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The #BCTECHSummit Mobile App

BCTECH Summit 2019 Mobile App

The #BCTECHSummit mobile app is here! You already know about all the speakers, sessions, and sponsors that you’ll see at the event, so now it’s time for you to start making connections and creating your schedule.

Conveniently access everything you need to know about #BCTECH Summit 2019. Enhance your event experience by using the app to view the entire program, connect with other attendees and more — right at your fingertips!

Within the #BCTECHSummit mobile app and event community, you can: 
  • Network with fellow attendees before the event
  • Personalize your agenda and add sessions to your device calendar
  • Engage with speakers, sponsors and exhibitors

Available wherever you get your apps

All Keynote Speakers #BCTECH Summit 2019

Keynote Speakers at 2019 #BCTECHSummit

All Keynote Speakers #BCTECH Summit 2019

This year’s keynote speakers are thought-leaders that represent world-class brands in every industry. This is your opportunity to access their knowledge, experience, and influence.

The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. KAST is excited to partner with the #BCTECHSummit to explore emerging technologies and ways to solve new challenges today’s world faces. Join us!

Basin-based businesses: the deadline to APPLY FOR UP TO $1,000 to offset expenses from the Columbia Basin Trust is MIDNIGHT on FEBRUARY 4, 2019.

The #BCTECHSummit takes B.C.’s innovation economy and elevates it to a global scale by bringing together business leaders and technology experts all across B.C. and around the world to exchange ideas, insights, and opportunities.

Here is but a brief sampling  (as per image above) of the talented and accomplished individuals what is an incredible lineup:

Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation & Creativity, Walt Disney

Having worked for the Walt Disney Company for some 25 years, Duncan Wardle now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies around the globe embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their organizations, delivering a series of keynotes, training workshops, and leading innovation projects. His unique Design Thinking process helps people capture unlikely connections, leading to both fresh thinking and revolutionary ideas. Most recently Duncan was Head of Innovation and Creativity for the Walt Disney Company, where he helped support franchises such as Lucas Films, Pixar, Marvel, Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks, and ESPN. Working as an innovation catalyst and cultural change agent, he helped each line of business increase their capacity to innovate at scale.

Anousheh Ansari, CEO, XPRIZE Foundation

Anousheh Ansari is the CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. A serial tech entrepreneur and an active proponent of world-changing technologies, Ansari, along with her family, sponsored XPRIZE’S first competition, a $10 million initiative that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Ansari is the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space. Previously, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006. Ansari has also co-funded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing the company to 250 employees with 100 percent sequential growth year over year since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. Anousheh was recognized as a Young Global leader and continues to serve the World Economic Forum as a member of Future Global Council.

Manjit Minhas, Co-Founder & CEO, Minhas Breweries, Distillery, and Winery

Dragon’s Den judge Manjit Minhas has been able to do what few ever thought possible—break into the notoriously competitive and notoriously male-dominated beer and spirits industry and grow her company to the 10th largest brewery in the world. She’s been profiled in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and on The National and was recently named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, a distinction honouring outstanding Canadian leaders. Minhas started Mountain Crest Liquors Inc. (MCLI) at the age of 19 in Alberta. In late 2002 she entered the beer market with Mountain Crest Classic Lager. It quickly became the first successful beer company to enter Canada in decades. MCLI is now making waves internationally, producing, developing, and marketing over 90 brands, and has served over 6 billion pints of beer. She is also the creator of Uptown Girl, a beer that is marketed and made exclusively for women. In 2006, Minhas and her brother Ravinder, purchased the second oldest brewery in the United States and renamed it The Minhas Craft Brewery, officially marking them as the Youngest Brewery Owners in The World. Their quality beers are shipped across the USA, Canada and overseas. The siblings opened The Minhas Micro Brewery in Calgary in June 2012, from which they make world-class craft beers and specialty beers such as a gluten-free beer.

