🏙️ Did I see you at an event this week?
Plus, discover the tech that will transform your experience at YVR, and how the local blockchain sector is still growing.
Remember how I told you last week that Vancouver Tech Journal sold out the Vogue theatre? I’ve been getting a lot of emails the past few days asking for more details about the regular events that we run (I’m very excited to get your messages; please keep them coming!) To that end, here’s some info to help:
Every Tuesday morning, we have Vancouver Tech Morning Coffee for the community from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. We’ve been touring different offices for the last few months, but this week we’re going back to our roots and hitting up The Coffee Bar in Gastown (10 Water Street). Entry is always free, though we ask that you register so our hosts know how many people to expect.
At least once a month, we put on our #vtjtalks series. These are panel discussions with local leaders on the topics you need to know. Next up is the Future of the Creator Economy, featuring execs from Thinkific, Later, SoleSavvy, Viral Nation, and more. Pro tip: these always sell out, so grab a ticket early.
On the last week of every month — usually Thursday — we have our Tech Industry Social. Entry is free, but you’ll need to register as we have to cap how many people we can have in the room! As a ballpark for you, this week I counted more than 320 tech professionals, so these can get busy. Bonus: your first drink (or soda, if you’d prefer!) is free.
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