RI gaming-industry dream alive

Great story in the Providence Business News highlighting the Gaming Industry in Rhode Island. It isn’t all about Curt Shilling and the failed 38 Studios. Hopefully these independent game developers will successfully blossom into a major players in the gaming world.  Effectively changing the local conversations surrounding the gaming business away from 38 Studios.

PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO A NEW GAME: Jacob Brennan created his real-time, multiplayer cooperative role-playing game “Casual Quest” in two weeks with little more than a hobbyist’s knowledge of game design and self-taught programming skills. Brennan counts himself among the small group of independent video game developers in Rhode Island.

From PBN story by Kaylen Auer:

“When 38 Studios joined the mix, it was incredibly exciting for everyone,” said David “DJ” Johnson, assistant professor in the New England Institute of Technology video game design program. “Wherever there’s a large studio, within a couple of years there are more studios. We wanted to make that possible. We wanted to facilitate the expansion of the craft in Providence.”

Johnson was among the earliest members of the Rhode Island chapter of the International Game Developers Association. Founded in 2011 by Geraldo Perez, the Ocean State group looked to advance the games industry in the state and create a social-gathering place where 38 Studios employees who relocated to Providence from out-of-state could meet with other gaming enthusiasts – and recruit people like Perez to work for the company.

“None of us believe that another company would [relocate to the city], nor do we believe the citizens of Rhode Island would be able to have the stomach for that,” he said. “The game industry really took a black eye, so every game company is [perceived as] some kind of flim-flam artist. … I’m reserved about mentioning that I’m in the game-development industry because it will lead to a conversation about 38 Studios.”

Despite the fallout, Johnson does expect to see a “serious game company” emerge from within the state in the next year.

Kevin Murphy, Eric Hall and Aaron James have set out to build that company in downtown Providence. Their joint business venture, Nexperience, bills itself as a cutting-edge, game-development company focused on designing virtual-reality experiences for the Oculus Rift headset.

Hall studied the evolution of the Oculus technology – and the market potential for a company in the virtual-reality arena – for two years before bringing his business idea to Murphy, a fellow Rhode Island attorney and one of the co-founders of Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in Providence. James, a serial entrepreneur who came together with Murphy and Hall to launch the venture a few months ago, said Nexperience plans to piggyback on the momentum that Facebook’s recent $2 billion acquisition of Oculus will drive for virtual-reality development.

To read the entire article visit: R.I. gaming-industry dream alive – Providence Business News.

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You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong

If you think Innovation is only for Einstein, you’re wrong.  Innovation is about being finding a better, creative way to do ANYTHING!  Anyone can be innovative.  Let’s get creative.

From LinkedIn.com:

You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong

You hear the word “innovation” all the time these days, especially as it relates to competitive advantage. Most people just see innovation as a rare big bang. It’s a lot more than that.

In reality, innovation is a series of little steps that, cumulatively, lead up to a big deal that changes the game. Yet in so many companies today, everyone defaults to thinking, “Innovation… Einstein. Edison. Jobs.” “That’s for somebody else, some genius.”

The word just scares the bejesus out of everyone.

“I can’t innovate.”

“I can’t come up with a new theory of relativity or a new lightbulb or a new iPad. I’ll leave that for the crowd over there to do.”

That’s all the wrong headset. Organizations should make it their mission to reward every little incremental improvement their people make. There’s a saying we’ve been using for the past 15 years or so with all the companies we work with: “Find a better way every day.”

It’s not just a slogan, it’s an operating principle. You want to engage every single person on your team to find a better way. You want to champion them for doing it and make a celebration out of what they improve, whether it be a more efficient accounting system, launching a new customer program, or making a screw in a factory turn a little faster to make things run a little better. Those are the real innovations. And together, with every mind in the game, they are what makes a company competitive.

So when you think about innovation, don’t let it scare you. Don’t let it be a buzzword that isolates 10 people in your company while the other 90 sit on the sidelines, waiting for the innovators to innovate. You’ve got to make innovation everyone’s job, all the time.

via You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong | LinkedIn.

Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall

The Ocean State is going to be the site of another movie beginning this fall.  This one about the comeback of world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza .  “Bleed for This” is being produced in part by Verdi Productions/Woodhaven Production Co. in East Greenwich, RI.  Local filmmaker/actor and NEIT Digital Recording Arts (DRA) Technology graduate, Tom DeNucci is currently part of Woodhaven Production Co.

From the Providence Journal:

Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall

Boxer Vinny Paz will see his life on film in new drama. Photo by Sandor Bodo/Providence Journal

“Bleed for This,” the film about the life of local boxing legend Vinny Paz, will begin shooting in the fall with an estimated budget of $16 million, according to the Rhode Island Film & TV Office.

Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) will join Chad Verdi of Verdi Productions/Woodhaven Production Co. of East Greenwich, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Noah Kraft as producers on the project. Writer/Producer Ben Younger will direct.

“Bleed for This” tells the story of world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza who suffered a near fatal car accident but went on to win three additional world boxing titles in the 1990s.

via Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall | Entertainment – Music, Theater, TV & more | Providence Journal.

Silly Google Employees Interview Questions

There aren’t too many people who wouldn’t love to work for a company like Google.  If you ever happen to get lucky enough to land an interview with them, check out the crazy interview questions they have asked interviewees.  For assistance with answering the more common interview questions, New England Tech students and graduates should utilize the Career Services office.

Career Services will help with resume’ writing and interview prep, among other things.

From TheTechGets.com:

Have a look at a collection of 17 ridiculous questions Google used to ask interviewees

For some people, working at Google is a dream job — but getting there isn’t easy. Google has some very interesting hiring practices meant to ensure only the most successful candidates get in the door, including some questions that may seem out of this world, yet Google wants candidates to answer. Business Insider has put together a collection of 17 ridiculous questions Google used to ask interviewees, and they were taken from an extensive collection of 140 questions Google used to ask clients of Seattle job coach Lewis Lin in recent years.

Google would ask candidates to design an evacuation plan for San Francisco, explain the significance of “dead beef,” calculate how many golf balls can fit in a school bus, and figure out how much they’d charge to wash all the windows in Seattle.

But there are even stranger tasks than that, such as explaining to an 8-year old in three sentences what a database is or why a man lost his fortune after he pushed his car to a hotel.

One interesting challenge asks candidates to figure out what happens in a village of 100 married couples where every man has cheated on his wife, and every woman instantly knows when a man other than her own husband has cheated, when the queen arrives saying that at least one husband has been unfaithful – upon finding out her husband has been unfaithful, any wife must kill the man on the spot that very day.

Check out the full list of silly, but important, Google questions the company is now banned from asking potential employees, as well as solutions for them.

via Silly Google Employees Interview Questions.

RISTE Presents Partnership Awards to New England Tech staff

Rhode Island Society of Technology Educator (RISTE) presented partnership awards to Erin Flynn (Manager of Admissions Outreach) and Amanda Metzger (Special Events Coordinator) at their monthly member meeting held at New England institute of Technology.

RISTE’s mission is to promote excellence in education through the integration of existing and emerging technologies.  Through workshops, member meetings, speakers, vendor presentations, and other events the organization works to keep educators current in their knowledge of technology integration in our schools.  http://www.ri-iste.org/ 

NEIT has supported RISTE for many years by providing meeting and training space for our activities.  Erin and Amanda have been instrumental in this support and have gone out of their way to accommodate the group’s needs.

On this day RISTE wanted to take a moment and thank them both for all of their help and support and to show that with a presentation of a partnership award.

Thank You Erin and Amanda!

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SkillsUSA Rhode Island has 35 students in top 10

82 Rhode Island career and technical students participated in the SkillsUSA Championships held on Thursday, June 26th. More than 6,000 students competed in 99 occupational and leadership skill competition areas. SkillsUSA programs help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. These industry driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individual/teams receive gold, silver, and bronze medals.

The following Rhode Island students placed in the TOP TEN in the country after competing in the SkillsUSA Championships.

Click the link for the list SkillsUSA Rhode Island » RHODE ISLAND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS 35 STUDENTS FINISH IN THE TOP TEN AT THE SkillsUSA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS CONFERENCE.

 

28 Things You Need To Know About Rhode Island

With the Summer and Fall students starting to move in, many from other states and even other countries, it’s the perfect time to point out all the great things here in the smallest state in the country.

Movoto.com put this list together and it should help those newbies to little Rhody with their 28 things about Rhode Island.  Now I would have ranked Iggy’s and Del’s lemonade higher than their respective, 11 and 12  spots but still I thought this is an excellent list.

From Movoto.com:

It may be tiny, but this state has got big personality.

1. One Taste Of An Awful Awful Will Blow Your Mind

The nickname of this delicious, creamy beverage, served at Newport Creamery, is short for “Awful Big, Awful Good.” It’s an extra thick milkshake that’s made with ice milk and is oh-so incredibly tasty. Once you try it, you’ll never want a milkshake from anywhere else.

8. For A Hot Date Take Your Special Someone To WaterFire

Everyone in Rhode Island knows that WaterFire is the best place to take a date. This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans, presented on the rivers of downtown Providence, was first created in 1994 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of First Night Providence.

WaterFire has grown to become an annual public art phenomenon, where, on WaterFire evenings, downtown Providence is transformed by 100 bonfires that burn just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence.

