CVR 2017, Canada’s Biggest Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Conference is Coming to Vancouver from May 5th-7th

CVR is the premier event to experience groundbreaking new virtual and augmented reality technology
The Virtual and Augmented Reality community will descend on Vancouver during the month of May as today Archiact announced CVR 2017. The three-day event, which goes from May 5-7, will showcase a world-class selection of top industry experts, the latest technologies, and hands-on demonstrations of the latest products.  The event will be open to industry professionals on Friday and the general public for two days over the weekend.
“We are excited to bring back CVR to Vancouver for another fantastic virtual reality show,” said Anne-Marie Enns, Executive Producer of CVR. “This really is a collection of the best and the brightest products in virtual, augmented and mixed reality – all under one roof. CVR is the biggest AR/VR conference in the Pacific Northwest and it will allow the general public to try out the newest, cutting-edge products right here in Vancouver.”
CVR 2017 is sponsored by BCLC, Creative BC, VEC, Microsoft, YDeams and Cloudhead Games among others, and will feature speakers from some of the biggest companies in the world including NASA, Ford, Delta Airlines and Super Ventures. Representatives from these companies will speak about topics such as solving problems in outer space with VR, designing the future of Virtual Humans, and featuring the latest evolution in entertainment.
“I’m very excited to be presenting at the CVR 2017, the Canadian’s premier VR/AR/MR conference,” said Evelyn Miralles, Lead VR Innovator, NASA, “VR’s a technology that has been with us at NASA for several decades used for astronaut space training. But the technology has now come of age and it’ll be changing the way we interact with people and the environment around us.”
In addition to the VR/AR companies participating, the industry event will be kicked off by welcome remarks from Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.
CVR 2017 will be held May 5-7th, 2017 in West Exhibition Hall A of the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The show hours are as follows:
Friday, May 5 (Industry Only): 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, May 6 (Expo Days): 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 7 (Expo Days): 10:00am-4:00pm
For more information on CVR 2017, such as ticket or specific show programming information, please visit:
About Archiact
Archiact is a premium virtual and augmented reality studio headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with an additional office located in Shanghai, China. Archiact specializes in virtual reality game development, publishing, and custom business solutions. As the host of CVR, North America’s first consumer-facing VR/AR/MR conference and expo, Archiact actively powers the growth of the virtual reality industry for both businesses and customers alike. Founded in 2013, Archiact is now one of the world’s largest dedicated immersive reality studios.

The #BCTECH Summit features Ray Kurzweil as Guest Speaker

#BCTECH summit

Technology is reshaping how we do business, transforming customer experiences and driving growth across all segments of our economy. The #BCTECH Summit is a two-day event that will showcase BC’s technology industry, build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explore the latest ideas that will drive a competitive advantage for BC.

The Trade Show will showcase world-class BC technology, providing companies and researchers the opportunity to demonstrate their products and services to potential customers and build networks across sectors.

Meet tomorrow’s tech success stories at “Startup Alley”, where up-and-coming technology companies will demonstrate BC’s newest tech innovations.

Some of the guest speakers at this year’s conference include:

Ray Kurzweil

Inventor, Futurist and Director of Engineering at Google

“Kurzweil has authored seven books, five of which have been national bestsellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in science. Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near was a New York Times bestseller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy. Kurzweil speaks widely to audiences public and private and regularly delivers keynote speeches at industry conferences like DEMOSXSWand TED. He maintains the news website, which has over three million readers annually.” [Wikipedia]

Elyse Allan

President and CEO, GE Canada

“Elyse works to advance innovation and entrepreneurism through her role on the MaRS Discovery District Board of Directors and the leadership council for Scale Up Ventures. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network, is a YWCA 2012 Woman of Distinction (Business), and by Maclean’s and Canadian Business Magazines as one of Canada’s most influential business leaders.” [GE Canada]

Eric Ries

Author, The Lean Startup

“He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech.” [The Lean Startup]

The #BCTECH Summit 2016 will be hosted in the Vancouver Convention Centre. You can register for the event here.

