A monthly series of workshops for teens interested in
design, entrepreneurship and programming.

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What is Hoist?

Do you picture yourself as your own boss? Wish you had the skills to build an app? Want to get a head start on success? Hoist is where you can develop your ideas and meet teens with similar ambitions.

Hoist is a tech club for teens interested in coding, design or entrepreneurship. If you’re age 12 to 19 and have an interest in startups or coding, then come check it out! Everyone is welcome, and it’s free!

Meet up with Hoist members once per month, with occasional one-time events like attending an entrepreneurship class at a local university.

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Recent Announcements


In addition to our free workshops and lunch, we are now please to offer laptops for use at our events on a per-need basis.
Hoist Halifax is also able to provide transportation resources to and from our event upon request.

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We've Expanded! - Hoist Annapolis Valley

Visit the Refresh Annapolis Valley site to learn more about Hoist events in the Annapolis Valley!


Microsoft Hololens

Our Hoisters were among the first 100 people in Canada to try Microsoft new augmented reality device, the Hololens.

Business Model Planning

Hoisters gained real world experience builded business models for project/business ideas they brainstormed.

Mobile Application Development

We brainstormed mobile applications and brought them to life through rapid prototyping and wire-framing processes.

Video Game Design & Programming

Our Hoist attendees learned how to design and build a video game through the Unity framework. Unity allowed Hoisters to play their games on both their mobile devices and their computers.


Some examples of sites that came out of the Hoist Bootcamp web design session. These Hoisters are very proud to show off their work!



Explore topics such as 3D printing, designing for mobile and how to develop successful customer call to actions.


Find your right customer target market and learn to create a scalable business model through the business model canvas.

Software / Hardware

Tinker with microcontrollers, arduinos, raspberry pies and more while learning how to build interactive projects.


Typical Hoist Day


12:30pm - 1:00pm
Registration & Pizza Lunch

Check-in and meet other Hoist members along with the Hoist team while enjoying a slice of pizza!

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Learn from industry experts about our current topic.

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Build or design something, apply what you just learned...it’s a mini hackathon. Work in a group or on your own to create the next big thing!

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Reflect and discuss the day...what did you find challenging or exciting? Chill out and talk to your new pals about what you created!



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Transportation resources available upon request.
Laptops are available on a per-need basis during the Hoist workshop.


Volta Labs
Suite 100
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS, B3J 3K5

Event Site

Volta Labs
Suite 100
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS, B3J 3K5



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Have design, tech or business expertise? Share your skills through a 30 minute session with passionate and interested teens at Hoist.

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