ShiftKey-Py Hackathon

Are you a Python, Django, or Social Media rockstar? This is your chance to prove it in front of some of Halifax’s developer top brass. We want people who want to solve some of the following problems using Python / Django / Twitter API:

  • Corporate Twitter account mapping
  • B2B/B2C Classifiers of Twitter Profiles
  • Personal vs. Professional post Classifiers
  • Other hacks with Python/Django/Twitter API

What’s in it for you?

  • Free food
  • Bragging rights
  • Python books
  • Public recognition for solving a valuable business problem
  • Mentorship from LeadSift, one of Halifax’s few venture-backed companies


  • Hack starts at 10:00 am on Wednesday, Feb 22nd
  • Judging starts at 10:00 am on Friday, Feb 24th
  • Everyone is welcome




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OTN Trackathon


“Tell good stories”

Create interactive and engaging visualizations using Ocean Tracking Network acoustic and satellite animal tracking, oceanographic, and ROV (glider) data to tell the stories of animal movements and environmental variations.

* Bring your own computer
* Coffee, snacks and lunch provided
* Any and all visualization software permitted for use
* Find datasets on the OTN website or access them via ThinkDataWorks (, search for “ocean tracking network”


$1,500 $2000 in cash prizes awarded to individuals or groups*:

  • Illustrating animal movement data, highlighting individuals and/or group movement in time and space
  • Illustrating ROV and oceanographic data in time and space, potentially integrating that with animal detection data to define habitat characteristics
  • Allowing an end-user to control aspects of the visualization, and explore the datasets interactively
  • Provide a species-related context to the positional data, i.e., highlighting their importance ecologically or economically
  • Integrating multiple datasets to provide insight into interspecies interaction in time and space

Esri Student Associate Prize (open to Dal students only)

  • Free registration for the Atlantic User Conference
  • Free registration for the Esri Inc Developer Summit in Palm Springs, FL
  • Free access to two hosted training courses
  • Free access to the Esri Developer Network (includesArcGIS Desktop, Server and several other software components)

Meet the judges on the Ocean Tracking Network website


10:00 am Welcome & “Tech Talks” – Esri and IBM
10:30 am Group organization
11:00 am Explore, Discover, Describe
12:00 pm
Lunch (catered)
5:30 pm Presentations (~3 mins per group)
6:00 pm Judging/Awards


Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Pre-Trackathon IBM Bluemix DevOps Workshop

Don’t forget to join us for an IBM BlueMix DevOps Workshop –- get familiar with BlueMix in the context of DevOps and data analytics. Please bring your own laptop and be sure to sign up in advance for a trial account at Pre-registering for an account will help trainers make better use of the time available for this session.

Friday, April 1 | 5-8 p.m. | ShiftKey Labs

Hacking Healthcare Solutions Using Allscripts Development Tools

Over the weekend of January 23rd and 24th, students at Dalhousie University participated in the Allscripts Developer Training Workshop and Code-a-Thon. The goal: to create an innovative solution to a healthcare-related “challenge” as presented by the Allscripts on-site support team or another challenge identified by the student team using the Allscripts Unity API – a suite of tools open to the third-party developer community.

To kick things off, students spent three hours learning all about the Allscripts developer portal, Unity API, and how they can integrate these tools into the developer’s preferred workflows and environment. After the training, students were treated to lunch and the Allscripts support staff presented a design challenge to the students. Over the next hour or so, students formed small project teams and began working on the presented challenge or a challenge of their own choosing. Students continued to work feverishly on possible solutions up to the idea presentation showcase at 2pm on Sunday afternoon. Unlike most hack-a-thons, idea pitches were not judged but instead, event attendees, including Dr. Raza Abidi of NICHE Research Group, participated in a lively Q&A period following each presentation.

All parties felt that there were many positive outcomes from this event including the strengthening of connections between students, the faculty, and Allscripts. Students also benefitted from free access to the Allscripts Developer Portal, including hands-on training and support at the event on how to code using the Allscripts Unity API. Several great ideas were generated as potential healthcare-related solutions and all partners have committed to providing the necessary supports for student developers wishing to continue development.

Team 42—WAP
Team 42—WAP