ShiftKey Labs


About ShiftKey Labs

ShiftKey Labs is part of the Nova Scotia Sandbox Project, which was designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among post-secondary students across the province. ShiftKey is the only sandbox devoted to computer science and technology, and we operate based on three broad goals. 

  1. Creating strong talent for the Nova Scotia technology industry
  2. Ensuring that computer science students gain innovation and entrepreneurship experience outside the classroom
  3. Developing deep connections between computer science students and the Nova Scotian tech startup community

We address these goals through our broad range of events and programs, offered to all students interested in computer science and technology.

What We Do?

Meet Our Team

Emily Fenton

After receiving a Bachelor in International Studies from Leiden University, Emily spent many years working as a supervisor and manager at the Technical University of Delft, organizing events with and for STEM students. In 2020, she returned to her home-town Halifax to complete a Master’s in History, before spending a year working in Dalhousie Administration. Emily enjoys working with students, industry, and faculty partners to develop key connections and organize engaging events. If you want to get in touch, feel free to reach out to Emily through LinkedIn.

Sahil Chawla

Student Ambassador
I am Sahil a third year Bachelor of Applied Computer Science student at Dalhousie University. I was born in Mumbai, India but spent majority of my childhood in Dubai, UAE and in Muscat, Oman. I am a tech enthusiast and very interested in emerging technology. It always amazes me how far we have come in the world of tech and we’re yet to discover so much more! I also have interests in Web Development, Data Science and Software Development. Apart from being a part of the Shiftkey Labs team, I am a Super Mentor for Together@Dal for Faculty of Computer Science. I spend a lot of time on campus and volunteer at various events. I really like trying new things and some of my hobbies include photography and playing a variety of sports. You can contact me through LinkedIn, my DMs are always open!

Vansh Sood

Student Ambassador
Vansh is a second year Bachelor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University starting. His hobbies include reading books, watching anime, playing Call of Duty, and listening to music. Alongside being a student ambassador for Shiftkey Labs, he runs a software development agency and has built production-level web, mobile, and machine learning applications for multiple startups and businesses. A fun fact about him is that he was invited to Mountain View, California for his contribution to open-source software development by Google Open Source back in high school! To know more about his work, feel free to visit his web profile and LinkedIn profile.

Almasfiza Shaikh

Communications Assistant
Almas is a graduate student in Applied Computer Science at Dalhousie University. She has a keen interest in frontend web development, user interface and experience design, as well as technical writing and documentation. Almas holds responsibilities for social media management and the creation of creative poster content for events. Outside of academics, she enjoys taking walks and watching movies. Almas thrives in collaborative environments, valuing effective communication and teamwork in pursuit of shared goals.