Empathy in Innovation Series: Mini Design Challenge

The last workshop of the Empathy in Innovation Series will apply what we know about empathy in a design challenge that forces us to take on both sides of two opposing viewpoints. Those attending may wish to bring a laptop or smartphone with them, but neither are required. The content of this workshop is a secret!

* Please note that this session starts at 4:00pm and runs 3 hours instead of 2 as in previous weeks.

The last workshop of the Empathy in Innovation Series will apply what we know about empathy in a design challenge that forces us to take on both sides of two opposing viewpoints. Those attending may wish to bring a laptop or smartphone with them, but neither are required. The content of this workshop is a secret!

 

About the Empathy in Innovation Series:

The core of innovation requires that we understand a problem from the perspective of those who experience it. Empathy is the ability of putting yourself in another’s place and experiencing the world from a different frame of mind. The Empathy in Innovation Sessions are a series of modular workshops aimed to help you develop your ability to empathize with the people you want to help. The workshops are independent so there is no penalty if you are unable to make one of them. Expect to engage in unique and challenging perspectives that will help you discover your creative potential.

 

About Alex:

Alex Sproul is the Lab Co-Ordinator at ShiftKey Labs. He has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience from Acadia University and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University. Alex is a published science fiction author, an alumnus of the Nova Scotia Sandboxes Creativity and Innovation Bootcamp 2018, and the founder of the creative writing society, Dal Writes.

 

 

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POSTPONED: Empathy in Innovation Series: Active Listening

Active listening is a skill that involves allowing another to take the lead in a conversation while removing our own views. It is a rarely mastered skill that applies to many situations in our everyday lives. In this session, the concept of active listening will be introduced, discussed, and applied to a series of scenarios that challenge our ability to learn from differing perspectives. No materials are needed – just bring an openness to learn and a willingness to discuss!

 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED!

Due to health issues, the organizer of this event has opted to combine the contents of this workshop with the Empathy Design Challenge occurring the following week. More information about the Design Challenge can be found here. Please note that the session runs on Thursday, June 20, from 4:00 – 7:00pm and is 3 hours instead of the usual 2. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you on the 20th!

 

 

Active listening is a skill that involves allowing another to take the lead in a conversation while removing our own views. It is a rarely mastered skill that applies to many situations in our everyday lives. In this session, the concept of active listening will be introduced, discussed, and applied to a series of scenarios that challenge our ability to learn from differing perspectives. No materials are needed – just bring an openness to learn and a willingness to discuss!

 

About the Empathy in Innovation Series:

The core of innovation requires that we understand a problem from the perspective of those who experience it. Empathy is the ability of putting yourself in another’s place and experiencing the world from a different frame of mind. The Empathy in Innovation Sessions are a series of modular workshops aimed to help you develop your ability to empathize with the people you want to help. The workshops are independent so there is no penalty if you are unable to make one of them. Expect to engage in unique and challenging perspectives that will help you discover your creative potential.

 

About Alex:

Alex Sproul is the Lab Co-Ordinator at ShiftKey Labs. He has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience from Acadia University and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University. Alex is a published science fiction author, an alumnus of the Nova Scotia Sandboxes Creativity and Innovation Bootcamp 2018, and the founder of the creative writing society, Dal Writes.

 

 

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Empathy in Innovation Series: Using Empathy to Gain Insight

Our first session of the Empathy in Innovation Series is an introduction to empathy and why it is a powerful learning tool in the early stages of innovation. During this session, we will work as a group to define what empathy it is, its role in innovation, and take a systematic approach to empathize with people in unique situations. No laptops or supplies are needed! Just bring your enthusiasm and we will supply the rest!

Our first session of the Empathy in Innovation Series is an introduction to empathy and why it is a powerful learning tool in the early stages of innovation. During this session, we will work as a group to define what empathy it is, its role in innovation, and take a systematic approach to empathize with people in unique situations. No laptops or supplies are needed! Just bring your enthusiasm and we will supply the rest!

 

About the Empathy in Innovation Series:

The core of innovation requires that we understand a problem from the perspective of those who experience it. Empathy is the ability of putting yourself in another’s place and experiencing the world from a different frame of mind. The Empathy in Innovation Sessions are a series of modular workshops aimed to help you develop your ability to empathize with the people you want to help. The workshops are independent so there is no penalty if you are unable to make one of them. Expect to engage in unique and challenging perspectives that will help you discover your creative potential.

 

About Alex:

Alex Sproul is the Lab Co-Ordinator at ShiftKey Labs. He has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience from Acadia University and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University. Alex is a published science fiction author, an alumnus of the Nova Scotia Sandboxes Creativity and Innovation Bootcamp 2018, and the founder of the creative writing society, Dal Writes.

 

 

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REDspace AR App Development Workshop

Update

Here is a link to the presentation PowerPoint slides: https://drive.google.com/open?id=19vsaqmDAiUrVVHYjWYmmKJxJxHMuRNMI.

In preparation for the upcoming AR Hackathon, this workshop will go over the basics of creating an AR application in both native iOS and Unity.We will go over the foundation of what ARKit is and how it works, as well as going step by step through an example application with iOS and Unity at the same time.

This workshop requires that you bring your own supported devices to participate, though if you are without the required hardware you are more than welcome to attend and listen.  While Unity is cross platform, it will still require an iOS device for testing.

Before the workshop, please feel free to go over some of the provided resources to familiarize yourself with ARKit – though the videos and Apple documentation are specific to iOS development, the Unity implementation is very similar.

Requirements

Xcode 9.0
– Xcode 9.0 requires a Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12.4 or later.

Supported iOS Device

– iPhone SE
– iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
– iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
– iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
– iPhone X
– Any iPad Pro
– 2017 9.7-inch iPad

Lightning Cable for transferring app binaries from Mac to iOS device.

For students that want to develop using Unity:
– Unity v5.6.2+ (preferably the latest version)
– Unity-ARKit-Plugin: https://bitbucket.org/Unity-Technologies/unity-arkit-plugin

Resources

Instructor

Alex Lockhart, Mobile iOS Developer at REDspace Inc.

A Dalhousie FCS grad, Alex now works as a Mobile iOS Developer at REDspace Inc.  He has experience in a variety of technologies and platforms, from iOS, Android and Web applications to server-side services, along with work done in AR, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing. While at REDspace, Alex has worked on apps for MTV and Turner.