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BIT instructor honoured for efforts to promote government transparency and public education

June 27, 2017 • Written by

cods-award-winnerA Red River College instructor has received national recognition for his work creating online resources that promote government transparency and accountability.

Kyle Geske, a Business Information Technology instructor at RRC, was in Edmonton this week to pick up an Open Data for Democracy Award at the Canadian Open Data Summit.

He accepted the award on behalf of Open Democracy Manitoba (ODM), a citizen-run community organization that helps educate voters by empowering them to understand the roles and visions of their elected representatives, in order to create a more accountable and respectful democracy.

Geske (shown above in front row, third from left) co-founded ODM with fellow BIT instructor Jody Gillis in 2010; he now serves as its executive director and oversees operations alongside RRC grad Ken Harasym (Digital Media Design, 2006).

Since its inception, OMD has launched two election portals — WinnipegElection.ca and ManitobaElection.ca — that have allowed hundreds of thousands of voters to research their candidates and learn about local democratic processes.

The sites feature ward/constituency maps and statistics, historical information about past elections, candidate profiles and social media links, and links to media coverage of candidates and election issues.

ODM’s latest project, WinnipegElected.ca, was launched last November to provide Winnipeg residents with easy access to city council decisions on reports, motions and bylaws.

WinnipegElected.ca was developed in partnership with the City Clerk’s office; with only a few tweaks, ODM was able to update the city’s existing record-keeping processes, allowing council decisions to be posted on the city’s open data portal.

In addition to the Open Data for Democracy Award, ODM has been recognized previously by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the City of Winnipeg, Mayor Brian Bowman, and a host of national and local journalists and media outlets.

Photo credit: City of Edmonto

Penguin & Stone – Part 2

June 26, 2017 • Written by

Penguin + Stone

Prior to this project, potential vendors had to email staff with products or services they wished to sell and staff had to enter data manually into their online store as vendors have no way of registering with the website or tracking their sales or products/services.

Vendors can now register an account with Penguin & Stone online. An easy to use electronic form was created for submitting products/services with Penguin and Stone which now allows for all products/services to be uploaded into the online store automatically with portals to view their products/services and orders.

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Autonomy Health

June 26, 2017 • Written by

Autonomy Health 2No more waiting room anxiety! Autonomy Health is a privatized telemedicine platform that allows patients to communicate with online medical practitioners in the comfort of their own homes. Our users will be able to communicate with the practitioners through an embedded web video chat where they can explain their conditions or concerns. They will also be able to look at previous consultations and their current medications.

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We are responsible for creating the very foundation of this new project. Our objective is to develop the main features of this web application and create the website to access this application. Since this application may deal with sensitive data, our task also includes researching compliance when dealing with medical data from our web host to our database.

Manitoba Genealogical Society

June 26, 2017 • Written by

The Manitoba Genealogical Society currently has a website where users can search curateManitoba Genealogical Society cemetery records. Currently, they have volunteers who record the cemetery transcriptions on paper, which is a lot of work and can cause inaccuracies.

The updated website will provide:

An easier process for recording cemetery transcriptions.

A more updated Entity Relationship Diagram so future developers can more easily understand the structure of the project.

The ability for volunteers to create a formatted
report of cemetery transcriptions.

The Windows application will increase the efficiency of the recording process in regards to
readability compared to handwritten records. The application will also add the functionality to upload records in bulk to the database.

Spence Neighborhood Association

June 26, 2017 • Written by

Currently, the data for the Spence Neighborhood Association is tracked in
many different formats. Aggregating the data for reporting is tedious and timeSpence Neighbourhood Association
consuming. Volunteers are using an arduous paper and manual recording process to track
participant and volunteer attendance, making the data disorganized and inaccurate.

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Mortgage Bidder

June 26, 2017 • Written by

Mortgage Bidder is Canada’s first mortgage interest rate marketplace. Whether you are in the market for a brand new house or looking to renew or refinance, Mortgage Bidder is designed to help users find the lowest rate.Mortgage Bidders

 

When using the Mortgage Bidder website, users need to be able to perform mortgage calculations without leaving the website.The main goal of this project is to develop many different kinds of online calculators that will help users fully understand the numbers before making commitments. Clients will be able to know everything they need using these calculators before buying.

Innovine

June 26, 2017 • Written by

Innovine

Innovine is a website that provides a space to steward ideas and innovations from all levels.

Senior leaders will have the ability to clearly define the issue they want solved.

The ideas going forward that have been approved will be visible to all teams, so that stakeholders will be able to track thinking and concepts across the organization.

Manitoba Association of Food Banks

June 26, 2017 • Written by

MB Assoc of Food Bank

Students created a web-based application to enhance the current process of collecting food bank related information.

The collection of information for the Hunger Count Report is made easier with forms that
are filled out with a couple of clicks. A report summary can also be generated automatically so statistics about clients can be viewed at a glance.

Skills Base – William Rae Industries

June 13, 2016 • Written by

skillsBaseSmallCompany founders Dillon Perron and Kendra Garagan are former competitive swimmers at a national level and they created their company to help recreational and competitive athletes to develop their technical skills. As swimming coaches they recognized an area where it is difficult to track an athlete’s skills as they become more proficient in their sport.

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The Wedding Planner App – Penguin + Stone

June 13, 2016 • Written by

PenguinStoneSmallBrides can spend up to 4 hours a day for up to a year planning their wedding. Penguin and Stone is providing a one stop shop with approved vendors to plan weddings. Couples will be able to plan their entire wedding in only a few hours using the Shopify application that students are creating. The main goal of the site is to expedite the planning of a wedding, but a couple can also use the application to explore the different possibilities for a venue, dress, flowers – or any other aspect of their wedding.

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