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SFU Innovates and researchers in full force at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit

May 24, 2018

The 2018 #BCTECH Summit has come to a successful finish. After three full days, the summit broke attendance records, drawing in an estimated 9,000 participants to nearly a dozen conference-related events. As an Innovation Partner for every summit to date, Simon Fraser University’s exhibits, research projects and speeches did not disappoint.

SFU’s research excellence and leadership in innovation was displayed throughout Vancouver Convention Centre, with 16 researchers showcasing their groundbreaking projects. From a researcher making virtual reality a collective experience, to another making full mobility a reality for paralyzed and mobility disabled people, it was apparent that SFU is accelerating innovative research to deliver breakthroughs across the full spectrum of science and social sciences.

The university is building on a decade of leadership in the field of big data, and Joy Johnson, SFU’s vice-president, research and international spoke in a session called, “Harnessing the Power of Data for Innovation.” She inspired attendees and discussed the truth about big data: that it is disruptive and the conversations that convene from partnerships—the ethical debates—are fundamental. Innovation walks hand-in-hand with disruption. And while innovation is important, so too are the choices made about how it will shape society.

SFU Innovates programs, Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection®, SFU Venture Labs®, and RADIUS also teamed up and showcased nearly 10 startup companies supported by the programs. Visitors of this space learned about the many opportunities available and various ways that all three programs could support an entrepreneur’s journey. Students also visited the space and were educated about entrepreneurship and innovation at SFU.

SFU Innovates was also on display in another area of the convention centre for Youth Innovation Day — the final day of the summit. Several SFU student entrepreneurs met with grades 10-12 student attendees and spoke about SFU’s programs and entrepreneurship courses.

The SFU community came together as one large team, to celebrate research from around the province and technology to improve the quality of life for British Columbians. We look forward to being an Innovation Partner for the fourth consecutive year in 2019.