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Employer Information Session: How to Engage with IT Students

September 21, 2022

You’re invited to an information session on how your organization can support student work-integrated learning.

Information Technology Students are available for co-ops, applied research, and industry projects.

Exterior view of Manitou a bi Bii daziigae at Princess St and Elgin Ave
Exterior view of Manitou a bi Bii daziigae at Princess St. and Elgin Ave.

Would you like to make a positive, direct impact on the next generation of IT professionals? Join us for an information session in person or virtually on:

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, Roundhouse at 319 Elgin Avenue (view on Google Maps) (or virtually).

We would love to meet you to discuss how you and your organization can allow technology students to apply their learning through a co-op, industry project, or applied research project. You will hear from other businesses that have worked with our students.

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Sprint to Innovate: The Innovation Challenge

September 12, 2022

Brought to you by Red River College Polytechnic, Tech Manitoba, and Faculty of Science-UM

Sprint to Innovate brings together post-secondary students from varied disciplines such as technology, business, entrepreneurship, and more. Manitoba students, and invited international partner institutions, will learn about innovation while collaborating in a fun and exciting challenge to build a minimum viable prototype in two days.

We are pleased to announce that our next Sprint to Innovate: The Innovation Challenge presented by Access Credit Union is the weekend of January 27 to 29, 2023! This year we will be starting the event with a Networking session on Thursday, January 26.

We invite all companies to review our sponsorship and mentorship opportunities, and to consider submitting a business challenge; and for post-secondary students to consider participating.


Thursday, January 26 to Sunday, January 29, 2023

Networking EventThursday, January 26, 20234:00 PM – 6:00 PMRRC Polytech – Agora Manitou a bi Bii daziigae
Kick-Off/TrainingFriday, January 27, 20231:00 PM – 4:00 PMVirtual
Challenge Work BeginsFriday, January 27, 2023EveningVirtual
Challenge Work ContinuesSaturday, January 28, 2023Day-longVirtual
Challenge Work ContinuesSunday, January 29, 2023 MorningRRC Polytech – Manitou a bi Bii daziigae Campus
Final PresentationSunday, January 29, 20231:00 PM – 5:00 PMRRC Polytech – Roundhouse – Manitou a bi Bii daziigae


Teams of 4 to 6 students will choose from available business challenges provided by industry. Students will then work together with support from mentors to create a solution, including developing a prototype to be presented to judges on the final day.

A prototype is a simple experimental model of the proposed product used to learn from. Prototypes range from low-fidelity (paper-based) prototypes that are used to explain concepts all the way to high-fidelity prototypes that have functional elements with more detail.  Teams may consist of technology and business students.


As an Organization

  1. Sponsor the event.
  2. Volunteer your time as a mentor.
  3. Provide us with a Business Challenge that your organization has.

As a Student

Students from any Manitoba post-secondary student may participate in a team at Sprint to Innovate.

Challenge Statements

CHALLENGE #1 Campus Safety

How might we create and deliver Campus and bus safety training for post-secondary students, and a system for reminders to help these practices become habit. – Dan Saltel, Red River College Polytechnic

CHALLENGE #2 Fintech Startup, Access Credit Union

Open banking is set to change financial services in Canada. Design a fintech (financial technology)start-up company that leverages open banking principles and design a new innovative payment or financial service for a Manitoba Credit Union System. – Access Credit Union

Check back for more exciting challenges!


Thank you to our Title sponsor Access Credit Union, Support sponsor BHER, and Event sponsors City of Winnipeg, Riipen, InvisionEdge, and Integrationworx.


We are looking for sponsors to provide $1000 towards prize money to the winning teams.

Your $1,000 sponsorship would earn you:

·Recognition throughout the event

·Recognition on event materials

·Social media recognition

·The opportunity to be a mentor to a team throughout the weekend.

Email Cristy at for more information

Be A Mentor

Our Sprint to Innovate mentorship team will specialize in the following areas to provide well-rounded support to the student teams throughout the weekend.

·Help the team establish and foster a positive team environment

·Provide ideation tips and tricks

·Advise on prototype development

·Advise on pitch preparation

·Review final pitch presentation and provide advice

Email Cristy at for more information

Provide a Business Challenge

Student teams will be provided with a list of business challenges that they will have a choice between to work on.  This is where you come in!  We are asking a few different companies to provide a general business challenge and students would create a solution. 

Do you have a general business challenge that our student teams can help solve? 

