Monday April 8, 2013
We've talked before on the show about how video games can be powerful teaching tools.
But a Ph. D. candidate at Concordia University thinks there is still a place for board games in teaching as well.
William Robinson has invented a new board game called Gets it Better.
He was inspired by the It Gets Better online videos, which speak to young people about bullying.
Gets it Better is a game that trades in units of "high school happiness'. Bullies find that while treating others badly can seem good in the beginning, if the bullied player commits suicide in the game, the bully will lose happiness and be foreced to wear the "chains of guilt". (Jeanette is trying out the chains in the picture.)
Listen to Jeanette's conversation with William Robinson. They spoke as he was demonstrating his game at a recent conference on technology and education.
Monday March 18, 2013
Montreal-based Ssense is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and in that decade it has grown to be one of the world's leading luxury e-retailers.
Ssense sells cutting-edge fashion by the world's top designers.
But increasingly, the site offers more than just shopping.
Ssense also collaborates with musicans, designers and artists.
"Most of the players in the industry, they just want to sell," says Lionel Pardin, VP of Global Marketing for Ssense.
Pardin says the front page of the site looks more like a fashion magazine than an online retailer because, "we prefer to make our own media."
Pardin says the philosophy of the company is to integrate fashion with art, architecture and music.
"We are looking for links between all those different domains and fashion is a part of that."
Ssense features interviews with designers (check out this recent entry about Montrealer Rad Hourani) and collaborates with musicians around the worlds to create its own playlist.
The site even recently launched a shoppable music video. "During a music video, sometimes you see the artist you like and of course you look at what he's wearing," says Pardin.
While the video is playing, viewers can click on an outfit the musician is wearing to be taken to the page where the clothing can be purchased.
Pardin says this is just a sign of what's to come for the site and for online shopping. "The sky is the limit. A lot of amazing things will be done in the next two, three years."
Listen to Lionel Pardin's interview with Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly:
(Image: Screen grab from http://www.ssense.com)
Categories: Fashion, Technology
Monday March 18, 2013
In less than four years of business, Montreal-based online shopping site Beyond the Rack has grown to have 450 employees and around 9-million members.
The site works with brands to liquidate left-over merchandise at discount prices.
CEO Yona Shtern describes it as bringing the sample sale online.
And judging by the numbers, it's working.
But this business model is not without its critics. Customers on the company's Web page complain about slow delivery and sub-standard products.
Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly interviews Beyond the Rack CEO Yona Shtern.
(Image: Screen grab from https://www.beyondtherack.com/)