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Large-scale events are the talk of the week in the city. This is your Sunday Briefing.

Large-scale events are the talk of the week in the city. As well as Tuesday’s announcement of Innovate West conference and expo that organizers say will fill the gap left by the now-defunct BC Tech Summit, there’s rumblings that Collision conference — a 40,000-attendee event currently held in Toronto — could be a good fit for Vancouver.

At this year’s Collision, dubbed the “Olympics of tech”, there’s slated to be a strong Vancouver presence in the 6ix. For those looking to check out the conference ahead of its potential move, the Frontier Collective is rallying a delegation that will include a number of new and established companies, as well as local Mayor Ken Sim and representation from the provincial government. The organization has a select number of conference passes for local startups to go to the event. Applications are open until June 7. See you there?

Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,103 words: a four-minute read.

-Kate, @KateWilsonSays

P.S. This week our team is all over town for Vancouver Startup Week, and we’re hosting a special Tuesday Morning Tech Coffee. Catch us and your tech community on June 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Switchboard’s offices (Suite 800, 1040 West Georgia Street)!

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