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  • Advice from a Creativity and Innovation Bootcamp Alumnus

    March 8, 2019

    My bootcamp experience started with a mindset. I was a student at Dal one year into my second undergraduate. I had already been the “super student” in my first degree.  I knew I could lock myself in a comfortable place, study for an hour or two every day, and nail the midterms as they came. ...

  • Matt Zimola – The Infinite Loop Series

    February 21, 2019

    Today I’m launching a new series of posts about student engagement with ShiftKey Labs I’d like to call “Infinite Loop”. If you’re a programmer, you know all too well the dreaded infinite loop that can wreak havoc on a computer or server. I’d like to redefine this term and spin it into something positive. The “Infinite ...

  • The Sandbox Discover Program: Creativity is for Everyone

    February 15, 2019

    Drawing comics, writing stories, and designing products are all examples of tasks that require a high level of creativity. Anything with an artistic component usually brings some form of creativity to our mind. It makes sense – creation is inherent in the artistic process. And because creativity is so salient in the artistic professions, it ...

  • Play is an Essential Part of Failure: Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing

    February 15, 2019

    If you’ve ever been around children while they’re playing tag, you’ve probably had to make a difficult interpretation. Are they screaming because they’re having fun? Or are they screaming because they’re terrified and need help? Without context, it can be really difficult to tell the difference. Play is frequently reminiscent of behaviours that are dangerous or just plain boring. Have ...

  • NS Sandboxes Bootcamp Fosters Creativity, Innovation for Entrepreneurs

    June 20, 2018

    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 ...

  • Fast-track your WordPress Skills with WordCamp Halifax 2018

    April 25, 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, ...

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

    December 5, 2017

    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”, ...

  • MyMem Models Startup Success with Competition Wins

    November 16, 2017

    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 – ...

  • Project Incubation Bootcamp a Hit

    September 29, 2017

    Summer 2017 was a busy one for students and to the delight of the organizers, the NS Sandboxes Project Incubation bootcamp was a hit. “We wanted to create a program that allowed students to explore the commercial potential of their idea that was also as flexible and impactful as possible” describes Grant Wells, Manager and co-organizer ...

  • App-solutely memorable: Halifax students making tool for those with dementia to access family photos, messages

    August 9, 2017

    By: Kashmala Fida For Metro Published on Mon Aug 07 2017 A new Siri-like application to help seniors with dementia or memory loss is in the works thanks to a group of current and former Dalhousie University students. MyMem is the brainchild of graduate Eric Fisher, and current Masters of Applied Computer Science program students Harish Gopinath, ...