Email Cristy at for more information

Student Information

Do you want to learn how to be innovative, and win some money?
Sprint to Innovate is about learning innovation, being innovative, building deeper relationships, problem-solving and developing solutions to real business challenges. Whether you win, or not, you will have the skills to innovate, problem-solve, and work as a team.

How the event works
Teams of 4 to 6 students will choose from a variety of business challenges provided by industry. Students and mentors will then work together on a solution, including developing a prototype to be presented to judges on the final day. A prototype is a simple experimental model of the proposed product used to learn from. Prototypes range from low-fidelity (paper-based) prototypes that are used to explain concepts all the way to high-fidelity prototypes that have functional elements with more detail. Teams may consist of technology and business students.

As part of the weekend festivities, student groups will attend various workshop sessions. Facilitators will be leading workshops on Innovation, requirement gathering skills, mind mapping, the design sprint, and to help them get started thinking innovatively.  The workshops will be integrated within the challenge and throughout the weekend.

What to expect

  • To attend the orientation, networking, and kick-off training sessions
  • Work on a real business challenge
  • Meeting with a client regarding the challenge
  • Business mentorship
  • Teamwork experience
  • Sunday pitch presentations to judges, participants, and mentors

Sprint to Innovate Competition Guidelines

Prize Money

We will have first, second, and third place winners.  Prize money to be announced.

Do you want to learn more?

Join one of our virtual information sessions to learn more about this exciting challenge.  If you would like to meet other students interested in participating join us at one of our meet-and-greet sessions.

Student Meet-UpTuesday, November 812:00 PM – 12:50 PMIn-Person – RRC Polytechnic
Prairie Lights – NDC
Student Meet-UpTuesday, November 1512:00 PM – 12:50 PMIn-Person – University of Manitoba
Student Meet-UpWednesday, November 2312:00 PM – 12:50 PMVirtual
Register to Attend

Register A Team

Students may register a team of 4 to 6 students.

BTM Work Packages

November 4, 2020

work package in a way is a mini project. Just like a project, your work package will include all elements, such as a budget, material(s), human resources, schedules, deliverables and milestones.

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A Career in Tech – An Information Session for Women

February 10, 2020

Calling all women and non-binary people! If you are good with people and adapt easily to change, join us to learn the skills that will help you become a problem solver in any setting.

Red River College, Tech Manitoba’s MAVEN program and local tech companies want to help you retool for a career in tech. Join our conversation and learn about the many fulfilling and lucrative opportunities in the field of technology. The event is FREE and includes beverages and a light snack.

Why Attend this Important Session Geared to Women?

  • Gain a better understanding of careers in technology
  • Meet and talk with industry representatives
  • Learn about pathways to exciting career opportunities
  • Experience live demonstrations and meet current IT students and educators



Come Visit Us at DisruptED Future!

January 29, 2020

It’s amazing what can happen in a year and it’s certainty more incredible when you consider the speed at which technology is evolving! Red River College’s Applied Computer Education department has been using technology to simplify education for students and educators alike. Between January 30 and 31st, we invite you to visit us at the DisruptED Conference to find out what we are doing in the areas of virtual reality, project management, and online learning. We’ll be on hand to help you participate in one or more technology demonstrations.


Humanizing Technology with VR

We’ve been using VR in the classroom over at the ACE Project Space to help students improve their presentation skills. Using this tool along with encouragement from our instructors, students have gone from terrified to terrific in less than a term. Take a test drive and see for yourself the difference VR makes!

Simplifying Project Management with Ralphware

With the high number and variety of industry projects entering the ACE Project Space every term, our resident project space instructor, Ralph Dueck, found a need to provide a quick, simple, effective, and repeatable way of managing agile projects using the Scrum methodology with students and their clients. See how Ralphware has been used effectively over the past two years to keep students on track in a fast-moving project-based environment.

Using Online Learning to Create Mentorship Opportunities

The competency-based education (CBE) model has been used at the ACE project Space to provide students with opportunities to develop and prove their skills. The focus is less on lectures and more on experiential education and mentorship. Instructors in Applied Computer Education are updating their courses to enable their course content to be taught in online and blended learning formats. Learn how you can incorporate online learning in the classroom while freeing up time for providing in-class mentorship opportunities.

About the Conference

DisruptED Future is a two-day conference where the local tech industry and educational institutions meet to inspire the next generation of innovators. The conference is being held at the RBC Convention Centre located at 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Business Technology Students Guerrilla Testing Client’s Website

January 29, 2020

Some of the Business Technology Management (BTM) students took advantage of the anticipated traffic at the Exchange District Campus (EDC) Career Fair to conduct a five-second usability test. The students were asked to intercept participants that fell into the target market and ask them to look at their client’s landing page and images for five seconds to then answer some qualitative questions.

