Silicon Valley’s northern neighbor and Globalme’s home-base, Vancouver, is a fast-growing tech hub with the lofty title of one of the top 20 global cities in which to launch a startup. It’s only fitting, then, that Vancouver is also home to B.C.’s largest tech conference: #BCTech Summit.
We are very excited to announce that we will not only be in attendance – but will also be exhibiting at the conference! We’ll be among a fantastic group of over 200 exhibitors innovating on the cutting edge of technology; mixed reality, artificial intelligence, fintech, speech technology, mobile software and apps, sustainable tech, and more. Find us in the Innovation Corridor at booth number 303.
It was very difficult to pick just ten companies to feature in our article. In fact, we’d have liked to go through and feature everyone! Alas, we couldn’t do so in time. So, we would like to take a moment to give a shout out to all the companies and individuals who will be showcasing, presenting, or speaking. We can’t wait to see what you’re working on.
Without further ado, here are ten companies we are looking forward to seeing at #BCTech Summit 2017:
With a mandate to bring “precision data to life,” Conquer Mobile has built an app that accurately measures the body in 3D. While the tech can be used for retail and design, we’re most excited to hear about its medical implications. Conquer Mobile’s technology has helped develop apps such as PeriopSim, a VR app that allows simulation training for peri-operative nurses, and GenomeDX, an app that helps doctors and specialists to explain cancer diagnoses and treatment options to patients. The team behind this technology can help everyday people to be more informed, and can help professionals develop and practice their skills risk-free!
VeloMetro is concerned with one thing: green urban transport. Combining the ever-so-popular (and ever-so-classic) pedaled vehicles known as “velocars” with the electric cycle, the company has created a bicycle that functions like a car. Storage? Check. An electric motor to help you navigate hills and long stretches of road? Check. The ability to park pretty much anywhere you can park a bike? Check! By creating a sharing platform to complement their motorized bike-cars, VeloMetro is hoping to be a major player in the new sharing economy. We predict we’ll be seeing VeloMetro in action around the city of Vancouver sometime very soon!
More and more virtual, augmented, and mixed reality companies have popped up to join the tech community here in Vancouver. Stambol Studios is one that stands out. They are a VR/AR company focused on creating hyper-realistic and immersive experiences for architecture and real-estate. This allows buyers to literally walk through the buildings and experience their future home; to move furniture around, to paint the walls, and ultimately, to create an emotional connection with the space. It goes far beyond simply looking at 2D floor plans or images from a few select angles. We have our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to test out one of the experiences Stambol Studios has developed!
Augmented Reality took a turn with the launch of Pokemon Go. All of a sudden AR became a platform that not only allowed you to interact with your environment, but it also showed promise of promoting social and physical activity. QuestUpon hopes to make the entire world a playground by integrating geocaching, trivia, and missions into a social AR platform that allows you to challenge and play alongside your friends. The platform even allows you to time travel! Needless to say, QuestUpon promises lots of fun and interesting content for all of us avid smartphone users.
Helping companies get the most for every dollar spent on digital marketing campaigns has earned Tradable Bits a glowing reputation. They’ve helped revolutionize the way companies interact with their social followers and leverage social media in ways that still blow our minds. One of their latest ventures has been helping sports teams fill their seats with dedicated social fans. By creating an immersive social experience for fans, Tradable Bits has allowed teams to better understand their customer groups, which leads to happier sponsors and higher attendance.
Hyper Hippo Games
Who doesn’t love gaming? Hyper Hippo Games have launched over 50 games since 2014; their “Be Bold” mandate has proven to be be a successful one! Millions of players from around the globe download and play this Vancouver-based company’s games across platforms ranging from web, mobile, Steam, and even Playstation. Two new projects we’re excited to hear more about are, “Hello Sanrio”, a Hello Kitty game made in partnership with Sanrio, and “Runescape: Idle Adventures”, an RPG game which is being developed in partnership with Jagex. They’re the first independent studio to create a game for the Runescape world, and we can’t wait to hear (and maybe even see) what they’ve been up to!
Finger Food Studios
So you may have noticed by now that we’re super excited about mixed reality. Finger Food Studios is another company that has dived head-first into the realm of virtual and augmented reality. They develop AR/VR solutions into industrial workflows; designing, engineering, fabricating, and testing included. Prospects no longer have to book a trip to see their giant pieces of industrial hardware in person. Now, they have mixed reality! Their multidisciplinary team works alongside Microsoft, Oculus, and Vive just to name a few.
Machines with human-like intelligence, you say? It seems as though we’re heading there sooner than we thought! Kindred.ai’s mandate is to develop technology that allows robots to understand and participate with their environments. They want to see a world where humans and robots can work together. To be honest, we do too! That’s not to say we want to see an Ex-Machina running around (or any other Hollywood-style robot takeover), but friendly robots are more than welcome. We can’t wait to see what kind of demonstrations they may have up their (or the robots’) sleeves.
Vandrico is a company revolutionizing the health and safety of workers. They developed a Smart Helmet Clip which gives workers access to powerful LED strips, environmental sensors and communication hardware. Their ‘Connected-Worker’ platform allows managers help make real-time decisions while monitoring tasks from various project locations. All of this is great, but they took it a step further; by integrating AR onto their Connected Worker platform.
You may have heart of Archiact already; the creators of popular VR mobile game series Lamper who received $3.2 million venture capital from Chinese company 37Games. While they have various immersive games up their sleeve, Archiact wants to take the realm of VR and AR a step further by helping to integrate it into our everyday life. They believe that VR has the potential to change the world for the better – and we do, too. Definitely going to keep our eye out for what they’re up to at #BCTech Summit!
If this list of companies didn’t get you excited for the conference next week, we don’t know what will. Aside from the list of amazing speakers and 190 other exhibitionists (including Globalme!), that is. If you’d like to grab a coffee before, during, or after the conference, feel free to reach out to us! We look forward to meeting you in person.