What you can do to help Edmonton’s tech community

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The innovation and technology community in Edmonton is growing quickly. Support networks for innovators come from a variety of places such as local government and groups such as Startup Edmonton. But, one of the most important support systems for Edmonton’s tech sector comes from people like you.

For many Edmontonians, the tech industry can seem a dense and difficult world to get into at first, and because of that, it’s hard to know exactly what you can do to get involved. To help you get started, here’s a list of easy ways you can help support the local tech community and maybe learn a few things along the way.

Support local tech companies

The first and most obvious way to help local members of the local innovation community is to buy their products. Now, not everyone has a use for full-on Augmented Reality at home or in his or her business, but there are plenty of companies out there that offer products and resources that all of us can use. One example is Park Power, a Sherwood Park-based Energy Marketer for Utility Network and Partners Inc. They provide electricity and natural gas to consumers and have a strong community-oriented mindset. This is just one of dozens of local companies you can support while also reaping the benefits of their innovations.

Attend events around the city

Another great way to support your local tech community is by attending events hosted by organizations such as Startup Edmonton. Startup Edmonton hosts more than 280 community-driven events each year, ranging from workshops to conferences and parties. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door and meet some of the local talent working so hard to make our city’s innovation sector a global power.  To see what events are coming up, you can check out Startup Edmonton’s calendar here. If that’s not hands-on enough for you, volunteering at these events is always an option as well. Most of these events are volunteer-run and they’re always looking for an extra set of hands.

Get Informed and Be Willing To Adopt New Tech

New technology can often seem dense and difficult to understand, but with a little bit of research and willingness to adapt it’s not as bad as it might seem at the start. Technology isn’t something that’s going away any time soon — if anything, it’s only going to become more complex. Terms like AR and VR are going to become more commonplace than they already are. An easy way to help support the local industry is to understand what exactly is going on and be willing to try out new innovations—things like new apps developed by other Edmontonians. The whole point of technology is to make life easier, and despite how complex it may seem, it does just that.

Spread the Word

Probably the easiest and one of the most beneficial things you can do to help Edmonton’s innovation community is to get the word out there. Tell your friends about the new Edmonton-developed app you’ve started using or share a post from a local company on Facebook. Something as quick as clicking the share button can have far-reaching positive effects for a company that might be struggling to get their name out there, and it takes almost no effort on your part.

These are just a few ways we as Edmontonians can get involved and help support the innovation industry. Support from Edmontonians is crucial to the increasing development of technology, be it through buying local products, attending events, or a myriad of other things. Through ongoing and enthusiastic support, we can work together to make Edmonton a destination for innovation.