Coming up on January 18-19, 2018: Red River College and North Forge are very excited to present Willy Lai’s two-day UX (User Experience) workshop in the ACE Project Space.
This will be the only Canadian stop on Willy Lai’s UX Workshop World Tour, where participants will learn through hands-on exercises, lectures, and class discussions. This workshop is intended for both non-designers and design to learn from award-winning experience designer, Willy Lai.
Please read more and find registration details on North Forge’s site: https://www.northforge.ca/uxwinnipeg2018/
There are only a few spots left!
UPDATE: Please note that since the original posting, the dates have been revised to January 25 and February 15 instead of December 18 and January 15.
• An entrepreneur or a small organization with a great idea and need assistance and
resources to turn your idea into reality?
• Looking for talent with ICT and workplace-ready skills?
Learn about the ACE Project Space and the ITAC Career Ready Program
The ACE Project Space helps entrepreneurs at the early stages of their business development and community partners reach their goals and have long-term success by working together, sharing experiences, and experimenting with new ideas. Community partners and entrepreneurs can also get advice on business decisions and discuss success strategies. The ACE Project Space is a safe environment for entrepreneurs, industry leaders, community organizations, and students to work together and have a chance to make a difference in their community. Read More →
The project term is nearing it’s final weeks and our students have been working hard on a number of projects. Stay tuned in the new year to find out more about these projects:
- Roof Bundle
- Eclectic Software Travel App
- e-Care Smart
- Democracy App
- Building Information Modelling
Did you know …
The ACE Project Space not only helps to develop solutions for Entrepreneurs in Residence, there are also a number of resources available in our front office at 321 McDermot Avenue, 5th floor:
- NSERC: Available Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
- NRC IRAP: Available half-days on Wednesdays, call for available hours.
- CRA SR&ED: Available every second Thursday (Nov 16, 23 and Dec 7, 14) call for available hours.
What exactly are these organizations able to provide? Read More →
Haider Presenting on Machine Learning
Launching the New Media Manitoba (NMM) Lunch & Learn series this year, our Applied Computer Education (ACE) department chair, Haider Al-Saidi, delivered a compelling presentation on Machine Learning Techniques.
The slide deck is now available to view via SpeakerDeck.com: Read More →
Partners Terry Davison and Angelo Palleta started the company in November 2016 after a year of planning and license negotiations with the MLCC. Angelo owns the Holiday Inn Express on Ellice Avenue, in Winnipeg, and Terry owns Global Office Software. Currently, Hops has five locations and is growing rapidly. As being first to market was critical, the technology for Hops Pizza was developed quickly. The trade-off was that with many areas of their application required improvement.
The students added a Google Geo-Location system that works with order placement. Upon placing an order, the website can dynamically select the kitchen closest to the customer’s location, instead of the user manually selecting their area in the city. They also added functionality to allow users to buy and use gift cards, using Stripe payment integration. Sign in and sign up functionality was added, so customers do not have to enter their information for every transaction.
For entrepreneurs, time schedules and full time jobs become major hurdles. Fear of loss discourages small startups.
GigOrDo will helps to connect employers and contractors for small to medium sized jobs. This eliminates the hassle of finding help for small day-to-day jobs that don’t require full time employees.
GigOrDo is a simple and secure web application that handles the process of looking for work and connecting employers and contractors. Designed with a Mobile First attitude, the application is easy and effective at job searching. Features include: real-time messaging; secure online payments; and a rating-review system.
Gigs can be applied for or bid on if the price being offered is not satisfactory. A built-in messaging system facilitates communication between users to discuss details of a job.
Technologies used: Digital Ocean, Stripe, mailgun
Over recent months, two of our students have continued work on the web application project for the Manitoba Association of Food Banks. Each student worked on a respective project, as follows.
One of the student projects was an investigative analysis of options for small scale computers that could be used at participating food bank locations.
While the other student worked on fixing and cleaning up the web application, making it launch ready.
This web application is presently in use at the Selkirk Food Bank and anticipated for use at more rural food banks in the future.
For the first phase of this project, please read more at this link: Manitoba Association of Food Banks
CanU is a local organization that organizes camps and workshops for students from grades 5 to 10. They had a need for an attendance application and automation of some tasks.
The project sponsors wanted staff to be able to assign students to teams and buses. Along with this, they wanted better organization and reporting features, where users can query who is on what team and what bus at all times.
The students created a complete and customized salesforce experience for CanU to use. It is anticipated that this will reduce downtime and increase accuracy of attendance tracking.
Technologies used: SalesForce, Zapier, Google
A project for Sustainable Development, of the Province of Manitoba, Indigenous Place Names maps to geographical locations. The work going into the Indigenous Place Names database is very much groundwork focused with an ultimate goal for the province to interface with elders in recording place names.
On the outset of this project, the client’s database and application existed as a FoxPro application. As a legacy application, it was incapable of supporting new features and frequently presented unexpected errors when using it.
Developing largely in Visual Studio 2015 supported by a SQL Server 2014 database, the students wrote an improved application to replace it’s legacy predecessor. The students created new user interface, migrated the old database to SQL Server, and restructured tables. Additionally, working with technologies accepted by the province, the students worked with ESRI to develop a new map with precise coordinates. Unexpected errors are now fixed and handled and new features can be implemented.
Technologies used: ESRI, Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server