“Bloomberg who?” in 6 steps.

By Tristan Rachman, Director of Technology (McGill)

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Any person who has tried to find good quality financial data has immediately run into a brick paywall. From paying thousands for a Bloomberg terminal to subscription services offered by other companies, it may initially seem like a dead-end for us Fintech enthusiasts who don’t have access to company funds. More often than not, these individuals happen to be beginner programmers looking for a project to hone their skills and build off of, and that is the particular audience this article aims to serve.

Beginner projects are weird…


What to expect from the industry seeking to save the world.

By Angel Miao, Co-Executive Director (McGill)

All figures are given in USD, unless stated otherwise.

On a blustery, unassuming Thursday in mid-January, the newly anointed richest person in the world took to Twitter to do what he does best — wreak havoc and foster innovation. This time, Elon Musk shocked the world with a supposed promise of $100 million for development of the “best” technology to capture CO2 emissions. Shortly, he followed the tweet (see below) with a second message that promised “Details next week.”

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Via Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Twitter. Tweeted on January 21, 2021.

Though Musk’s Twitter has proven volatile, attention-seeking, and borderline unhinged in the past (see: “69…


“Sorry, I think you cut out”, “What did you just say?”, and other stories.

By Rianna Melnik, Director of Sponsorship (McGill)

Zoom and other video chat platforms like it have provided a much-needed sense of social normalcy throughout this past year. However, they fail to effectively replicate the in-person interactions that we’ve all been lacking as a result of the remote circumstances we’re enduring. While the many live online lectures, virtual meetings and interviews, and makeshift digital birthday parties and get-togethers that I’ve attended since the beginning of the pandemic have helped to suppress some of the isolation I’ve experienced, they fall short in their purported substitution of their real-life parallels.

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The problem with…


The women in the competitive esports scene — or the lack thereof.

By Arielle Lok, Director of External Relations (McGill)

“Duo?”

I was 12 when I first started playing League of Legends. I spent the summer of 2014 grinding to level 30, the minimum requirement (and the level cap at the time) to play ranked. My friends had hyped up the competitive system and I was eager to see what my true skill level was — the simple act of just queuing up made my adrenaline spike.

On my first day of ranked play, I went 3–2 and proceeded to tumble 0–5 for the rest of my placements, landing in Silver V. I remember feeding an Elise-Zilean off-meta comp as…


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)

The New Norm

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…


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…


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…

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