Innovate BC and the B.C. government announced Eric O’Neill and Tan Le as keynote speakers for the 4thannual #BCTECHSummit, March 11-13, 2019 in Vancouver.
This year’s theme of the Reality Revolution invites speakers and delegates to explore and discover how we can use emerging technologies — from AI to robotics, quantum to cleantech, blockchain to AR/VR — to solve the biggest challenges facing B.C. and the world.
Eric O’Neill is an attorney, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, cybersecurity expert, and was the inspiration for the film, Breach. In 2001, Eric helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. O’Neill is at the forefront of cybersecurity and will share insights into how people and organizations can take advantage of an era of big data and innovation while protecting themselves from the security vulnerabilities of a digitally, interconnected world.
Tan Le is an entrepreneur, inventor and CEO of Emotiv, a cutting-edge brain research company. Le has created technology that enabled a quadriplegic man to drive a Formula One car, using only his brain waves. For her achievements, Le has been recognized by Fast Company, Forbes and the World Economic Forum. Le will share her unique story, from refugee to tech and innovation leader, and she will demonstrate how advances in technology can fundamentally improve people’s lives here in B.C. and around the world.
“The #BCTECHSummit is an extraordinary event that will showcase the best of technology and innovation in our province and around the world,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “This year’s summit will show why B.C. is such an exciting place for cutting-edge tech and will give participants a unique opportunity to connect with innovators, thought-leaders and companies that are developing emerging technology here in B.C. and at a global level.”
Additional speakers will include John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, Shirley Vickers, President & CEO of Innovate BC, and Dr. Alan Winter, B.C.’s Innovation Commissioner.