Business Information Technology

Manitoba Association of Food Banks – Part 2

September 8, 2017 • Written by

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 Canada

September 8, 2017 • Written by

CanU logo

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

Indigenous Place Names

September 8, 2017 • Written by

IPN Application ScreenshotA 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


September 8, 2017 • Written by

Relnos is a platform with the motive of informing students about the different events happening on or near campus. By helping students to keep track of upcoming events, this helps the campus to become a more fun and engaging place.

The team was made of a mix of Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management students. On this project, were tasked with creating a tool that can act as a singular communication channel to receive information on upcoming student events. Additionally, it helps to bridge the gaps in collaboration between student clubs and different engagement points. This helps student users to not miss out on great opportunities.

Event hosts can: create events for students and analyze events. Student users can: rsvp to events, submit payment for events, receive reminders about events of interest, and receive news about all events on and near campus.

Midway through the project term, the student sponsors of Relnos presented their ideas and progress at the North Forge Ramp Up Weekend 10, in June 2017.


September 8, 2017 • Written by

Tool Search Screen Tool Rental Screen

The concept behind Tooliaba is to provide a platform for individuals to rent tools that they own to other individuals who are looking for tools to rent. For many individuals, when they need a tool, it isn’t always worth the investment to purchase a tool they will only use for a short while. While individuals who own tools may not use them most of the time. This service would connect these different users together.

On Toolibaba, users could rent their own tools to others and earn extra income, or they could rent somebody else’s tools. As this is a peer to peer model, renting tools this way can be convenient based off of location and price. For peace of mind for the customer and renter, insurance is built into the site as well.

Over the project term, the students developed a minimum viable product that demonstrates proof of concept.

Technologies used: PHP, Javascript, JQuery, Bootstrap, Auth0, Git, CodeIgniter, Digital Ocean, SQL.

2017/2018 ACE & ACME Staff List

August 28, 2017 • Written by

Applied Computer Education & ACME




Haider Al-Saidi – Chair of Accounting and Computer Education
Marnie Boulet – BIT and IBIT Program Coordinator
David Jones – BTM Program Coordinator
Dan Greenberg – Co-Op and Industry Project Coordinator
Rachell Acebo – Administrative Assistant
Karla King – Operations Assistant


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Essential requirement for successful technology learning in Manitoba Indigenous Schools

August 4, 2017 • Written by

Ben Akoh, Ph.D(C), M.Ed., B.Tech
Instructor, Applied Computing Education, RRC

In 2013, I travelled by road for the first time to Thompson 760 kms north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, to present a paper at the Manitoba Education Research Network (MERN) conference held at the University College of the North  (UCN) Thomson campus. It was my very first trip to the “North” and I was very excited. This trip would eventually define the course of my life. My initial stop over was at the UCN’s Center in Misipawistik Cree Nation (Grand Rapids), 430 kms north of Winnipeg, where I experienced, for the first time, the technological challenges that Indigenous learners faced; not only with accessing content, but in pedagogy, planning, and in the delivery of learning. While I fell in love with the North and its people, I was disgruntled by the challenges that they faced, reminding me of my own humbling indigenous backgrounds. Read More →

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.

Autonomy HealthAutonomy Health 1

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.

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