Brilliant Labs is a movement which aims to foster creativity, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit through coding and the development of digital competencies for youth in Atlantic Canada. Brilliant Labs was created in 2014 by a community of entrepreneurs, non-profits, municipalities and economic development agencies with initial support coming from the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
The impetus for the launch of the movement was an Atlantic Canada made CBC documentary called “Code Kids” which chronicled the pressing need to grow a skilled technology workforce and explored the Estonian and Finnish models which had gained international acclaim for integrating technology within schools in hands-on and meaningful ways to support student learning. Brilliant Labs understands that not everyone will grow up to be a software developer or an engineer. However, they know that the analytical, creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that often come with the meaningful use of technology can inspire young minds regardless of the path they choose for their careers. Through various Brilliant Labs supported initiatives, youth, educators, and community members are now developing their own prototypes, inventions, technologies, patents, and businesses by fostering a socially responsible entrepreneurial spirit and developing relevant coding and digital skills.