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February 2019

Understanding Yourself and Others: How to Work as a Team

Tuesday, February 26th @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Jung’s theory of psychological types is useful to help us understand ourselves and how we work with others. By using an online assessment, we will identify valuable differences between people, differences that could be the source of misunderstanding and miscommunication on your working team. This information enhances understandings of motivations, natural strengths, and potential growth areas. It also helps us appreciate others who differ from themselves. We will discuss the nature of group dynamics and how this knowledge can help…

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Generating Ideas – The Power of Brainstorming

Wednesday, February 27th @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Note: Due to inclement weather resulting in the university closure on March 13th and the Reading Week break the following week (Feb 18-22), this workshop has been postponed to Wed, Feb 27th.  Workshop #4 of the Sandbox Discover program will focus on “Generating ideas – the power of brainstorming” or more precisely—the Ideate stage of the design thinking process. Building on both the Empathize and Define stages, the Ideate stage encourages us to generate as many solutions / ideas as possible through…

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Lab Resident Info Session: FiCS Script (.NET Runtime Compiler)

Thursday, February 28th @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Attend an information session about an upcoming .Net tool designed to improve application development workflow and allow for never-before-seen solutions! FiCS Script is a powerful runtime compiler that can interact with the codebase and change it. Change a value of a field, add a new class, alter a method, change a single file or the entire project – all seamlessly at runtime. Harness flexibility of a dynamic language while having the performance of a static one! Following the presentation, there will…

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March 2019

Dal Writes Worldbuilding – Screen-Testing with Dice!

Friday, March 1st @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Play a D&D-Style RPG with us! This week, Dal Writes is interactively ironing out the details of our universe by playing games!

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Creating Personas: Designing for Your User

Tuesday, March 5th @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Creating personas are a crucial component in understanding the stakeholders affected by your idea. A persona is not based on any specific person but is an abstract representation of many people with similar characteristics. Developing personas based on your research insights can help you focus on designing solutions without having to concentrate on dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people in your target audience Before you spend time and money on research and prototyping, this workshop will help you to ask…

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Getting Ideas Out of Your Head – The Power of the Storyboard

Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Workshop #5 will focus on “Getting ideas out of your head – the power of the storyboard”. The Prototype stage of the design thinking process pushes problems solvers to see their idea evolve rapidly through the use of a specific prototyping tool: storyboards. Storyboards are quick, easy and cheap to produce. They can be thought of as the earliest physical manifestation of your idea. The goal is to maximize learning early in the process to avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes…

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Dal Writes Worldbuilding: Revision and Character Development

Friday, March 8th @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Let's fix our world and put some people in it! This week, Dal Writes is making some final tweaks to our universe and developing a rich history of the people who have shaped it into what our world is today.

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The Pitch: You Only Get One First Chance to Tell Your Story

Tuesday, March 12th @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Learn to represent yourself and your ideas more effectively. Through a series of exercises, you will learn methods to present and communicate effectively and persuasively. We will discuss how to project a confident image, organizing your content for impact, and creating a stronger connection with your listeners so that they can better hear, understand and retain your message. We will also discuss how to better understand and become comfortable with your own style, increasing your presentation confidence. Meet Scott Furlotte...…

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Testing Your Idea with Easy Prototypes

Wednesday, March 13th @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Workshop #6 of the Sandbox Discover program will focus on “Prototyping and Experimentation”. We’ll continue with the prototyping stage of design thinking and move on to the final stage of the process – the testing stage. This week we will concentrate on refining prototypes with the learning we gained last week and also spend some time experimenting/testing the prototype with users. The goal is not to defend your prototype but to observe how your user(s) interact with it. Based on this new…

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Dal Writes Worldbuilding: Editing Our First Drafts

Friday, March 15th @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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We've written our drafts and now it's time to make them great! Join Dal Writes to learn how to edit someone's work while being respectful of the time and energy they put into it.

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