Learn-to-do Labs

Rung #2: Standing On the Digital Ladder

Play & Learn in a supportive environment.

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with our free three-day Learn-to-Do Labs. You'll be teamed up with other participants and matched with a creative technologist who will lend their expertise. Each team is then given the nugget of a creative idea, a platform and a target audience for a mock project. Over three days, you'll get to experience the logic, process, language and flow of creating digital work. This is your chance to get hands-on learning in a low-stakes environment.

For more information about the Labs, click here. Labs will take place across the Lower Mainland starting late February.


Applications for Labs are now closed. Thank you for your interest.




Learn-to-Do Labs will take place at the following times and locations:

LAB #1

Dates: February 20-22, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 320 (Strategy Room), SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre (580 W Hastings St., Vancouver)
Deadline to Apply: Closed for applications

LAB #2

Dates: February 27-March 1, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Joyce Walley Room, Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver)
Deadline to Apply: Closed for applications

LAB #3

Dates: April 10-12, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 854, Vancouver Public Library, Central Library (350 W Georgia St., Vancouver)
Deadline to Apply: Closed for applications

Lab #4

Dates: April 15-17, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Special Event Hall, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby)
Deadline to Apply: Closed for applications



Our Digital Ladders Faculty includes some of BC’s foremost digital experts. Among them, they’ve worked for Microsoft, Google, Disney, Electronic Arts, Mozilla Firefox, PBS, Niantic Labs, CBC, the BBC, Activision Blizzard, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the National Film Board of Canada, and the 2010 Olympic Games, to name only a few heavy-hitting organizations. They’ve earned Emmy® and Webby Awards, and have contributed to major motion pictures, AAA video games, international marketing campaigns, educational programs, Super Bowl commercials, web platforms, tech start-ups, mobile apps, music videos, television and radio programs, and everything else under the sun. They’re a digital dream team, and they’re here to bring your digital dreams to life.

Click here to find out more about our Faculty.



Learn-to-Do Labs are three days in length. Participants will work in multiple small groups, each of which will be assigned a faculty member who has digital expertise.

Participants learn by doing, so groups will be assigned a mock digital project. The goal is to help you learn the language, and identify the different skills, costs and timelines involved in bringing a digital project to life.

Over the three days, you will go through the various stages of building a digital project on paper. These include:

  • Ideation: Flesh out your idea. How does it work? Who is it for? Why is being done this way? What do you want to accomplish?

  • Specifications: Build a blueprint covering all aspects of your project.

  • Development: How can you bring your project to life? Plot out the who, what and why of actually building your digital project.

  • Launch: What are the steps and processes involved in testing and launching a digital project?

  • Post-Launch or Run of Show: Sometimes, the aftermath can be the most labour intensive part of a project. What happens after you go live?

Your faculty will provide a road map to each day’s work, and the expertise you need to move from step to step. As well, each small group reports out to the larger group, so you’ll learn from the work being done in tandem on the other projects.  

Attend if you are interested in learning more about digital projects.  This is an excellent way to gain confidence in how digital projects work, which in turn will help you define projects you might want to take on.

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Labs are free to attend for successful applicants. A stipend of $125/day will be provided to help subsidize the time participants are taking away from their work.




Due to the hands-on participatory nature of the Learn-to-Do Labs, we regret that we are not able to offer livestreaming for these sessions.


We are proud to offer ASL interpretation for our Digital Ladders programming. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will require ASL interpretation.


Due to the participatory nature of the Learn-to-Do Labs, we require two weeks advanced notice of any cancellation.