The Tech Collective

The Tech Collective was founded to inspire and assist companies to build community impact programs, collaborate with one another on common interests/causes, and ensure the sustainability of our community’s grassroots events such as Tech Pong and Tech’s Got Talent. Together, we can elevate and expand the impact of these initiatives across the province for generations to come.


Join

As the program expands, we will offer members the following benefits:

  • Access to (downloadable file and video) best practices in our resources section;
  • Participation and networking at events such as lunch & learns and meetups;
  • Promotion of your company and initiatives on our calendar of events;
  • Use of the Tech Collective logo and recognition of your commitment to the community;

The Tech Collective will evolve under the direction of our advisory team and we encourage you to join by October 19, 2017, to be recognized as a founding partner. As a founding partner, you will play an essential role in helping to promote our initiative and benefit from our resources and events. Our formal launch will take place at Tech Pong @ the Telus World of Science.

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Annual Events

Since 2014, the community’s two anchor events have raised nearly $300,000 for local charities. If you haven’t participated yet, make this your year!


Tech Pong

The Tech Collective will evolve under the direction of our advisory team, and we encourage you to join by October 19, 2017, to be recognized as a founding partner. As a founding partner, you will play an essential role in helping to promote our initiative and benefit from our resources and events. Our formal launch will take place at Tech Pong @ the Telus World of Science.

2016 video

2015 video
2014 video


Tech’s Got Talent

Following the enormous success of TechPong in 2014, Tech’s got Talent was born in the summer of 2015. The inaugural event drew over 500 attendees and 19 lip-syncing companies who collectively raised over $50,000. The bi-annual event raised a further $35,000 in 2017!

2015 Video
2017 Video – Coming Soon! 


Annual Campaign – Equal Access to STEM Education

We believe that every company and every person should give to the causes and charities that are most meaningful to them.

We also believe that there is strength and an opportunity to foster our community when we rally behind a cause that resonates with many.

Each year, The Tech Collective will promote a specific cause that the BC tech community may optionally join. There will be a series of blog posts, fundraising events and of course, a number of local charities that will be recipients of our collective generosity.

For 2018, we are partnering with Technovation: the largest technology entrepreneurship program in the world for girls aged 10-18.

Learn more.


Resources

Impactful and lasting community impact programs aren’t built in a day. It takes time, experiences, and valuable resources. Creating an impactful program alone can be daunting.

With membership to The Tech Collective, you’ll gain access to an online ‘how to guide’ and invitations to quarterly learning events designed to help you leverage your company resources and strengthen the communities your team members care about. We will gather leaders from the BC community, and other like-minded companies to share their best practices with you!

Events Calendar launching after Tech Pong 4.0!
Resource Library launching after Tech Pong 4.0!


Founding Advisory Team

Non-Profit Salesforce Consultant, Traction on Demand
Brittany is a Non-Profit Salesforce Consultant at Traction on Demand. Prior to joining Traction, she spearheaded a community engagement program with Appnovation, focusing on the growing alignment between the not-for-profit…
Senior Editor, Chimp
Corey is the senior editor at Chimp, leading its content and communications channels, along with overseeing the company’s public engagement work. Prior to Chimp, Corey led publicity and public engagement…
Community Engagement Manager, Unbounce
Erika is the Community Engagement Manager at Unbounce, leading the charity initiatives and engaging with the communities of Vancouver, Montreal and Berlin. In her pre-Unbounce life Erika spent time adventuring…
Community Engagement Manager, Chimp
Judy is the Community Engagement Manager, at Chimp. Her role involves helping charities, companies and communities raise more money for the causes they stand for. Prior to Chimp, Judy worked…
Traction for Good Coordinator, Traction on Demand
Katie is the Traction for Good Coordinator.  In her role, she is responsible for Traction On Demand's non-profit and community engagement outreach program.  Before joining Traction she was a Nursing…
Director of Community Performance, Traction on Demand
Michelle is the Director of Community Performance at Traction on Demand. She leads their community program, Traction For Good, which focuses on enabling non-profits to become more efficient through the…
VP Community, BC Tech Association
Rocky is the Vice-President of Community at the BC Tech Association where he passionately fosters all forms of collaboration throughout the BC tech ecosystem. He was a founding event organizer…

FAQ

Is the Tech Collective a registered charity?

No, The Tech Collective does not accept or distribute any charitable donations.

How do I join the Tech Collective?

There is currently no cost of membership. However, we do anticipate having a modest annual fee ($100) once the founding partner call-out ends after Tech Pong 4.0.

Can I be a member if we’re based outside of British Columbia?

Unfortunately not. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot access our resources, participate in events, or offer your time, talents and treasures to our causes!

