Steve (Mostafa) Dafer

With an undergraduate degree in Computer and Communications Engineering, I started as an innovator in the field of electronics and robotics, and some of my projects have earned international awards such as Kauffman Foundation’s Startup Weekend Mount Lebanon 2012 and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2013 and 2014 consecutively.

I worked for two years and a half at Ideation Invest where I lead software teams build solutions for self-service Kiosks, ATMs, and other IoT devices. Besides hardware, I worked with teams that shipped web and mobile apps. I started with Ideation Invest as a lead developer even before getting my bachelor degree since I had founded CoolesTech a couple years earlier where I shipped several websites and mobile apps.

Furthermore, I have worked as a full stack developer for UNICEF’s Humanitarian Innovation Lab (HIL), where I developed a “smart” system that scrapes Facebook groups and analyzes posts and comments to categorize refugee issues and help UNICEF better address their issues.

When I moved to Halifax to pursue my Masters degree at Dalhousie, I worked with Halifax Learning (an organization best known for its reading remediation program, SpellRead) on a project that helps children overcome dyslexia challenges. I collaborated in Dr. Aaron Newman’s NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab in Dalhousie’s Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, under a MITACS scholarship, and this sparked my interest to innovate the design of EMPWRD in Dr. Sampalli’s MYTech lab which is the main topic of my thesis.

I have acquired a wide variety of skill-sets ranging from back-end development and API design, through Robotics and AI applications, to Management & Leadership.

Since graduating from DAL in 2019, I joined the cloud development team at SOTI which is a world leader in business mobility solutions. I initiated several innovative projects and automated tasks besides my main job duties, and have been nominated by my colleagues for the “You Rock” award.

Besides my work, I like to research artificial intelligence topics; I have several publications in the field of keystroke dynamics so far, and I believe that books are our current implementation of telepathy.