What is Open Data, and why am I so excited about it?

Apr212016
“Open data is data that can be freely used, shared and built-on by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose.” – Open Knowledge Foundation  The open data community is rapidly growing, with governments, organizations, developers, enterprises and even ordinary citizens all over the world joining the movement and participating in events such as International…

Museums and Digital Media with Corey Timpson (The Brief)

Apr142016
In this episode of The Brief, we feature an enlightening chat with Corey Timpson of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). At the museum, Corey is responsible for Exhibitions, Research and Design – a broad mandate that relies heavily on the use of technology to facilitate interactive and dialogic experiences between and among visitors. About…

Three Marketing Trends to Keep your Eye On in 2016

Mar022016
Is traditional digital advertising losing its lustre? Are you constantly trying to engage your online audience, but having a hard time keeping up with emerging trends? We’re taking a look at three of the top digital marketing trends for 2016, and how you can take advantage of them to stay on top of your digital marketing strategy. #1 The Ad Block Debate Continues…

6 Reasons You Might Be Failing At Social Media

Feb242016
6 Reasons You Might Be Failing At Social Media Over the last decade, social media has quickly risen as a contender against traditional media such as television or radio—competing for the world’s attention. In fact, our time spent online using social media is expected to surpass television sooner than later given the vast adoption of smartphones and tablets…

Content in Context

Feb112016
Although the internet has afforded us with more innovative ways than ever to sell our products and services, marketing has become so accessible that no one is standing out in the crowd. So how do you break through the clutter? It’s not an easy task, but one that can be simplified by building content with context. Contextual marketing is a model in which people…

Thinking outside of the Donation Box - A glance @ Alumni Giving

Jan132016
Have you ever really thought about what influences your decision to donate to a foundation, cause or charity? I ask because there appears to have been a shift in donation trends which reflects an increasing percentage of donation transactions being conducted online (versus more ‘traditional’ fundraising methods such as door-door and cold calling). …

Costumes, Carving and Candy - A bv02 Halloween

Nov032015
bv02 was up to its usual antics this Halloween. Check out the highlight reel: Caro being a boss as the Black Swan Erika and Rambo depicting a classic scene from E.T. Thomas the T-Rex Phil representing the developers Check out the full line up on Facebook!      …

Remote Work Update - 4 months on

Oct302015
This is part three in a series about remote work at bv02. You can read part one here and part two here. It has been 4 months already and the European leg of my year-long remote working journey is over. I spent June in Prague, Czech Republic, then July in Ljubljana, Slovenia, August in Cavtat, Croatia and most recently September in Istanbul, Turkey. I’ve now arrived…

Crowdfunding for Universities: A First-hand Example of Success

Oct222015
What is crowdfunding? Where did it come from? Where is it going? To give you some perspective, crowdfunding originates in the relatively recent phenomenon of crowdsourcing, wherein a collective body gets together and works towards a common goal using predominantly online methods. In less than ten years, we’ve seen this digital method of raising funds…

Drupal theming: User configurable node templates

Oct082015
A reoccurring challenge in developing a Drupal site is allowing users to select a template for a node. Maybe it’s choosing between ‘news’ or ‘events’ styling or different ways to present a blog post, but users like to feel empowered to control the layout while using a single node type. In this short post, I’ll introduce a fairly…

Drupal 8 RC is here

Oct082015
The Drupal 8 release candidate (RC) is here at long last.  The RC has come after a year in beta and has inspired hope our shop that we’ll have an official release soon.  We are confident that our code is stable enough for wider testing by site owners, developers, and end users. – Drupal Core Team A release date for Drupal 8.0.0 has not been set but they’re…