Developers Workshop Inspires Innovation
Labs Canada’s d-shop trilogy
In Canada we especially like the number 3
3 oceans surround Canada
Rush is an all Canadian band of 3 amazing rock stars
We have 3 levels of government
3 of the most liveable cities in the world are in Canada
Canada hosts 3 amazing SAP Labs hubs (Vancouver, Montreal and Ontario (Toronto & Waterloo)
It is therefore natural for us to build not 1 but 3 d-shops coast to coast at Labs Canada.
What is a d-shop you ask?
- Short for developer’s workshop
- It’s a dedicated space for employees, customers, and partners to discover new IoT technologies
- A space filled with 3D printer, Oculus rift, Arduino machines, littleBits and Lego!
- Not just for developers we aim to make innovation accessible to all
In September, it all started with the launch of our very first d-shop in Labs Ontario where our passionate employees led the way with the support of our Emerging Technologies team. We immediately knew that we wanted Canada’s d-shops to be unique. We decided that our d-shops needed to be fully mobile to allow us to take our innovation on the road between our Labs Ontario locations, as well as right to the doorsteps of customers and local Universities.
Our employees are rock stars and our innovations can tour just like a rock band.
In February we announced at our internal learning event; d-kom 2016; that all Labs Canada locations would have a d-shop. Today we are proud to now also have d-shops in Montreal and Vancouver. This trilogy of d-shops represent what makes each of Labs unique in Canada. The platform is another way we invest to foster intrapreneurial spirit, innovation and cross collaboration. We even have a little robot mascot named Lektron who is part of the Labs Canada d-shop team.
D-shop Workshops and drop in sessions are available to all who are curious. I am especially proud of how we recently partnered with the Pacific Autism Family Center at Work on their program “Employment Works Canada” to run workshops for youth on the Autism spectrum to unlock their creativity, learn the basics of circuitry in an Arduino 101 workshop, and see a demo of 3D printer in action. Sharing knowledge using these d-shops bring our employees closer to IoT technologies. Best of all they help us to drive innovation, inspire curiosity and build more value for our employees, our community and our customers.
If you visit Canada and decide to stay awhile (and you will decide to stay awhile) visit us at Labs Canada and check out our d-shops to experience innovation at its best.