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The Vancouver Tech Podcast is a weekly show focusing on the growing tech industry in the city of Vancouver. Get caught up on the events and meetups around town, startups, new businesses, developers, designers, community programs, and news. Each episode includes an interview with an outstanding member of our community.

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The Vancouver Tech Podcast is a weekly show focusing on the growing tech industry in the city of Vancouver. Get caught up on the events and meetups around town, startups, new businesses, developers, designers, community programs, and news. Each episode includes an interview with an outstanding member of our community.

    Episode 107 - Charlene Tessier, Strength in Numbers Virtual Summit

    Episode 107 - Charlene Tessier, Strength in Numbers Virtual Summit

    Charlene Tessier, Strength in Numbers Virtual Summit  Charlene Tessier, founder of the Strength in Numbers virtual summit joins hosts Lauren Bates and Drew Ogryzek this week to discuss community building, and networking in the current state of the world.
    Have a listen, and make sure to get your free ticket to the Strength in Numbers virtual summit with a host of amazing guest speakers, and interactive workshops. Topics range from Equity Splits and Aligning your Message, to Credibility and even Virtual Retreats!
    Listen in to this week's episode to hear more.

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    Episode 106 - Kahlil Ashanit, Founder of WeShowUp.io

    Episode 106 - Kahlil Ashanit, Founder of WeShowUp.io

    Kahlil Ashanti, Founder of WeShowUp.ioKahlil Ashanti, Founder of WeShowUp.io, joins hosts Lauren Bates and Drew Ogryzek to discuss the journey of discovering and developing a product and a business that has come out of a combining a rich history of experience in performing arts and web-based payments.
    "In addition to performing, it was actually our job to stand and thank every audience member who came to see us," explains Ashanti reminscing of the early days of his perfomance career in the 90s, "And people kept saying, 'I would have paid more for that.'"
    Continuing how he had started, Ashanti kept shaking hands with audience members and thanking them after the show, and kept finding people echoing the same sentiment, "I would have paid more for that."
    Listen in to find out more about this founder's journey of discovery and development.

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    Episode 105 - John Thompson, Analytics Leader & Best Selling Author

    Episode 105 - John Thompson, Analytics Leader & Best Selling Author

    John Thompson, Analytics Leader & Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Data Science Thought Leader.John Thompson, Global Head, Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence at CSL Behring. Author of Building Analytics Teams: Harnessing analytics and artificial intelligence for business improvement, and Analytics: How to Win with Intelligence joins hosts Lauren Bates and Drew Ogryzek for episode 105 of the Vancouver Tech Podcast.
    Thompson explains that he started writing his latest book, Building Analytics Teams: Harnessing analytics and artificial intelligence for business improvement, or at least thinking about it last year. He asked people how they felt about their analytics teams, the people on them, and the cohesion, and those kind of topics, at a few presentations in Chicago and other places around the United States. The incredible responses he received prompted him to stop working on a book he had started regarding AI and Ethics, and pivot to the topics addressed in Building Analytics Teams.
    This book is for people who are hiring and managing high performance advanced analytics and AI teams. So, if you're a manager and you're responsible for a data science team, this book was written for you.

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    Episode 104 - Annee Ngo, CEO of Startup League and QUP

    Episode 104 - Annee Ngo, CEO of Startup League and QUP

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    Annee Ngo, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup League
    Join Annee Ngo, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup League with host Drew Ogryzek to talk about Startup League, QUP, and more for the first episode of the new Fall 2019 Season of the Vancouver Tech Podcast.

    Having spent the past several years in the North American startup scene, spending time in Vancouver, New York, San Francisco, Ngo shares insights garnished from leading endeavors such as ProtoHack, a code free hackathon, focused on producing a prototype, key factors in co-founding startups, and building teams for success.

    "With Startup League, what we're trying to really solve here is the problem of opportunity"

    "We encountered a school of thought called design thinking. Stanford has a school called The D School for Design and I was just blown away. I was like wow, this is what innovation really comes down to; these core principles and core educational values of 1: empathy, 2: syntheses, 3: ideation, and then it goes into prototyping and testing," explains Ngo, "I was trying to wrap my head around what have we been doing with ProtoHack and understanding that this model existed, we saw that this entire time, we were focused so much on the ideas. In a similar way to what education looks like today, we were focused on outcomes, ideas and solutions. And I really wanted to figure out a way that we could make students, and in this case aspiring entrepreneurs, really fall in love with the problems themselves."

    Listen in to hear more!

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    The Vancouver Tech Podcast is a weekly show focusing on the growing tech industry in the city of Vancouver. Get caught up on the events and meetups around town, startups, new businesses, developers, designers, community programs, and news. Each episode includes an interview with an outstanding member of our community.

    Listen to the show here, email us, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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    Episode 103: Angela Griffin, CTO of Glance Technologies

    Episode 103: Angela Griffin, CTO of Glance Technologies

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    Angela Griffen, CTO of Glance Technologies
    Angela Griffen, CTO of Glance Technologies Inc. joins host Drew Ogryzek to talk about Glance Pay, the life of a CTO, team culture, and more!