Traction Conference [#TractionConf] in Vancouver on June 17 and 18

Traction Conference Vancouver

The Traction Conference will be kicking off in Vancouver on June 17 and 18. The event is sold out and for the lucky ones whom got tickets an opportunity to hear from over 40 company founders with respect to company growth strategies.

Some of the growth experts at the event include Ryan Holmes from Hootsuite, Lynda Weinman from and Markus Frind from PlentyOfFish. To see the full speaker list click here.

The schedule is packed with some intriguing topics:

  • The Mobile Growth Ninjutsu speaks to the issue where “60-80% of users who download your app don’t open it a second time.”
  • Growth Hacking – Myth or Reality is a session that explains that growth hacking is “about continuously trying to find scalable and repeatable ways to grow using the power of people, data, technology, marketing and creativity.”
  • Persuasion Tactics and Behavioral Economics focuses on the fact that “products are designed by people for people.”

The conference has some big companies and organizations behind it including BDC Capital, DMZ at Ryerson University, CBC and CKNW. A full list is available here.

This event is gearing up to be one of the hottest technology conferences Vancouver has hosted in 2015. I for one am really looking forward to this.



SID Display Week 2015


Society for Information Display’s Display Week 2015 will be held at the San José Convention Center from May 31-June 5, 2015. The Display Week technical program starts with Short Courses on Sunday, May 31, continuing with technology Seminars on Monday.

Vancouver Gadgets attended the 2013 Display Week in Vancouver.

Tuesday morning starts with the keynote speakers, followed by the Symposium Tuesday through Friday. This year’s Symposium consists of technical tracks with over 70 technical sessions comprising nearly 400 oral and poster presentations.

For management and business people, the Business Conference takes place on Monday, followed by the Investors Conference on Tuesday, the Market Focus on Touch Wednesday, and the Market Focus Conference on Wearable-Flexible on Thursday.  Other events include the Monday evening International Awards Dinner, and the Display Week 2015 Best in Show and Display Industry Awards Lunch on Wednesday. Almost these business-track and awards events have receptions with ample opportunities for discussions of business and technology, while the Special Networking Event on Wednesday evening will offer further such opportunities. Meanwhile, you can see all the technology in action during the Tuesday-Thursday exhibition, featuring pre-commercialization prototypes in the I-Zone on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Display Week 2015 covers the hottest technologies in the display marketplace, including:

• OLED displays
• Advanced LCDs
• HD and 4K TV technologies
• Digital signage
• e-Paper
• Flexible displays
• Solid-state lighting
•Touch and other interactive interfaces
• Display electronics
• Advanced optical films
• Oxide TFTs
• Materials and processes for display manufacturing
• Plasma displays
• Projection displays
• Display metrology
• Wearables-flexible

#CES2015 will Host Largest Ever “Internet of Things” Showcase

bosch home connect

The 2015 International CES® starts today in Las Vegas and will run until January 9, 2015. It will feature the largest ever showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the “Internet of Things” (IoT), with more than 900 exhibitors planning to share innovations that harness the power of the network to connect everyday devices.

Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies,“The ‘Internet of Things’ is the hottest topic in tech now,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “It’s all about the opportunity to connect everyday items  like cars, home security systems and kitchen appliances to networked devices like PCs and smartphones for greater control and management of our home connecteveryday lives. We’re excited that the 2015 CES will bring together all the companies and products that are making this a reality.”

The Sensors Marketplace will highlight one of the key technologies that is enabling the IoT. Exhibitors participating in the marketplace include eyeSight Mobile Technologies, Logbar and QuickLogic Corp. In addition, the Smart Home Marketplace will showcase a smarter, more efficient home accelerated by smartphones and tablets interacting with a myriad of connected objects and devices, from basic security systems to connected lighting systems. Some of the 2015 CES exhibitors expected to showcase IoT technologies include Bosch, Lowe’s, Konnect Labs, iDevices, Muzzley and Blinksight among many others.

