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Orientation Week Welcome for New Students

The first week of September is an important one for post-secondary institutions as we welcome a new batch of students to campus through Orientation Week (O-Week). ShiftKey Labs partnered up with the Dal Faculty of Computer Science Society (CSS) and Computer Science Graduate Society (CSGS) to deliver some fun activities to our new friends. On September 6th, […]

Code Immersion for High School Students

Over three consecutive days, high school students within the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the Shad Valley Dalhousie program attended coding workshops within ShiftKey Labs. On Tuesday, HRM students, current post-secondary students, and coding professionals learned how to fix programming errors in the popular Minesweeper strategy game. Students were handed a master list of errors that included a description of the […]

ShiftKey Labs Creative Working Group

Creative Minds: Meet the Creative Working Group, based out of ShiftKey Labs

Ben Bright has the mindset of a startup entrepreneur. And when he’s not developing his own ideas, the Business Management student is helping to develop a culture of innovation at Dal. Ben is the lead and founding member of the Creative Working Group, a multidisciplinary collection of students that operates out of the Dalhousie-based ShiftKey Labs. […]


Hack Attack: Dal‑Hosted ShiftKey Labs and IBM Partner on Open Data Competition

Earlier this month, the Dal-hosted ShiftKey Labs and IBM teamed up to offer post-secondary students from across Nova Scotia the opportunity to find compelling, innovative uses for government data. The “hackathon” event, held International Open Data Day (March 5), saw students using an IBM cloud-computing platform and data sets available through the Nova Scotia Government’s […]

Break Apps, Find Bugs, Learn Lots in the User Testing Program

Would you like to work with a real local start-up to gain valuable experience finding bugs and giving constructive feedback on their products? This could be an amazing opportunity for you! Volta, in partnership with Dalhousie University and ShiftKey Labs, has launched the new User Testing program open to undergraduate and graduate-level computer science students. Join teams located […]

Hacking Healthcare Solutions Using Allscripts Development Tools

Over the weekend of January 23rd and 24th, students at Dalhousie University participated in the Allscripts Developer Training Workshop and Code-a-Thon. The goal: to create an innovative solution to a healthcare-related “challenge” as presented by the Allscripts on-site support team or another challenge identified by the student team using the Allscripts Unity API – a suite […]

Innovation and Creativity

Technology Innovation Course Launching January 2016

This winter, we are offering the brand new Technology Innovation course. It is now open for registration. The course incorporates elements of entrepreneurial mindset, design thinking, UI + UX, rapid prototyping, and software engineering to address the growing demand in industry for workers who possess these skills and for developers in the startup space. Interdisciplinary Design students […]

Team Sol Ops

Helpful hacking – Dal News – Dalhousie University

Innovacorp and ShiftKey Labs — the Dal-hosted information and communications technology sandbox — set the stage for the first-ever Halifax Smart Energy App Challenge this fall. Kicking off with a “Hackathon” event in late September, 40 participants across 10 teams were challenged to develop a new app to benefit participants in Halifax’s Solar City program, which offers homeowners and […]


Students Build Online Resumes with the help of WordPress, Microsoft Azure

On November 16, students from Dalhousie, St. Mary’s, NSCC and NSCAD came out to learn more about the advantages of building an online résumé. Dalhousie’s three Microsoft Student Partners hosted the event to teach students about WordPress, the Azure Cloud and useful online résumé techniques. Students gained valuable skills and learned how an online résumé is […]

Colin Conrad

Students Heed Advice at Common Founder Pitfalls Event

In the afternoon of November 5, presenter Colin Conrad shared the common pitfalls faced by founders when building teams, searching for capital and determining equity shares. Based on Noam Wasserman’s Founder’s Dilemmas, we discussed what the data has to say about the characteristics of a strong founding team, common founder pitfalls, and the statistical impact […]