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