The map of the journey

Vancouver

The first destination of our study tour is Vancouver, Canada. This city is home to the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, which support its growing high-technology sector. The city has attracted a lot of foreign companies which have established their operational presence in Vancouver. There is also a large number of technology startups in the Vancouver area. Additionally, Vancouver is emerging as a world leader in fuel cell technology.

Seattle

The city of Seattle and the surrounding area have a rich technological sector. A lot of technology companies have their headquarters and manufacturing plants in the region. Various companies the region are related to the software sector, resulting from the dot-com boom between 1990 and 2000. The region also has a large biotechnology sector following from large capital investments in the field.

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley refers to the Santa Clara Valley in California, which serves as the global center for high-tech, venture capital and innovation. The region has numerous cities, including San Jose, Palo Alto and Santa Clara. Additionally, the valley is located near San Fransisco, one of the largest cities in California. The region’s name originates from the large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers in the region, but the area is now home to many of the world’s largest high-tech corporations and thousands of startup companies. Silicon Valley also accounts for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States, which has helped it to become a leading hub and startup ecosystem for high-tech innovation and scientific development. The region employs more than a quarter of a million information technology workers. The area also features multiple prestigious universities like Berkeley, Caltech and Stanford. These universities are widely regarded as having some of the best physics programmes in the world. The combination of the large number of high-tech companies, research and education makes this one of the highlights of our study tour.