Refresh Annapolis Valley

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August 12, 2019 at 8:30am

BUILD is a week long dive into the world of Computer Science for girls 11 to 14. We will explore the basics of software development while building interactive artwork and literature, video games, and software that interacts with the physical world. Through our exploration we will also journey through use of hardware, refine our ideation skills and turn our ideas into software. Campers will also connect with Computer Scientists in our community who are changing the world one algorithm at a time.

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July 22, 2019 at 8:30am

Creative Computing Camp is a week long adventure into the world of Computer Science. Using the popular Scratch programming environment as a starting point, we will build interactive artwork and stories, video games, and software that interacts with the physical world. Through our exploration of the creativity of software development, we will learn about where ideas come from, and how to turn ideas into action. We will explore the world beyond Scratch, including 3D design, printing, and virtual reality.

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May 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

Have the next (big or small) idea, no budget, or development skills? No problem – you shouldn’t start with building anyway. In this hands on workshop we will explore pre-product design tools that anyone can pick up to express their app idea. With these tools you will walk away with a means to engage your user base to test concepts, gather feedback quickly, very inexpensively, and early on in the product cycle.

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May 4, 2019 at 12:30pm

Have you ever wanted to know how to make code interact with the real world? In this introductory workshop to Python programming, you’ll learn the vital stepping stones to controlling hardware using the Circuit Playground microcontroller (microcomputer) with one of the most robust, versatile, and popular programming languages. What is a Circuit Playground? The Circuit Playground is a microcontroller, or a tiny computer. This computer can easily be programmed to interact with hardware that you connect to it.

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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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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.

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