CUTC and D2L
I recently got a chance to attend CUTC (Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference), which is not only the most innovative, but the biggest student-run technology conference in Canada. At CUTC, I met several other students who had the same passion and drive to build a better future and have a psotive impact on the society. I had the privilege of hearing talks from the likes of Matt Flannery (Co founder of Kiva), Alex Ohanian (Co founder of Reddit), Daniel Epstein (Founder of Unreasonable Institute) and Evan Reas (Co founder of Like a Little) who are not only great hackers and designers but, all around inspirational folks striving to make the world a better place.
While at CUTC, someone asked me about my work-term, I started talking about D2L(Desire2Learn) and its amazing culture. When they asked me how long have I been with the company ?, I replied “4 days!”, nobody believed me. As a mechanical engineering student who has had experience only worked in environments such as manufacturing plants, aka super serious environments, I feel lucky to be working at a place like D2L. The people, the work and the UX team (Janna and Sandra) have been nothing but awesome. I am really looking forward to the rest of this term and getting to know you all. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that D2L was a sponsor for to the event. Since the D2L logo was pretty prominent in the conference bag, all I had to do was to point to it when people asked me what I was doing for my work term.
I had the opportunity to talk to a few UW students about the replacement of the old learning management system (UWACE), most were psyched about getting rid of the UWACE. Everybody immediately offered their suggestions and opinions as to what they would like to see in the new system. It was nice to hear when people are really looking forward to something you are working on. What we are doing at D2L resonates with a lot that I had learned at the conference. A group of talented and passionate people can truly revolutionize our society. What better way than by providing an awesome educational experience to the future of the society?