#BCTECH Summit to explore the role music has in the gaming industry at annual conference on May 14 – May 16, 2018 in Vancouver


 #BCTECH Summit, the largest technology conference in Western Canada, will host stakeholders from Vancouver’s music and gaming industry for the first time to discuss the impact role music has on video games and designing technology solutions. With the support of the Music BC Industry Association, FACTOR, Government of Canada and The Province of BC, Creative BC, Secret Study, and Sound Diplomacy will lead the following music driven initiatives during the #BCTECH Summit:


  • Panel Series: Representatives from the partner organizations will host two panels during the conference. The first panel, Music in Games: The Real Value, will be held on May 15, 2018 at 12:30pm to discuss the value of music in gaming and how it can transform the user-experience. The second panel, Music in Games: The Future Essentials will take place on May 16, 2018 at 6:30pm at TELUS World of Science. This free with RSVP panel will explore the evolution of music and gaming and be targeted to artists, producers, and game developers. It will bring together top experts in the music and gaming world to discuss the ins and outs of the music and games process and quest for music innovation in the gaming experience. RSVP for this panel here.
  • Music Cities Hackathon: The hackathon is a two-day event approximately 40 experts, entrepreneurs, programmers, and planners from different disciplines to come up with innovative ideas to create a stronger music ecosystem. This year the theme is focused on how data can create a safe and sustainable night culture and night time economy. Participants will have a chance to work in small groups to ideate strategies to address the theme and will present to a jury and win prizes. Participants can apply online here for their chance to attend the event. Professionals & students with backgrounds in disciplines including music, programming, architecture, urban planning, creative industries, design and science are encouraged to register. The Music Cities Hackathon Vancouver is an addition to the Vancouver Music Ecosystem Study – a province-wide study, conducted by Music BC, Sound Diplomacy and Secret Study, that is assessing Vancouver’s music ecology and its ability to nurture and develop musicians, businesses and audiences.


  • GirlsOnWax at #BCTECHSummit DJ Showcase: Curated by GirlsOnWax, summit attendees will have a chance to see the best of BC’s female DJ’s will spin music for the at the Official #BCTECH Summit After Party at TELUS World of Science on May 17, 2018 at 7pm.


Alex Grigg, Executive Director of Music BC, said: “We’re excited to be engaged with #BCTECHSummit and unlock partnership opportunities between B.C.’s music and technology industries. This is the first time we’re actively involved in a solely technology-focused conference to examine the impact of music for technology.  British Columbia is the third largest music market in Canada and is home to an abundance of diverse established and emerging musicians and with music playing a pivotal role in a technology experience, we look forward to discussing ways to help strengthen our relationships across both industries.”


In its third year, the #BCTECH Summit showcases B.C.’s vibrant tech and innovation sectors and will host thousands of attendees to learn how technology is driving cross-industry growth and industry, and how companies are becoming leaders in data economy.


“Technology is everywhere and is transforming all aspects of our lives,” said Lindsay Chan, Director, #BCTECH Summit. “Musicians, like innovators, have long been at the forefront of societal change and efforts to improve the human experience, so we’re thrilled to be working with the Music BC Industry Association to highlight the linkages between music, gaming, technology and life.”


For more information about #BCTECHSummit and the music partnership, visit bctechsummit.ca 



The #BCTECH Summit is delivered in partnership by the B.C. government and the BC Innovation Council. As the largest technology conference in Western Canada, this two-day event showcases B.C.’s vibrant tech industry, builds cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explores the latest ideas and innovations that are fuelling our local economy.