It was a great few days with everyone from WordCamp RI on campus. We hope everyone had an awesome time here at New England Tech.
East Greenwich, RI – New England Institute Technology is pleased to announce that the college will host the WordPress WordCamp RI workshop on September 25-26, 2015, at its East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd. WordPress originated in 2003 as an easy-to-use blogging platform. It has since grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world and is now the system used by millions of websites globally.
WordCamp RI will present an exciting roster of speakers to assist individuals with the WordPress program. Renowned experts will discuss best practices for using a WordPress site ranging from those attendees new to website development and blogging as well as experienced app developers. Admission includes entrance for both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments, a WordCamp t-shirt, and reception. To register, visit https://rhodeisland.wordcamp.org/2015/tickets/.
Admission also includes one-on-one consultations at the popular Happiness Bar (aka “Help Desk”). Attendees may bring their laptops and receive assistance with their WordPress sites.
On Friday, September 25th, there will be three in-depth seminars on “WordPress Setup and Installation,” “Getting To Know Sass to Become a Stronger, More Efficient Front End Developer,” and “How You Can Contribute to the WordPress Core Functions.” Friday’s program will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, September 26th, will include a series of seminars throughout the day covering topics such as adapting a WordPress site to various needs by doing your own coding, making your website mesh with your business needs, and breaking down the various components of WordPress and how you can use them. Saturday’s hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with registration starting at 8:00 a.m.
Co-organizer of WordCamp RI and president of the Linchpin Agency, Aaron Ware stated, “It’s hard to paint the value attendees get out of WordCamp RI. There are amazing speakers, the Happiness Bar help desk staffed with knowledgeable volunteers, and opportunities to network.” Ware also points out, “This year’s location, New England Tech in East Greenwich, is central, just a 20-minute or less drive for most Rhode Islanders. It’s right off the highway with ample free parking.”
Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Tech stated, “Since WordPress is an integral part of the college’s Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design, we are very pleased to host WordCamp RI. Knowing that WordCamp workshops are held internationally, our college community is proud to be associated with this outstanding organization.”
For more information call Aaron Ware, WordCamp RI co-organizer at 401-305-5228 or visit https://rhodeisland.wordcamp.org/2015/contact/.
Gavin Estey has joined the Office of Student Support Services as a Student Advisor. He previously held several positions at Mount Ida College including Counselor in the Student Transition and Retention Services program, Learning Specialist in the Learning Opportunities Program, and Resident Director in the Office of Residence Life. Gavin has a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Hampshire and an Associate in Arts degree in History from Dean College. Gavin will work with students in the Animal and Veterinary Management/Veterinary Practice Management, Building Construction & Cabinetmaking, Graphic Multimedia & Web Design, Plumbing and Heating, Refrigeration-Air Conditioning and Veterinary Technology programs.
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As a freelance designer and developer, Vinny is the founder of Imagery Studio, which specializes in web animation and interactive website design. He has developed projects for a wide range of clients in diverse fields including 20th Century Fox, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, First Look Pictures, and Biowater Technology. He has also worked on the designs for NEIT’s new Library website and that of the Center for Technology and Industry. In addition to web design, he also designs for print (logos, letterhead, business cards) and marketing (advertisements, brochures). Previous to developing his own company, Vinny worked for SilverLight Productions as a multimedia designer.
Vinny has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Communications from American Intercontinental University and an Associate in Science Degree in Multimedia Design from NEIT.
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.
New England Tech Alum, Ronald Silva a graduate of Associate in Science Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design program has had the honor of designing the book cover for Son of Deception. The book based on a actual events as told by Ronnie’s dad, Ben Thruit and written by Tammy Whitney.
Son of Deception is about “A marriage broken apart by lies, deception and affairs. John White’s journey starts with a conversation with his father that brings them to a family reunion where he meets who he thinks is the woman of his dreams. Little does he know he could never dream of what nightmare he would have to live through.”
We are thrilled to have been included in RI Creative Magazine’s premiere issue with a featured article about New England Institute of Technology’s Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design Program.
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