Jun
23
Jun 25

Global AI Hackathon

The Global Hackathon series is a community-centered event. It is run by local event organizers around the world. Vancouver is one of the 15 cities to participate in the first season of the hackathon series.
The first ever Global Hackathon series is kicking off with Artificial Intelligence. Whether you are an expert or a newbie in AI, we welcome you to join this event and work with your local innovator community to prototype and find solutions to real-world problems.
Challenges will be announced globally during the kick off of the event, and attendees can pick one of the challenges to work on either by themselves or with a team. After two days of hacking and prototyping, teams have the option to showcase their projects on stage. Your local audience will pick 3 winners, one for each challenge, prizes TBD. Come and join your community and have fun!

Jun
26
Jun 28

Call to Action Conference 2017

An expertly-curated single track of marketing genius. You won't have to miss any talks – and you won't want to. CTAConf covers every facet of digital marketing, including pay-per-click, conversion rate optimization, copywriting, email, landing page design and more. 20 keynotes from best-in-the-biz speakers. Actionable tactics, candid lessons of success and failure, and hilarious anecdotes from a hand-picked lineup of presenters including founders, marketing execs and industry experts.

Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

Startup Pitch Bootcamp

If you have a strong idea that could be pitched more clearly, then join us for the Startup Pitch Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your pitching skills and understand the components of a great pitch, providing plenty of practice until you get it right. Pitching is a key skill of every successful entrepreneur. How do you communicate your business clearly to employees, customers, and investors? What are some common pitching mistakes that make you look inexperienced? What is the best way to pitch your business?

Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

TechVancouver

TechVancouver Meetup is the best way to expand your knowledge and network of the Vancouver technology community. Each monthly TechVancouver Meetup is designed for Vancouver technologists to learn something new and meet someone new. You’ll learn something new from one of our 5x5s, or four presentations of five minutes each. Each presentation is made by a Vancouver technology company big or small, and they use their time to share a lesson learned, a counter-intuitive finding, or demo a new technology. You’ll meet someone new over some food and drinks provided before each 5x5. 

the presenters: 

  • Geordie Rose, Founder & CEO of Kindred AI
  • Dhruv Adhia, Founder & CTO of H+ Technology
  • Joseph Nakhla, Founder & CEO of bazinga!
  • Lou Pushelberg, Co-Founder of Academy of VR
Jun
29
4:30 pm16:30

Lighthouse Labs Employer Only Demo Day (Web)

Exclusively for employers to see what LHL’s web alumni can do! Each group of students will showcase their final project, talk about what they've learned, and speak to the technical skills they've acquired over the past eight weeks. Employers will have the opportunity to ask students questions about their projects, and the demos will be followed with our public demo day, which employers are more than welcome to stay for. All students are available to start as full time Jr. Developers OR you can start them in a paid internship style role for a min of $500/week for the first 3-4 months.


Jun
22
6:30 pm18:30

Mobile Growth Vancouver w/ Staples, Curatio, Koho & PayByPhone

It's time for another Mobile Growth meetup and we are excited to be hosted at Hootsuite, welcoming another round of mobile leaders to share their growth stories and strategies. We'll kick off the evening with some pizza and drinks, and then jump into a discussion with experts from Staples, PayByPhone, Koho and Curatio.me. After the panel, stick around for more time for socializing and networking.
Discussion topics include:

  • Essential tools for your growth stack
  • Organic and paid user acquisition strategies
  • War stories from the mobile trenches
  • Best practices for retention and engagement

Learn how to grow your mobile business, meet some cool people in apps, and get connected with others in the Mobile Growth Community.

Jun
22
5:00 pm17:00

2017 Technology Impact Awards

Celebrating the achievements of BC's tech industry. Founded in 1994 by the BC Tech Association, the Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) celebrate the successes of our industry and the companies, people and innovation that continue to put British Columbia on the map. The TIAs are the longest-running and largest technology award program in BC, presented in June in front of an audience of more than 1,000 technology leaders and industry supporters.

Each year, applications are received from across the province from tech companies of all sizes, representing every sector. With ten award categories, ranging from Most Promising Startup to Community Engagement, there's something for every company to apply for.

Jun
19
Jun 21

Canadian Gaming Summit

Canada's premier annual conference and exhibition for gaming professionals. The summit will include keynotes and educational tracks that will provide attendees with excellent and relevant information that can be implemented inside their organisations.

Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

Crushing it on Social Media + Q&A - YVR Startups

We all know that social media is important but when you are busy with development, operations or productions, how can you commit the time for it? There's also the question of which platforms to use as not all platforms are the same. What about the costs of not doing any social media at all? YVR Startups will be inviting experts in different social media spaces to share their social media journeys and provide a Q&A session afterwards.

Jun
13
5:30 pm17:30

How To Find Your Ideal Co-founder

Have an amazing idea for a new business? Think you need a partner to help get it off the ground because you don't have all the technical chops or industry know-how to do so? Spring is here to share our knowledge and experience on co-founder hunting and help you find your best fit. Come out and discover the answer to your dilemma as we go through how to start up smart, cofounder etiquette, and how to navigate the equity discussion.

Jun
10
2:00 pm14:00

Make the Leap with Launch Academy

Get your great idea off the ground with a little help from Launch Academy. In this workshop, Launch Academy general manager Hussein Hallak helps “wantrepreneurs” break through the daily challenges with simple tools you can put to work right away. You’ll learn how to create a three-step action plan, take an idea from conception to execution, and get started immediately with minimal resources.

Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

Marketing Workshop

Curate, Create and Automate: 4 Months of Content in 4 Hours! This Marketing Workshop is a 4-hour intensive course which will help you build and immediately execute on a social media plan. You will learn the process of content curation and creation, and you and your marketing team will be provided with fundamental marketing training. 

Jun
8
11:30 am11:30

Women in STEM Talk

What makes a good STEM employee and employer? Istuary Innovation Group will host its 2nd Talk featuring key panelists with backgrounds in Diversity and Leadership. Christin Wiedemann, President of SCWIST, the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology, will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities for women who are actively pursuing a career in a STEM field and what employers can do to ensure hiring and recruiting policies meet STEM and diversity practices. With a Ph.D. in Physics, Christin is the Chief Scientist of PQA Testing

Jun
7
5:00 pm17:00

Talent Day: Tech Professionals

BC’s top tech companies are looking for developers, QAs, data analysts, UX/UI designers, IT and DevOps engineers, and project managers! If you are a tech professional in one of these roles looking for your next dream job, or just looking to connect with awesome local tech employers, join us at the next Talent Day at the BC Tech Innovation Hub! Hosted by BC Tech Jobs in partnership with the BC Tech Association, Talent Day is an opportunity for you to network and connect with top notch tech companies in a casual setting. 

May
31
Jun 1

Traction Conf

Traction Conf is coming back to beautiful Vancouver! Traction Conf brings founders and growth leaders from some of the fastest growing tech companies to teach you how to get, keep and grow customers and revenue. Traction has been named top 10 growth and entrepreneurial conference by Inc. and Huffington Post. Past speakers have included leaders from LinkedIn, Airbnb, Twitter, Dropbox, Box, Twilio, SurveyMonkey, Slack, HubSpot, Marketo, Eventbrite, Domo, MongoDB. Super Early Bird Tickets on sale now! 

May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Spring 604

Startup604, the community for entrepreneurs and startups in Vancouver, is hosting its first public event, and you’re invited. Spring is in the air, and we’re bringing the most interesting people in technology together with local artists, musicians and other cultural leaders.Vinyl selections for the evening will be provided by Robbie Slade of Humans....Oh yeah, and drinks are on us thanks to Whistler Brewing. How can you say 'no'?

May
24
6:00 pm18:00

Analytics for Early Stage Startups & Live Analytics Teardown with Ruben Ugarte

A workshop on how to start collecting data plus what tools you should know. Understand how to develop an analytics strategy for your startup through different growth stages. You’ll learn: An overview of the most popular tools like Mixpanel, Segment.com, Amplitude, and Google Analytics. What tools you can set up today to start analyzing and learning more about your users.
Aside from a presentation, Ruben will also be doing 3 LIVE analytics teardowns submitted prior to the event. If you're interested to participate in the teardown, please submit within the Google Form provided below.

May
23
6:00 pm18:00

The Side Hustle Panel, presented by YWiB

Ever thought about exploring a project outside of your 9 to 5 grind? From blogging to consulting, there are a multitude of avenues for young professionals to further pursue their passions, develop their skillsets, build their networks, and earn additional income alongside full-time employment. 

