To the Youth on National Walkout Day

To the Youth on National Walkout Day

BANNER IMAGE CREDIT: ANDREW GOMBERT/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK This is not a post about guns. This is about our future. When I was in middle school, I didn't have to worry about being shot. I clearly remember the day we had an armed intruder drill, and learned how to hide, low to the ground, along the wall closest [...]

Kids Code with Jewelbots, the Programmable Friendship Bracelet

Kids Code with Jewelbots, the Programmable Friendship Bracelet

Code is finally making its way into the hands of younger makers, and with this trend we are seeing more and more learn-to-code tools arrive on the market and in toy stores. But amidst all these code blocks and modular robots, one startup is focusing on coding for girls, and they are getting it right: [...]

Code Heroes: How One Small Town is Embracing Digital Literacy

Code Heroes: How One Small Town is Embracing Digital Literacy

By launching Code Heroes, Kelly Bergeron has made it her mission to ensure her town is keeping pace with the ever-moving tech world. Code Heroes teaches digital literacy to residents of Cornwall, a small town with a big-picture mindset and an appetite to change the world.

Minister Bains Meets with Youth Entrepreneurs to Advise Canada’s Innovation Agenda

Minister Bains Meets with Youth Entrepreneurs to Advise Canada’s Innovation Agenda

This Wednesday, August 31, I had the honour of being one of eleven young entrepreneurs to participate in an intimate roundtable discussion with Hon. Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. Hosted by Startup Canada in partnership with Ladies Learning Code, this discussion was initiated to provide youth input into Canada’s Innovation Agenda, with a [...]

Trendy Techie Meets Prime Minister Trudeau

Trendy Techie Meets Prime Minister Trudeau

On June 1, 2016, I had the incredible honour of being one of eight young Canadians to attend a private meeting at Parliament Hill with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and COO of Instagram Marne Levine. It is such a rare opportunity for a young person to share her honest opinions about a country with its leader, and I am truly honoured to have been invited to this discussion.

Microsoft YouthSpark Live Inspires Next Generation of Leaders

Microsoft YouthSpark Live Inspires Next Generation of Leaders

On March 10, 2016, Microsoft Canada and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) welcomed 100 Ottawa youth to the Shaw Centre for an immersive day of technology-centric programming and inspiration.

Microsoft Empowers Youth at YouthSpark Live Vancouver

Microsoft Empowers Youth at YouthSpark Live Vancouver

It's said that 50% of the job market requires basic technical proficiency, and that that number will increase to 77% in the next decade. With a shortage of qualified computer science graduates to fill these roles and the fact that computer science has not yet been recognized as a pillar of mainstream education, the income [...]