The region’s technology sector is growing, spurred on by the recent implementation of very high speed broadband internet available commercially in most Kootenay communities. Companies in the technology sector often serve customers outside the region, generating significant net economic benefit for the region.
Selkirk College offers a Digital Arts and New Media program covering graphic design, illustration, animation, visual and special effects, web design, and interactive application development. From this base, a regional cluster has emerged in film making and motion graphics.
Internet and communications technology (ICT) companies are making major inroads in Kootenay communities with products including advanced collaborative decision making software, thermal modelling software for the electronics sector, and the real estate sector’s multiple listing service.
GIS technology is strong in the region with advanced training and skilled graduates available through the Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre.
With its beautiful landscape, relaxed and accepting way of life, and broadband internet, the Kootenay region is well placed to take advantage of the digital nomad movement, where highly skilled and highly mobile technology professionals cycle through linked locales: collaborating, enhancing community vibrancy and deepening the technical talent pool to the benefit of more stationary technology companies and start-ups. Co-work spaces have launched in several communities, with linkages being actively cultivated across the region to support this influx of talent. Join the local Tech & Knowledge Workers group here.
The Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) has worked since 1998 to foster a culture that values science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as vital to the region’s economic diversity and competitiveness. KAST offers business development services, including coaching, expertise, training, and development projects to stimulate the growth of applied science and technology entrepreneurship.