2015 CES keynoters Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corp., are expected to share their insights on IoT innovations. Other CES conference programming will also explore the future of this trend with the following sessions:

Privacy and the IoT: Navigating Policy Issues
Manufacturers and policymakers discuss steps that each can take to build consumer trust in devices and applications while preserving creativity and the flexibility to innovate. This panel will feature opening remarks from The Honorable Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the FTC.
1-2 PM Tuesday, January 6
LVCC, North Hall, Room N254

The Impact of the Internet of Things
Experts will discuss the impact of IoT products, including what application areas are going to have the biggest adoption or change.
2:15-3:15 PM Wednesday, January 7
LVCC, North Hall, Room N261

The State of the Internet of Things
Part of the Research Summit conference track, this session will explore where the Internet of Things stands today and what its defining trends suggest about the road ahead.
3:30-4:30 PM Wednesday, January 7
LVCC, North Hall, Room N253

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

About CES

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at and through social media.

Upcoming North Vancouver District Library Workshops


Christmas is a busy time of year and shopping for everyone in your family can be difficult. Tech products and gadgets are always high on someone’s list and Vancouver Gadgets has a lot of good suggestions for you this season.

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Thursday December 4th
Time: 7-8pm
Capilano Library
3045 Highland Blvd.
North Vancouver, BC

Some of the products we’ll be reviewing include the Jabra Sport Wireless Plus, Jabra Solemate and the Runtastic Orbit. We’ll take questions and give you some hot tips on last minute gift ideas.

GROW Conference brings innovation in technology and entrepreneurship to Whistler

Recon Jet

GROWIt’s well-known by now that BC is a tech hot bed and with its proximity to the West Coast of the US, things are only going to get better for Vancouverites and those involved in the tech scene elsewhere in the province.

Thus it’s no surprise that GROW, the conference that helps entrepreneurs build the next billion dollar company, started yesterday in Whistler and goes until Friday the 22nd.

Now in its fifth year GROW has shifted from Vancouver with the goal of making Whistler the most connected resort community in the world.

Yahoo, Misfit Wearables, Under Armour, Google Glass as well as Vancouver company’s such as Mojio and Recon Instruments will all be in attendance showcasing products and meeting with like-minded tech entrepreneurs.

Wearable tech and the Internet of Things are also forefront at GROW and should make for an interesting couple of days. With the Internet of Things, the goal is to make your home, your car, your appliances and possessions, and all the shops, restaurants, workplaces and schools you frequent digitally connected and more importantly digitally connected to you.

We’ll be meeting with some of Vancouver’s up and coming tech company’s and startups. Stay tuned for live coverage on our blog from the conference and on our Twitter Feed.

2015 International CES will showcase sports tech innovations

Recon Jet

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) recently announced the launch of the Sports Tech Marketplace, a showcase of the latest in sports technology set to début at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The 2015 CES is scheduled to run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sports Tech Marketplace

Presented by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the Sports Tech Marketplace will highlight how technology is being incorporated into sports and how it is affecting the participant experience. The marketplace will feature the most recent products, services and trends in sports technology, placing a global spotlight on this fast-growing category. The Sports Tech Marketplace will be located within the Sands Expo at CES Tech West.

“Technology is being used more and more in sports, and the 2015 CES will be the ‘can’t miss’, best place to experience the wide range of these products and solutions,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “Sensors, wearables and mobile technologies are revolutionizing sports by providing real-time information that enables us to better meet our athletic goals. CES is at the forefront of this emerging class and we’re pleased to partner with SFIA to bring it to life.”

Recon Jet

“Technology has driven some of the greatest innovations in our industry,” said Tom Cove, president and CEO, SFIA. “We’re proud to partner with an organization like CEA to launch the Sports Tech Conference and Marketplace. We see technology revolutionizing the current sports landscape and we’re only at the tip of the iceberg. The combining of these two-storied associations to produce the conference and marketplace ensures that it will be of the highest quality. We hope Vegas and the tech industry is ready for the sports industry, because we’re ready for them.”

The Sports Tech Marketplace will be part of CES Tech West which includes the Sands Expo (Sands), The Venetian and Wynn/Encore exhibits. Tech West will also feature leading companies and the newest innovations in lifestyle technologies, including fitness and health tech, smart home, the Internet of Things, sensors, startups and other high-growth technologies changing the way we work, live and play.

