Two weeks ago I attended the first #BCTECH Summit at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. The BC Government and the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) along with Microsoft were responsible for the event. The Summit was meant to inspire and allow British Columbians and BC businesses to embrace technology and new innovations.
I spent over 3 hours at the event and attended the networking lunch and visited Startup Alley, Research Row and the Industry Pavilions. I was impressed by what I saw to say the least. I did not get chance to catch any of the guest speakers which was a bit disappointing but it was a who’s who of the tech world.
My first stop was at the iHeart Booth. It is a fingertip pulse reader that detects and records arterial pulsations in your finger. The iHeart device transmits these recording to your iPad or iPhone, where the iHeart app translates them into a pulse wave for analysis and display. In other words you get to look at you pulse and it also tells you your internal age. Great tool!
Another vendor that I checked out was Mojio, which I had previously met up with at Grow 2014 in Whistler. Mojio was founded by Jay Giraud and uses a device that plugs into any car’s On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) port. This enables a suite of apps to make your car like your smartphone. How cool is that. Now at the Beta Test phase, I’ve signed up hoping to get the chance to use one of these in my vehicle over the coming months.
Axine Water Technologies prove to be a bit more of a difficult booth for me to understand not because of their product or any type of explanation but because I have no engineering or any type of heavy science background. I strongly urge you to check out their website and learn more about what they are up to. Very interesting stuff.
I also met with people from Drivebi. and Aurora, which is run by Limbic Media. Drivebi is a customer loyalty and retention type software that immediately resonated with me because of my sales background. This seems like a powerful tool for restaurants and other businesses looking to enhance both the customer experience and ultimately sales.
Limbic Media’s Aurora has both plug and play wearables and interactive displays that transform regular outdoor art projects or lighting into interactive experiences. I loved the Aurora product because of music background as well and immediately took to what they had to offer.
The 4D Portal was a cool feature of the event and took delegates on a journey of BC tech, from deep below the earth’s surface to outer space. While it didn’t capture my attention as I thought it would, it was still very entertaining.