Our Launchspace Kick-Off Celebration brought out the best of our community as we celebrated our first year in NorthLight and introduced the entrepreneurs who will be taking part in our first ever Launchspace Startup Bootcamp! The overwhelming enthusiasm brought in from the community made for a warm and welcoming evening, and the entrepreneurs’ passion added an element of excitement that mirrors the energy fueling Yukonstruct.
Catering by The Wandering Bison and cocktails shaken by Yukon Brewing created a perfect backdrop to an evening that saw many connections and shared passions permeate the party.
M.P. Larry Bagnell opened the event with a speech that was both warm and encouraging, and Minister of Economic Development, Hon. Ranj Pallai, followed up by expressing support and admiration to the entrepreneurs who are taking the leap into entrepreneurialism and diversifying our economy.
The participants in the Startup Bootcamp are a group of passionate entrepreneurs who are working to make positive change in the clean tech, software, hardware, tourism, and non-profit industries. We are delighted to join them on this part of their journey and can’t wait to see them grow!
Without further ado, here are the entrepreneurs bravely going where their passion is taking them:
Wildflight.io – Eirik Sharp
Mapping software to mitigate animal disturbances. Primarily targeted towards the heli-skiing industry. Wildflight.io services will help minimize the impact of helicopter operations on wildlife and reduce the cost of mitigations.
Pelly River Wilderness Lodge – Taylor Bradley
Taylor is transforming cabins and a lodge on the Pelly River into a tourist attraction.
Smart Solar Ventilation – Shane Wolffe
Black mould is a persistent issue within the North, Shane has created a prototype that can be integrated into commercial and residential buildings to utilize solar energy as a cooling and heating system to provide proper ventilation within the units.
YZED Projects – Wendy Morrison
YZED projects is helping to grow organizational effectiveness and capacity within Yukon’s non-profit sector by creating a system that will streamline the processes between NGO, government, and stakeholders.
Joel Brennan Inc. – Joel Brennan
Joel has designed a prototype of a standup paddle that emulates the feel of using a paddle in the water, allowing for dryland training in all seasons.
SpinReg Technologies – Scott Keesey, Melissa Crosker, John Carson
SpinReg Technologies is focused on the development of software designed to accompany stationary bicycles. The software will promote self-regulation, creativity, learning and healing for a wide end-user cross-section.
Northern Winds Innovation – Conrad Kirkwood
Conrad has created a prototype that allows travellers for easier sleeping accommodations specifically targeted to travellers on planes.
Yukon Belt Company – John Glynn Morris
Using raw Yukon materials to make leather belts.
Duteau Bioresource Contracting – Michel Duteau
DBC is developing a new and innovative service (pyrolysis) and product (biochar) for the Yukon farming community, and beyond.
ColdAcre Food Systems – Carl Burgess, Tarek Bos- Jabar
Developing systems that will help create sustainable food growth in the North.
The Launchspace Startup Bootcamp’s official start was Tuesday, September 3 and will finish up with a Demo Day in November.
If you are interested in taking part in our spring cohort, watch out for our next intake in Feb. 2020.
All photos by Mark Rutledge.
YuKonstruct members came together for a evening of laughs, sharing project ideas, and of course – competing in the Hammerschlagen tournament! The winner of the tournament would win a Tablet, so the stakes were high.
The game involves throwing and spinning a hammer in the air before catching it and trying to drive your nail into the stump. the spinning proved to be a great equalizer, as the carpenters and journeymen in the crowd did not have a significant lead over the hobbyists. We played three rounds, and the winners faced off against each other. Colin, James, Dave and Thomas competed for the win. James won by a stroke of the hammer and went home with the prize.
It was awesome to have so many members come out for the Social – its always fun to see how many different projects people are working on. From car conversions, to cabinetry, to boat building, this crowd was doing it all.
For the second year now, YuKonstruct participated in the Canada Day Parade! Having (co)space as part of the parade was a new addition and it made it that much better!
(co)space and YuKonstruct’s contribution to the parade was a brightly decorated float with moose, red striped trees, a red and white balloon arch, and bubbles! (This float was redecorated very quickly after entering a float in the Pride Parade)
A lot of volunteer hours went into building the float from (co)space and YuKonstruct. We couldn’t have done without all the awesome volunteers! THANK YOU!
YuKonstruct has partnered with the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Trust to host a series of workshops called Make it Wild!
When you take part in Make it Wild! you will build, craft, and create projects that give you hands-on opportunities to restore or protect fish, wildlife and their habitat. In addition to creating an awesome project, we will bring in experts to teach you more about the animal you have created your project for, as well as how to be a more involved steward of Yukon fish and wildlife.
We are kicking off the series with our Bat House Workshop on April 14th. Keep your eyes peeled for workshops almost every month of the year including: bird box building, fishing tackle, smokers, window decals and more!
Check our events page (www.yukonstruct.com/events) for all Make it Wild! workshops.
Thanks Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Trust for helping us to host Make it Wild!
We’d like to invite you to a one of a kind premiere screening of the film MAKER!
WHEN: Friday September 12 – Doors open at 7pm
WHERE: Old Fire Hall
COST: By donation
WHAT: The film MAKER is a documentary which takes a look at how the maker movement is shifting society, altering the economy and creating an entirely new culture. This special film will be making its Northern Premiere in Whitehorse. For more information visit their website: http://makerthemovie.com
Join us for a drink, some popcorn, and a look at this great film.
