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TECH WEEK YQG is a week-long showcase of all things tech that brings together tech leaders, academic institutions and the community to build a unique experience for entrepreneurs, tech lovers, researchers and investors.

The mission of TECH WEEK YQG is to promote, accelerate and celebrate our local tech community while providing unique perspectives from world-class speakers on what the future of tech holds.

TECH WEEK YQG shines a big bright spotlight on the dynamic tech community in our region today.

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


This year’s 2nd Annual Tech Week YQG packed an impressive fifteen events in five days!
Whether you were one of the nearly 2000 people to attend this year’s events in person, or one of the over 100,000 social media users that followed the action online with #TechWeekYQG, THANK YOU for being a part of this amazing Tech Community!
Check out full details of each day of Tech Week YQG 2018 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
(7:30AM – 12:00PM)

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.

Greenhouse Innovation: A Workshop on Automation, Robots, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
(1:00PM – 5:00PM)

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.

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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?