Refresh Annapolis Valley

Events New and Old

April 6, 2019 at 12:00pm

Calling all Digital Builders #ScratchFest is a weekend (April 6th and April 7th) Build-a-thon for kids and teens interested in creating amazing original work with digital technologies, such as the Scratch programming environment, Processing, Virtual Reality, and more. During #ScartchFest, participants will brainstorm an idea, develop their project, and showcase a final prototype. This weekend warrior event provides an excellent opportunity for coders to invent their own projects and demonstrate their knowledge within a collaborative, creative, and playful environment.

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April 5, 2019 at 5:00pm

Calling All Classic Gamers! The Retro Game Carnival is a celebration of the video games of yesteryear. From the 1970s to early 2000s, we will explore the arcade, console, and PC games that defined eras gone by. Our game fest will include a pop-up museum, fan-made DIY retro arcade, game tournaments, and workshops. Young and inspired? Be sure to join us for #ScratchFest 2019 the following day and put your creativity towards building your own retro influenced games.

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March 27, 2019 at 5:00pm

This 4 hour crash course will get attendees up-to-speed on the world of cryptocurrency and the technology that powers much of it: Blockchain. This unique opportunity runs from 5PM to 9PM, and is limited to 20 attendees. Dinner and snacks provided. Part 1: Intro to Blockchain Fintech The Bitcoin Blockchain just had its 10 year anniversary on January 3rd, 2019. With several monumental crashes and rushes in its market, no one could say with certainty whether or not the network would be a success.

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March 26, 2019 at 7:00pm

Join Acadia Women in Technology Society and Refresh Annapolis Valley for an evening of networking, refreshments, and discussion. Guest speakers Lori Shepherd , Chief Creative Officer Cold Furnace Studios, and Cindy Trudel , Instructor in Acadia University’s Jodrey School of Computer Science, will lead a discussion about hacking the male dominated computer science academy and industry to work for women.

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March 12, 2019 at 7:00pm

How to use a business blog to improve search engine ranking Upon learning simple strategies for business blogging, Anita Kirkbride ’s WordPress business blog (https://twirp.ca/) went from ZERO to HERO in a matter of weeks and she’s coming to share with you her best tips for using a business blog to be found. Anita will share her best strategies, and walk you through how to use WordPress to get your search engine placement scores up.

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February 12, 2019 at 7:00pm

Agriculture globally is a 12 trillion dollar annual industry ripe for technology startups looking to bring new hi-tech innovations to market. Where does digital technology and agriculture meet, and what are the opportunities? Gary Morton (Morton Horticultural Associates, Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee) will discuss this exciting technology space, and the over $160,000 (cash and in-kind services) that the AVCC has awarded locally to spark agriculture innovation. Dr. Danny Silver (Acadia Institute for Data Analytics) will look at the opportunities around ag.

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January 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

What’s the point of having a website if you’re not getting any traffic? With over half of the average website’s traffic coming from search engines, it’s important to rank in search results for keywords that are not only searched frequently but also have high intent. You’ve taken the first step, you’ve built a website you’re happy with – now, it’s time to take out the guesswork and help your target market find what they are looking for.

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January 2, 2019 at 11:59pm

We are thrilled to be opening up our 2019 Creative Computing Course for registration. This is our 3rd year offering this popular course. Unlike other years, we will be running 2 cohorts of learners for free. One cohort will be a mixed class of girls and boys. The second will be for girls. Registration is open until Jan. 2. Creative Computing is a course developed by an international network of educators passionate about exposing kids to the computer sciences.

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December 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

Welcome to the new world of of 3D printing, where you can produce 3D objects almost as easily as you can dream of them. In this hands on workshop we will: Learn about how 3D printing is shaking up different industries Types of 3D printing technologies How to design for printing How to print your designs Bring a laptop and be prepared to roll up your sleeves. Space is limited to 20 people.

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December 8, 2018 at 12:30pm

In this teen Hoist mini series, you will learn about how to build your own web application. Web applications are unlike traditional websites. Traditional websites are largely informational (like the Refresh Annapolis Valley website) where web applications solve particular problems (think Gmail for email). In part 1, you will learn the ins-and-outs of building app interfaces In part 2, you will learn how to add interactivity to your web app In part 3, you will learn how to manage app data If you haven’t attended part 1 or 2, you can jump right into part 3.

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Refresh Annapolis Valley

Refresh is a community of designers, developers and innovators working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of digital technology endeavours in the Annapolis Valley while promoting design, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Refresh meets the second Tuesday evening of each month in the Wolfville area. These are casual affairs with short, member-interest talks followed by an opportunity to mingle.

All are welcome!

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