A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support, and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable and the Okanagan tech community is no exception.
Our community is strong and growing with record speed and maintaining connection through a period of growth like this can be a challenge. Nobody panic, we’ve got a plan.
Introducing, The Faces of #OKGNtech. A showcase of Okanagan tech entrepreneurs, partners, supporters, and cheerleaders designed to fuel more connection, more growth, and more excitement. Follow along (on the blog and on Instagram @OKGNtech) to learn more about our growing community and what makes them awesome.
Meet Kristian de Pont and Bri Sproule. Bri was born and raised in Kelowna and Kristian is a recent transplant from a place called Titirangi, New Zealand. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. Most people need him to spell it out. We recently caught up with the power couple, Bri Sproule and Kristian de Pont to learn more about their thoughts on #OKGNtech and how Kristian is settling into Kelowna.
What do you love about #OKGNtech?
Kristian “I am fairly new to Okanagan tech. I’ve actually only been here for just over four weeks, but the energy at #NYKO2018 was unreal and I’m excited about what’s to come.”
How does your company service the Okanagan?
Bri “I am a kindergarten teacher at Glenrosa and I’ve been using Fresh Grade to do my assessments for three years now. Our school district is really intentional about how we incorporate and use technology. As teachers, we are responsible for educating a new generation on the responsibility of global citizenship, and technology definitely plays a role in that.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Bri “I try to not to let others sway my philosophy. I am clear about who I am and what I believe. Different is good.”
Who inspires you?
Kris “I am so inspired by the real go-getters out there. It’s cool to see young entrepreneurs running with an idea without holding back. They don’t care about what others have to say. They go for it. They take risks.”
What’s your favourite thing about the Okanagan?
Bri “People in the Okanagan really value work-life balance and I love that. Kelowna is a playground and I feel really lucky that I am able to carve out time to really enjoy it.”
Kristian “Other than the girl I moved here for?! What I love about the Okanagan (so far) is having four clear seasons. I’m a keen snowboarder so being able to enjoy Big White 5 months of the year and then wake surf and boat in the summer is really spectacular”
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