Local tech experts to share knowledge at youth summit

Revelstoke’s future workforce will need technical skills to forge ahead in the labour market.

Advances and innovations in the tech industry are changing the future of employment for today's youth. A 3D printer and many other technologies are planned for a potential fab lab in Revelstoke. Photo: Pixabay

Constant advances and growing innovations in the tech industry are changing the future of employment for youth entering the labour market. Revelstoke youth have a chance to connect with dozens of technologists during a one-day tech summit that addresses skills needed to succeed in an increasingly tech-centred job market.

Organized by the City of Revelstoke’s Youth and Tech Working group, the Revelstoke Tech Summit, Hack into Tech: The Future of Work will connect youth with dozens of technologists.

The event’s keynote speaker, David Ascher, is VP engineering at buddybuild, and a former VP engineering at Mozilla Foundation. Ascher started programming at age 11 and has been involved in hundreds of software projects since including VP of Engineering at Mozilla Foundation and more recently, buddybuild, a Vancouver based mobile continuous integration service company. In his keynote address, David will share anecdotes on the evolution of work, thoughts about working remotely, and suggestions on mistakes to make and mistakes to avoid.

“I still enjoy tech and software, but I’m also concerned about the choices technologists make and their impact on the world,” said Ascher.


Hayley Johnson, tech strategy coordinator, said the workforce is evolving at an incredible rate through technologies such as AI, machine learning and augmented reality.

“Youth will need to be equipped with the technical and soft skills to forge a career in an increasingly complex labour market.” said Johnson.

“School District #19 (Revelstoke) is extremely excited to be working with the City of Revelstoke, guest speaker David Ascher, discussion panel members, trade show presenters and workshop facilitators to provide a dynamic, highly energized set of career exploration opportunities for Revelstoke Secondary Students,” said Michael Haworth, Vice-Principal of Technology for SD19.

In recent years Revelstoke has become a hub for tech and innovation workers from across the globe who are drawn to the outdoor lifestyle and vibrant community.

“[W]e have been blown away by the incredible support from locally-based technologists and organizations willing to share their knowledge and insights with Revelstoke’s youth,” said Nicole Fricot, Director of Community Economic Development, City of Revelstoke.

The Revelstoke Tech Summit is sponsored by City of Revelstoke as part of the High-Tech Strategy, a two-year project to strengthen the local economy through the promotion of the tech sector. The initiative is funded the by BC Rural Dividend Fund, which provides $25 million a year to assist rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies. A detailed program of events can be found at www.revelstoketechsummit.ca.

The Revelstoke Tech Summit, Hack into Tech: The Future of Work takes place on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Revelstoke Secondary School.