The Canadian Cloud Council and Boast Capital announced on Thursday they will host The Cloud Factory, a two day conference that will explore the best practices and innovations in big data, enterprise and the cloud.
The move comes a few months after Amazon Web Services announced it will host AWS re: Invent, its first global cloud customer and partner conference, on November 27 through 29.
Held at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta on April 7 and 18, 2014, the conference will feature the first ever Canadian Cloud Awards dubbed as the “Oscar’s of Cloud Computing”.
Each day of the event will focus on a distinct theme – Democratizing the Enterprise and Growth Hacking the Enterprise – featuring keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel discussions, enterprise startup pitches, demo stations and post-event excursions and activities.
The opening speakers for The Cloud Factory are Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger.
Other highlight speakers include CIO of New York Times, CIO of NASA, CIO of Walmart Canada, former CIO of the US Federal Government, CIO of City of Edmonton, CIO of City of Calgary, founder of OpenStack, founder of Hadoop, head of user growth at LinkedIn, chief data scientist at Mailchimp, GM of Box, VP of platform at Salesforce and VP of strategy at IBM.
The conference will also be attended by many Silicon Valley venture capitalists, including representatives from Accel Partners, Bessemer Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Emergence Capital, Microsoft Ventures and SAP Ventures, to watch some of the most innovative enterprise startups compete in the Canadian Cloud Showdown.
“Canadians are not known as a risk-taking bunch and as an industry we need to educate consumers that cloud computing is not an information technology initiative, but rather a socio-economic one,” said Robert Hart, founder and CEO of The Canadian Cloud Council and co-chair of The Cloud Factory. “The Cloud Factory will provide consumers with two jam-packed days of compelling content to help them evaluate risk more intelligently and start evaluating cloud as a transformational way of operating their business or government; not just their Information Technology department. I will view the conference as a failure if we cannot reset the expectations of cloud adoption so people realize that the risk isn’t about adopting clouds, it’s about not doing so and getting obliterated by faster, more innovative, more agile competitors.”