Discover Tectoria to show off local tech with one-day expo

Discover Tectoria to show off local tech with one-day expo

VIATEC puts their FREE tech expo on at the Crystal Garden Feb 24, 2017 from 11am to 6pm

Victoria, BC (February 22, 2017) - Discover Tectoria is the Island's BIGGEST Tech Expo and it’s taking over the Crystal Garden from 11am to 6pm on February 24th with tech companies, gadgets, inventions, drones and more. The expo, organized by VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council), will feature a:


  • Main floor Tradeshow
    (local tech companies demonstrating products, hiring staff, or co-ops)

  • Video Game Lounge
    (local companies allow you to test drive their inventions)

  • WorkBC Startup Alley
    (get a sneak peek at the future of Tectoria)

  • UVic Research District
    (see some amazing projects post-secondary students have put together)

  • Innovation Theatre, sponsored by BMO & Royal Roads University
    (a line-up of great panel discussions and a Keynote Address from Jesse Brown of CANADALAND)

  • Benevity Combustion Chamber
    (Science Venture demos for the kids!)

  • PLUS: Robot battles, flying drones, a Victoria Beer Week lounge and a WildPlay Element Parks prize package

VIATEC is taking full advantage of the tri-district Pro-D Day scheduled on the same day and is encouraging parents to bring their kids to enjoy a full day of exploration. Post secondary exams will also be wrapped up, so it’s a great event for students to make connections.

Youth get a glimpse into a future working in tech, post-secondary students and job seekers get to meet potential employers, local and visiting investors can check out some up-and-coming businesses, and tech companies get to showcase their products and services to over 3500 attendees.

“We created this event to showcase the innovation taking place right here in Victoria,” explains Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “Discover Tectoria gives our local tech companies a platform where they can be seen and heard by investors, media, job seekers and youth. There’s no better way to inspire our future tech workers than filling a space with over 3500 people, robot battles, drones, creative minds and limitless imaginations.”

Simultaneously, VIATEC, the City of Victoria and the Capital Investment Network are hosting the Capital Mission II for a contingent of visiting angel and VC investors from February 22 to 24. Invitees will experience first-hand the city’s highly sought after quality of life, including how easy it is to travel to and from Victoria, the vibrancy of our innovative business community and the depth of our local deal flow. It all kicks off tonight at Fort Tectoria with the Welcome Night. The trip will finish with a visit to Discover Tectoria.

Media are encouraged to attend Discover Tectoria and also get in on multiple tech story ideas for the future. The event is the ideal place for media outlets to capture the vibrancy and diversity of the local tech scene all in one room. Please contact VIATEC below if you would like to attend and if you need help arranging interviews or photo-ops.

For the full Program and Exhibitor Map, click here.

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Dan Gunn


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VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry).

We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we recently acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs.