Join us for TECHXPO 2016!

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Please join us for TECHXPO 2016, our annual Technology Career Expo, on Thursday, March 10, 2016. This event will be held on all three levels of Tech Way on the East Greenwich Campus from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, with many companies set to attend. So take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire. Current students from all quarters and graduates from the following technologies are encouraged to attend: Business Management, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Digital Media Production, Electrical Technology, Electronics Systems, Electrical Engineering, Game Development/Simulation Programming, Graphics/Multimedia/Web Design, Information Technology – Network Engineering/Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Video Game Development/Design. If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x 3458.

List of attending companies (as of 2/9/2016):

NEIT to Host the 2016 Global Game Jam

East Greenwich, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has been selected for the fifth consecutive year to serve as an official host site for the 2016 Global Game Jam.  This 48-hour game design event will be held on January 29-31, 2016.  Last year, more than 11,000 gamers participated at nearly 500 jam sites worldwide.

Global Game Jam brings students, faculty, hobbyists and professionals together to team up and create complete, playable games over the course of the weekend. The event will be held at New England Tech’s East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd. The official kick-off begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, in the university’s Media Presentation Theater. (The site will close from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. each day).  Registration for this event is free but participants must be 18 years of age or older. To register, visit http://games.neit.edu. For more information on the game jam program, visit www.globalgamejam.org

Sherman stated, “New England Tech is proud to host this international gaming event once again. Competitions such as Global Game Jam test the gaming knowledge of each participant while fostering team building skills that are crucial in the gaming industry. Individuals at all skill levels ranging from novices to advanced gamers will find this event challenging, fun and memorable.”

NEIT to Host Free Career Exploration Workshops

EAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university will offer a free series of Career Exploration workshops designed for individuals interested in exploring various career options. Each Career Exploration Day will feature two to three hands-on workshops giving participants the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the job responsibilities in their field of interest. Faculty, graduates and employers will be on hand to guide students through the activities and to answer any questions regarding potential career paths.

All Career Exploration Days are free of charge and will be conducted on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with lunch available from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The schedule of workshops is as follows:

January 9, 2016: Automotive, Marine, and Criminal Justice

January 23, 2016:  Information Technology and Digital Media

February 6, 2016:  Health Sciences

February 27, 2016:  Engineering and Architecture

March 5, 2016:  Building Trades

March 12, 2016: Various Management Programs

Sherman stated. “For more than 75 years, New England Tech has offered technical hands-on training to its students. Learning by doing is what drives our more than 50 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The goal of the Career Exploration workshops is to offer individuals the opportunity to gain a stronger sense of their career interests through hands-on activities as well as to learn about the education and training that will be required to be successful in the workplace.”

To RSVP or for a complete listing of the programs being offered, visit www.neit.edu/careerexploration or call 401-467-7744 for more information.

Let the Games Begin!

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Jono Forbes, of the video game company Defective Studios, prepares a NEIT gaming student to help demonstrate his company’s virtual reality game “Archean Worldbuilder.”

The Video Game Development and Design Department held its 6th Annual Power Game Day on October 23rd. The day-long event featured nine guest speakers representing a wide range of companies from small independent developers to large gaming companies, from both the design and programming sectors of the video game industry, presented to more than 160 NEIT gaming students.  While most of the presenters were from the New England area, Rod Haxton, a sound engineer from Maryland, and Shota Nakama, a video game music composer who recently returned from a trip to his native Japan, shared their insights with gaming students and faculty.  A trade fair was held in the afternoon showcasing new technologies emerging in the field. Students had the opportunity to network with the morning speakers as well. To cap off the day, students enjoyed a “Super Smash Brothers” video game tournament.

In addition, the 2015 Summer Game Jam was held for 24 continuous hours on August 9-10. Thirty‐three students were divided into seven teams. Each team had to design a variety of games from concept through completion incorporating this year’s theme, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg”? One team broke from the video game tradition creating a full table card game, adding a new dimension to the mix.

For the fifth consecutive year, New England Tech has been selected as an official host site for the 2016 Global Game Jam.  This international, 48-hour game design event will be held on January 29-30, 2016, at the college’s East Greenwich campus.  Last year, more than 11,000 gamers participated at nearly 500 jam sites worldwide. Now in its eighth year, Global Game Jam continues to grow in popularity.  Individuals over the age of 18, who have pre-registered, will work together in small teams to create and complete a playable video game within the 48-hour time limit.  There is no pre-planning.  Teams are informed of the “secret game theme” at the start of the event. To register, visit http://games.neit.edu.

Annual Providence Rotary Street Painting

IMG_1952 NEIT students participated in the Annual Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival on Saturday, October 10. The 8’x8’ square was designed and completed by Stanley Leo, Digital Media Production, Kira Lollar, Architectural Building Engineering and Kelli Donnelly, Graphic Multimedia and Web Design. Judah Giudici, (DJ Judah), Digital Media Production student and owner of All Of The Above Entertainment, provided music at this event.

