Only one week until digital strategy conference


Digital Strategy Conference Vancouver – May 12-14 is just around the corner. Join us for three exciting days of case studies, best practices and candid discussion. Is your organization ready with the insight, capabilities and resources necessary to meet its customers’ needs?Digital Strategy Conference brings it all together: content, social, data, channels, people & technology.

Become better prepared, better informed and ready to meet your customers’ needs. See the full line-up of over 40 speakers and the agenda overview for session details.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Leading the charge: Sport Chek commits to a multi-year initiative to digitize.
  • Going digital and transforming from service provider to solution partner: Verify enables data-centric strategy.
  • Adobe warns and encourages quality over quantity as audiences say no to “content pushers”.
  • Measure what’s critical: Success, failure, disaster, Cisco measures tasks.
  • Not a mission impossible: CP overhauls their lead-generation site in 90 days (and live to tell us the tale).
  • Leapfrog competitors: Mediative shows us how to align local and social audiences.
  • And Score! Canucks deliver more value with content creation and curation.

Why attend the Digital Strategy Conference?

This is your opportunity to take three days and really focus on how-to improve the way your organization approaches, integrates and manages its digital initiatives. Attend and get:

    • Context and perspective on the digital landscape and what it means to be strategic in light of so much opportunity.
    • Best practices and examples of how others are succeeding with digital.
    • Access to over 40 experts who want to share their ability with you.
    • Insights and updates from leading media and technology vendors.
    • Better connected and better informed.

Who Should Attend?

Senior directors and managers from across the organization responsible for planning, managing or integrating digital initiatives, along with the digital team.

Successful digital initiatives are due to the effort of high functioning teams, therefore, we urge a team approach to your conference education.

Participate, Learn and Share:

Join us for three exciting days of insights, case studies and discussions.


Pokemon World Championships at Vancouver Convention Centre August 9-11


The Pokemon World Championships is now on at Vancouver Convention Centre and free to view! In case you haven’t heard we have posted the full schedule here courtesy of the Pokemon World Championships website. The competition runs Saturday August 10th from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday August 11 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. If you’ve got time this weekend go check out the action and enjoy the festival like environment at no charge.

With more than 500 competitors the Pokemon Championships is the premier event for Pokemon trainers vying for the title of master. The event is now in its 10th year and this is the first time it will be hosted outside of the US.

Saturday, August 10th, 2013
Late Competitor Check-In 8:00 A.M.
Opening Ceremony 9:00 A.M.
Retail Hours 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
World Championships Players’ Meetings 9:30 A.M.
Pokémon World Championships 10:00 A.M.
Side Events 10:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M.
Mini-League 10:30 A.M.–7:00 P.M.
Special Character Distribution 12:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.
Sunday, August 11th, 2013
VG Final Matches Begin 9:00 A.M.
TCG Prerelease Tournaments 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Retail Hours 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Side Events & Mini-League 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Autograph Signing — Mr. Ishihara 10:30A.M-12:00P.M
Autograph Signing — Mr. Masuda & Mr. Unno 12:30P.M-2:00 P.M
TCG Finals Begin 12:30 P.M.
Special Character Distribution 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Closing Ceremony 5:30 P.M.


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If you’d like to know more about the event and who’s qualified for the competition please check out this link from Pokemon World Championships 2013.

Northern Voice 2013 is looking for speakers!

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Vancouver Gadgets is once again on the Organizing Committee for the 2013 Northern Voice conference set to run June 14th and 15th 2013. We are looking for speaker submissions for this event. Information on how to submit and what the conference is about is below. We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Fill out the speaker submission form by April 12, 2013!

Do you love the web? Do you like to create and share? Or have a unique experience to offer? Then Northern Voice 2013 is the place for you. We are now looking for speakers for the 2013 conference. If you have a topic to speak about, a story to tell or want to develop and run a panel; we encourage you to send in your awesome submissions by April 12, 2013. Please limit your submission to one typed page (250 words) when you send your submission in or if you do so via email include links to online properties you may have. Email us at

What is Northern Voice?

Northern Voice has been in operation since 2005 and is home to bloggers, tweeters, creative storytellers and an assortment of cool geeks (and non-geeks) who come together once a year to celebrate the world of personal blogging and social media. The conference will take place on Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th 2013 at the HR MacMillan Space Centre.

How Does it Work?

Over the course of two days, conference participants can network, attend workshops and re-connect with friends and colleagues about personal blogging and social media. You might hear participants and speakers discuss how their friends use Pinterest, gripe about their workplaces because they can’t social media in the office, or find out from a food blogger what the best social restaurants are in Vancouver.

If you have never been to Northern Voice before, many participants also submit talk ideas. If you’ve attended before but didn’t know you could become a speaker, well you can. If you have spoken in past years and want to do so again then you are welcome to submit a topic again.

How Do I Know What Topic to Pitch?

We want you to submit a topic that you’re passionate about. Have a look at the presentation topics from 2012 to get an idea of what Northern Voice is about. Don’t be worried if your presentation topic sounds completely different from something we’ve done before, or a different take on something old. We review all the topics and ones that are different and original often score points with our judges.

Please note, we can’t guarantee that just because you were chosen in previous years that you’d be a shoo-in for this year.

Past Speakers at Northern Voice

– Tim Bray (
– Robert Scoble (
– Stewart Butterfield (
– Matt Mullenweg (
– Gillian Shaw (
– Blaine Cook (
– Anil Dash (
– Nora Young (
– Mike Vardy (
– Yael Cohen (
– John Biehler (
– And inspiring people like you!

What Happens After I Submit a Topic?

We’ll be going through all of the presentations after the April 12th deadline and will start contacting those chosen later in April . If you are chosen, your conference registration fee will be covered by Northern Voice.

If you aren’t selected for a speaking spot or to be a member of a panel, but still want to be involved, consider volunteering with the conference for this year. Being a volunteer will give you the opportunity to see us in action and just may confirm why you might make a great speaker for a future event. Please email us at

A Note on Travel Bursaries

If you are from outside of the Greater Vancouver Area we’d love for you to come and be part of Northern Voice and to enable speakers to come from all over we have a limited number of travel bursaries. Those chosen will be offered travel bursaries where applicable. We will reimburse for up to 500$ dollars should you meet our requirements.

Not Interested In Speaking? Want To Volunteer?

If you may not be ready for the spotlight, how about helping out behind the scenes? We always need volunteers and it is a great way to experience the conference! Send an e-mail to and get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator for 2013.

Vancouver Gadgets at TEDxStanleyPark Tomorrow!

Tedx Stanley Park Robson Square Vancouver

Tedex Stanley ParkVancouver Gadgets is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s TEDxStanleyPark event that takes place tomorrow at UBC Robson Square. We will be onsite tomorrow afternoon. Feel free to get in touch with us via Twitter @vancouvergadget, email and through our website,

The event runs from 9:00am-5:00pm. Follow the conference on online and via social media through the following sites:


Event Hashtag’s

Official: #Unthinkable2013 Alternative: #TEDxStanleyPark

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sharing ideas through global conferences. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Northern Voice 2011

On Friday May 13th I visited the Northern Voice Conference at UBC as part of my attempt to broaden my horizons in the areas of social media and blogging. Unlucky you might say since it was Friday the 13th but I’d argue it was one the luckiest I’d ever had.

As we are ramping up getting Vancouver Gadgets online, I was interested as to what I could learn from fellow bloggers and social media experts who clearly have more experience than I. However, as someone with a communications background and experience in various forms of website copywriting and development, I knew I wasn’t totally out of the water as I made way into the event. Continue reading Northern Voice 2011