Fast-track your WordPress Skills with WordCamp Halifax 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, June 16 2018, 200 attendees will take in 21 sessions ranging from code, marketing, design, accessibility, how-tos, community and more. $25 gets you access to all sessions, free lunch, swag and a killer afterparty. Compared to many other tech events – that price is a steal!

Learn more at https://2018.halifax.wordcamp.org.

What can it offer start-ups?

Coders will enjoy the dedicated developers track. Last year’s topics included REST API, performance troubleshooting, workflows and remote worker mental health. Founders will enjoy the content creators track, which focuses on everything from design to marketing strategies. And finally, the site creators track is fantastic for picking up tricks and tips to make the most of WordPress. Content-wise, there is something for everyone at WordCamp.

How can you participate?

Have something interesting to say about WordPress? A call for 40 minute speaker sessions is open until May 1. You can talk about how WordPress enhances your web experience. Whether you’re an end-user with something interesting to say about the platform or a seasoned vet looking to regale the crowds with your experiences and expertise, we’re listening. Not sure if your desired topic suits the venue? Just ask. We’re happy to help would-be presenters hone their skills.

Additionally, there will be a Happiness Bar signup closer to the event that will be looking for attendee volunteers. What exactly is a Happiness Bar? Well, it doesn’t serve drinks, but it does serve up plenty of smiles! The Happiness Bar is staffed with incredible WordPress talents available to help you troubleshoot your sites, plugins, themes and all things WordPress.

Of course, you can also buy a ticket and take in all this exciting programing.

So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action of Halifax’s second WordCamp!


Sponsored by ShiftKey Labs

 

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!

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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

Dalhousie Computer Science Society In-House Conference (DCSI) Fireside Chat

As part of the DCSI conference, ShiftKey Labs organized a “fireside chat” on October 1. The purpose of this fireside chat was to foster informal and meaningful conversations between industry leaders, experienced entrepreneurs, and researchers. The event was called “The Transition of Tech Research into Startups” and featured three experienced startup founders:

  • Ozge Yeloglu: Co-Founder of TopLog
  • Jordan Kyriakidis: President and CEO of QRA
  • Colin Conrad: Dalhousie University Faculty of Computer Science PhD student

The event was moderated by Grant Wells, the Program Manager at ShiftKey Labs. It featured brief presentations from all guest speakers, a question and answer period and a networking reception for all attendees. ShiftKey Labs planned and executed this event as a part of the larger in-house conference and promoted it cross-institutionally to students and interested parties at Dal, SMU, NSCAD, NSCC and Volta Labs.

Cozy Atmosphere for our Fireside Chat
Cozy Atmosphere for our Fireside Chat