"The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed."
Author William Gibson reportedly made this statement in 1993, but his words could just as easily apply to 2017. Throughout Canada, and across the globe, citizens face major disparities in access to data and access to technology, including internet connectivity and computing resources. There is a growing concern that these gaps will hold back entire communities.
Cyber Summit 2017 will focus on the issues surrounding technology disparities and how they affect different regions, and different sectors. The event will help public organizations, tech leaders, and everyday citizens understand and communicate the need for unrestricted access to digital resources. And it will highlight the organizations, tools and services that are helping to close those technological gaps.
The Summit will take place November 8-9, 2017 at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, with pre-conference workshops being held on November 7.
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Greg Wyler, Founder & Executive Chairman, OneWeb
A successful telecommunications entrepreneur, Wyler founded OneWeb in 2012 with the mission of connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022. OneWeb's new satellite constellation, a major component to achieving this goal, will launch in 2019.
Previously, Wyler spent three years developing telecommunications for rural locations in Africa. He built a local team and connected over 200 schools to the internet; provided the first 3G and fibre-to-the-home connections on the continent; and focused heavily on developing local operational skills.
"Internet access is critical for digital government, health and education, and lack of access impairs financial growth when markets cannot develop, trade and become economically relevant to each other. This issue impacts everyone, and together we can solve it." – Greg Wyler
Heather Payne, Founder, Ladies Learning Code
Heather Payne is the Founder of Ladies Learning Code, a national not-for-profit that is encouraging thousands of women and girls to learn to code. Since 2011, Ladies Learning Code has expanded from its Toronto headquarters to 22+ cities across Canada.
Payne is the founding director of Toronto’s Mozilla-backed youth digital literacy initiative and was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
“If software is created only by a small portion of the population, how is it going to be reflective of society’s needs, and an entire population’s needs?" – Heather Payne
Jake Hirsch-Allen, Lynda.com Lead for Higher Education, LinkedIn Canada
As well as his work with Lynda.com, Jake Hirsch-Allen teaches at McMaster University, is on the advisory boards of Code for Canada and the Hot Docs cinema, and founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada's foremost software development bootcamp. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair of the Technology Committee of the Global Education Platform.
Huda Idrees, Founder and CEO, Dot Health
Huda Idrees is the Founder and CEO of Dot Health, a new health technology platform that helps you understand your own health better. Previously, she was the Chief Product Officer at Wealthsimple, led accounting and invoicing for Wave Apps, and jumpstarted the design team at storytelling giant, Wattpad.
Paul Stokes, Executive Partner, Gartner Inc.
Paul Stokes is an Executive Partner based in Victoria, British Columbia. He works closely with Gartner Executive Programs clients, providing executive-level advice, guidance, counsel, direction and assistance to support the CIO role and helping members to use Gartner resources to succeed in their organizations. Before joining Gartner, Paul was Chief Information Officer at the University of Victoria (22,00 students and 5,500 employees), responsible for the information technology services for the University, including academic, administrative and research computing.
Find out who the Summit is geared towards, and how to make the pitch to your employer for attending.