Kelowna and Okanagan - Beginner's Tech Guide WIP
The tech industry in the Okanagan has a billion dollar impact for the region, behind only the winery industry in economic value added. This information is based on my experience moving to Kelowna and being part of the tech industry for five years here. This is the information that would have made my life easier when landing in Kelowna. Updated last: December 08, 2017
This page will slowly be updated as I think of them and the landscape changes in the region. I have based the information on what I would have liked to have known when I first moved out here over 5 years ago. Since I live in Kelowna, it's more of a welcome to Kelowna Tech roadmap.
Below is a very good directory or resources from Jeff Keen, who was the first person I met regarding technology when I moved to Kelowna:
This is the mother ship of the Kelowna tech scene. Contact them and arrange a meeting to get a lay of the land. I don't usually enjoy email lists but this is one you want to sign up for. Also if you're looking for a tech job in the region, their job board is the first place to start > https://www.accelerateokanagan.com/community/job-board/ . Their FB page is a great way to keep up to date on their community events.
This is where I work out of. It's a coworking space that is primarily focused on tech. Since coming to Kelowna, five years ago, this is where I've met most of my network from. Check out their FB page for lots of local events.
Okanagan Centre for Innovation
The new tech building in Kelowna. This is a big deal for the city. Not sure exactly what it will all look like but looks like a great step forward for the tech industry in the region.
This group facilitates a network of tech entrepreneurs and professionals on or from the Okanagan to generate business opportunities. News, events + #oktech
Are you a self-employed business owner running a one-person show? Are you a creative professional looking to to network with others who are running their own business in or from the Central Okanagan? As solopreneurs one of the challenges we face is that of working alone. Join a group of like-minded professionals to network, share contacts and contractors, collaborate on projects, or get feedback on business ideas, creative projects, or other initiatives. Join the 650 plus entrepreneurs for events in Kelowna.
Digital Okanagan on Meetup
This used to be a really active Meetup group but has died down a bit over the years. It still has the largest amount of members with over 1K members. https://www.meetup.com/DigitalOkanagan/
History of Kelowna Tech
Larger tech Companies in Kelowna. In no particular order as of yet:
- Club Penguin / Disnery Interactive
- Get In The Loop
- Strawhouse Labs
- Data Nerds
- Volinspire / Do Some Good
- Refresh Financial
- Two Hat Security
- Yeti Farm Creative
Meeting People in Kelowna
Little bit of a different avenue then Tech but the one thing I wish I would have done earlier when landing in Kelowna is signing up for Urban Rec's All Sport League. You play a different sport every week with your team but more importantly, it's a great way to meet people and grab a drink afterwards.
New to Kelowna? I'm always up for a coffee, you can reach me on the social medias or below!
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