Jared Cohen and Brent Bushnell will headline #BCTech Summit

#BCTech Summit showcases B.C.'s tech industry, builds cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explores the latest ideas and innovations that are fueling the local economy

Event is billed as the largest showcase of innovation in B.C.

Jared Cohen and Brent Bushnell will be keynote speakers at the #BCTech Summit: Breakthrough in the Digital Age, taking place next May 14 to 16 in Vancouver.

Cohen, founder of Google Ideas and CEO of Jigsaw, an incubator that builds technology to tackle global security challenges,will discuss the next big technological innovations and how they impact the world. 

Bushnell is co-founder and CEO of Two Bit Circus Foundation, which produces immersive entertainment, virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality.

“The 2018 #BCTECH Summit will place ground-breaking B.C. companies and entrepreneurs centre stage, showcasing new and exciting opportunities for learning, working and investing right here in British Columbia’s thriving tech sector,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, “This year, I’m especially excited to welcome approximately 2,000 B.C. students as they consider tech careers that will set the course for tomorrow’s innovation economy.”

Organized by the provincial government and BC Innovation Council, the 2018 #BCTech Summit will explore how technology is driving growth and change across key industries and sectors, and what companies need to do to break through and emerge as global leaders. This year’s event will feature more than 150 speakers and 260 exhibitors. Early-bird tickets are $599.

Other highlights include:

  • Business deals through a B2B matchmaking program, connecting technology procurement specialists with innovative B.C. based technology solutions.
  • Investment opportunities through the Investment Showcase, which gives investors the chance to meet with the rising stars of B.C.’s tech industry and opens the door for cross-sector investment.
  • Global thought leadership, through speakers, interactive sessions and deep dives covering innovation and its impact on how people work, live and play.
  • The largest showcase of innovation and game-changing technologies in the Marketplace, Technology Showcase, Startup Village and more.
  • Youth Innovation Day, which will bring 2,000 high-school students to the event to explore careers in tech and expose them to local, breakthrough technology and the companies creating the jobs of the future.