Call for Submissions

The organizers of the annual Cyber Summit are seeking dynamic and innovative speakers from the education, government, startup, and community leadership space to submit proposals for presentation and/or workshop topics.

The Cyber Summit provides a unique opportunity to engage with like-minded technology leaders in Western Canada’s public and education spaces.

This year’s Summit theme is: Mind the Gap: Surviving (and Thriving) in the Age of Disruption

We welcome submissions that cover the following subject areas and topics, as well as other
suggestions you may have:

Building Computational Literacy

  • How organizations can prepare for coming tech disruptions
  • Teaching critical thinking to children and/or adults in the age of Google and Wikipedia

    • Who teaches the ethics teachers?
  • Lead, follow or get out of the way (is there a way to just not participate?)
  • Emotional survival during technology upheavals

Ethics of New Tech

  • When and how to collect data, and when and how to use it
  • Centralization of technologies (what does it mean for organizations and individuals)
  • The case for/against personal trackers, and/or at-home virtual assistants

The New Role for Government

  • How laws and regulations should keep up with:

    • fast-changing technology advances
    • the evolution of internet traffic concentrating on a small number of regions
  • Examples of government jurisdictions that are ahead of the game
  • Are corporations replacing government?
  • Improving community infrastructure


Proposal Deadline:
August 14, 2018

Applicants Notified of Acceptance:
September 7, 2018

Cyber Summit Workshop Date:
November 6, 2018

Cyber Summit Dates:
November 7-8, 2018

Join the Conversation:

Privacy and Security

  • Best practices for start-ups and small organizations
  • Finding the right balance between access and individual rights to privacy
  • Individual’s responsibility for ensuring the privacy and security of their information

Building Smart Communities

  • New tech for towns and cities (e.g. facial recognition, smart traffic management, data collection): the how’s and why’s
  • Responding to pervasive technology to provide better services (why communities can no longer wait for what comes next)
  • Finding ways around infrastructure gaps
  • How smart should a city be?
  • Supporting digital growth in First Nations’ communities