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October 30th at St. Clair for the Arts

Impressive how swiftly Windsor-Detroit pivoted from the disappointing news that our region didn’t make the cut for Amazon’s second headquarters to focusing on the key question: where do we go from here?

The Motor City is quickly transforming itself into the world’s Mobility City – becoming the centre of research and development for autonomous and connected vehicles as well as revolutionizing how people move from Point A to B – and so this year’s Tech Show will provide you with the inside story, the future road map and the cross-border opportunity for Windsor-Essex.

Learn from industry leaders on how Detroit is tackling:

  • Building, Attracting and Retaining Tech Talent
  • Investing in itself
  • Building a Smarter and Stronger City
  • Connecting and Growing Entrepreneurs
  • Focusing on its strength and geographical location
  • Transforming its brand

The Windsor Essex Tech Show will gather over 100 business owners, tech start-up innovators, tech lovers, investors, media and researchers. This is your chance to hear from acclaimed speakers, connect with the tech ecosystem in Detroit and network in our region’s first ever Tech Alley.


Matthew P. Cullen Chief Executive Officer, JACK Entertainment Principal, Rock Ventures
Cullen also is a principal of Rock Ventures LLC, the Detroit-based organization that serves and connects entrepreneur and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert’s Family of more than 100 companies, as well as his investments, real estate purchases, and community activities. Cullen helps lead Rock Ventures’ efforts to spark development and revitalization in the City of Detroit, which includes Quicken Loans’ national headquarters move to the city in 2010. Since then, the Family of Companies has invested more than $5.6 billion in real estate in the city’s urban core, which has been a catalyst for attracting new businesses, workers and residents to the city.

Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit
Mark de la Vergne is the Chief of Mobility Innovation at the City of Detroit. The Office of Mobility Innovation is focused on making it easier for people to get around Detroit and supporting the growth of the mobility industry in the City. This work includes accelerating mobility as a service for all residents, integrating connected and autonomous vehicles as part of the transportation network, and developing sustainable funding and business models for new mobility services. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus in transportation.

Kim Driscoll, Director of Learning for Grand Circus
Kim Driscoll is the Director of Learning for Grand Circus, a company headquartered in Detroit that helps people embark on a career in web development. There, she champions efforts ensuring success after graduates land their first (and second!) jobs, diversity and inclusion in the tech industry and helps students combat impostor syndrome. She comes to Grand Circus from a background in education with a passion for building community.

Dennis W. Archer Jr., Esq., CEO of Ignition Media Group
Dennis W. Archer Jr., Esq. is the CEO of Ignition Media Group, a leading integrated marketing agency, and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services (ACS). Mr. Archer is the majority owner of Central Kitchen + Bar, named by The Detroit Free Press as one of Detroit’s 2016 top new restaurants of the year.

Founded in 1998, Detroit-based Ignition Media Group specializes in experiential marketing, public relations, event production and brand strategy for numerous clients including Art Van, Viacom, Triton Properties, Chemico, OpTech, General Motors and Bacardi North America. Ignition’s leadership team has significantly grown in the last decade, carrying a large network of local contacts in the media, business, political and philanthropic communities.
Tech Alley:

This year we are excited to invite tech companies and start-ups from Windsor-Essex, Detroit and beyond to showcase their products and services in the exclusive Tech Alley powered by WEtech Alliance at this year’s Tech Show Windsor-Essex.  Tech Alley is a high profile exhibition space that connects tech movers, clients, investors and decision-makers.

Confirmed exhibitors include:

  • Kegshoe
  • Optomotive
  • Playstation
  • Hackforge Windsor

Tentative Agenda:

7:15 am Doors Open – Networking & Tech Alley Exhibitors
8:15 am Opening Remarks
8:30 am Matthew Cullen – CEO, JACK Entertainment Principal, Rock Ventures
9:20 am – Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit
9:50 am – Kim Driscoll, Director of Learning for Grand Circus
10:20 am – Dennis W. Archer Jr., Esq., CEO of Ignition Media Group
10:40 am – Break
11:00 am – Panel Discussion with Guest Speakers
11:50 am – Closing Remarks


$25 General Admission, $15 Students


Our Partners

The Windsor Essex Tech Show is made possible by the support of our partners!

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Check out the quick recap video from last year’s TECH SHOW to get an idea of what to expect in 2018!