Does our company have to be a tech company to be a member?

Yes, to be a member of The Tech Collective, you must be a technology company. However, any company may access our resources, participate in events, or offer your time, talents and treasures to our causes!

Do we have to be a BC Tech Association to be a member of the Tech Collective?

No, your company doesn’t necessarily need to be a BC Tech Association member to become a member of the Tech Collective, but we encourage you to join as there are a lot of benefits of being a part of our broader community! Learn more here.

Does our company need to be a certain size?

No, we encourage tech companies of all sizes to join!

Who can I contact for questions and further information?

Please email us here.

Non-Profit Salesforce Consultant, Traction on Demand

Brittany Neale

Brittany is a Non-Profit Salesforce Consultant at Traction on Demand. Prior to joining Traction, she spearheaded a community engagement program with Appnovation, focusing on the growing alignment between the not-for-profit and technology space.

Prior to moving to the west coast, Brittany was living and working in South Africa for Grassroot Soccer, an organization dedicated to educating youth on HIV/AIDS through the medium of soccer. Brittany holds a Bachelors of Social Science in International Development & Globalization from the University of Ottawa.

Outside of work, Brittany volunteers with Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland. You can always find her outside playing soccer and enjoying hiking trails.

Senior Editor, Chimp

Corey Black

Corey is the senior editor at Chimp, leading its content and communications channels, along with overseeing the company’s public engagement work. Prior to Chimp, Corey led publicity and public engagement at CBC News, helping to boost the profile of its journalism and programming across the country. Some of Corey’s other roles include speaker manager at TEDxToronto and a Canadian government funded human rights project in Nepal. Corey holds degrees in politics from Queen’s University and The University of Edinburgh.

Community Engagement Manager, Unbounce

Erika Finlay

Erika is the Community Engagement Manager at Unbounce, leading the charity initiatives and engaging with the communities of Vancouver, Montreal and Berlin.

In her pre-Unbounce life Erika spent time adventuring in the Sea to Sky corridor and promoting cultural tourism at Arts Whistler. Prior to that spent a few years traveling to all corners of BC with Science World’s On The Road program and then settled under the dome running programs, curating galleries and working on sponsorships and donations.

Erika currently volunteers for the New Leaf Project an innovative and disruptive model currently working to combat homelessness in Vancouver. She sometimes uses her studies in History & Psychology to win trivia games and secretly analyze people. Out of office you can find her on a board somewhere up the Indian Arm or half-way down Whistler Blackcomb.

Community Engagement Manager, Chimp

Judy Boxer

Judy is the Community Engagement Manager, at Chimp. Her role involves helping charities, companies and communities raise more money for the causes they stand for. Prior to Chimp, Judy worked in corporate relations at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Program Director at The Learning Buddies Network, and CSR Intern at lululemon athletica. Judy earned her MBA from SFU after completing a Bachelor of Arts and Science at McGill University. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, biking, and travel.

Traction for Good Coordinator, Traction on Demand

Katie Golbey

Katie is the Traction for Good Coordinator.  In her role, she is responsible for Traction On Demand’s non-profit and community engagement outreach program.  Before joining Traction she was a Nursing Supervisor working in the Community in some of the most complex and challenging areas in the lower mainland.   Previous non-profit experience includes working closely with The Shanti Uganda Society, a local charity who aims to improve infant and maternal health in Uganda.

When she’s not working on her non-profit initiatives, she’s looking after her three little boys.  In her scarce but valuable remaining free time, you’ll find her shredding the hills on her mountain bike.

Director of Community Performance, Traction on Demand

Michelle Malpass

Michelle is the Director of Community Performance at Traction on Demand. She leads their community program, Traction For Good, which focuses on enabling non-profits to become more efficient through the use of technology, and empowering staff to become philanthropists.

Michelle’s former roles include Executive Director of the Take a Hike Youth Risk Foundation;  Marketing Coordinator for the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and an Associate with a fundraising consulting company. She truly believes that companies have an incredible opportunity to create positive change if they ‘give what their good at’ in a meaningful way.

Michelle earned her BA in Communications and played varsity softball at SFU. She is passionate about the outdoors, playing hockey, and supporting great causes.  She calls her workdays her ‘days off’, with three young kids keeping her busy at home!

VP Community, BC Tech Association

Rocky Ozaki

Rocky is the Vice-President of Community at the BC Tech Association where he passionately fosters all forms of collaboration throughout the BC tech ecosystem.

He was a founding event organizer of both TechPong and Tech’s Got Talent, but admittedly has weak skills at ping pong and lip syncing.

Rocky actively supports the Big Brothers program and his Church community.