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

About CES

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

About SFIA

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association, the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products and fitness industry. SFIA seeks to promote sports and fitness participation as well as industry vitality through research, thought leadership, public affairs, industry affairs, and member services. More information can be found at

Hacked festival takes place in Vancouver August 11 – 14, 2014

hacked festival vancouver

Vancouver, BC – Hacked: Festival announces the first round of programming for this inaugural event taking place August 11 – 14, 2014 at the historic Yaletown Roundhouse. Hacked is pleased to present a stellar line up of local, national and international talent in the world of technology and revolutionary thinking. It has organized a lineup comprised of award-winning talent, controversial characters, people with amazing new ideas and people that have already changed the world. It is a lineup not to be missed.

Hacked Festival programming for Tuesday August 12 and Wednesday August 13th will include:

  • Ryan Bethencourt, Sr. Director (Life Sciences) Prize creation at X Prize Foundation and Co-Founder at Berkeley Biolabs (San Francisco)
  • Renee Black, Executive Director at Peace Geeks (Vancouver)
  • Eric Hersman, Founder BRCK, Ushahidi Project (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Tim Pool, Hacker Journalist, VICE Magazine, Creator of (New York)
  • Shaharris Beh, co-founder of HackerNest Tech Socials (Toronto & Kuala Lampur)
  • Amal Graafstra, founder Dangerous Things (Seattle)
  • Aaron Hilton, CTO at Conquer Mobile (Vancouver)
  • Kharis O’Connell, Experience Design Director at Global Mechanic, Founder Cyborg Camp (Vancouver)
  • Jay Giraud, Co-Founder and CEO, MOJIO (Vancouver)
  • Nik Badminton, Founder From Now Conference, Principal at DesignCultureMind (Vancouver)
  • David Vogt, Urban Opus (Vancouver)
  • Michael Bidu, Founder at Sanotron, Executive Producer at Interface 2014 (Vancouver)

“Hacked is the festival I always wanted but didn’t know we could have. It’s an ongoing honour to work with such talented inventors in putting together this celebration of human ingenuity.” says Yaniv Talmor, Festival Producer.

“Hacked Festival dares all participants to not settle for status quo. We curated programming that recognizes there is a global movement in motion to profoundly change the world, make it better, healthier, safer and more connected. This is as much about giving people information through raising literacy in science and technology as is about celebrating our greatest potentials as a species of creators. ” says producer/curator, Cameron Kuc. “We are creating programming that is focused on story-telling in short format. We recognized other conference formats were either to long or not catering to the entire audience by being either too general and not specific enough for experts or being too inclusive by offering talks only on the highest levels. We chose a short format for our presentations, most talks are just fifteen minutes, and we are delivering the most inclusive and high-level information through workshops, which in most cases attendees can participate in for the cost of General Admission which is $20/day CAD.” continues Cameron.

The second round of programming to be released by on July 8, 2014.

Tickets are on sale for Hacked: Festival via the Hacked: Festival website at

About Hacked Festival
Hacked is an experimental festival celebrating disruptive innovation, exploration and art taking place in Vancouver this summer. It will feature hacker led programming with talks, music, games, hands-on workshops, exhibits and market, popup hackspaces, parties, films and opportunities for artistic expression.


To learn more about Hacked: Festival, please contact
Anne-Marie Enns, Festival Producer
Office: (604) 313-3831

CanSecWest hacking conference lands in Vancouver


CanSecWest is in Vancouver this week at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel and is a gathering of security tech professionals. CanSecWestPeople can come from anywhere in Canada and across the globe to learn and share information and experiences on applied digital security.

Security professionals who attend CanSecWest work in government, the private sector or as independent contractors. They often find flaws in apps they or others develop and come to CanSecWest to look at ways to protect them from being hacked.

While I am not a developer I found both the subject and premise of the conference interesting. One would think that this is a conference that teaches people how to hack. A little digging reveals something else entirely.

“CanSecWest is really about anything says Saurabh Harit, Director of Security Research and Senior Security Consultant for Security Compass. It’s not just mobile security. Being curious about how something works and try to make it work in an undesired way can be both fun and interesting. Hacking doesn’t have to be bad all the time either.”