TICKETS: Seats are limited – Reserve your ticket by making your donation online.
To ensure your spot please make a donation for each attendee in your party.
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LEDs, short for light-emitting diodes, are replacing small incandescent bulbs in the electronics all around us. If you would like to learn more about how you can use these small lights in your projects, now’s your chance!
Instructables.com, the online home of thousands of DIY projects, has sent YuKonstruct hundreds of LEDs to play with.
With the help of Instructables, we’re hosting a hands-on build night this Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at 135 Industrial Road (click for map).
We’ll have a variety of craft kits with all the materials you need to make some easy LED projects.
So come join us for a fun night of making things glow, and check out our makerspace!
Did we mention there will be door prizes too?
Craft kits will be $5 each and include all materials and instructions.
This event is suitable for all ages!
That’s right! YuKonstruct will be an exhibitor at YukomiCon 2014, Yukon’s 1st Annual Comic Convention taking place at Coast High Country Inn on August 8th (4pm-8pm), August 9th (10am-7pm), and August 10th (10am-2pm). Be sure to stop by our booth to say hello and to see what we have been up to lately.
We’ll also have lots of great activities happening throughout the weekend:
Haven’t finished your costume yet?
Bring your materials to our booth and we’ll have a space for you to put the final touches on your cosplay costume in time for the Costume ball (Saturday August 9 from 9:30pm-midnight).
(What we will have available: a sewing machine, needle & thread, iron, duct tape, hot glue and various embellishments to take your costume to the next level!)
Want a sidekick?
Print 3D a model of your favourite character from a comic, movie, book etc.
Spend some time at our drafting table to create your own comic book!
YukomiCon is a ticketed event – be sure to grab your day pass, or costume ball ticket online at yukomicon.com
What is YukomiCon?
A comic convention is a new and exciting type of event for Whitehorse, and the one of the first of its kind in Canada’s north. YukomiCon will host a main exhibit hall filled with vendors, artists, and writers, and special events such as an outdoor BBQ, live music, adult and children costume contests, and a few special guests. A selection of gaming tournaments and educational classes and panels for the creative writers and illustrators in our community are also planned.
This event is presented by the Yukon Comic Culture Society. Established in 2013, the YCCS strives to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of comics and related forms of popular and alternative culture; YukomiCon is their flagship project.
Join us for Breakdancing, graffiti and films at YuKonstruct on July 5 from 7 PM to 7 AM on July 6 at 135 Industrial Road.
Whitehorse Nuit Blanche is an exciting all night contemporary art show that will include art installations, performances and feasts across the city of Whitehorse on July 5 from 7pm – 7am. In a celebration of our local artists YuKonstruct will be an official venue for this free action-packed 12-hour night of fun. We will host the Koovy and the Groundwork Sessions Crew who will be performing their award winning breakdancing routines as well as conducting workshops, performances, talks and films on breaking culture. From improvisation to developing routines and new moves, dancers will create and evolve with the audience.
Since we are still working on building the space at 135 Industrial Road we have the ability to host such a unique event in our workshop before it’s all ready for our makers. So come on down and dance all night with us! If you need some help staying up, Midnight Sun Coffee is close by, and open all night too!
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Workshop & Dance
10:00 pm – midnight – Film screening and Q&A with artists
Between 1:00 am – 5:00 am, Ali Khoda will be creating a live graffiti piece for our workshop
3:00 am – 4:00 am – Live dance show!
4:00 am – 5:00am – Screening from a recent Calgary battle
About the Artists of the Groundwork Sessions Crew:
Meet dancers Kevin McLachlan (aka Koovy), Emile St. Pierre, Alex Robinson, Ben Robinson, and George Rivard for a dynamic evening of high intensity fun in the form of a breaking performance and introductory workshop.
Kevin McLachlan (aka Koovy), and Emile St. Pierre have been training and performing together for the last four years. The local grade 12 students have done numerous shows throughout town, including Leaping Feats Dancing Through Life, Winterval, Arts in The Park and more. They performed as part of the Yukon’s Cultural Contingent at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska, creating a collaborative piece with four other dancers.
We have got the space – now we need the tools!
We’ve done our research, created funding applications and submitted them to allow us to purchase the big items for the makerspace. If successful, these items will include a laser cutter, a CNC machine, a 3D printer, an induction forge, an industrial sewing machine among others. It is extremely exciting! When we know if these funding applications get approved, we will share more news.
In the meantime we are looking for donations of any tool in working condition.
Throughout the summer, while we await funding approval, we want to host fun workshops and have you join us. In order to do that, we need simple tools. Everyone is likely to have a hammer, or spare drill that you no longer use. At YuKonstruct, we could give it a good home and put it to use!
Here are some examples of tools we could use:
As our thank you for your donation, we invite you to join us to our Tool Drive BBQ event: Hammers for Hamburgers on Thursday June 19 between 5-9pm. Bring your tool and let us treat you to some delicious BBQ fare.
We are also accepting donations of useful (non scrap) raw materials. Things like usable lumber, plywood and other similar materials will be helpful. We would also make use of recycled renovation fixtures like a sink, or toilet, or a good amount of leftover tiles so that we can work towards upgrading the kitchen and bathroom in the space.
Perhaps you need us to come over and pick it up?
No problem! Just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be happy to arrange a suitable time to pick up your donation.
Spread the word!
Please be sure to pass this on to those who maybe able to donate to our cause – we sincerely appreciate your help and support. You are helping us build the Yukon’s Makerspace, one tool at a time.