March 25, 2019

Criminnovation Challenge: Participant Perspectives

By Nithin Paul Elbin and Jacqueline Cole, Wilfred Laurier students The Criminnovation challenge enabled students to think critically of social issues in their community, and design solutions to address these issues. It was also aimed to connect students to faculty, mentors, and community representatives to assist them in the creation of their solutions. We initially assumed that the citizens of Brantford… Continue Reading

March 7, 2019

Criminnovation Update

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell What a great weekend we had at the Criminnovation event, held at Laurier’s new Brantford campus. The last time I visited Brantford, I remember their downtown storefronts were boarded up and barren. Such a sad scene for the Great… Continue Reading

February 20, 2019

Algorithms and Ethical Technology

Most of us don’t hide important aspects of our life from technology – sensors, wearables, and assistants are tracking our daily routines, locations, and heart beats. Are we ready for technology to dive even deeper into our lives? We understand many of the benefits but have been less excited about exploring the repercussions. As a society, we have started to… Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

The Criminnovation Challenge

We’re excited to announce our participation in Laurier’s 2019 Criminnovation Challenge! The event runs from Friday, March 1st, 4:00 PM to Sunday March 3rd, 4:00 PM. About the event The Criminnovation Challenge is a "hackathon" style event for students to form interdisciplinary teams for the purpose of tackling societal issues related to Criminology. Faculty members will act as mentors, offering… Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Design and Analytics: Puzzle Pieces

I started out as an analytics guy thinking that all of the important answers were in the numbers. The answers were waiting to be found but were concealed in the data and just needed to be released by a good regression or other type of statistical analysis. Over time, I became more experienced and learned what types of answers I… Continue Reading