• International Pitch Competition January 14, 2019

    Alberta Innovates is seeking innovators to participate in the event as part of Inventures 2019, a global innovation conference in Calgary, Alberta, held June 5-7. It brings together the brightest ideas in emerging technologies that are transforming economies, industries, and communities across the globe.

    Last year, Inventures represented the single largest source of venture capital in Canada.

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  • Introducing the Cheryl Hilton Encore Entrepreneur Bursary January 4, 2019

    This past November, Cheryl Hilton – a valued member of the Volta community and participant of the first Volta Academy cohort – passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

    In honour of Cheryl’s memory, we are launching a new Volta Academy bursary for senior entrepreneurs who show the same passion and entrepreneurial thinking that Cheryl exemplified.  The Cheryl Hilton Encore Entrepreneur Bursary will cover the cost of participating in Volta Academy. Current or aspiring founders age 50 and above are eligible. Only one bursary is available. If you want to be considered for the bursary, please indicate your interest when completing the Volta Application form.

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  • Save your seat for the next Volta Academy! January 4, 2019

    This 11-week program helps future founders go from big idea to a viable tech-focused startup. 

    With the support of Volta mentors and founders, participants learn how to test and validate their idea, outline an MVP, and grow a scalable startup.  

    Volta Academy costs $200+HST ($150+HST for Network Members*), and will take place once a week on Mondays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm starting February 4, 2019. 

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  • New Job Posting! Project Coordinator, Digital Skills January 2, 2019


    Title: Project Coordinator, Digital Skills
    Employment Type: Contract (12-month term with possible extension)
    Reports to: Project Manager
    Location: 1701 Hollis Street, Suite 800

    We’re seeking a creative, detail-oriented, and forward-thinking Project Coordinator with exceptional organizational skills and a passion for preparing our province’s population for opportunities in and with tech. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the planning and execution of the project, as well as communicating with internal and external stakeholders. If you like a fast-paced work environment that is creative, challenging, and collaborative, with phenomenal projects, then Digital Nova Scotia may be the ideal fit for you.

    What does the role look like?

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  • Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong January 2, 2019

    The Government of Canada, Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong & Macao, in partnership with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Canada, would like to invite Canadian ICT companies to join the Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong scheduled for April 12 – 16, 2019, coinciding with the HKTDC International ICT Expo, an annual ICT Trade Show in Hong Kong.

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  • WCT Mentorship Program for 2019 is now accepting applications! December 11, 2018

    For almost 25 years, the WCT Mentorship Program has been the launchpad for the careers of hundreds of women across Canada. The program is designed to provide mentorship for women at all career levels and strategically matches mentors with mentees based on experience, goals and networks.

    How program works:

    • The program matches a WCT member with a senior or peer member of the communications, media or technology sectors for one year of counsel, leadership and professional development.
    • The guiding principles of the mentorship program are for mentors to develop a mentee’s leadership skills and work with her to define goals and develop strategies for achievement.
    • The commitment to the program is a minimum of four meetings over the course of a year.
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  • Salesforce.org invests $180,000 USD in exposing Nova Scotia Educators to ICT and digital technologies December 4, 2018

    Today, Digital Nova Scotia and the Discovery Centre announced the launch of a pilot program to increase exposure of the ICT and digital technologies sector to educators, with the help of $180,000 USD committed by Salesforce.org. This is the first time Salesforce.org have invested in a Nova Scotia initiative.

    The two organizations have come together to maximize strengths, Digital Nova Scotia with its deep connections within the ICT and digital technologies sector, and the Discovery Centre with its unmatched experience in STEAM education. The project is an innovative, scalable and holistic solution that will bring together provincial and regional education leaders, and representatives from the ICT and digital technologies industry to inspire and educate teachers of the lucrative and long-lasting career paths available to their students. The total number of teachers engaged in the pilot project will represent 26.7% of high school teachers within the Halifax and Annapolis Valley Regions. (more…)

  • Call For Support – Refresh Annapolis Valley December 3, 2018

    Refresh Annapolis Valley is embarking upon an ambitious campaign this month to fundraise $15K to enlarge the work we do in the community. I asked one of our Refresh youth, Alex Petkov – grade 10, to run communications for the campaign. This is what Alex has to say about why you should invest in Refresh.

    ~ Mike Caplan

    Refresh Annapolis Valley is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization offering workshops, events, and competitions aimed at exposing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) concepts, especially Computer Science, targeted towards K-12 youth and beyond. The workshops we provide are hosted at Acadia University at the Rural Innovation Centre. Each month’s workshops allows you to get your hands onto awesome technology such as virtual reality, 3D printers, and electronics/circuitry, as well as teaches you valuable STEAM skills like design, coding, and entrepreneurship.

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  • Welcome to Digital Nova Scotia, Sebastian! November 29, 2018

    Today, we welcomed our new Project Coordinator to the DNS Team! Sebastian Green is an enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate person, and we couldn’t be happier to have him join us! We asked Sebastian a few questions to find out a little more about him, and couldn’t resist sharing our answers.

    Sebastian, can you tell us a little about yourself?
    I started out in computer science and systems administration where I was exposed to the research side of new technologies, and that spurred an interest in me to learn more and to involve myself with this industry. I then moved to architectural engineering where I specialized in 3D laser scanning and modelling. Seeing my surroundings in the form of 3D data really interested me and engaged my creative side. I loved sharing new technology and visualizing data in a way not seen before. Tech has always been a part of what I do so I am excited to become a bigger part of this awesome industry! (more…)

  • PDS 2019 Call for Speakers is Now Open! November 26, 2018

    Its time to save the date for PDS 2019: April 30, 2019!

    PDS 2019 Call for Speakers is Now Open!

    Are you doing something innovative?
    Do you have a passion for sharing your tech talent with others?

    The Program Committee is now seeking speakers to present at the 12th annual Professional Development Summit on April 30, 2019 at Saint Mary’s University.

    The PD Summit is an annual event that brings together our IT industry to increase our region’s competitive advantage and grow our highly skilled workforce.

    There are a number of ways you can present:

    • Lecture style on a topic of your choosing
    • Case study where lessons learned are presented from previous experiences
    • Panel discussing/debating a specific topic that includes yourself along with a minimum of two additional speaker

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