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February 2018

Android Hackathon

Saturday, February 10th @ 10:00 amSunday, February 11th @ 6:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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ShiftKey Labs and the Dalhousie Computer Science Society (CSS) are teaming up to run a 2-day hackathon focused on Android mobile application development. The format is pretty simple: Show up, join or form a team, brainstorm an idea guided by the disclosed prize categories, spend the remainder of the weekend coding out that solution, and present/demo your idea to the group. Everyone will get a chance to vote on the presentations/demos and the group who receives the most votes in…

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Innovating with the IWK

Thursday, February 15th @ 5:30 pm6:30 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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UPDATE: Due to low registration numbers, tonight's event has been cancelled. Please check our calendar for other activities that might be of interest. Do you want to help break healthcare? The IWK Health Centre is in the midst of rolling out a new innovation strategy, one that works best by engaging with our community and academic partners.  Innovation Services at the IWK has legal, business and medical expertise, and can provide advice, mentorship, and resources for those interested in entrepreneurial…

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Introduction to Git Tutorial

Wednesday, February 21st @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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Git is great at keeping you organized on any program you write. It helps teams work together on larger projects.  Companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twiter all use Git for their projects, and there are lots of websites out there that make Git even easier to configure and connect with others.  Git is used on the command line, so it may not be flashy, but a lot of IDE’s and GUI’s make it super easy to work with.  I think…

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Introduction to Git Tutorial (Repeat)

Wednesday, February 28th @ 7:15 pm9:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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Git is great at keeping you organized on any program you write. It helps teams work together on larger projects.  Companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twiter all use Git for their projects, and there are lots of websites out there that make Git even easier to configure and connect with others.  Git is used on the command line, so it may not be flashy, but a lot of IDE’s and GUI’s make it super easy to work with.  I think…

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March 2018

REDspace AR App Development Workshop

Thursday, March 1st @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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Update Here is a link to the presentation PowerPoint slides: https://drive.google.com/open?id=19vsaqmDAiUrVVHYjWYmmKJxJxHMuRNMI. In preparation for the upcoming AR Hackathon, this workshop will go over the basics of creating an AR application in both native iOS and Unity.We will go over the foundation of what ARKit is and how it works, as well as going step by step through an example application with iOS and Unity at the same time. This workshop requires that you bring your own supported devices to participate, though…

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REDspace AR Hackathon

Saturday, March 3rd @ 9:30 am8:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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ShiftKey Labs and the REDspace are partnering up to run a one-day augmented reality (AR) hackathon on Saturday, March 3rd using Apple’s ARKit and the Unity gaming engine to develop some innovative mobile applications. The format is pretty simple: Show up, join or form a team, brainstorm an idea guided by the disclosed prize categories, spend the remainder of the day coding out that solution, and present/demo your idea to the panel of judges. There will be some amazing prizes…

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Backend Architecture Workshop

Thursday, March 22nd @ 5:30 pm8:30 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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What to Expect A guided, collaborative effort to draft key components and their interactions. Types of Questions Answered How do I share data between instances of my mobile application? How do I add multiplayer features to my game? Do I need a back-end? How do I expose backend services for my front end applications to use? How do I use Google, Facebook, and Microsoft APIs in my backend logic? What You'll Get Out of It A draft of a backend…

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Introduction to Blockchain Technology and Ethereum

Thursday, March 29th @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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“Bitcoin Hits a New Record High, But Stops Short of $20,000.”says David Morris in Fortune. “Bitcoin price plummet sees investors swap cryptocurrency for solid gold.” in Evening Standard. “Gartner has seen a sharp rise in the number of enterprises promoting the use of blockchain, says Jonathan Care, research director at Gartner. The foundational distributed ledger at the heart of blockchain allows for a wide variety of assets to be tracked, including ownership, identity assertions and proofs, encryption keys or device…

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April 2018

Dan Russell – Meet and Greet

Thursday, April 19th @ 10:00 am10:30 am
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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Google search is a tool we use every day—from getting the daily weather report, searching for directions, finding our favourite products buying online, to learning more about the world around us.  Surprisingly, most people are unfamiliar with Google's advanced search capabilities but Dr. Dan Russell dedicates a considerable portion of his life to helping people become better searchers. On Thursday, April 19th at 10:00 am, ShiftKey Labs is very pleased to host a meet-and-greet with Dr. Russell. Students across any faculty…

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May 2018

Mobile Game Development Program – Application Deadline

Sunday, May 20th @ 11:55 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H4R2 Canada
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The Mobile Game Development Program, featuring Ubisoft, is aimed at post-secondary students with an interest in learning more about the mobile game development lifecycle—starting with an idea and (ideally) concluding with the launch of a product in the Android and Apple Stores. Students will gain valuable game development experience and graduate the program with a demonstrable product that can be added to a technical portfolio that proves core competencies to future employers. To learn more, please visit https://shiftkeylabs.ca/mobile-game-development-program/

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