Working at Critical Mass has been an amazing experience. Everyday I learn something new. This past month my group and I have been designing an app for the National Music Centre. During this project we have learned so much about user experience. We were given the chance to visit the National Music Centre to conduct research for our lab. We also worked closely with the UX group at critical mass to develop user personas, flow charts and wireframe for our app. Through this position I have learned a lot about problem solving efficiently and understanding your market. This past week we have also been given the wonderful opportunity to job shadow a few roles at Critical Mass. It was so amazing to learn about all the wonderful work they do here from design to market research. Additionally, we were able to try the VR headset they had in their studio. This was definitely an amazing experience. It was especially interesting to see how they integrated that technology with the work they were doing for their clients. I love working with the people in this office and I can't wait for another wonderful week!
Centre for the Development of Open Technology - Ethan Childerhose
Thursday, August 17, 2017
I am currently an intern at CDOT (Centre for the Development of Open Technology). CDOT is a branch of Seneca College that gives students the opportunity to work with industry partners on many different projects ranging from 3D scanning to machine learning. All of this is with an open source focus which means that the projects maintain a level of public access to the work done so they can be built upon in the future.
My fellow SHAD Samantha and I are working on a project dubbed the “Peapod”. The “Peapod” is a device that we are developing for their yearly FSOSS conference (Free Software and Open Source Symposium). FSOSS is a symposium on the topic of open technology. The goal of the “Peapod” is to develop a small device that will track each attendee around the conference building and also will have a three button interface that will allow them to rate the speakers.
Samantha and I were first tasked with proving that a person could be located using WiFi signal strength. We quickly drafted a program in Java and began testing around the various buildings. After we proved that this approach is viable we moved onto designing and fabricating the PCB needed for the device. We are now working on programming the client side and server side. We will then start testing the entire system as a unit and ensure that every component is working as planned, then hopefully it can be mass produced for the conference in October.
Being an Intern at CDOT is an amazing experience. I have always loved programming and circuitry but have never been able to really implement that knowledge. I have learned so much about every facet of tech here at CDOT, such as bash and circuit fabrication. The ability to work in an industry that I would like to get into is invaluable to me. I would choose no other way to spend my August than here interning at CDOT.
Throughout the month of August I have been fortunate enough to work as an intern at McCain Foods Limited; more specifically the Potato Processing Technology Center located in Florenceville, NB. The past two weeks have taught me multitudes about working in a real lab environment and what it is like to be a scientist. I have been able to learn about the different kinds of instruments used in the lab and their purposes. I have helped out in different research trials and have been fortunate enough to get a study of my own to work on. In my study, I run different trials, trying to find a way to reduce oil degradation naturally. This has given me the chance to sharpen my critical thinking skills as there is always a new hurdle to jump over. All in all, my time here has been phenomenal. It was the perfect internship for me as I am super interested in the sciences. Really, it has been an eye opening experience being able to see the process of how a potato grown in the soil can turn into the magnificent food we call a fry. I won’t ever take a fry for granted again.
That's the average number of constituents we, as interns at Terry Beech's Office, are able to reach out to every single day. Our duty mainly revolves around gathering feedback on political issues in our riding (a process known as canvassing). After redrawing the map of the riding and breaking it down according to the new poll stations for our first few days on the job, we moved onto the main dish: hitting the doors. Walking up to someone's front door and inquiring about his/her political standing isn't easy; in fact, we often encounter partisanship or blatant apathy. That being said, this process is vital to the connection between Terry Beech and the people he represents. I was able to note down the concerns of neighbors and strangers alike and know that their voices and opinions are heard and responded to. I look forward to the remaining portion of my time at the office and will continue to take pride in the fact that I am truly impacting and serving the community.
For the month of August I am working at SomaDetect, a small start-up based in Fredericton NB. You’ve probably never heard of it; neither had I before my interview this spring. The company is creating an in-line sensor that allows dairy farmers to measure somatic cell counts and fat content directly in the milking line. These are two of the main indicators of milk quality and herd health.
The idea, the company, and having the opportunity to intern at SomaDetect greatly interested and excited me when I first learned about it, but I was still slightly confused about what they really do. After two weeks here though, I can definitely say I know more than I ever could have imagined about milk quality, what factors affect it, and how useful it is to be able to monitor the quality. In addition to learning about the ins and outs of dairy, my role here has allowed me to see what it really takes to start a company. I’m more aware of the realities and difficulties, as well as the passion, hard work and excitement you must invest into your idea.
As an intern here I have had the chance to try out several different roles. I have worked in marketing by creating a marketing strategy for their social media platforms, and I made a plan for it. Furthermore, I have conducted research into different hormones within milk, participated in and watched experiments, and I also visited a farm to see the sensor working in real life. Working with SomaDetect has been an amazing experience so far, and I look forward to my final two weeks here.