Tan Le, Founder and CEO, EMOTIV

Tan Le is a top innovation and business speaker, technology entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of EMOTIV. She has won numerous awards, including being named Young Australian of the Year in 1998, voted one of Australia’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30, chosen by Fast Company’s as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010, and picked by Forbes’ for 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. Her company EMOTIV is a leader in brain wearables, which offers access to advanced brain monitoring and cognitive assessment technologies. She currently serves on the Board of Stewards on Shaping the Future of Information and Entertainment of the World Economic Forum.

Eric O’Neill, Attorney, Cybersecurity Expert & Former FBI Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Operative, The Georgetown Group LLC

Eric O’Neill is a cyber-security keynote speaker and expert, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, and was the inspiration for the film Breach. In 2001, Eric helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. Eric is also the founder of The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security services firm, and a National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security.

#BCTECH Summit 2019

Attend #BCTECH Summit 2019 – With Support from CBT!

#BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTECH Summit 2019 March 11th – 13th, 2019, Vancouver, B.C. Gather with the best in BC (and beyond!) tech & innovation!

If you haven’t yet been to the #BCTECHSummit, Western Canada’s annual innovation event, it’s a must if you or your business is involved in any manner of science, technology, and/or innovation. Take advantage of this great opportunity from Columbia Basin Trust, offering valuable financial support to attend #BCTECH Summit 2019.

CBT is sending 50 Basin-based tech companies to attend #BCTECHSummit, by offering up to $1,000 to offset expenses.

WHO CAN APPLY?

To be eligible to receive the Trust funds, you must:

  1. be a registered for-profit business;
  2. be a technology business or technology-enabled business;
  3. be based in Columbia Basin Trust’s region, see map here;
  4. have been in business at least one year; and
  5. have limited financial resources to attend the event.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Selected businesses will be required to submit a statement of impact along with an expense form and accompanying documentation after the #BCTECHSummit to be reimbursed up to a maximum of $1,000 for the following eligible expenses:

  1. #BCTECHSummit registration fees;
  2. Accommodation;
  3. Airfare (receipt and boarding pass required);
  4. Car rental, taxi, or public transit; and
  5. Mileage (reimbursed at $0.54 per kilometre).

HOW TO APPLY?

The application for the #BCTECHSummit travel bursary is online.

  1. Click here to access the application.
  2. Once your application is complete click ‘Submit’.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received once you have clicked ‘Submit’.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Midnight on February 4, 2019

Stay tuned for details regarding a fun #BCTECH Summit get-together – networking, mingling, connecting – for Koots attendees!

 

#BCTECH Summit Last chance to apply for the Investment Showcase

Last Chance to Apply for the Investment Showcase at #BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTECH Summit Last chance to apply for the Investment Showcase

The #BCTECHSummit Investment Showcase connects B.C.’s most promising startups with leading investors from around the world.

Pitching Applications close today! (Dec 11 at 11:59pm PST).

Highlights from 2018:

  • 50 startups pitched in diverse sectors like HealthTech, CleanTech, IoT, AR/VR, and Gaming.
  • 150+ global and local investors attended, representing more than $200 billion.
  • 77% of those investors booked follow-up meetings with pitching companies.
Apply today if you are one of B.C.’s top growth-oriented startups seeking seed or series A funding.

Wanted for 2019: Leading Investors and Growth-Oriented Startups

  • Investors: Meet innovative technology companies with a global market, strong traction and impressive teams—chosen by a selection committee made up of VCs, angel investors and industry experts.
  • Startups: If you are one of B.C.’s top growth-oriented startups seeking Seed or Series A funding, then apply today to participate in either the Roundtable Series or Funding Pitches.