Our panel discussion on The Side Hustle (an idea which originated from our sisters at the Toronto chapter of Young Women in Business) will explore the benefits, challenges, and lessons of launching your own ideas and creating your own career opportunities. Join us for an enlightening evening with some of Vancouver's multitalented entrepreneurs and find the spark to kickstart your own ventures.

May
16
5:30 pm17:30

Lean Agile: Learning from Agile Across Industries (SaaS vs eComm)

The agile mindset has unlocked new levels of collaboration and performance for teams across many industries.

We've brought together a cross-functional group of leaders from top SaaS and eCommerce (also B2B and B2C) companies in Vancouver to share how they've used an agile mindset to change the game for their teams. This is a unique opportunity to get answers on overcoming agile challenges in a wide swath of industries & share learnings from different worlds.

May
16
5:00 pm17:00

The Future of Mobile Apps


With so many different apps, how do you build one that stands out? How are apps moving beyond smartphones as new platforms like wearables become more popular? With areas like AR/VR, machine learning, and IoT becoming more and more prevalent, how will mobile apps fit into this changing tech landscape moving forward? At this Meetup, we’ll be taking a look at the current state of mobile apps and what to expect for apps in the future. Join us and our panel of experts as we take a look on key issues and trends facing mobile app developers to see where mobile apps are headed as the world of tech continues to evolve.

May
13
May 14

16th Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference

Are you a hustler, techie, maker or builder? Make your mark at CUTC Elevate!Listen to speakers from IBM, Shopify, CGI and other amazing startups and compete for $5000 in prizes with our case competition and hacker challenges! Past CUTC delegates have *founded*  their own companies and worked at companies like Google, Facebook and McKinsey! You’ll see first hand where the future of technology is headed, learn from the best, build things that impact and meet hustlers, makers and builders like you. Above all, we give you 6 catered meals AND Soylent. Use promo code: ELEVATELAUNCHACADEMY

May
10
6:00 pm18:00

GradusTalks: Pathway to Tech

With the tech industry in B.C. growing by an average of 6% per year, the number of Vancouver tech jobs are at an all-time high. Looking for a career in the ever-growing tech industry? With so many tech jobs currently available in BC, creating a shortage of skilled tech workers, there's never been a better time to transition or emerge into the industry. This is an opportunity to hear from tech industry specialists on their education and career paths that lead them to their current positions. Hear about their successes and failures along the way, and their advice to today's technology students. We'll have representatives from some of the best technology institutions in Vancouver, to help you decide which path to take to get you a step closer to your career goals. Use promo code: GradusFriends for $5 off! 

May
7
9:00 am09:00

Beginner HTC Vive Workshop

Learn to build a VR game from scratch for the Vive and Oculus Rift using Unity with the help of Academy of VR's instructors. We will supply HTC Vive headsets as well as computers for game testing. Please bring your own laptop with Unity installed for game development
No experience required.

May
6
9:00 am09:00

Introductory Unity VR Workshop

Learn to build a VR game from scratch using Unity with the help of Academy of VR's instructors. No previous experience required. By the end of the VR Development Workshop you will have built a VR submarine piloting game and be able to begin extending your knowledge to making VR content of your own. During the afterparty you'll have time to relax, get to know a community of VR devs and learn how to startup your own VR projects.

May
5
May 7

CVR 2017

CVR is the Pacific Northwest's biggest VR/AR/MR event. CVR brings together great games, interactive experiences, and the best immersive technology to consumers, industry pros, and investors. CVR is the premier event to experience groundbreaking new virtual and augmented reality technology. Held on the Canadian west coast in beautiful Vancouver, the event brings together consumers, developers, businesses, and tech enthusiasts for a weekend of fun that shapes the future of VR and AR. CVR is produced by Archiact —  the VR studio. Use promo code: VPC25 for 25% discount!

May
4
5:00 pm17:00

TechBrew

TechBrew is back! Join us on Thursday, May 4, 2017, for BC Tech’s signature networking event featuring cutting-edge technology and innovation on tap. Join members of the BC Tech community including leading investors, top talent, tech leaders, and local service providers to build connections all while enjoying pitches and live demos from our featured companies. We will also be kicking off the countdown to the 2017 Technology Impact Awards by announcing the finalists in each category. This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets now!