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Career Exploration Series

This is an awesome new series to help potential students get a taste of what these careers in these fields would be like.  All Career Exploration Days are FREE of charge.  To RSVP or learn more, visit www.neit.edu/careerexploration or call Admissions at 401.467.7744 ext. 3357.

New England Tech Career Exploration Days

 

 

Save the Date: Global Game Jam

New England Tech will once again be hosting the 48 hour Global Game Jam, which is scheduled for January 29‐30, 2016. Save the dates!

More info to follow as we get closer.

Save the Date: Power Game Day 10/23/2015!

The 6th Annual NEIT Power Game Day is approaching! Set for October 23th, the day-long event features guest speakers from the game industry, the Student Showcase of Games and a marathon game tournament. All Video Game Development and Design/Game Development Simulation classes will be canceled that day so all students can attend this important event. Save the date!

Summer Game Jam 2015

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The 2015 Summer Game Jam took place August 9th and 10th, for 24 continuous hours. Thirty‐three students made working games from concept through completion on in this year’s event.

One team broke from the video game tradition, creating a full table card game, adding a new dimension to the mix. This year’s theme, ”Which came first: the chicken or the egg,” spurred the seven teams to create a wide variety of game concepts.

The next Jam will be the 48 hour Global Game Jam, January 29‐30, 2016. Save the dates!

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Video Game Design and Game Development & Simulation Programming.

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Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

NEIT student named a Changemaker Fellow

New England Institute of Technology is proud to have one of our Video Game Design students, Tom Sulahian named a Changemaker Fellow.  Tom was one of only eleven, Rhode Island college students to be given such an honor. Congratulations, Tom!

From: The Changemaker Fellowship | SE Greenhouse

The Changemaker Fellowship is a program for undergraduate student leaders in Rhode Island who want to change the world through entrepreneurship. A Fellow is selected at each of the 11 Rhode Island college and universities to represent their school. Together, the Fellows are charged with engaging their fellow students in entrepreneurship and connecting them to local resources to help them succeed.

Tom Sulahian, Changemaker Fellow at the New England Institute of Technology

Tom Sulahian is a junior at the New England Institute of Technology studying video game design. Tom is from Arlington, Massachusetts and is passionate about video game violence and children. Thomas was raised by a single father who had his mind set on being an entrepreneur. Tom learned a lot about entrepreneurship through watching his dad. In his free time, Tom enjoys being with his friends, long boarding, and driving. He is excited about becoming a Changemaker Fellow because helping others comes naturally to him. Tom wants to change the world through play. He thinks that sometimes a game is the best way to bring people together.

He took a few minutes to share her thoughts on what it means to change the world through entrepreneurship.

What does being a changemaker mean to you?

A changemaker is somebody who can make a difference and an impact whether it’s in their small community or a larger community as a whole. It’s always good if you can start small. Eventually, that will work its way out. A changemaker is someone who can start with one person and work their way out to many.

What is the best part about starting something new?

Starting something new is a nice change from the usual rut. It’s nice to be able to do something that will break up the monotony of going to class, sitting through class, doing homework. Somewhere in there you have to do something that means something instead of sitting in front of a computer all day thinking “I should do something with my life,” but never getting a chance to actually do it. Starting something new is a great way to keep things fresh and keep things exciting, too.

What is your favorite thing about Providence that makes it a great place to start things?

I love Waterfire. They’re awesome. Starting something in Providence makes sense because it’s kind of the hub of Rhode Island. Rhode Island is so small that so many people just kind of end up there. It’s easy to reach a lot of people in such a small space. That’s the best way to make a change.

What is one issue or topic that you are most passionate about and why?

The issue of video game violence and children is really important to me. Being a game design student, I see video game violence on a regular basis. It’s weird when it’s sensationalized in the media in a weird way. They always ignore the fact that the parents still buy their children the games. It’s not the games themselves so much as the parent purchasing something like Call of Duty and giving it to their child that interests me. Parents shouldn’t be buying those types of games for their children. This is something I really care about, and something we talk about a lot as video game designers. Some people are mixed on it, but I definitely feel like the parents have to lock down on the decision making.

How do you want to change the world?

I want to change the world any way I can. We’re only here for 80 or 90 years. I want to make an impact somewhere along the line. I don’t necessarily want to be remembered, that’s not really want it’s about. I want to do something that will stick with society after I leave so that way at least I’m not just written on a headstone and that’s it.

What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to one day be a manager at a game design company, preferably an indie one because big companies tend to not enjoy their employees as much and screw them out of benefits and stuff. Being a manager or an owner of an indie game company would be awesome because then I can kind of work on my own terms that way.

Read about the other Changemaker Fellows here.