Student Showcase

About the Showcase

Digifest presents the fifth annual Student Showcase from April 27 to 29th, 2017 at Corus Quay in Toronto. This year’s showcase will focus on “Research & Business”, bringing together the most innovative cross-disciplinary collaborations between students and industry across North America. The Student Showcase is a unique platform for schools to display their research capabilities to hundreds of Digifest attendees, the general public and industry partners Speakers from post-secondary institutions and their industry partners will discuss their collaborations and the impact they they have generated. Check out the institutions and projects that will be included at this year’s conference below.


Centennial College

The kidsmediacentre is a research centre and think tank at Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design. We research children’s relationships with 21st century media with a goal of helping the children’s creative industry produce content that makes a difference in kid’s lives.


Conestoga College

With the rising price of oil, the continuous global effort to reduce the impact of wastes on our environment, and the growing use of polymer-based products, the need for efficient recycling and waste management systems is only increasing.    Some plastics and combinational-materials (i.e. plastics with metals, composites materials, etc.) contain certain features that present a unique set of recycling challenges.

The successful results of this project collaboration between Greentec International and Conestoga College will enable the recycling industry to access the first optical based sorting system that effectively sorts plastics by their polymer regardless of coloration.


Fanshawe College

International Erosion Control Systems’ (IECS’) Cable Concrete Calculator is a Web portal and digital tool to assist engineers in developing and planning for water flow control systems in areas around the world. Currently, IECS utilizes an MS-DOS program to calculate safety factors for each of the different products they offer, and as such, lack a meaningful way to interface with potential clients aside from email, phone and in-person interaction. A modernized Web- based tool with expanded functionality was the focus of the collaborate partnership with Reactr.


Saginaw Valley State University

SVSU is a medium sized state university in Michigan. We have started an interdisciplinary community engagement program. We have gathered together the following disciplines: technical writing, graphic design, and business marketing. We also have had other partners such as computer science and education. Cardinal Solutions brings actual clients into the classroom. In many ways we act as a marketing firm. Our services are produced by students, overseen by the professors, and approved by the clients.


University of Waterloo

For this project, the virtual incubator startup, Jamii, was looking to solve a key question: What are the key elements to a collaborative learning environment and how would those key elements translate into a virtual environment?

Rather than creating our own product, we were very impressed with what Jamii had already developed, so our goal was to develop an extension of Jamii’s current platform that included a way to conduct team meetings, as well as a calendar page, profile pages, and a connecting page; all of the areas that we found to be the most essential in helping to increase collaboration, proven through research and user testing.


University of Windsor

Two paediatric clinicians from John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) had this innovative idea of having a mobile app informing users with special needs about the accessibility of various buildings. Within the next three years, our project will be initially introduced to 21 treatment centers representing over 80,000 children and youth with disabilities across Ontario and to various advocacy groups in Canada and the United States.