Tech talk: Connections made at Regional Innovation Opportunity Tour

Leading up to the B.C. Tech Summit on March 14 and 15 in Vancouver, BCIC hosted seven RIO’s in cities like Prince George, Kelowna and Terrace. The tour was designed to showcase regional innovations and opportunities. It was a challenge format, where government branches, large companies and small businesses presented technical challenges they are facing with the hopes of connecting with businesses to solve their challenges.

Over the seven events, more than 25 presenters talked about challenges they are having from seniors care to artificial intelligence the tree falling industry. The quality of presentations and attendees was beyond my expectations. I met several companies with potential solutions to my Internet of Things hardware challenge and several that my company can help with custom software development services. I saw dozens of connections being made with people who otherwise never would have met. The hard work BCIC staff are doing to connect companies will create jobs, investment and grow businesses.

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