Exploring the applications and challenges of AI in finance.

By Mirella Deng, Director of Finance (McGill)

From Siri to self-driving cars, the innovation landscape for artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly expanding before our eyes. Rooted in pioneering advancements, AI is taking over various industries by storm. In the realm of finance, it is one of the transformational technologies that can reinvent and enhance critical business functions. Its usages range from robo-advisory services to natural language processing in investment analysis. …

The challenges and the opportunities of online learning.

By: Rachel Zhang, BOLT Ambassador (McGill)

I woke up half an hour late Monday morning. After grabbing a cup of milk and a cinnamon bun, I “rushed off” to my first virtual class of the day. By the time I had routinely logged onto Zoom and turned off both my microphone and camera, my lecture had been going on for 10 minutes.

I found myself getting distracted, texting my friends and checking Instagram, listening to the buzzing sound playing as my background music. …

How no code tools can empower non-technical people to build online.

By: Jake Rosenthal, Director of Logistics (McGill)

Most of what we interact with and use on a daily basis runs on code. It’s such a big part of all our lives but yet only a very small fraction of the world can understand and produce it. A number of potentially great ideas will never exist simply because of this barrier to entry.

The no code movement is looking to solve this by offering tools that make programming more “visual” (think drag and drop for example), which ultimately helps empower non-technical people to become creators.

It’s certainly been a game-changer for me. From creating a completely custom site for BOLT, to building out my own personal brand with a unique portfolio, no code has brought immense value to what I’m able to do as a typical business student. …

How I learned the basics of Ethical AI and how you can too.

By Eden Granovsky, Director of Communications & Media

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“Artificial Intelligence” and “Ethical AI” have become buzzwords in the business technology industry, but what do they really mean?

About a year ago, I asked myself this question during a networking event where the topic of AI came up. In my talks with fellow attendees and company representatives, we discussed AI, its potential applications, and how it’s revolutionizing business. However, when someone brought up some of the more harmful uses of AI, such as facial recognition and surveillance, the conversation turned to outrage over this unethical technology. …

How the digital transformation is disrupting an already highly controversial industry.

By: Emily Huang, Co-Executive Director (McGill)

The impacts of the digital reality are boundless, and the beauty industry is certainly no exception. Despite the growing trend of embracing your natural self, beauty products satisfy our hedonic and self-esteem needs in such an extraordinary manner that a $532 billion industry was born. As more brands and influencers enter the saturated market, it is clear that beauty is here to stay, which means it must learn to thrive in our increasingly digital society.

As an avid fan of luxury beauty and a proud (and shameless) Sephora Rouge member, I have been fascinated by this lucrative industry since my middle school days. I remember watching Michelle Phan’s mesmerizing makeup tutorials every day after finishing my homework and experimenting with 5-dollar Maybelline eyeshadow palettes on weekends. …

My experience navigating our new, digital version of everyday life.

By: Nicole Shum, Co-Founder

What does it take to form a real connection with someone online? How can I develop a two-way relationship with new mentors after semi-awkward coffee chats on Google Hangouts? As an extrovert, how do I build community for myself both in the realms of recreating a normal social life and as a fresh grad with my professional network in mind?

These are all questions I’ve asked myself since quarantine started in early March. At the time, my instant solution was to source as much work as I could find to stay occupied; it was my solution to the inevitable: simultaneous feelings of loneliness and lack of productivity. …

How failures can lead to simple lessons and big change

By: Thomas Villeneuve, Co-Founder

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Credit: Matt Duncan, Unsplash.com

Need to buy a new laptop before school starts? You google “best value laptops”. Online shopping on your favourite site? You filter by “sale” or “price high to low”. There’s no shame in it, you, like me, want something that does the job, but doesn’t break the bank. However, once the cost, outweighs the value it brings you, the product is no longer a value-add, and you don’t buy.

Value can come in many forms, utility, convenience, joy… and cost can be defined not only financially, but also in terms of time and energy… The things you buy are value-adds to your life in one way or another, and that is why you buy. This idea of a “value-add” and its importance cascades contexts. …


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