    As a seasoned software developer and CTO, having started her career when building web-based software solutions was first starting out, Griffen shares knowledge and insight ranging from domain expertise, the role of a CTO as companies grow over time, the beginnings of Glance Pay, and some thoughts on future adoption of cryptocurrency payments.

    Listen in to hear the whole conversation.

    Follow Glance Pay on Twitter at @glancepay, and the Vancouver Tech Podcast at @vantechpodcast.

    Vancouver Public Library Events
    Friday, January 5

    Are you curious about making movies, creating a podcast, or editing photos? What about publishing your own book or ebook? You can do all of this and much more in the Inspiration Lab. Come learn about the creative possibilities!


    2:00 PM: All About the Inspiration Lab

    Tuesday, January 9th

    Learn how you can tell the story of a family member, bring together family history, or just share a vacation adventure... it's up to you! Get hands-on experience digitizing, creating, and editing media to help turn your memories into movies.


    2:00 PM Turn Memories into Movies: Part 1

    Wednesday, January 10

    From personal stories, to marketing videos, to social and environmental films – it all starts with an idea and a dream. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Julia Ivanova leads this four-hour workshop where participants learn how to develop a successful, achievable film or video project idea.


    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM: Reel Stories: Developing an Idea for Film

    For more events, visit vpl.ca/events and to find out more about the Inspiration Lab visit vpl.ca/inspirationlab

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    Innovation Labs is hosting a DevOps for Any Language, Any Platform event, Tuesday January 9th, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

    We are very excited to start the new year with a seminar dedicated to innovation in IT! We are bringing one of Microsoft's key cloud advocates, Donovan Brown to demonstrate how to set up your very own DevOps in your organization from scratch.

    Adaptech Solutions Drive business value. Stay ahead of competitors. Build great products. January 18th, and 19th, 2018 - Adaptech Solutions is holding workshops on Delivering Effective Microservices and Hands-On Microservices Implementation: Deep-Dive.

    deCode Hackathon: deCODE invites selected hackers to work alongside company engineers from high-growth tech companies to work on challenging and interesting technical challenges.


    Theme music by A Shell In The Pit from the game Parkitect

    The Vancouver Tech Podcast is a weekly show focusing on the growing tech industry in the city of Vancouver. Get caught up on the events and meetups around town, startups, new businesses, developers, designers, community programs, and news. Each episode includes an interview with an outstanding member of our community.

    Listen to the show here, email us, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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    Episode 102: Startup Resources and Funding with Mike Volker of New Ventures BC

    Episode 102: Startup Resources and Funding with Mike Volker of New Ventures BC

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    Mike Volker of New Ventures BC
    Mike Volker of New Ventures BC joins host Drew Ogryzek to discuss New Ventures BC, its venture acceleration program, and the BCIC-New Ventures Competition.

    "The ideal participant would be an individual participant or group of indivuduals that think they have something that has huge potential in the marketplace. And, they need some guidance, they need some help figuring out how to take their idea and commercialize it," Volker explains. "The capital is a very important part of it, because a lot of the mentors in the New Ventures BC program are investors; business angels, who invest in startup companies."

    "In addition to learning about business, and potentially winning the prize money, which can be quite substantial - first prize is more than $100,000, and that's cash, no-strings attached. And that of itself is attractive. But even more attractive is that not just the winner, but the runners up and the other companies that compete in the competition now have access to these investors who can get them launched."

    With mentors such as Peter Jennings co-founder of VisiCorp, the company that launched the first killer app, a $100,000 no-strings first-place prize, and a very modest entrance fee, the only reason someone wouldn't want to take advantange of the programs and competition is probably because they just don't know about it.

    Listen in to hear the full conversation and learn more about New Ventures BC.

    Follow New Ventures BC on Twitter at @NVBC, and the Vancouver Tech Podcast at @vantechpodcast.

    Vancouver Public Library Events
    Thursday, November 30th


    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM: Self Publish 100: Introduction to EBooks.

    Wednesday, December 6th


    3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Intro to Video Editing with Premiere Pro

    Saturday, December 2nd


    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Let's Talk About Personal Branding

    Thursday, December 7th


    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM: Self Publishing 101: Create Your Own Ebook

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    deCode Hackathon: deCODE invites selected hackers to work alongside company engineers from high-growth tech companies to work on challenging and interesting technical challenges.



    ConFoo is a conference for developers that will take place on December 4th-6th at the Sheraton Wall Center.


    Theme music by A Shell In The Pit from the game Parkitect

    The Vancouver Tech Podcast is a weekly show focusing on the growing tech industry in the city of Vancouver. Get caught up on the events and meetups around town, startups, new businesses, developers, designers, community programs, and news. Each episode includes an interview with an outstanding member of our community.

    Listen to the show here, email us, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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