Programming and Product Development Intern: Byos Security – Halifax, NS

BYOS is a patent pending portable network security system that provides protected connectivity and air­gapping services to an electronic device, without requiring the user to have computer security knowledge or having a set of protection tools installed. BYOS can be transported
anywhere and used by various types of users (whether an expert or a novice), to allow a secure access to Internet on their device, regardless of where they are connected. BYOS will provide a full protection array via transparent functionality against various types of potential known threats inside the network.

BYOS is seeking an intern with programming skills to join their team and support product development.

Programming and Product Development Intern – Byos Security [pdf]


In order to apply for this position, students must submit an application to the Venture for Canada Atlantic Internship Program here: http://bit.ly/VFC4dal

Becoming an intern gives students access to awesome opportunities like these, and the three day training camp hosted at ShiftKey Labs!

Intern: Home Except INC – Halifax, NS

HomeEXCEPT is a Nova Scotia award winning technology start­up. Winner of the 2017 AARP Global Innovation Award for Caregiving. HomeEXCEPT develops non­intrusive monitoring solutions for home and office. Our sensors leverage the internet of things and artificial intelligence to deliver EXCEPTional Peace of Mind.

They are looking for an intern with the following skills:

  • Computer Science background with coding skills
    • Java
    • Node.js
    • Python
    • React/React native

Intern: Home Except, Fall 2018 [pdf]


In order to apply for this position, students must submit an application to the Venture for Canada Atlantic Internship Program here: http://bit.ly/VFC4dal

Becoming an intern gives students access to awesome opportunities like these, and the three day training camp hosted at ShiftKey Labs!

Quality Assurance Intern: REIN AI – Halifax, NS

The intern would:

  • Help test features, bugs, updates to our first current platform and integrations.
  • Familiarity with automation testing, coding is a bonus.

Any candidate with extensive ruby on rails and / or reactjs experience will also be considered.

Quality Assurance Team – REIN AI


In order to apply for this position, students must submit an application to the Venture for Canada Atlantic Internship Program here: http://bit.ly/VFC4dal

Becoming an intern gives students access to awesome opportunities like these, and the three day training camp hosted at ShiftKey Labs!

AI and Data Analyst: REIN AI – Halifax, NS

REIN’s platform makes it possible – and practical to accelerate insurtech product development, so you can quickly deploy scalable, flexible solutions designed to better select risk, price risk and distribute product. We’ve assembled a passionate, empowered team of pioneers and experts from the technology and insurance industries. Together, they combine deep product insight with advanced implementation expertise.

We are looking for an intern for the AI space, to do the following:

  • Explore and document a variety of external datasets.
  • Present findings of relevant information to our projects.
  • Write scripts to interact with external APIs to pull data.
  • Validate and test our internal data transformations.
  • Familiarity with Python, SQL, HTTP Requests, and Hadoop/Spark will be a bonus.

AI & Data Analyst – REIN AI [pdf]


In order to apply for this position, students must submit an application to the Venture for Canada Atlantic Internship Program here: http://bit.ly/VFC4dal

Becoming an intern gives students access to awesome opportunities like these, and the three day training camp hosted at ShiftKey Labs!

Junior Data Scientist: SomaDetect – Fredericton, NB

SomaDetect’s mission is to provide dairy farmers with the information they need to produce the highest quality milk with the resources we have today, for a more sustainable dairy food system. Using SomaDetect’s technology dairy farmers gain access to real-time analytics of milk quality and herd health indicators from every cow at every milking. This is human-centred-design with cows and their caretakers in mind. This is better data for farmers to make informed decisions. This is better milk for consumers who demand healthy and nutritious foods. This is better lives for cows who rely on farmers to keep them healthy and free of diseases. This is the future of dairy.

Duties Include:

  • Enhancing data collection procedures to include information that is relevant for building analytic systems
  • Processing, cleansing, and verifying the integrity of data used for analysis
  • Doing ad-hoc analysis and presenting results in a clear manner
  • Creating automated anomaly detection systems and constant tracking of its performance

Somadetect – Junior Data Scientist [pdf]


In order to apply for this position, students must submit an application to the Venture for Canada Atlantic Internship Program here: http://bit.ly/VFC4dal

Becoming an intern gives students access to awesome opportunities like these, and the three day training camp hosted at ShiftKey Labs!

Front-End Development Intern: Bereda Training – Halifax, NS

Bereda is building a flexible training plan system for endurance athletes so they can navigate their training and their everyday, busy lives. Bereda enables coaches and self­coaches to efficiently create and manage customized plans, providing clear training direction no matter how
chaotic a season gets.

Bereda is looking for an intern to fill a junior developer position which involves working on the front end of our new, mobile based progressive web app, writing unit tests for QA, and fixing bugs. Experience with React.js would be valued.

