• International tech events are crowded and exhilarating, filled with buyers looking for the next great thing and vendors intent on getting their goods (and brands) noticed. In these amplified environments, it can be easy for SMEs to get lost, obscured by their bigger, louder neighbours. And with so many vendors clamoring for attention, proving credibility […]

  • The technology readily available to us is impressive and extensive, and advancements and adoptions are not slowing down anytime soon. We can expect some trends that have been in the marketplace to continue growing and expanding while we witness newer technologies develop at accelerated speeds. Here, we explore five big tech trends and what they […]

  • All event opportunities are not equal to all companies. Choose the one that’s right for you. For the right companies, international tech events provide significant growth opportunities – from forming valuable connections, to discovering the future of tech, to experiencing a new culture outside your own. When it comes to selecting which event to attend, […]

  • In the past two years, our team has seen 108 companies generate over $230 million in sales and investments at global tech events. While the products, services, business goals and tech industry sectors of the most successful companies vary wildly, there is one key factor they all share: the degree to which they prepared.  Success […]

  • Winnipeg’s KOMODO Technologies is set to debut the world’s first consumer compression sleeve for activity tracking and heart monitoring at CES this January. When worn against the body, the precise sensors in the AIO Smart Sleeve and AIO M.D. collect and report information including heartbeat, sleep analysis, intensity of activity and electrocardiogram monitoring more accurately […]

  • Project Whitecard is an award-winning Winnipeg-based company taking on the gaming world with ‘serious games’ that go beyond entertainment alone. After leaving his position as a web developer at CBC 10 years ago, Khaled Shariff founded his company and went on to work with Canadian Space Agency, producing two projects that led to work with […]

  • PressReader is pursuing international partnerships to connect even more people through news. As a service that provides news content in more than 60 languages, the company saw Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress as perfect opportunity reach audiences audiences worldwide through the companies who attend. ICT West was an important part of making it happen. “We loved […]

  • What you need to know about the Branham300 report Every year, the Branham300 report lists Canada’s top public and private ICT companies by revenue, and is considered the definitive listing for this sector. This year marks the 23rd edition of the report, with numbers reflecting another new record for Canadian tech companies. The ICT industry […]

  • Whether you call them a makerspace, hackerspace or a fabrication lab, cities across Western Canada have the communities, tools and infrastructure to help bring your ideas to life. These collaborative zones all feature tech-minded tinkerers, artists working in all mediums and entrepreneurs eager to help you get your project or startup off the ground. Here’s […]

  • Accelerating in Lisbon “Get to know Lisbon’s startup scene, before everybody else,” says Filipe Ramalheira, a counselor in the Embassy of Portugal in Canada. Web Summit is the best time to make an impression in Europe’s hottest startup hub. This November, ICT West is heading to the conference with the rest of Canada and a […]

  • After his first visit to Mobile World Congress 2016, Stephen Kong, president and CEO of ThinkEco Power Systems, has some advice for anyone visiting the show. “Focus, focus, focus. I almost think that one should mentally target the companies you want to meet and know exactly what the objective of the meeting is even before […]

  • How can Earth’s magnetic field be used to measure active motion? SoundOfMotion, an award-winning sport performance monitoring company in Vancouver, has engineered the first wearable technology that uses the planet’s magnetic field to accurately gauge motion and activity in multiple sports. Like a compass, SoundOfMotion’s 3Dmotion Smart Sensor tracks the pivotal motion of the wearer […]

  • FusionPipe, a Vancouver-based leader in authentication and data security, used Mobile World Congress (MWC) as a platform to launch their newest authentication product, QuikID™ Smart. QuikID™ Smart is the first authenticator that uses the software on your smartphone or wearable to replace expensive hardware like smart cards and readers to generate a secure password. The […]

  • Smartphones, gaming systems, tablets and wearables have made us more connected than ever before. With increasing compatibility between devices, what does this mean for security? Wedge Networks’ cloud-based security program protects an entire network, so there’s no need for users to download software updates to individual devices. All Internet-supported devices are protected – enabling them […]

  • The people behind 4iiii Innovations Inc. aren’t just engineers and innovators — they’re also athletes. Their foundation in athletics makes them a leader in providing innovative wearable technologies to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and retail markets.   “We offer an integrated portfolio of technology that raises sport monitoring to be more effective in keeping athletes […]

  • The Campfire Union is a company that knows how to use technology to make things better. Specializing in virtual reality (VR), the group took an award-winning board game and adapted it to VR, replacing two-dimensional paper cards with 3D technology to lead interactive expeditions through five lost cities in a stunning VR setting. The company […]

  • It is estimated that over eight billion devices are currently connected to the Internet. In the next decade, this number will likely hit 50 billion and keep rising. But don’t worry—Riot Micro is ready for the surge.

