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Upcoming Webinar: ITAC Career Ready Program

December 4, 2017 • Written by

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.

Are You?

• 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.

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Talent is has partnered with Red River College to help expand participation in the ACE Project Space Program. Through the ITAC Talent Career Ready program, eligible companies in the ACE Project Space Program will not only receive a wage subsidy, but also reap the benefits of employing work-ready students who will gain valuable hands-on experience in the emerging digital economy. The program provides up to 50% (to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers. Employers that hire students from underrepresented groups including women in STEM, indigenous students, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, and first-year students may also qualify for additional funding (up to 70% or $7,000).

Register now for a webinar to find out more about the ACE Project Space Program and the ITAC Career Ready Program.

January 25, 2018 at 12:00 noon – Register Here

February 15, 2018 at 12:00 noon – Register Here

Questions? Contact Haider Al-Saidi at halsaidi@rrc.ca or Jan Hall at jhall@itac.ca
ITAC Career Ready Program

Resources in the ACE Project Space

November 10, 2017 • Written by

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 →

Happy Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017 • Written by

Halloween Group Photo of ACE staff and students

Thanks everybody who came out for the great big Halloween photo today! Happy Halloween!

NMM Lunch & Learn: Machine Learning Techniques

October 31, 2017 • Written by
Haider Presenting Machine Learning

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 →

Lunch & Learn: Machine Learning Techniques

October 5, 2017 • Written by

Machine Learning - HaiderHaving a conversation with a machine is no longer a figment of our imagination or science fiction. We are having intelligent conversations with machines every day. AI (Artificial Intelligence) or Machine Learning techniques have made this reality possible. Read More →

Hops Pizza

September 8, 2017 • Written by

Hops PizzaPartners 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.

Technologies used: WordPress, PHP, Javascript, Google, Stripe

GigOrDo

September 8, 2017 • Written by

GigOrDo Screenshot

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

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

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