Bereda Training – Fall 2018 [pdf]


In order to apply for this position, students must submit an application to the Venture for Canada Atlantic Internship Program here: http://bit.ly/VFC4dal

Becoming an intern gives students access to awesome opportunities like these, and the three day training camp hosted at ShiftKey Labs!

NS Sandboxes Bootcamp Fosters Creativity, Innovation for Entrepreneurs

Story by: Allison Kincade, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Computer Science

Not your average summer camp

For the second year in a row, ShiftKey Labs—the Dal-hosted innovation sandbox in the Goldberg Computer Science Building—co-designed and delivered a province-wide bootcamp for budding entrepreneurs, the Creativity and Innovation Bootcamp.

Twelve Dalhousie students worked alongside forty-six others hailing from 7 universities and 6 other sandboxes, to tackle one central issue facing Nova Scotian communities today: How might people who live in Nova Scotia reduce the amount of plastic and paper that ends up in the landfill?

Premier Stephen McNeil stopped by to see the innovation in action, giving a few words of support and encouragement for all involved.

Collaboration is key

The aim of the bootcamp was to help students discover more about their own ability to create unique and impactful responses to real-world challenges, with design-thinking – or human-centered design – at its core.

Last year, teams competed for finalist positions over the course of three months. This year, the human-centered approach saw students also divided into smaller groups, but with the intent of splitting up across the multidisciplinary fields of study with the final objective of advancing stronger student connections within the cohort, and showcasing the real value that comes from collaborating within a diverse group of individuals.

“After last year’s Bootcamp, we felt that the best way to harness the collaborative potential of the entire cohort would be to remove the competitive project ‘pitch’ where the ‘best’ team would win the prize money,” says Grant Wells, manager of ShiftKey Labs.

“I feel that the solutions generated were of a much higher quality, as teams maximized their learning without the barriers to collaboration.”

Master of Applied Computer Science Student and ShiftKey Labs student participant, Shilpa Singh, was pleasantly surprised by the diverse culture backgrounds and fields of study that her peers brought to the bootcamp. “It was great exposure for me; I got a chance to really expand my network,” she says.

Design-thinking and problem solving

The issue at hand was an easy one to get students to buy into. The topic of recycling and reducing contamination of items to be recycled is constantly trending across disciplines – and has an impact on every citizen.

To help tackle the problem at hand, students spent their two weeks immersed in interactive workshops and learning the process, alongside time for independent experimentation. Students were equipped with a handful of approaches to problem solving and practiced new tools for testing and solving ideas.

When asked to reflect on their experience, most students highlight the lessons they learned in brainstorming, noting that their perception on how to approach it has been flipped on its head.

“This was a major life lesson for me on a new way of brainstorming,” Singh says. “Just by using simple techniques like writing your ideas on sticky notes, drawing stick figures to explain the solution, and following the whole procedure of human design thinking, I learned a completely new way of looking at a problem and finding the solution from people’s perspective.”

Students were also encouraged to actually get outside to observe people’s behaviours and talk to them about what they were thinking. “The whole program was conducted in a way where we came up with a solution to a problem, without even realizing we were working on it the whole time!” Singh adds. “This was really a once in a lifetime experience for me.”

Students went from having little to no understanding of what design-thinking even meant to having enough confidence to work individually, in small groups, and a mash-up of groups – to develop ideas that led to solution-driven early prototypes that could impact our society.

“Next year, we will continue to evolve the program and improve upon its success,” says Wells. “I would like even more Dal students to experience this amazing opportunity, take advantage of the variety of skills development programs offered at ShiftKey Labs, and the network of provincial sandboxes.”

Asked what he feels the main value in activities like this is, Wells remarks, “Ultimately, it can be life changing for a student to join our open and welcome community. No matter what, it will further enhance their overall academic experience here at Dalhousie.”

Fast-track your WordPress Skills with WordCamp Halifax 2018

What is WordCamp Halifax?

First, it is the only WordPress related conference east of Montreal! WordCamps are an international movement of accessible conferences aimed at covering all things related to the popular CMS. The goal is to create an informative and accessible event for people of all skill levels and backgrounds to learn about WordPress.

On Saturday, June 16 2018, 200 attendees will take in 21 sessions ranging from code, marketing, design, accessibility, how-tos, community and more. $25 gets you access to all sessions, free lunch, swag and a killer afterparty. Compared to many other tech events – that price is a steal!

Learn more at https://2018.halifax.wordcamp.org.

What can it offer start-ups?

Coders will enjoy the dedicated developers track. Last year’s topics included REST API, performance troubleshooting, workflows and remote worker mental health. Founders will enjoy the content creators track, which focuses on everything from design to marketing strategies. And finally, the site creators track is fantastic for picking up tricks and tips to make the most of WordPress. Content-wise, there is something for everyone at WordCamp.

How can you participate?

