Event Recap: Cyber Summit 2017

The Cyber Summit is an annual multi-day conference organized by Cybera, SRnet and MRnet that brings together 200 education, research and IT professionals from across Western Canada. The conference was held November 8-9, 2017 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

About the Cyber Summit

The 2017 Cyber Summit theme was based on the following quote by William Gibson: “The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The goal of the conference was to improve access to connectivity and computing resources in underprivileged communities. The conference sessions addressed innovation and technology, and what we need to do to help communities keep up with this rapid pace of change.

Social Media Impact

Social media helps build a community that extends beyond the conference. Conference attendees shared content on Twitter using the hashtag #CyberSummit17. The social media lounge, sponsored by WBM Technologies, gave attendees a chance to play Nintendo Classic, try on props and take fun photos, as well as charge their phones using custom branded SOS Charging Solutions stations. We couldn’t resist trying out the photo booth!

The social lounge was a great idea! It was nice to have a place to unwind for a few minutes between sessions or take a peer for a quick discussion.
— 2017 Cyber Summit Attendee

Over a 28 day period, Cybera’s Twitter account earned 22 new followers and profile visits increased by 57%. Tweets posted by Cybera over this period resulted in 48.1K impressions, an increase of 69%.


By the way - the ladies in the photo above (Meagan Hampel and Laura Hutchinson) are our partners in crime from Cybera. We had an absolute blast working with them (as you can tell).

The Catalystica team helped us put on one of our most highly-rated annual conferences yet, ensuring that every detail was handled. For myself, it was great to have event organizers who I could trust and didn’t have to check up on. They took a lot of the stress out of the event organization for me, and were able to come up with new and creative ways to promote the conference. Highly, highly recommend.
— Meagan Hampel, Director of Communications at Cybera

Speaker Highlights

At some of our events, we have to work hard to keep our cool - especially when we are hanging out with down-to-earth “tech stars” such as Huda Idrees, Founder & CEO of Dot Health; and Greg Wyler, Founder & Executive Chairman of OneWeb.

Did you know that Dot Health was recently recognized as one of the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies in Canada?

And Greg Wyler from One Web was voted FierceWireless’ most powerful executive in telecom for 2017? Very cool!

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Why Attendees Loved It

We’ve discovered that holding conferences outside of Calgary’s city limits instantly changes the energy and overall vibe. The Cyber Summit was hosted at the Banff Centre located on Tunnel Mountain in Banff. The Banff Centre has an intimate campus feel as a one-stop-shop for all conference activities. If you haven’t dined at the Vistas Dining Room with panoramic views of the rocky mountains, we HIGHLY recommend it.

Oh ya - and the dress code was mountain casual, which meant jeans, plaid and puffy vests. It will be hard to go back to regular conference attire now!

A small, intimate, well run event. The proximity of the facilities was very convenient and the setting was relaxing.
— 2017 Cyber Summit Attendee

For those who wanted to make the most of their time in Banff, there were two pre-conference workshops: Introducing Virtual Reality to the Classroom co-hosted by the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College and a Smart Cities workshop hosted by SensorUp.

Great event! The pace was nice, not too overwhelming so was able to absorb and have the opportunity to chat with other attendees. Really enjoyed the discussions around challenges in Alberta, complimented by a global perspective.
— 2017 Cyber Summit Attendee
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We’ll let you in on a secret: We also get that end-of-day, brain-still-spinning from information overload feeling. That’s why we loved the Cyber Summit reception and banquet that featured (dun-dun-dun) TRIVIA NIGHT hosted by Calgary Corporate Challenge trivia master, Doug Caspar!

Check Out the Photos on Facebook

Want to see what you missed? Check out the workshop and conference photos by Nathalie Terekhova on Cybera’s Facebook page.

For more info about Cybera, visit www.cybera.ca