President's Dream Colloquium on Women in Technology: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent

See event page for presentation locations.


The value of diverse teams is understood but solutions are still needed to ensure the participation of women and other under-represented groups.

However, increasing the participation of these groups in technology fields is a challenging societal problem — it is about changing our culture and how we see gender roles.

This lecture series aims to educate participants on the challenges and solutions that have been identified to improve diversity in hiring, retention, and promotion to leadership roles.

We invite you to join us in “Women in Technology: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent” to explore strategies for advancing diversity in the technology sector, critically analyze the culture that has supported a foundation of inequality therein, and engage in multidisciplinary dialogue about the value of creating more space for women and other under-represented groups in technology.

Reservations for the lectures are now open. See the full speakers lineup and register today.

First speaker is September 13, 2017, final speaker is November 23, 2017.


Meet Local Incubator and Accelerators

3:00 - 6:00pm
The Vancouver Club, 915 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

This year at Vancouver Startup Week come and meet the people who can help you get your business to the next level. The Vancouver Startup support community is dynamic and diverse, with a range of services and programs to help you grow your company. Whether you are a student, an entrepreneur just getting started, or you are ready to scale up, there is a reason why Vancouver is recognized as the #1 Startup city in the world (according to Forbes). On Wednesday, September 27th come and meet the organizations that helped get us there! Join us for an afternoon of insightful panels and discussions and an evening of networking fun!


NEXT Canada Campus Tour

11:30am - 12:20pm
SFU Surrey Campus, Room SUR 2740, 250 - 13450 102nd Ave.

Calling students and alumni from all faculties! Are you an Innovator? An entrepreneur? A change maker? Come learn more about Next 36 and NextAI.

Simon Fraser University is the proud Academic Partner of NEXT Canada, who deliver three programs for exceptional entrepreneurs including Next 36 and NextAI. Learn more about Next 36, where you could be one of the 36 promising entrepreneurs equipped with CEO mentorship, up to $60,000 in seed capital and world class academic instruction.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn more about NextAI, NEXT Canada's third program. NextAI is a startup accelerator for AI-enabled ventures. Ventures receive up to $200,000, workspace in Toronto and access to top technology platforms, scientists and corporate mentorship.

If you're up for the challenge, join us at the info session where you can speak with NEXT staff an alumni about the rewarding experience, 2018 application deadlines and also, that intense National Selection Weekend everyone's talking about.

Next 36 and NextAI are suited for individuals with or without a founding team. They are for entrepreneurs with existing startups and also those who want to build something new. They provides flexibility for founders already working on a startup and also those looking to build something brand new.

Lunch will be provided for registered attendees. Attendance is complimentary, but registration is required.

See the line up of speakers and register today.


SFU VentureLabs® demo day and Reception

1:00 - 6:00 pm
VentureLabs 555 W Hastings St #1200, Vancouver, BC

VentureLabs is excited to be hosting Demo Day on Friday, September 8, 2017 as a part of Vancouver Startup Week. This event, which is free and open to the public, will highlight up-and-coming startups across various industries and will showcase technologies from multiple accelerators in the community. Starting at 1PM, there will be interactive displays including robotic sensors, Virtual Reality gaming systems, and a velomobile; a reception will be held at the 11th floor of the VentureLabs office at 5pm. Come check out what the Vancouver startup scene is working on!


VentureLabs® Demo Day

1:00 - 6:00pm
Harbour Centre Lobby, 555 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B

Vancouver Startup Week is an incredible gathering of entrepreneurs, developers, investors, and community leaders all coming together to celebrate one of the top tech hubs in the world. The city will be teeming with events, including presentations from some of the biggest names in the tech scene. 

  • Events have limited capacity and must be reserved independently. So don’t be a Lazy Larry - claim your spot today!
  • Is your event fully booked? - Have no fear, waitlist is here! Event entry for waitlisters opens 5 minutes prior to event start time. It’s worth trying, you’ll have a pretty good chance of getting in.
  • A word to the wise - Please show up for events at least 10 minutes prior to event start time. Unclaimed seats will be offered to waitlisters 5 minutes prior to start time.
  • Have your pass handy, as we will scan your QR code when you attend events. But remeber, this pass does not grant you access to the events unless you have signed up!

EduHacks 2017 — Hackathon

Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC

EduHacks is a 24-hour hackathon, where students will be invited to form teams based on mutual interest, with the goal of integrating technology into the design of exceptional learning experiences. Over 24 hours, participants will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs who have passion for using technology to redefine education, bringing together practical, hands-on experience with the chance to connect with other talented individuals. The winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize.  The first 30 registrants under promo code SFUINNOVATESVIP will receive free admission. 

Saturday September 30, 2017, 10:00am to Sunday October 1, 2017, 6:00pm PDT



Software Development - 3rd Party Risks, Localization, and Testing

4:30pm - 6:00pm
SFU VentureLabs, #1200 - 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

You can't know everything there is to know about software development but you can always know more. Whether you're a founder, future entrepreneur, or junior developer, this Scale Up session has insight for all stages of growth.

Register for this event!


2017 Invention to Innovation Venture Pitch Competition

5:30 - 8:30pm
Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

At this event, three scientist-entrepreneurship students of the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization will pitch their Product Ready ventures and three more will pitch their Emergent ventures to our panel of judges who have experience in angel and seed investment and mentorship for science-based ventures.

More information about panel of judges and Venture Pitches. 


Adam Kahane - “Collaborating with the Enemy”

5:00 - 7:00pm
Fletcher Theatre - SFU Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

RADIUS (RADical Ideas, Useful to Society) and SFU Innovates are thrilled to bring internationally celebrated negotiator, author and speaker Adam Kahane to SFU Harbour Centre for a keynote address and Q&A on October 12th.

Over the last twenty-five years, Adam has worked in more than fifty countries, with executives and politicians, generals and guerrillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and clergy. He has learned along the way that collaboration is not as straightforward as one might think. On October 12th, Adam will be discussing ideas from his new book, Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust - available now from Raincoast Books.

Tickets for this event are expected to sell out, so get your ticket very soon.


AGE-WELL’s 3rd Annual Conference | Benefiting Canada; Older Adults, Industry, Policy

Fairmont Winnipeg, Manitoba

Join AGE-WELL in Winnipeg, MB for their third Annual Conference! AGE-WELL2017 will be held as a pre-conference event to the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting.

AGE-WELL2017 will showcase a multi-disciplinary program of research and innovation from across the AGE-WELL network and provide a forum for networking and collaboration among AGE-WELL stakeholders. Presentations, discussions, networking and demonstration sessions are designed to maximize knowledge exchange. AGE-WELL2017 is open to the public and aims to provide something for everyone interested in technology and aging.

Registration starts in summer 2017.