  • The word craftsmanship is usually reserved for those who create gleaming oak cabinets or distill award-winning spirits. But, Adrian Moise, the founder of Aequilibrium, likes the sound of it when it comes to developing digital products. “It’s about using tech to solve complex business problems, just as you would use the same practices when you’re […]

  • Medical Wearable Solutions is a relatively new company but its mission is as old as parenthood: to keep kids safe while at play We’re familiar with the scene – ­a child hunched over a mobile device or tablet and it’s clear just by looking their necks are craned in an awkward position. Gameboy Disease is […]

  • Bernadette Butler was afraid her children wouldn’t remember her. In the midst of a high-risk pregnancy, she worried that if she died, her legacy would come down to a handful of repeated stories her children would hear from others. Happily, she survived ­— and she found a renewed commitment to finding ways for families everywhere […]

  • With over 500 successful projects in the books, Fred Yee is looked to CES to tap into a growing market. ActiveConversion was one of the ICT West team of delegate companies at CES, held in Las Vegas in January 2016. “Our primary objective for CES is to meet electronics manufacturers and to get involved and […]

  • Diabetics have a new way to manage one of the most common complications of the disease, thanks to technology developed by Calgary’s Orpyx Medical Technologies. Half of all diabetics eventually lose the feeling in their feet. It’s a condition called peripheral neuropathy. Because they have no feeling, patients aren’t aware of the damage that’s occurring. […]

  • Like all great inventions, MYLE: Wearable Thought Catcher was born out of necessity. “I tried to use a small tape recorder throughout the day to keep track of everything that was going on, from my schedule to notes to great ideas,” said Pavel Bondarev, founder and CEO of MYLE Electronics. “It took too much time […]

  • One visit to Archiact Interactive’s website and workplace envy is sure to set in. There’s a big photo of smiling, waving employees and a blurb about a corporate culture that includes team lunches, movie nights and beers with the team. Creating games is fun! Based in Vancouver with an additional office in Shanghai, Archiact Interactive […]

  • Over 100 million people are glancing at their wearable devices right now, checking to see of they’re on track when it comes to steps, calories or sleep quality. Fitness trackers are here to stay. But what happens to all that collected data? A Calgary-based company is putting it to good use. At just over two […]

  • Marketing.AI CEO Greg Marin arrived at Web Summit with an announcement to make. “We weren’t totally sure about announcing our funding, but it turned out to be a good move,” he said. His company had just raised $2 million from Marin Investments to accelerate product development and provide more value to its customers around the […]

  • Twenty-four companies from Western Canada made their way to Dublin as part of ICT West’s first delegation to an international show. One day ahead the opening of Web Summit the ICT West delegation joined with companies from across Canada for a seminar at the Embassy of Canada to Ireland. The seminar outlined the ways the […]

  • When Coconut Calendar was selected to exhibit at Web Summit and joined the Western Canadian delegation, CEO Katherine Regnier said she was petrified. She knew the conference would be a great opportunity for networking and professional development, but was overwhelmed by its sheer volume, from the number of delegates and receptions, to the masses of […]

  • RunGo Founder Craig Slagel used the app he created every morning while he was in Dublin, Ireland, to keep fit and enjoy scenic running routes. With every step, he was also getting closer to his goals as an ICT West delegate attending Web Summit. “At Web Summit, we identified that our app offered travellers the […]

  • The software by Winnipeg-based Quipped Interactive Learning Tools provides teachers with a flexible environment to collect, analyze and communicate their students’ progress. The bleeding edge approach means the code used is something that may have been written just days ago and is now being actively developed and continually improved along with the software it’s used […]

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