Video Game Art and Design Club
The Video Game Art and Design Club (VGAD) was originally founded in 2010 as a social space for individuals interested in game development, transforming over time into a space for game discussion and production. Post-secondary students of varying years and degree programs, such as Computer Science, Writing, Art, Design, Music, and Business are part of VGAD, interested in pursuing a career in game development, or academic study of games, and are eager to expand their knowledge-base. We value growth through critical analysis and reflection, turning entertainment into a learning opportunity. To encourage this, we provide opportunities for in-depth discussion, such as internal and external guest speakers, keeping up with industry news, as well as collaborative exercises. VGAD's goal is looking to act as a community link between industry and the Edmonton student body, promotion communication within the field of game development, camaraderie, as well as giving students the tools they need to meet industry standards and create games of their own.
The University of Alberta AlbertaSat team made it to space in May 2017 with the successful launch of the Ex-Alta 1 cube satellite (cubesat) -- this province's first satellite. This cubesat was conceptualized by a group of passionate and talented students as they bonded over their common fascination with outer space. After the students designed, built, and tested the cubesat on campus, it was launched into space aboard a NASA resupply mission to the International Space Station. Now in low Earth orbit, Ex-Alta 1 is monitoring space weather. Meanwhile, the team back on Earth is designing and building their next cubesat. The upcoming cubesat (Ex-Alta 2, naturally) will predict and monitor wildfires and is slated to launch in 2021 as part of a national mission run by the Canadian Space Agency.
Let's Talk Science
Let's Talk Science is an award-winning, national, charitable organization focuses on education and outreach to support youth development. We create and deliver unique learning programs and services that engage children, youth, and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our Outreach volunteers engage Canadian youth in a wide variety of meaningful STEM learning experiences in both school and community settings. Our trained and enthusiastic volunteers typically work with children as young as three years old and youth up to Grade 12, delivering hands-on/minds-on activities on a variety of topics.
Information and Application Security
Security can be easily overlooked in the development of web applications; we see evidence of such in data breaches, website compromises, and user exposures. Delegates will be able to see some common security oversights in web applications through a live demonstration, and will thus receive a reminder that security must be considered in the work of those choosing to pursue development in the future, and especially for those who will work in startups.