In case you missed it… 3 highlights from #BCTECH Summit

March 28, 2017

BC Summit

At FCV, our mission is to “Make life better.” And at this year’s #BCTECH Summit, a conference that brought over 5,000 business and technology leaders to Vancouver to exchange ideas and share insights about innovative, emerging technologies, we were excited to see our motto resonate throughout BC’s tech scene.

With over 1,500 secondary and post-secondary students in attendance ­– some of whom directly contributed to #BCETCH Summit-specific applications and social media filters –  tech giants like Tesla sent a strong message to upcoming innovators by pairing social responsibility with product development. It was clear that innovation and youth was front and centre this year. “Be nice to the kids. They’ll be running things in the next couple of months,” stated The Hon. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

The breakneck pace of innovation also emerged as a theme. “The pace of innovation has never been this fast before, and will never be this slow again,” said Best Buy Senior Vice President (eCommerce), Thierry Hay-Sabourin.

This was demonstrated in the compelling work some BC companies are working on. Here are some highlights from the two-day event:

  • Renewable energy. The conference kicked off with a  keynote from Tesla CTO & Co-Founder JB Straubel, giving an inspiring look into how the tech giant is constantly evolving their renewable energy technology to ensure a better future for the next generation.
  • Augmented reality. Mining juggernaut GoldCorp is developing augmented reality technology to increase worker safety.
  • Bio-metric tech. The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) plans to introduce cutting edge bio-metric technology to increase airport efficiency and cement their place as North America’s best airport (eight years and running!).

FCV has been proud members of BC’s technology scene since 2005, and we’re thrilled to see BC’s Tech scene combine social responsibility with innovation ­– something we’ve aimed to do since our company’s inception. To “Make life better” means truly putting the users at the heart of every product you develop. As we witnessed, success in tech today comes from pairing strong user focus with innovative technology and methodologies.

We can’t wait until next year’s #BCTECH Summit and are excited about hearing more from thought leaders in the community on how we can continue to help create digital experiences that make life better!

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