The students tested 20 “users” and provided a Tim Hortons gift card as compensation for the participant’s time.

The five-second test is a powerful usability testing tool designed to capture a user’s first impression of a webpage. The test length is purposely chosen as studies have shown that five seconds is enough time for users to formulate an immediate qualitative impression of the webpage without having enough time to begin to focus on specific design elements.

AquaHacking Challenge and Opportunity to Save Lake Winnipeg

January 15, 2020

On January 15, 2020, representatives from the Winnipeg office for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) delivered an information session on their sustainability campaign to students at the ACE Project Space.  The IISD, whose mission is to champion solutions to our planet’s greatest sustainability challenges, created the AquaHacking Challenge, an initiative and competition designed to attract bright young minds who have the desire and ability to address our most urgent water issues.

Pauline Gerard, Deputy Director, IISD-ELA and Corporate Secretary, talked to our BIT, BTM, InfoSec, and PTEC students about the challenges the IISD is working to resolve in protecting and cleaning up our fresh water resources and species right here in Manitoba. Lake Winnipeg, which is the 11th largest fresh water lake in the world, is under threat due to excessive pollutants entering the watershed. The lake also serves as the sole source of potable water for many northern communities and supplies a significant commercial fishing stock. Gerard called for students’ help in assisting the organization in signing up to develop technology-backed ideas and solutions to stop further degradation of our precious fresh water resources.

Pauline Gerard, Deputy Director, IISD-ELA and Corporate Secretary describes AquaHacking

Pauline Gerard, Deputy Director, IISD-ELA and Corporate Secretary describes AquaHacking

Gerard guided students through the process of developing sustainable ideas by working on a common challenge affecting the agriculture sector today: providing agriculture producers with cost-effective solutions for managing drainage and the climate. The students were split into groups to discuss ideas around how the problem could be solved. One student from each group shared their idea to the audience. Ideas involved Internet-connected sensors, apps, and more.

The five challenges the IISD is working on for Lake Winnipeg include:

  • Providing agricultural producers with cost-effective solutions for water and land management
  • Assessing fish populations and health using non-invasive techniques
  • Preventing microplastics from entering the lake
  • Enabling local testing of drinking water quality in remote northern communities
  • Financing sustainable development initiatives by connecting individual and group funding sources

The AquaHacking Challenge is an 8-month long competition for the best ideas, connecting teams of innovative people with mentors from industry and workshops to create innovative and sustainable solutions. Technology-minded youth between the ages of 18 and 35 are encouraged to register to be part of a solution team for this competition, which starts in February with winners declared in October. Winners will receive part of a $50,000 prize pool to fund further development of their solutions.

To learn more about the AquaHacking 2020 Challenge for Lake Winnipeg and how to participate, visit or stop by the IISD booth on January 31st during the DisruptED Conference at the RBC Convention Centre.

Project RID – AI-Powered Consumer-to-Consumer Selling

December 23, 2019

Project Term: Fall 2019

Selling used physical items online has traditionally been a time-consuming process. Writing a good product description and pricing it appropriately can be challenging. Sponsored by North Forge, the RID team came to the ACE Project Space to find a way to create an application to simplify the selling process. Our BIT and BTM students built a prototype application that quickly populates a product description by simply taking a photo of the product. The students developed a web application that supports user authentication using Firebase, Google for photo storage, and integration of Vision AI and the eBay API to populate recognize products, populate descriptions, and determine price ranges.


The RID student team completed the following deliverables for the project during the fall term at the ACE Project Space:

  • User authentication
  • Mobile compatible view
  • Integrated image recognition feature
  • Product fields input

Technologies used

  • React
  • Vision AI
  • eBay API
  • Firebase
  • Node
  • Bootstrap
  • Material UI

Item Capture Screen

Item Capture Screen


Image Upload Screen

Image Upload Screen


Price Chart

Price Chart

G-Fit – Health and Fitness Coaching Application

December 23, 2019

Project Term: Fall 2019

G-Fit, a Winnipeg-based fitness company with 10 fitness coaches, was struggling with tracking and maintaining the volume of workout and nutrition plan details its 200+ clients. Grant Reid, the founder of Team G-Fit, worked with students at the ACE Project Space to build an application to manage the fitness activities of the company’s growing client base of trainees.

