiration.
After a great day of networking and hosting visitors to Kootenay House and the MIDAS ‘M’, not to mention connecting local entrepreneurs and startups to one another as well as the variety of valuable resources that will assist them on their entrepreneurial journeys, KAST hosted arguably one of the best “eat and greets” of the Summit.
It was a huge turnout and the perfect opportunity for our regional entrepreneurs, tech workers, and business people to connect with one another but other likeminded individuals and businesspeople from around the province and beyond.
We want to give HUGE thanks to the incredible event sponsors, without whom this outstanding event couldn’t have been possible: Imagine Kootenay, BC Craft Co., Fernie Alpine Resort, Isosceles, Selkirk College, Pixel Cents Software, Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, Retallack, Big Magic Design, and Whitewater Ski Resort.