Tech week opens doors for opportunities, innovations – Windsor Star

Noah Campbell and Aislyn Laurent, left, leads of the Google Student Developers Group at the University of Windsor’s EpiCentre, are pictured outside the EpiCentre office on Oct. 10, 2019.

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From attending Tech Week YQG as a student last year to a guest panellist this month, Noah Campbell represents the essence of what the annual event aims to achieve.

Parlaying the young professional/student of the year award he won last year at tech week, along with the networking contacts he’s made, Campbell has fast tracked his career in the past year with numerous new experiences.

“My resume is a mess,” joked Campbell, a fourth-year University of Windsor computer science student.

“It (tech week and other WEtech Alliance opportunities) has been critical for me.

“It’s been my foundation. Without it I wouldn’t have known of the networking and support available.

“I can trace everything back to Tech Week YQG and the WEtech Alliance.”

After winning the WEtech award last October at 2018 Tech Week YQG, Campbell earned a co-op position with Blackberry and is now a part-time employee of the firm while completing his education.

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He is also a lead in the Developer Student Club powered by Google that has been established at the university. Windsor is one only 25 such clubs selected by Google in Canada.

“The most important thing about tech week is connecting the tech community together and with other industries and business,” said WEtech Alliance president/CEO Yvonne Pilon, who said tech week (Oct. 22-28) will also include a code learning event in Chatham for the first time.

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“It’s growing vertically. This year we have more than 30 partners.”

Among them are title sponsors: AlphaKOR Group, Zekelman School of Business and IT, Workforce Windsor Essex, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, Deloitte, University of Windsor and Kelcom.

Keynote speakers for this year’s event are Bank of Montreal Financial Group’s Claudette McGowan and Google Canada’s Casey Lynn.

McGowan, who attended the University of Windsor, is BMO’s Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience.

Noah Campbell, left, and Aislyn Laurent, leads of the Google Student Developers Group at the University of Windsor’s EpiCentre, are pictured at WEtech Alliance on Oct. 10, 2019.

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McGowan is also on the list of Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and Top 50 Women in Canadian Financial Tech.

She will speak on diversity and inclusion on Thursday as part of Tech Women Day.

Lynn, who is Google Canada’s strategic partnerships manager, will discuss Marketing in the Age of Assistance on Tuesday as part of the annual Tech Show in Caesar’s Windsor’s Augustus Ballroom.

The Tech Show is part of Tech Enabled Day, which will feature industry experts discussing technology solutions and trends aimed at assisting local businesses.

The focus of Tech Talent Day on Wednesday is designed to help local business locate, attract and retain skilled employees.

Campbell, representing Blackberry, will be part of panel also featuring representatives from Quicken Loans and Green Shield discussing how graduating students can land their first job in the field.

A seminar on the use of virtual reality will also be offered that day at the Riverside Public Library.


The automotive and transportation sectors will take centre stage Oct. 25 at the Institute for Border Logistics and Security for Tech Mobility Day.

The week wraps up with the annual Tech Awards ceremony at Lakeshore Cinemas.

“We can’t forget we’re a global economy but we have a commitment to our local community,” Pilon said of the focus on Windsor-area tech issues this year.

“With Tech Week we want to collide our tech community with industry and other business sectors.

“We want to tell our tech community’s story. These are the people that are going to innovate us into the future.”

To register for any of the week’s events and for more information on times and locations for the various activities visit the WEtech Alliance website at:


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