CanCon Podcast Ep. 43: Did Canada blow it at Web Summit?

Web Summit

Rob Kenedi, esteemed member of the CanCon crew, is finally back from his month of globe-trotting, and with him, brings stories from Web Summit – held this year in Lisbon, Portugal. Following Rob’s recount, the crew wonders if Canada’s presence at one of the world’s largest tech events was more flash than substance.

Rob isn’t the only CanCon podcaster with an illustrious lifestyle. This past week, Patrick O’Rourke had the opportunity to interview Canada’s own Bennett Piercy, a 16-year-old Pokémon player who won the 2015 US National Championship. The team is eager to learn from Patrick how this is a thing, and talk about the other aspects of gaming in 2016 that are somehow things: namely, the NES Classic, and video game couch potatoes.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Patrick O’Rourke, Senior Editor for MobileSyrup, Rob Kenedi, TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – figures out how to avoid cocaine in Lisbon, and if they can join an eSports league.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 43 (11/22/16)

When in Lisbon
This is not the new Silicon Valley: Canada’s missed opportunity at Web Summit

Gotta catch ’em all
Patrick talks to a Pokémon champion

BONUS: Patrick gets a gamer onesie

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Hey Hey, My My” by Neil Young
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Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.

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