Digital Kitchener Innovation Lab

2023

The Final Work
term report

Work Term 4 & 5

a small
introduction

a small
introduction

During my last two co-op work terms, I was fortunate to join the City of Kitchener's Digital Innovation Lab.

Over the span of 8 months, I engaged with a rich assortment of technologies, including Large Language Models, Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR), all under the guidance of Courtney Zinn and alongside fellow co-op students.

a bit about
my employer

a bit about
my employer

a bit about
my employer

Kitchener's City Innovation Laboratory emphasizes the discovery of new technologies and their potential applications in practical situations.

The lab offers a hands-on method for understanding these emerging technologies and creating functional prototypes that showcase their capabilities.

Goal

Goal

My primary goal was to create exciting projects with cutting-edge technologies that solved a difficult problem for the City

Goal Breakdown

My primary interests encompassed Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality technologies. Consequently, I dedicated considerable effort towards pursuing projects that employed these technologies, allowing me to hone my skills in these areas. Additionally, I aspired to guide and inspire my fellow team members by engaging in active collaboration and exchanging innovative ideas.

Overall, I managed to achieve a substantial level of exposure to the technologies I aimed to learn.

Goal Completion

Application of AI & LLMs

Application of AI

Accomplished

Application of AR & RealityKit

Application of AR

Application of AR & RealityKit

Accomplished

Mobile App Development

Mobile App Development

Mobile App Development

Mastered

Mastered

Team Building & Mentoring

Team Building & Mentoring

Team Building & Mentoring

Still Learning

a bit about
my projects

a bit about
my projects

My initial project leveraged iPhone's LiDAR sensors to create cost-effective 3D tours, uploaded to Spatial for immersive VR experiences. Then I explored using large language models to develop a municipal chatbot that streamlined customer service. I also modernized an existing app called Augmented Municipality using RealityKit for an enriched AR experience. Additionally, I implemented process automations and internal tools using Power Platform, saving valuable time previously spent on cumbersome Excel-based tasks.

my biggest
takeaway

my biggest
takeaway

my biggest
takeaway

Outside of project work, I actively sought connections with students and other labs, leading to collaboration with the Smart Waterloo Region's Innovation Lab and even an offer to join their amazing team post-graduation.

Reflection

Reflection

This internship has been the most pivotal experience in my professional journey so far, enabling me to identify my future specialization.

This internship has been the most pivotal experience in my professional journey so far, enabling me to identify my future specialization.

To sum up, the Digital Innovation Lab in the City of Kitchener has provided me with unparalleled professional growth opportunities, mentorship, networking, and the ability to explore advanced technologies in our field. I gained practical experience working with truly innovative tools, which paved the way for me to comprehend and undertake novel and thrilling endeavors in the future.

and that ends my co-op journey
thank you for reading ♥️

and that ends my co-op journey, thank you for
reading ♥️