Ryerson’s DMZ launches a ‘Sandbox’ filled with free creative classes

(By: Angela McLean)

A new entrepreneurial community centre has opened in the Student Learning Centre (SLC) for Ryerson students and the general public to get a taste of the tech world without breaking the bank.

Sandbox by DMZ

Located on the third floor of the SLC, the Sandbox by DMZ is the relaunched and refreshed Launch Zone. Previously, the Launch Zone supported student-led startups in their early ideation stages as a member of Ryerson’s zone network, which also includes the world-renowned DMZ incubator. The organization has now left the zone network to become the community arm of the DMZ and is shifting its focus from business development to career development.

Watch: DMZ executive director Abdullah Snobar shares his excitement about the Sandbox by DMZ launch with our reporter Anna Cianni. (Video credit: Anna Cianni/RUtv News)

“Our economy is changing; we need to continue to equip individuals with the skills needed to succeed in this complex marketplace,” said Abdullah Snobar, executive director of the DMZ. “Sandbox by DMZ provides individuals of all ages with the access to resources and networks they need to build and accelerate their abilities.”

Beginning today (Feb. 1), students and community members alike will be able to sign up for free, hands-on classes covering various technologies and areas of business and entrepreneurship, including web design, computer coding, photography and music production.

Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson's president and vice-chancellor, speaks at the launch of Sandbox by DMZ Feb. 1. (Photo credit: Anna Cianni/RUtv News)
Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson’s president and vice-chancellor, speaks at the launch of Sandbox by DMZ Feb. 1. (Photo credit: Anna Cianni/RUtv News)

Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson’s president and vice-chancellor and a member of the DMZ’s advisory council, says the programs fulfill “Ryerson’s commitment to inspire a culture that values and celebrates entrepreneurial skills and innovation.”

In addition to workshops that welcome in high school students or bring together young innovators and their parents, Sandbox by DMZ is hosting a special financial literacy program for Syrian refugees in the GTA. It was developed by a group of students from the Ted Rogers School of Management and teaches essential skills such as budgeting, saving and applying for loans.

View more photos from the Sandbox by DMZ launch event below.

Do you plan on taking advantage of one of the Sandbox by DMZ’s free classes? Let us know in a tweet @RUtvNews!

(Header photo via Sandbox by DMZ/Twitter)

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