Blending fitness coaching with technology

The student team developed the front end for a health and fitness coaching application that will support integrated nutrition and exercise plans that can be viewed by clients and managed by G-Fit’s coaches. As a Progressive Web Application (PWA), users can interact with the application on mobile and desktop devices and even work offline. Our students created a weekly check-in form for coaching clients to record their progress on a weekly basis. Once client trainees can submit their progress, coaches will be able to review the the data submitted by their clients, and then provide constructive feedback. The students prepared an education library for clients as well as coaches, which will provide them with a wealth of fitness education resources to maximize client success.


The G-Fit student team completed the following application deliverables for the project during the fall term at the ACE Project Space:

  • Home page
  • Registration feature
  • User Profile section
  • Exercise Plan section
  • Nutrition Plan section
  • Education library

What our students are saying

“The ACE project space was a great opportunity for me to gain experience working with a real client and team members. This project helped me to improve my technical and soft skills. All my team members are from a different cultural background and we often had small talks during the day and lunch hour, which are really helpful to reduce the stress level sometimes. Requirements for our project changed several times and it was a good opportunity for me to learn how to handle requirement changes during the project.” – Shubham Mann

Technologies used

  • React
  • React Native
  • Material UI
  • Git
  • GitKraken
  • Firebase
  • MongoDB
  • Express
  • Postman
  • Insomnia

Login Screen

Login Screen


My Exercise Plan Screen

My Exercise Plan Screen


Library Education Screen

Library Education Screen

Stovetop Shield

December 23, 2019

Project Term: Fall 2019

Nadia Williams, the creator of Stovetop Shield came up with the idea for a stovetop safety solution due to a personal experience. We take stoves for granted, yet they can unexpectedly pose risks to overwhelmed workers, the elderly, and parents with infant children. If a cook does not pay adequate attention to cooking occurring on the stovetop, household damage, serious injury, or death can occur. Williams approached the ACE Project Space to build a solution to reduce the risks inherent in using a stovetop. A team of BIT and BTM students at the space built the foundation for a mobile safety application equipped with features to operate a stove as well as monitor the stove from any part of the world and at any time.

Creating a foundation for Internet-connected devices

Our BIT and BTM students built a user-friendly mobile application that enables users to register stovetop devices (hardware interoperability will be created in the future). These devices once connected will be able to display whether the stovetop elements are turned on and at temperature they are emitting. Eventually the solution will be able to allow the user to take pictures of the stovetop remotely.


The Stovetop Shield team completed the following deliverables for the project during the fall term at the ACE Project Space:

  • Account management features
  • Stovetop monitoring screen
  • Device registration
  • Notification system

What our students are saying

“Throughout the course of this project, I have learnt a lot. The beginning phase was a bit different as I had to start working with a new team and on a completely new project. This phase taught me to cooperate and collaborate with the team, gather requirements from the client and also learn a bit about coding and the technical aspect of the project.” – Arshdeep Singh

“I learned about the daily stand-up meeting with project manager where the team members can tell their problem and resolve it.  I also learned about teamwork and how to work in a team. If we have any conflicts, we resolve them by communicating with the team members. We appreciate the other team member’s ideas. It was a good experience working with a real client in the ACE Project Space.” – Mankaranvir Singh

“This project was a really good and challenging experience while learning and working on documentation and technical aspects of the project. The project itself was a unique idea to provide safety in terms of stoves and houses to leave alone afterwards. At the start of the project, it took me some time to get familiar with the project methodologies to be used to successfully start on the project. After the kick start meeting, the development of the project started smoothly and working together on all parts of the project, I gained a lot of experience to make the required and reliable documentation to support the project from start to finish, as well as working on the development, I experienced development of my technical skills creating a skill set for my future. Also, from start to finish of the project has been learning experience in each and every aspect.” – Harpreet Kaur Sekhon

“When I first joined, I was expecting that I would not have a very good experience. It mostly came from not knowing anything about the project. But it ended up being a very enjoyable and knowledgeable experience.

During the project I learned about working with/for a client and to meet and exceed their expectations and to develop a working relationship with the client. It was good that we were able to share our ideas to improve the functionality of the end product, as the client was very open to ideas.

I liked the open learning experience which really taught me how to teach myself to learn new concepts without much outside input other than the developer docs and some tutorials for when you get stuck or want to learn the proper/more accepted way to develop” – Keagen Bouska

Technologies used

  • React native
  • Expo
  • Firebase
  • Git/GitHub
  • G-Suite
  • Balsamiq
  • MS-Office

Login Screen

Login Screen


Home Screen

Home Screen


Device Registration Screen

Device Registration Screen