The sight is truly a beautiful, so it’s only natural this is a prime spot for young love.

11. Or Make Your Taste Buds Dance With Some Of Iggy’s Clam Cakes

Iggy’s has been awarded Best Clam Shack honors from Rhode Island Monthly and featured nationally on CBS’s “The Early Show” as their pick for the Best Clam Chowder as part of their: A Taste of America series. And it’s no wonder why: Iggy’s is just a true Rhode Island tradition that features award winning doughboys, chowder, clam cakes, fish & chips, and more. But everyone’s favorite is, by far, the clam cakes.

12. Del’s Lemonade Is Pretty Much The Nectar Of The Gods

What is more refreshing than a Del’s frozen lemonade on a hot summer day in Rhode Island? Nothing. The answer is nothing. Del’s takes shaved ice to the next level: it’s sweet, sour delicious flavor is part of what makes being a Rhode Islander so wonderful.

18. But When It’s Not Storming, Rhode Island Has The Best Beaches In New England

In all honesty, Rhode Island beaches are by far the most quaint and beautiful in all of New England. They can be rocky, sandy, dramatic, or calm. So, a quintessential part of a Rhode Island is the feel of sand beneath your toes. Whether you head to the smaller beaches of Newport County or the more hidden beaches on Block Island, or a thrilling experience at the South County beaches where you’ll find the best surfing of your life—you’re bound to enjoy the endless opportunities by the water.

For the complete list of 28 things you need to know about Rhode Island according to Movoto visit 28 Things You Need To Know About Rhode Island Before You Move There – Movoto.

Stress Reduction Tips for College Students | Stay With It

The process of choosing a college can be very stressful but the stress doesn’t stop at getting accepted into the college of your dream school.  Starting a new endeavor in a new place with new people can also provide stress.  Not to mention the rigors of college courses.  It is all very normal.  Stay With It has provided some nice strategies to help you combat the stress you feel so it doesn’t become a chronic health condition.

From Stay With It.com:

College can be described as a number of things and stressful is definitely one of them. However, just because college is stressful doesn’t mean that college students have to be stressed.   According to registered nurse Kimberly Dellafosse, “Not all stress is bad. There are times when stress can be a positive force; motivating you to do well on an exam or during a job interview.  However, chronic stress can be unhealthy and can lead to a variety of health conditions.”   To reduce your chances of developing chronic stress, Kimberly recommends a few simple stress reducing strategies.

  • Exercise—Even quick bursts of exercise can reduce your stress levels. Physiologically, exercise causes your body to release endorphins, your body’s natural feel good neurotransmitters. Exercise has also been proven to improve your mood. And just think, after a fast paced round of basketball, tennis or aerobics, you may find that you’ve forgotten about the day’s stressors in exchange for concentrating on your body’s movements.Get enough sleep—Studying for exams and reviewing course materials can literally cause college students to “pull all-nighters”. However, sleep deprivation limits your%
  • Get enough sleep—Studying for exams and reviewing course materials can literally cause college students to “pull all-nighters”.  However, sleep deprivation limits your ability to deal with daily stressors. In addition, when you’re sleep deprived, your mind/body doesn’t get the rest it needs in order to rejuvenate itself.  If 8 hours of sleep is not within your grasp, consider taking a few “power naps” throughout the day (as long as they occur when you’re not in class :D).  Power naps are periods of sleep that last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
  • Avoid over scheduling yourself—For example, if 18 hours is too overwhelming, consider a lighter course load of 15 hours. If you are carrying a full load of classes, then participating in multiple extracurricular activities may be too much for your body to handle.
  • Take time out to laugh—As simple as this may seem, people often overlook laughter and healthy relationships as treatments for stress. Spending time with friends, colleagues and family members is important to your well-being, and if time with these groups of people includes fun and laughter, then you will find that you don’t feel as stressed.
  • Prioritize and plan—Waiting until the last-minute to complete a project or to study for a test can cause stress of the highest degree. Set a goal of prioritizing and planning ahead so that you’re studying segments of your coursework in increments as opposed to waiting until the last-minute to complete the assignment.

Make these strategies a part of your daily routine, and you will find that your stress levels are manageable and you’ll find that you feel less stressed.

via Stress Reduction Tips for College Students | Stay With It.

Automotive student placed 6th in country at SkillsUSA competition

Peter Huckins a student in the Automotive program at the New England Institute of Technology, placed 6th in the entire country in Automotive Service at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City, MO, on June 27th.

Peter qualified for the national competition by winning first place in the Automotive Service competition conducted by the Rhode Island chapter of SkillsUSA earlier this year.

Peter Huckins finished 6th in the country for Automotive Service.

Peter Huckins finished 6th in the country for Automotive Service.

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 300,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

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