Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Finding ways to stay connected and protected

Animated cyber heroes graphic

Supporting safer cybersecurity decisions and a privacy-conscious mindset for industry leaders and others grappling with pandemic stress

Thursday, December 17, 2020

2020 Looking Back, Moving Forward

2020 Wrapped

2020 was a year we will never forget. It was not the year we expected, but in true Warrior spirit, our students and the team at Stratford showed their resiliency, ambition, courage, creativity, and ability to shape the future and overcome many challenges. Here are a few of the highlights we are celebrating from this past year.

Student Highlights

ALOHA From New York, GBDA Student Helps Advance Conversational AI Systems

Monday, November 16, 2020

Stratford Researcher Receives $165,000 in Mitacs Accelerate Grants to Improve Accessibility and Business Outcomes Using Gameful Design

Lennart Nacke lecturing on game design

Lennart Nacke has partnered with Alpha Labs, Wiggles 3D, and MLD Solutions to help these companies tackle challenging problems they are facing. Mitacs Accelerate grants support collaborative research between faculty at academic institutions, non-academic partners, and research interns.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Students Challenged to Create Privacy Conscious Solutions for Connectivity in Online Design Jam

uXperience | Think Privacy Online Design Jam logo and sponsors

73 students created innovative solutions to a privacy design challenge at uXperience | Think Privacy – the annual fall design camp hosted by the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business – competing for more than $7,400 in prizes. Students were challenged to design a solution inspired by the increased need for virtual connection brought on by COVID-19.  

Friday, October 23, 2020

Sim Purba, GBDA '20 Selected as Valedictorian, Faculty of Arts

Sim Purba looking at a camera in the Stratford School

Convocation is a time to celebrate a significant milestone. This year’s convocation celebrations may look a little different, but the role of the valedictorian remains the same — to represent the graduating class and address the students, families and supporters who will come together to recognize this important day. 

Valedictorians have been selected by their peers in recognition of their social and academic contributions to the Waterloo community. We are excited that Sim Purba, BGBDA '20 was selected for the Faculty of Arts.

Meet Sim Purba:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Stratford School partners with Rogers, NHL, Intel, Sportsnet and Concept for Hackathon

Sportsnet Hockey Hack Powered by Rogers 5G, a collaboration of Sportnset, NHL, intel, Concept, GEDI, Waterloo Stratford School

Students have a unique opportunity to spend a week in November, hacking hockey and innovating with 5G technology.

Monday, September 21, 2020

GBDA alumni entrepreneur turns heads at Y Combinator Demo Day

Founder OpenUnit in front of garage

When investors logged in to Y Combinator’s virtual summer 2020 Demo Day, they saw Waterloo entrepreneurship in action. OpenUnit, a company founded by Stratford School alumni, took part in the event, among three other Waterloo/Velocity startups. Y Combinator brought together a class of 198 founders from 26 different countries.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Lennart Nacke talks Gameful User Experience in keynote speech at Mensch und Computer 2020

Lennart Nacke, Associate Director Graduate (Stratford), gave a keynote speech for the virtual Mensch und Computer 2020 conference entitled "The Loot Box of Gameful User Experience". 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Rogers partners with MDEI students to help Canadians experience the capabilities of 5G

Aerial image of Waterloo Campus

The University of Waterloo has become one of the first 5G smart campuses in Canada as part of a partnership with Rogers Communications that leverages the University’s global leadership in computing, engineering, creativity, and industry relationships.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Map the System

Map the System

This past year, GBDA introduced the third-year course GBDA 302, in which the final deliverable was a submission to a competition. “Map the System” has been available to Waterloo students for the past few years, but this is the first time where Waterloo has heavily pushed students to take part in it. Throughout the course, students were taught to use systems thinking as a guiding approach to understand complex global challenges. Map the System is a global competition that aims to challenge entrants to think differently about social and environmental dilemmas. Ever since its inception in 2016, Map the System has been using its platform to encourage a learning-first approach to social change – an approach where people take the time to understand existing beliefs and efforts before proposing new ones.

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