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Innovation Alley PodCast – Weekend Edition – TwoCane Crowdfunding Launch – Jan 30th, 2016

Innovation Alley PodCast – Weekend Edition – TwoCane Crowdfunding Launch – Jan 30th, 2016

David Bernhardt introduces us the TwoCane, an innovative cane that will easy mobility for tens of thousands of people across Canada.
We discuss the inventive process, the numerous awards they have received so far, the Dragon’s Den pitch process and what is was like to get a deal as well as introduce the crowdfunding campaign that has just launched.

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Being A Little Agile

Being A Little Agile

This is my talk about Agile scrum and project management from Code Camp Winnipeg 2016. This talk was given at Red River College and was intended to show developers and project managers about Scrum and how useful it is for organizing a team.

Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile software development framework for managing product development. It defines “a flexible, holistic product development strategy where a development team works as a unit to reach a common goal”, challenges assumptions of the “traditional, sequential approach” to product development, and enables teams to self-organize by encouraging physical co-location or close online collaboration of all team members, as well as daily face-to-face communication among all team members and disciplines in the project.

A key principle of scrum is its recognition that during production processes, the customers can change their minds about what they want and need (often called requirements volatility), and that unpredicted challenges cannot be easily addressed in a traditional predictive or planned manner. As such, scrum adopts an empirical approach—accepting that the problem cannot be fully understood or defined, focusing instead on maximizing the team’s ability to deliver quickly, to respond to emerging requirements and to adapt to evolving technologies and changes in market conditions.

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Innovation Alley PodCast – RRC Ace Project Space

Innovation Alley PodCast – RRC Ace Project Space

In this episode I talk about the ACE project space at Red River College. It is a new initiative bringing RRC closer to the startup community and getting students interested in working with or stating their own startup.

Red River College is inspiring young entrepreneurs and helping build the skills that will move Manitoba into the future.

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Innovation Alley Podcast: Validation With Consultica

Innovation Alley Podcast: Validation With Consultica

The latest episode of the Innovation Alley podcast is out. This time we talk about developing your product to scratch your own itch and idea validation. The guest is Luc Bohunicky from Consultica and you can listen to it here.

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Innovation Alley PodCast: Crowdfunding Fails

Innovation Alley PodCast: Crowdfunding Fails

In this episode Scott, Mike, Kerry, and I talk about crowd funding fails, scams, and the whole mentality of backing a kickstarter project.

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JavaScript Quirks

JavaScript is one of THOSE languages.. The ones where you’re both cool for using it and cool for not using it. I actually like it, although I am looking more into TypeScript lately. I do personally believe that everythign will move closer and closer to being all JavaScript all the time.

I’ve been working with JavaScript for a while and have been using it for different kinds of applications like mobile with Cordova and with frameworks like AngularJS. JavaScript is one of those languages which hurts your head sometimes. It has a lot of quirks, lets mess around with them.

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Innovation Alley PodCast Building An MVP

Innovation Alley PodCast Building An MVP

In this episode we talk about building a minimum viable product and how I have tried to do that with PanoPla.

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PanoPla Pitch – Pitch Day

PanoPla Pitch – Pitch Day

PanoPla is a new technology start-up located on innovation alley. The focus of the company is to help businesses, realtors, schools, and users to build and share their own virtual tours and VR content. PanoPla was developed locally by talented developers and is growing it’s user base over 34 countries in just 5 months.

The tool makes it easy for anybody to take a virtual field trip, travel the world, show a home, or go to Mars.

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Ramp Up Weekend 8

This past weekend was the 8th Ramp up Weekend, presented by Innovate Manitoba. If you are not familiar with Ramp up then you should be. The weekend is 55 hours to build an MVP and start a company. We have competed in the past and actually started a product out of the weekend.

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Starting Your Maker Space

We have been lucky enough to attend numerous events here in Winnipeg, Manitoba about bringing technology into the class room and to show educators what kind of tools we are using to innovate right now. We have decided to build a simple guide for schools who want to find the resources needed to do so.

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