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March 2019

CANCELLED – 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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Note: This session has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. 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…

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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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Analyze Re Design Challenge

Friday, March 8th @ 5:30 pmSaturday, March 9th @ 7:30 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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Shiftkey Labs and Analyze Re are planning an exciting design challenge aimed at students with a keen interest in ML, and micro services. The goal is for you and your team to hack together a working proof-of-concept/prototype for one of the presented design challenges unveiled at the start of the event. You will have approximately 24 hours to conceptualize, model, create, and demo your solution! Meals, snacks and hot/cold beverages will be provided throughout the event to keep you fuelled…

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CANCELLED – 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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Note: This session has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. 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…

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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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CANCELLED – Sandbox Discover Design Challenge

Wednesday, March 20th @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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The final design challenge is now being merged with the Arts-Tech Fusion Hackathon on Mar 23-24 (no design challenge on Wed, Mar 20th). If you have any questions on how this might impact the Sandbox Passport or the Design Challenge Certificate, please contact us. The final Sandbox Discover program workshop this semester is aimed at students who have participated in the majority of the program workshops. The goal is to apply program knowledge to solve a problem to a specific design…

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Arts-Tech Fusion Hackathon

Saturday, March 23rd @ 9:00 amSunday, March 24th @ 6:00 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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We are pairing computer science students and non-computer science students together for the ultimate, cross-disciplinary, weekend-long event! From Saturday to Sunday, you and a partner will work together to create an idea that combines technology with the arts. Think music, history, visual arts, gender studies, theatre, creative writing - anything you want! No coding experience required! Over the weekend, we will meet guest speakers who combine arts with technology in their workplace every day. Take advantage of what they have…

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April 2019

CANCELLED – Angular Series – From Beginner to Advanced – Day 3

Thursday, April 18th @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs), 6050 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
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This event has been cancelled at the request of the organizer. Please contact them for more information.  Attend this Halifax JavaScript + Emerging Web Technologies Meetup hosted by ShiftKey Labs to delve deeper into JavaScript, more specifically Angular. Content will be tailored to a beginner level audience on Angular.js with some experience in JavaScript programming. Here is a short list of topics that will be covered in this workshop: - Creating custom Directives - Pipes - Forms - Observables -…

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