Canada’s Engaged University Highlights SFU’s Research Excellence and Leadership in Innovation at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit

As an Innovation Partner for every #BCTECH Summit to date, Simon Fraser University is proud to be continuing—and building upon—this tradition in 2018. The #BCTECH Summit is from May 14 – 16, 2018.

“The #BCTECH Summit is a perfect opportunity to showcase SFU’s leadership in innovation and strengths in big data research,” says Joy Johnson, SFU’s Vice-President, Research and International. “SFU’s innovation strategy—SFU Innovates—helps students and researchers mobilize their ideas for positive social and economic impact. And with KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative, the university is accelerating data-intensive research to deliver breakthroughs across the full spectrum of science and social sciences.” 

At this year’s #BCTECH Summit, there are more ways than ever to engage with SFU researchers and innovation being developed at the university. SFU staff and industry professionals will be positioned and available to answer questions at prime locations across the Summit, including the Marketplace, Research Runway, Youth Innovation Day, the Virtual Reality area, and the South Foyer of Vancouver Convention Centre, where early stage start-ups will be on display.

This year’s Summit will be displaying an impressive 16 SFU research projects — this is largest number of SFU projects chosen to be showcased at #BCTECH to date. Johnson emphasizes, “Our researchers at this year’s Summit are prime examples of the innovative talent coming out of SFU, committed to solving problems that make a difference in society — and around the world.” Continuing to demonstrate SFU’s proven successes in local and global thought leadership, Johnson has been asked to speak at #BCTECH on Tuesday, May 15 in the session, “Harnessing the Power of Data for Innovation.”  

Participating at #BCTECH over the past three years has provided brilliant opportunities for SFU to demonstrate its strengths in tech research, innovation, and big data to the thousands of #BCTECH attendees. There are many reasons why SFU Innovates is a must-see at the Summit: 

Industry Connections – From new nanotech for energy systems, and immersive virtual reality, to a wearable exoskeleton system, the 16 research projects featured this year have strong cross-sector potential for commercialization. SFU Researchers will be located at Research Runway, the SFU Innovates booth in the Marketplace, and the Virtual Reality area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Entrepreneurship Opportunities – Attendees can meet members of SFU Innovates Programs, RADIUS, SFU VentureLabs® and Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection®, to receive the expertise needed to succeed. Early stage starts-ups that have worked with the SFU programs will also be on-hand. These members of the SFU community will be located at the South Foyer of Vancouver Convention Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Student Engagement – Students will have the opportunity to meet with SFU researchers, mentors, and SFU staff to explore the many career opportunities in tech with SFU, and see what programs are available at the university. Youth Innovation Day is on Wednesday only! 

Tech Enthusiasts – SFU’s award-winning researchers are on the cutting-edge of innovative technology. Attendees have the chance to get interactive – these demos must not be missed. Visit researchers on Tuesday and Wednesday at the SFU Innovates booth, Virtual Reality area, and Research Runway. An SFU researcher will also be located at Youth Innovation Day for students to engage with.

Through a commitment to research excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship, and incubation & acceleration, SFU is a leader in driving forward British Columbia’s vibrant technology sector. Look for the SFU Innovates logo throughout the Vancouver Convention Centre at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit this May – the best of SFU’s innovative research will be an experience to remember.

For more information about SFU Innovates and how to get involved, please visit