ECESS Silicon Valley Trip 2016


ECESS Silicon Valley Trip 2016


ECE’s most popular event of the year, the Silicon Valley trip, is back again! Visit the headquarters of the top engineering companies in the world, go sightseeing around San Francisco and network with Silicon Valley engineers! Last year’s trip was a record success with tickets selling out in under an hour and visits to a total of 12 top Bay Area companies. We’re excited to have you be a part of it!

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Check out the 2015 photo album here to see how much fun students had last year! (And in 2013!)




Registration is application-based: SIGN UP NOW! Acceptance emails will be sent out on a rolling basis so please sign up as soon as possible.

Quick Details

  • February 15-20, 2016 (Reading Break)
  • Only 40 spots available
  • Ticket price: $750 CAD* (Includes plane ticket, bus, accommodation)

Detailed Details


  • February 15-20, 2016 (Reading Break)

We will be departing from UBC early on Monday morning and arriving at SFO in the afternoon. After checking into our hotel, we’ll be kicking off right away with a tour of Leap Motion! Tuesday through Thursday will be filled with more exciting company tours, awesome sightseeing around San Francisco, as well as a social dinner to network with some of the brightest ECE alumni working at Silicon Valley!

Departure back to Vancouver will be on Saturday afternoon after you’ve had a chance to spend your last morning exploring all the shops and areas that you missed before, one last time.


  • Only 40 spots available

Due to the extreme popularity of the trip last year (tickets sold out in under an hour), we are switching from first-come, first-serve to application based seats. Seats will be assigned based on applications (primarily based upon your resume and enthusiasm for technology) and there’ll be a set number of seats for students in each academic year. We are looking to take a diverse group of 40 smart, talented, students passionate about technology to the Valley!

Trip Ticket

We are extremely excited to offer tickets for this trip at a very reasonable price of $750 CAD*, which was lower than our budget goal! This price is heavily subsidized for ECE students by the ECE department as well as the faculty’s Professional Activities Fund. We hope you’ll take advantage of this and the excellent learning opportunity to join ECE in San Francisco in February! The ticket includes:

  • Round trip airfare from SeaTac <-> SFO
  • Coach bus from UBC to SeaTac airport
  • Charter bus around Silicon Valley
  • 5 nights of hotel accommodation, located close to the Fisherman’s Wharf (2 people per room with personal beds)

 * While the current ticket price is $750, we are actively pursuing more funding for this trip to further subsidize the cost for you!

Company Tours

Confirmed tours so far include:

  • Google
  • YouTube
  • Yelp
  • VMWare
  • Eventbrite
  • Zynga
  • Leap Motion
  • Many more companies, including Tesla, Apple, Facebook, Nvidia, etc. are currently being contacted!

* More company and school visits will be announced as details become available!


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Here’s what the students loved the most about trip in the previous years..


“Getting a chance to visit world class companies in the Bay Area was an eye-opening experience. I loved the exposure to different tech companies, their culture and the overall industry, and it helped me learn more about the software field before making my decisions about where I want to head in my career.”


“I really wanted  to visit Google because it is my dream company, and I want to obtain an internship or full time position in the near future. Talking with their engineers really helped me understand their work and company’s culture, and the people that I met on this trip eventually helped me land an interview!”


“I loved the balance between company visits and free time. I absolutely loved exploring around San Francisco! Nice break from school with friends.”


“The best part of this trip was the people that I met! It was a great chance to get to know other ECE students, and we had a lot of fun travelling together. It felt great cause it seemed like everyone got to know each other.”


“One of the best things I’ve ever done in my entire time at UBC! I highly encourage you guys to go, and get your tickets as soon as they come out because last year it sold out in less than 5 minutes!”


  • Q: Will we have free time/time to explore San Francisco and sightsee around the Bay Area?
    • A: Yes! Our complete itinerary is still being finalized most evenings after ~5PM and certain timeslots during a couple days will be free for your leisure!
  • Q: What mediums can the ticket payment be made in?
    • A: Ticket payments are cash only (unfortunately Square is not functional at this time and we cannot process cheques). Please remember to take and hold onto your receipt when making your payment!
  • Q: Are tickets refundable?
    • A: Tickets are not refundable, except, in the case that someone from the waiting list can fill your spot.

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