Creativity & Innovation Bootcamp

Immersive program focused on human-centered design-thinking

The Creativity and Innovation Bootcamp program is designed to provide post-secondary students across Nova Scotia with an opportunity to learn more about their own ability for creating unique and impactful responses to real-world challenges.

The two-week immersive (full-time) experience introduces students to a suite of approaches, tools, and mindsets aimed at unleashing their creative potential and amplifying their capacity for innovative problem solving through collaboration. Human-centered design-thinking is at the core of the program.

Last year’s bootcamp

The Creativity and Innovation Bootcamp took place over two weeks in May at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. All of the students resided on-campus and took part in the twelve days of curriculum-driven activities. Students that were accepted to participate received a $1,000 honorarium; accommodation and food costs were also covered.

The bootcamp consisted of interactive workshops, learning games, independent experimentation, and exploring the world outside the classroom. Students were encouraged to consider creativity and innovation in many different contexts – as concepts that apply to entrepreneurship, start-ups, and any future workplace. Participants applied their design thinking skills to a central design challenge that tackled an issue facing Nova Scotia communities. The 2018 Design Challenge presented to the students was: How might people who live in Nova Scotia reduce the amount of plastic and paper that ends up in the landfill?

This program is co-developed and co-delivered by all NS Sandboxes. Funding for the NS Sandboxes Creativity and Innovation Bootcamp is provided by the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education and here is no financial impact on the ShiftKey Labs operational account.

Check out this News Story about last years event!

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