Android/iOS Hacking and Securing Workshop

Harit’s workshop, Android/iOS Hacking and Securing, helps students discover mobile hacking techniques for Android and iOS. It also helps them understand mobile app security including what hackers look for in mobile apps. Hacking apps themselves will equip them with the skills required to protect their own apps from attacks.

“At Security Compass, we care about iOS and Android security. There are many things offered to protect your applications from security risks. Those include application permission, physical security and encryption” notes Harit.

Android and iOS both support encryption but the model used by iOS is more robust.

“Android encryption happens at the software level says Harit and does not encrypt your devices SD Card. We don’t recommend saving information on SD Card as a result.  iOS does so at the hardware level right on the chip. This makes it faster to encrypt and protect.”

Harit was the only workshop leader I spoke to so I urge you to check out the CanSecWest website and its Dojo section. The wide range of topics on security is very interesting. I’ll also be keeping an eye out for next year’s conference!

Vancouver Gadgets visits the Experience Headphones flagship store


Experience Headphones recently opened in Vancouver and I visited the store on Dec 7th, 2013 and liked what I found. While I play and listen to a lot of music I’m no audiophile or expert on headphones. I simple use and buy cheap headphones, partly because my cat destroys whatever pair he gets his paws on and because I just haven’t put enough thought into what a great pair of headphones should sound like.

Experience Headphones hopes to set a new standard in Vancouver with their flagship store so that Vancouverites will  adopt the trend of good sound that also makes a great accessory. Experience Headphones has over 100 different styles of on-ear, in-ear, and over-ear headphones from premium lines, such as Marshall, URBANEARS, and WESC. They are also hoping to target the female market which offers a lot of potential because it’s untapped. Women want headphones that go with their clothing and their style and give great sound as well. Womens headphone lines include Molami and Frends.

Experience Headphones
Eric Morin COO and Dean Horsfield CEO of Experience Headphones

I wasn’t aware that headphones are split into several different categories including the premium market. Headphones at $100 dollars and above make up that market. The premium market is also fast becoming the place to  be as a I found out from Dean Horsfield CEO of Experience Headphones and Eric Morin COO.

“When Dr. Dre’s Beats brand of headphones came out in 2009, that really got the ball rolling for the premium market says Horsfield. The market went from one to three billion in just four years. We’ve got a handle on some great brands that should really help distinguish us in Vancouver, B.C. and beyond.”

Headphones are also categorized as being on-ear, in-ear, and over-ear which sounds obvious but is important to understand when buying the best pair that suit you. This article on Mashable provides some great info on what to look for. Horsfield says that on ear give the best dollar value and offer great sound as well.

Marshall Headphones

My first interest was in the Marshall brand of headphones, so aptly branded by Marshall amplification, the company that has made guitar amplifiers for over 50 years. Marshall has a couple of unique products to offer including the Major, Minor and Monitor headphones. I used a black pair of Marshall Major and was very impressed by the sound quality. They retail at $129.99 at Experience. Check out a video of the Marshall Monitor headphones below.


I also tried the LSTN headphones which are unique in themselves because of the reclaimed wood used to manufacture them. They come from California. No pair will ever look exactly the same because of the way they are manufactured. The LSTN Troubadors are made from beechwood and retail at $159.99.

I plan to explore the premium headphone market more in the coming months because it’s a class I’m growing more and more interested in. Next up on the list is the Headphone Bar at Cambie and Broadway.

We’re at Unite 2013 today


Unite 2013Vancouver Gadgets is at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre today for Unite 2013, Unity’s premier developer’s conference.

We’ll be onsite today along with developers, publishers and enthusiasts to learn how top company’s such as Blackberry, Microsoft, Sony and others use Unity’s market-leading middleware for video games, training simulations and other interactive 3D content.

The complete lineup of speakers is here.

Unite 2013 offers three days of learning, including advanced hands-on class tutorials, technical sessions, previews of upcoming technology to game developers and Unity Technologies, a game development company runs this conference every year.

Unity is all about technology that’s both uniquely usable and extremely powerful. Focusing on clear interplay of features and functionality – from your perspective. As a company we are all about building that technology, driving it forwards, and supporting it.