Have something interesting to say about WordPress? A call for 40 minute speaker sessions is open until May 1. You can talk about how WordPress enhances your web experience. Whether you’re an end-user with something interesting to say about the platform or a seasoned vet looking to regale the crowds with your experiences and expertise, we’re listening. Not sure if your desired topic suits the venue? Just ask. We’re happy to help would-be presenters hone their skills.

Additionally, there will be a Happiness Bar signup closer to the event that will be looking for attendee volunteers. What exactly is a Happiness Bar? Well, it doesn’t serve drinks, but it does serve up plenty of smiles! The Happiness Bar is staffed with incredible WordPress talents available to help you troubleshoot your sites, plugins, themes and all things WordPress.

Of course, you can also buy a ticket and take in all this exciting programing.

So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action of Halifax’s second WordCamp!


Sponsored by ShiftKey Labs

 

Three Winning Teams in Hackathon for 1st/2nd Year Students

On Saturday, November 25th, seven teams students participated in the first hackathon aimed specifically at 1st and 2nd year students at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Community College.

Throughout the day, each team developed innovative ideas for products using any technologies they were comfortable with in three prize categories worth $250 each: the “most social”, the “most humorous”, and the “most complete”.

To help students with any questions they might have about product development and coding, eleven students at the senior undergraduate and masters level at Dal volunteered their time to support the event.

“There was a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and excitement in the room – right from the start” reports Grant Wells, Manager of ShiftKey Labs. “Everyone was competing hard for the prizes but there were a lot of laughs so I know they were enjoying this opportunity to apply their coding skills in fun, creative ways.”

Each team presented their ideas and rough demos of their solutions to the room but instead of evaluating winning teams with a traditional panel of judges, each person in the room voted on the ideas they felt were best in the three prize categories.

The winner for “most social” application was team “1UP” – a place for Dalhousie Societies to share their talents, improve their clubs, and interact with other students with different interests and different backgrounds.

Team “Chipotle” earned “most humorous” prize to help students ease their depression by tickling their funny bone with videos based on their comedic interests.

The “most complete” application prize went to team “Snack Track” – an app that helps people track their food and get more information on what they’re eating to make more informed dietary decisions.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Team “Snack Track” (l to r): Stephen Terrio and Mackenzie Boudreau. Winners of the “most complete” prize category.
Team “1UP” (l to r): Thomas Rizzuto, Oliver Dechant, and Ivy Lin, winners of the “most social” prize category
Team “Chipotle (l to r): James MacPhee and Rylan Conway, winners of the “most humorous” prize category

MyMem Models Startup Success with Competition Wins

A siri-like app, developed by current and former Dalhousie students, to assist older people and those with dementia to recall information easily and independently using artificial intelligence has recently been awarded $50,000 investment after success at national and regional competitions.

Last week, Volta Labs in partnership with Innovacorp and BDC Capital, launched the Volta Cohort – a new $125,000 micro fund for Atlantic Canadian early-stage companies. The Dalhousie-based team, MyMem were one of five Halifax companies to be awarded a $25,000 funding and mentorship package at the November 14th launch event, following a competitive pitching process.

Age-Well Ideathon 2nd place winners (L to R): Arun Athisamy, Eric Fisher, Harish Gopinath, and Aishwarya Ravichandran

This follows similar success at a national ideathon competition. Back in October, AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence and HACKING HEALTH hosted the culmination of a Canada-wide competition to identify and invest in new technologies and services to support healthy aging. MyMem placed second in the national initiative and took home $25,000 investment.

MyMem is the creation of alumnus Eric Fisher (PhD Biochemistry & Molecular Biology ’13) and current Master of Applied Computer Science program students Harish Gopinath, Arun Athisamy, and Aishwarya Ravichandran.

“We wanted to develop a solution for dementia sufferers and their families to makes things easier for those suffering from memory loss, their caregivers and families,” said Ravichandran.

“Through AI based personalized voice command, MyMem helps people living with dementia recall information quickly and independently, and hold onto memories and experiences. It will enable users to access important information and photos by voice command, requiring very little proficiency with technology. We hope the app will be fun to use as well as helpful and believe this could change the way disorders such as dementia are approached.”

MyMem’s recent accomplishment follows first-place success earlier this year at HACKING HEALTH HALIFAX in March, and Nova Scotia Sandboxes Introduction to Innovation Bootcamp in May.

The team is based out of innovation sandbox ShiftKey Labs in the Goldberg Computer Science Building, where they have benefitted from the expertise of lab manager, Grant Wells.

“MyMem have shown real potential since the idea was first conceptualized earlier this year,” says Wells. “The app could have a huge impact on people’s lives and the way in which health professionals deal with dementia, related disorders and those living with them.”

Following their recent wins, MyMem are looking ahead and moving forward with tailoring the app to better serve customers.

“The investment from both competitions will make a huge difference in how we can continue to innovate and develop the best product possible for users,” Harish Gopinath says. “We are hoping to go public with the app in 2018 and the investment of support and money we have received so far will really help to make this happen.”