May
3
5:30 pm17:30

An EA Games Case Study: How We Added 500K+ Automation Hours to FIFA

FIFA Quality Engineering took a fresh approach to a common problem by extending an industry leading tool in Jenkins. We will look at how FIFA QE unlocked the power of Jenkins and existing idle equipment in order to improve the quality of FIFA by increasing test automation hours.  Additionally, we’ll talk about how the lessons learned can be used on other teams with different user cases. Participants will see the importance of focusing on the extensibility of tools and of having automated tools. We’ll see how FIFA QE used open source and industry leading tools, like Jenkins, to accomplish our specific needs thereby allowing you and your team to use our experience to improve your own software automation.

Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

ProtoHack Vancouver

ProtoHack is a 12-hour experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually. During ProtoHack you’ll learn how to use the best prototyping tools in the industry, network with like-minded people with various backgrounds, become a better product person, and receive access to prototype tools, learning communities, and other prizes just for attending (up to $300-400 value!)ProtoHack requires no coding. Instead, you’ll be using prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you think of to visually demo your idea on stage. Competitors will work in teams (up to 5) or solo. Use promo code 'PHLAUNCH20' for a 20% discount on registration. 

Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

Fintech Panel - A Discussion on Disruption in Financial Services

It’s a well known fact that today’s digital landscape is forcing traditional businesses to pivot in order to stay relevant and integrated in the everyday habits of both individuals and businesses. Join expert panelists to discuss the rise of fintech, the integration of new and innovative technologies within financial services, and the future of digital finance. Featuring: 
Kevin Sandhu, Founder, Grow
Michael Gokturk,Founder & CEO, Payfirma
Ian Crosby, Co-Founder and CEO, Bench
Daniel Eberhard, Co-founder & CEO of Koho

Apr
27
8:30 am08:30

Fundica Roadshow

Want to join the Fundica Roadshow without pitching? That's fine! We have amazing educational sessions and fireside chats provided by inspirational guest speakers in each city. Come out to the #fundicaroadshow and listen to great talks that will help you start and grow your business! Connect with our mentors, other entrepreneurs and funders at our #fundicaroadshow lounge.

Apr
22
12:00 pm12:00

Startup Hacks 2017 - Entrepreneurship Business Conference

Are you tired of watching 'educational' business videos only to find out that it costs THOUSANDS of dollars to purchase their full program? Startup Hacks 2017 is here to change that by giving people the opportunity to listen to Real Founders and CEOs talk about their experience and provide authentic advice on how they built a successful brand and business. Conference Attendees will have the opportunity to personally ask entrepreneurs questions during the exclusive Social Entrepreneur Q&A Panel. There will also be a networking session where attendees can make life long relationships with business professionals in different industries.

Apr
20
5:30 pm17:30

LHL Speed Dating (Web)

Come get a first look at LHL’s March Web Cohort. This is a great opportunity to engage early and meet new graduates! This event is your exclusive chance to meet upcoming graduates and start your interview process. Speed Dating Format: Employers will be stationed at tables through the whole event. Students will rotate between the employers. We provide pens and a note sheet with names and a blurb about them. Bring some business cards if convenient! Each meeting will be 5-7 minutes in length, with a 1 minute warning before a rotation is made.

Apr
19
6:00 pm18:00

Buyer Psychology in Sales and 4 Methods for Increasing Revenue

A workshop on how to increase revenue looking at the buyer psychology in sales. Understand the buyers thought process when making a purchase decision
How to position yours and your offering. Understand 3 other ways to increase revenue besides selling to more customers. Use promo code ‘FriendOfLaunch’ for 20% discount.

Apr
19
5:30 pm17:30

Startup Ladies Night

Startup Ladies Night is a monthly social connecting women in Vancouver's startup community over wine! Whether you’re new to the industry or a startup veteran, this is your opportunity to connect with other women in the entrepreneurial / tech community in a welcoming and relaxed environment. This month's theme is: "Dealing with Imposter's Syndrome”. It's a human experience to compare yourself to others, but when does it hold you back? We'll share stories about feeling imposter's syndrome, and dissect where it impacts our daily work life.

Apr
10
6:00 pm18:00

Learn How to Find a Technical Co-Founder

It’s REALLY HARD to find a good engineer and partner to build a digital business. But there are ways to maximize the likelihood that you’ll find someone. Join a panel of experienced tech founders to ask them how to get a technical co-founder on board, if it's even necessary.