Why and How to Participate: Get Funding, Expertise and Exposure

  • Seed Funding Roundtable Series: Startups seeking seed capital of under $3 million are invited to participate in the Seed Funding Roundtable Series. The Series will give founders direct access to investors, where they will have the opportunity to gain critical feedback and expertise, and of course, pitch their product.
  • Series A Funding Pitches: Startups seeking capital of $3 million or more are invited to participate in the Series A Funding Pitches, 5-minute investment pitches, which are followed by a 5-minute Q&A session and extended networking.
  • Leverage Media Attention: The #BCTECHSummit attracts local, national and international media. In 2018, 125 accredited media showed up to break news and tell the stories of the technologies and industries of the future. This is your opportunity to leverage the attention that the #BCTECHSummit commands and position your company for growth.
#BCTECH Summit keynote speakers

New #BCTECHSummit Keynote Speakers: Anousheh Ansari and Manjit Minhas –

#BCTECH Summit keynote speakers

More outstanding, accomplished women added to the 2019 #BCTECHSummit keynote speaker lineup: Anousheh Ansari, newly-named CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, and Manjit Minhas, judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and co-founder of Minhas Breweries.

Anousheh Ansari is the new CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. A serial tech entrepreneur and an active proponent of world-changing technologies, Ansari, along with her family, sponsored XPRIZE’S first competition, a $10 million initiative that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Ansari is the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space. Previously, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006. Ansari has also co-funded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020. Ansari will tell her remarkable story and share insights into how increased access to exponential technologies is democratizing the ability for anyone—people and organizations in every corner of the earth—to solve today’s most pressing issues.

Manjit Minhas is a co-founder of Minhas Breweries, Distillery and Wineries and a judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. When Minhas was just 19-years-old, she and her brother Ravinder scraped together $10,000 to launch their first beer in Alberta. Now she’s co-owner of the grown her company to be the 10th largest brewery in the world. Recently named a Fortune Most Powerful Women International, she’s received several other business industry awards including PROFIT magazine’s “Top Growth Entrepreneur”, Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, Canada’s Top 40 under 40, Chatelaine Magazine’s “Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year 2011”, Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year Prairie Region and The Sikh Centennial Foundation Award 2015. At the #BCTECHSummit 2019, Minhas’ keynote will reveal what led her company to rapid success, including the principles and entrepreneurial values that can be applied to any business or industries.

Ansari and Minhas join previously announced speakers Eric O’Neil, Tan Le, John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, Shirley Vickers, President & CEO of Innovate BC, and Dr. Alan Winter, B.C.’s Innovation Commissioner.

With the theme of the Reality Revolution, #BCTECHSummit 2019 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.

At the 2019 Summit, along with access to global thought leaders, you will also get to experience one-of-a-kind masterclasses, hands-on workshops, global innovation challenges, investment opportunities and daily networking events.

With the theme of the Reality Revolution, the 2019 #BCTECHSummit will highlight how people and organizations can harness innovation and emerging technologies to stay competitive and solve the biggest challenges facing B.C. and the world.

Early bird tickets to the #BCTECHSummit are still available for $300 off the full conference ticket price. Register now for $699.

Women in Technology & Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarship

Women in Technology & Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarships

Women in Technology & Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarship

Ten female BC students have been awarded $10,000 Women in Technology and Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarships from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.

Premier John Horgan announced the scholarships in May 2018 at the BC Tech Summit to inspire and support more women considering these fields.

Women are under-represented in tech-related disciplines such as sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Women receive about 37% of STEM credentials awarded by the B.C. public post-secondary system, compared to 59% of non-STEM program credentials.

“We want to open the doors for more women in the tech sector because they’re underrepresented in tech businesses throughout the province. Women have the knowledge, skills, and tech talent to launch successful careers in a dynamic sector and we are committed to supporting them to get ahead,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “These scholarships are an important first step to giving more women opportunities to succeed in the tech sector.”

To be eligible, students need to demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in computer science, engineering or mathematics. Read the full press release here.

The tech sector in B.C. is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy generating about $29 billion in revenue, supporting over 106,000 good-paying jobs. The province is home to more than 10,200 tech businesses.