Each year ABCtech identifies a potentially disruptive emerging technology each. That technology becomes the focus for our feature events and advocay. We then begin the process of identifying the enablers and stakeholders who need to interact and become engaged in open dialogue to explore the development and commercialization of the technology. These “networking events” become the mechanism by which disruptive technologies can begin to gain traction. Once this traction has been achieved, ABCtech transfers the developmental effort to an existing or emerging organization to carry forward the work in bringing the technology to fruition. The legacy is a network of informed, connected leaders for overseeing the development of the industry and the associated technologies that define it.
As Perry Kinkaide, ABCtech’s founder and current CEO states, “Technology without relationships, has no value. ABCtech is broader than just one technology or one industry. We start a dialogue about technologies as they are emerging, finding the leaders and helping advance the associated industry.”
Kinkaide cites the Council’s work over several years in promoting stem cell therapies,fusion energy, rural broadband, cleanTech, artificial intelligence/machine learning and in 2011, “electrifying terasnportaion.” Through status reports, networking events, forums, symposia and conferences – summer industry networking BBQs, ABCtech works with others to help demystify potentially disruptive technologies and advance their commercialization, thereby contributing to the diversification of Alberta’s economy.”