Other Events Happening Today:

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Greenhouse Innovation:

A Workshop on Automation, Robots, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Host: Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers

Tuesday, October 30th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Roma Club, 19 Seacliff Drive East, Leamington, ON N8H 2L3

A meet and greet between the greenhouse and automation sectors to discuss the use of emerging technologies in the sector.

Join us to learn about how automation is currently used in the greenhouse, greenhouse automation and robotics research trends and to discuss the challenges facing the sector as it moves to more fully integrated robotic systems

Check out full details of each day of Tech Week YQG by clicking on the tabs below.
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Official Launch of Tech Week YQG 2018 – #yourWindsor”

The 2018 launch event for Tech Week YQG powered by EPICentre will build upon the #yourWindsor campaign launched by three Windsor tech companies earlier this year and show that Windsor is a great place to pursue a meaningful career and an awesome life!

We will be exploring the “yourWindsor” theme with the official release of yet another #yourWindsor video, keynote speaker and celebrations of the 2018 YQG Tech Awards and Nerd Olympics III Nerd Cup Champions. This will be the Nerd event of the year! Oh ya, and did we mention there will be whiskey tastings too?

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WINDSOR ESSEX TECH SHOW: Windsor Meets Detroit – What’s Next After Amazon

The disappointing news: Detroit didn’t land Amazon’s second headquarters. So, where do we go from here?

Today, the Motor City is setting itself up to be the next major player on the global tech scene. Find out how Detroit is working even harder to take the city to the next level and how Windsor can leverage what’s happening.

Learn from industry leaders on how Detroit is tackling:

  • Building, Attracting and Retaining Tech Talent
  • Investing in itself
  • Building a Smarter and Stronger City
  • Connecting and Growing Entrepreneurs
  • Focusing on its strength and geographical location
  • Changing it’s brand ire

The Windsor Essex Tech Show will gather 100+ business owners, tech start-up innovators, tech lovers, press/media and acclaimed researchers. This is your chance to hear from acclaimed speakers, connect with the tech ecosystem in Detroit and network in Windsor Essex’s first ever Tech Alley.

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Attracting and retaining tech talent has always been one of the primary constraints on tech companies but as ‘traditional’ companies are becoming tech companies themselves this is becoming a more universal conundrum. Tech Talent Day will look at building, growing and recognizing our tech talent pipeline including highlighting local tech employees and employers. The day will also feature additional community workshops and information sessions addressing the “tech talent” theme.

Can’t attend, we’d still like to see your best “tech costumes”! Tweet us using the #TechWeekYQG hashtag!!

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The world is changing, and we want Windsor (Canada) to be ready. We’ve partnered with Canada Learning Code and their Code Mobile to make sure that Windsorites, particularly women, girls and people with disabilities, indigenous youth and newcomers – have access to the knowledge they need to prosper in our digital.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to get introduced to world of coding and hear firsthand from Canada Learning Code’s Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Sariffodeen. It’s a day dedicated to #GirlPower!!!

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The way people and goods travel from point A to point B is changing, driven by a series of converging technological and social trends: the rapid growth of car-sharing and ride-sharing; demographic changes; the increasing viability of electric and alternative powertrains; new, lightweight materials; and the growth of connected and autonomous vehicles. The result is the emergence of a new ecosystem of mobility that could offer faster, cheaper, cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more customized travel and everyday living.

According to Forbes magazine – Southeastern Michigan is quickly becoming the world’s centre of mobility:

“People may assume Silicon Valley is where all the paradigm-shifting tech innovations are happening these days, but Southeast Michigan is quietly maintaining its position as the capital of the automotive world, even as the industry moves into the high-tech future. According to the Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan leads the nation in the number of connected and automated vehicle projects” – Forbes, June 25, 2018.

Did you know?

  • Michigan ranks No. 1 in the nation in connected and automated vehicle projects;
  • It is the leader in mobility-related patents, far outpacing runner-up California with almost 2,600 patents filed over the last five years;
  • By the end of 2019, the state will have more than 500 miles of roadways equipped with the infrastructure required for connected vehicles to communicate with each other.

Given the proximity and the interconnectedness of the Windsor-Essex Region to Southeastern Michigan, mobility is an area of great opportunity, especially given the importance of the automotive sector, along with the growing automation cluster in the Windsor-Essex Region. Join us Friday, November 2nd for a day dedicated to exploring the world of mobility. Hear from industry experts and companies who are transforming the way we move people and goods. Have your chance to experience the future of mobility with our very own Mobility Showcase featuring companies such as John Deere, etc… The world is ‘moving’. Are you ready?