Recently, Visual Capitalist wondered: is Vancouver really a global tech hub or is that just the local spin?
In researching this, they came across an amazing wealth of information on the Vancouver tech scene and decided to turn it into a three part infographic series that covers the past, present, and future of technology in the city.
To kick things off, they dug deep into Vancouver’s past to see how the industry emerged. It turns out that the birth of tech in The Rainy City stems from two main companies: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates and MPR Teltech. This Cantech Letter article does a great job documenting how they came on the scene and what the people behind these companies accomplished.
Over the last 40 years, Vancouver has had great homegrown stories in green energy (Ballard Power), video games (Distinctive Software), enterprise services (Crystal Decisions), space tech (MDA), social media collaboration (Hootsuite), quantum computing (D-Wave), and many other cutting edge areas. Because of that success, Vancouver was able to eventually attract the big boys to set up shop.
Here is the infographic made by Visual Capitalist: