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Let’s be honest. Atlantic Canada isn’t the first place you think of when you want to #BeFutureReady. Events like the Atlantic Security Conference (AtlSecCon) are working hard to change that.
Before we go any further, I do have something to confess. I am one of the organizers of the conference. I wasn’t when it started five years ago, but I saw the potential even then.
The conference has grown steadily over the past five years, with this year being particularly notable with attendance at an all-time high and increased sponsorship from companies such as Dell. We also had world-class speakers like Mkit CEO Matias Katz, who came all the way from Argentina for the third year in a row.
Here are three future-ready takeaways from AtlSecCon:
1. The future is bright: Since its inception, student attendance has normally been low at AtlSecCon. This is most likely due to the fact that it happens over the span of two weekdays. It wasn’t the case this year. There were record numbers of student attendees from well-known educational institutions such as Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). This goes to show that institutions like these realize that best place to learn isn’t necessarily in a lecture hall. Networking with industry professionals can go a long way in helping to guarantee a bright future.
2. The future is female: AtlSecCon had an amazing volunteer crew this year, and they were all female NSCC students enrolled in various IT programs. As we all know, the “lack of women in tech” issue has been around for more than a few years. We at AtlSecCon have always recruited women to attend and speak at our conference. This year was no exception:
3. The future is local: While we had no shortage of come from away* speakers, our crop of local speakers grows every year.
Do you think Atlantic Canada is future-ready now?
*Atlantic Canada slang
This post was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. Dell sponsored this article, but the opinions are my own and don’t necessarily represent Dell’s positions or strategies.