For the past two weeks, I’ve been working at Bhole IP Law, a law firm in downtown Toronto that focuses on intellectual property. I was really excited to begin working here, since I am interested in law so doing an internship through SHAD was a really good opportunity to explore the reality of the career. My role here allows me to see first hand how a modern law firm functions, and how effective marketing can help a business thrive.
As SHAD interns, we are given more responsibility and freedom than a typical intern, but still carry out the usual tasks (ie. filing, running errands). In fact, we were both given initiatives to work on over the process of the month. For example, I have been working with the lawyers on new marketing initiatives, while another SHAD intern is working on streamlining the client intake process using customer relations management (CRM) software. Through the research I conduct as a part of my work, I’ve been able to learn how the world of law is changing, and develop an insight into what the industry of law might look like in the future.
Bhole IP Law will be at the CNE from Friday the 18th to Sunday the 20th in the innovation garage, so stop by if you’re interested in learning more about the firm, intellectual property, or just want to talk about SHAD!
Centre for Development of Open Technology - Samantha Yao
Saturday, August 12, 2017
When I first received the offer for an interview at CDOT, I was completely confused. What is CDOT? Isn’t that the in-game name of one of my friends? I met two other SHADs at my interview on a late Friday afternoon. My first encounter with the SHAD community enlightened me, as I somehow managed to strike up an engaging conversation with one of the interviewees, with whom I would end up working with for the entirety of August.
I learned that CDOT (Centre for Development of Open Technology) was a place for teams to work on various projects and develop open-source software. As Ethan Childerhose (SHAD Waterloo ‘17) and I were introduced to CDOT, we encountered the wonders of new technology including a machine that could create 3D models of people for measurements in fashion design. Our own project, called Peapod, is a small device that our supervisor wants to create for an event held yearly by CDOT called Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) where around 300 attendees listen to presenters at different locations around the building. Our job is to develop this device that attendees can use to rate the presenters. It will also send the attendees’ locations to us periodically so CDOT will be able to identify which presenters received which ratings. So far, we have managed to prove that the concept works using Java. Currently, we are working on programming ESP8266 (a Wifi module) with Arduino to perform the same functions.
Ethan Childerhose at CDOT with the ESP8266 modules
Truly, being an intern at CDOT has been an extraordinary learning experience for me; never have I needed to use all the coding skills I possess in one piece of work. Being in charge of our own project has taught us so much and for the next few weeks, CDOT will continue to be one of the greatest learning opportunities of my life.
Even though you may have never heard of Teledyne Dalsa before, Teledyne Dalsa is responsible for making most of the digital imaging and image sensing cameras in food security, DNA sequencing, and pattern recognition. Being a part of Teledyne Dalsa’s internship team, it is an honor for me to be working with them for August.
On the first day, working for Teledyne Dalsa was a challenge. Nothing was given to us except two computers with limited files. To acquire information to start on our projects, we had to plan accordingly to worker’s schedule and communicated with a vast majority of people to gather resources. As well, understanding our member’s viewpoint was a vital skill to keep everyone connected and bonded within Teledyne Dalsa.
However, what caught my attention in Teledyne Dalsa was their multidisciplinary jobs. For example, our first project—which was nothing related to technology—required us to think strategically about the layout of the storage room to be organized and applied skills from engineering to implement it. From what I learned, today’s company needs a multidisciplinary approach in order to function. Working for Teledyne Dalsa has helped me discover more about the application of technology in business.
I am a Business Development and Market Research intern at Import 2.0, a Calgary based startup that sells industrial goods. Our latest product I am dealing with is impact gloves. Import’s business model is to sell high end safety gloves imported directly from the manufacturer that eliminates the distributer markup from the supply chain and assists customers in economies of scale.
The company has primarily operated in the oil and gas industry for the past year and is looking to expand into forestry. That’s where I come into the picture!
My role is to generate interest and acquire leads that I can forward to my supervisors who will execute and close the sale. I accomplish my task through cold calling companies from a Sawmill and Panel Directory along with online research. I am developing the brand in an un-touched market with great potential.
My supervisors are also my mentors who coach me on business tactics along the way. As an as piring entrepreneur, I would like to create my own business in high school. You can talk to me about my experience and my excitement to keep working for the startup and learning the fundamentals of transforming an idea into reality that later develops into a sustainable enterprise.
I currently am working as an intern with the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P). The first week and half of my internship has primarily been preparation for the project cycle which begins on August 14th. So far I have learned a lot about the CCR2P and it’s work with multiple different states by preventing or halting the four crimes they deal with. These crimes include war crimes, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and crimes against humanity. I have also learned about the history of the CCR2P and it’s association with the United Nations. Before I began my internship I wasn’t very interested in international affairs. Just the beginning of my internship has sparked my interest in what’s going on the world outside my city. I am very excited for the next three weeks of my internship because I know this experience will teach me a lot.