Students Create Immersive Multimedia Solutions in Technology Innovation Course


Thirty-four Computer Science and Integrated Design students from Dalhousie/NSCAD University worked together in the fall 2016 offering of the “Technology Innovation” course to create a variety of immersive multimedia solutions for the NSCAD Prototype Dome.

Throughout the course, students were exposed to elements of design thinking, project management, and software development to “get their hands dirty” and solve a central design challenge.

The challenge? Create engaging multimedia content for the dome that used public data sets to tell a story that resonated with Nova Scotians.

One such example was the creation of a “Global Cooking Challenge” that used Playstation™ controllers to teach people how to cook a sample dish from a particular country. Students learned through design thinking observations and various insights that:

  • International students feel isolated from the greater community
  • Typical events for international students are geared toward connecting them with other international students instead of locals
  • People of different cultures look to commonalities to form connections

Ultimately, the game served a much more important role: To create stronger connections between international and Canadian students.

NSCAD/Dalhousie University students playing the “Global Cooking Challenge” game in the prototype dome

The course exemplified the collaborative effectiveness between design and technology students supported by an enthusiastic industry partner. Each solution also modelled the creative potential for dome technologies.

To learn more, please visit the Technology Innovation course page on this website.

Jac Gautreau, Dome Project Creative Producer, explaining dome-powered technologies to students.

Hacking Health Halifax: Design Thinking Café

After the success of our first café, we’re extra excited to announce Hacking Health Halifax’s second Café & Design Thinking Workshop! This time, we’re ready to take a hands-on approach.

During a facilitated session, we’ll challenge you to identify key healthcare challenges in multi-disciplinary groups. Together, we’ll learn a repeatable, design thinking process that can be used leading up to and during the hackathon weekend. As always, this session is admission-free. Of course, we’ll save time at the start and finish of the design thinking session to mix, mingle and meet new people!

We’ll be hosting cafes and workshops leading up to a weekend hackathon in November 2016! Visit Hacking Health Halifax for more details.

Who should attend?  Anyone is welcome, so long as you have a passion for innovation and a willingness to share your expertise.

Special thanks to Innovacorp for sponsoring this event!

Hackers & Makers

Work on meaningful problems. Help improve healthcare. Get connected, and practice your skills.

Health Professionals & Patients


Collaborate with tech experts to solve problems in healthcare. Let your ideas inspire practical solutions.

Entrepreneurs & Other Stakeholders


Support and participate in grass-roots, collaborative problem-solving to improve the healthcare system.

Design Thinking: A Framework for Innovation

On November 4, ShiftKey Labs members took part in Design Thinking event. Facilitated by Jenny Baechler, participants learned about the tools and techniques of design thinking as an approach to innovation. We explored ideas from some of the leaders in design thinking including Tim Brown, David Kelly and Roger Martin. These leaders have made design thinking an important piece of the start-up ecosystem.  Topics included building a culture of innovation and creative problem solving. These topics provide teams with resources to tackle early-stage ideation – strategies for brainstorming, framing opportunities and creating human-centred solutions that have an impact. Students loved taking part in this hands-on, high-energy workshop!

Jenny Baechler

Facilitator Jenny Baechler is the Associate Director of the Corporate Residency MBA program and a Lecturer for the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University. She holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European University Centre for Peace Studies and is a PhD Candidate in Dalhousie’s Interdisciplinary PhD program. Her research integrates the fields of public administration, peace/conflict studies, international development studies and complexity theory and explores opportunities for and barriers to cross-boundary collaboration (whole-of-government) within the context of international stabilization and peacebuilding efforts.

ShiftKey Labs would like to say a huge thanks to Ms. Baechler for facilitating the workshop and for all students who participated!

Design Thinking Workshop