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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Senior Account Exec chats with Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson

Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson of New England Real Estate Journal was on the New England Tech East Greenwich campus during the Rhode Island Realtors Conference and Expo, which was held on June 26, 2014.  During their visit they had a chance to speak to many visitors including both Ken Block, Clay Pell and New England Tech’s own Bob Larrabee.

Bob Larrabee, senior account executive at the New England Institute of Technology joined the show to reflect on the show. He shared some information on NEIT’s degree and certificate programs that would suit a variety of peoples needs.

Bob’s interview starts at 23:00 minute mark, if you wish to jump right to Bob’s interview.

To listen to the interview click link Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson interview a couple of New England gubernatorial candidates, a real estate broker, and an administrator from the New England Institute of Technology on NEREJ. – UR Business Network.

Governor Chafee Announces $1.75M in Grants

New England Institute of Technology is proud to be the recipient of the Governor’s Workforce grant to help 40 unemployed individuals with the skills within the shipbuilding and machine technology industries.  We look forward to continuing to help the state close the skills gap.

From RIBJ.com:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the Governor’s Workforce Board RI (GWB) has awarded $1.75 million in Innovative Partnership grants. The grants bring employers and educational providers together to develop career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults.

Thirteen organizations have earned the grants, ranging in size from $86,000 to $190,000. The 13 awardees, who had to submit detailed proposals to GWB by May 12 specifying how they would use the grant monies, include six community-based organizations, three employers, three GWB industry partners and one educational institution. Five of this year’s grant awardees are new. Eight earned Innovation Partnership grants from GWB for use in Fiscal Year 2014.

The New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich was awarded $190,000 to provide 40 unemployed individuals with entry-level occupational skills training within the shipbuilding and machine technology industries. Employer partners include General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Guill Tool and Engineering, SENESCO Marine, Swissline Precision, Rhode Island Carbide, RIMA and RIMTA.

via Governor Chafee Announces $1.75M in GWB Innovative Partnership Grants | RI Small Business Journal.

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.

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.

Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island

New England Tech continues to work to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelors and Master degrees, including helping Electric Boat fill positions it has otherwise had difficulty finding enough people with the necessary skills.

From MiamiHerald.com:

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. –Submarine maker Electric Boat plans to double its workforce in Rhode Island to build a new class of submarines under a $95 billion Navy program, welcome news in the state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

The workforce at the North Kingstown manufacturing plant could double by 2028 to about 6,000 people, said Sean Davies, the site’s general manager. That is roughly the same number of employees who built submarines there at the peak of the Cold War.

Rhode Island’s economy has struggled to rebound since the Great Recession. The state’s unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, considerably above the national average of 6.3 percent.

The construction contract has not yet been awarded, but Electric Boat anticipates receiving it. The Groton, Connecticut-based manufacturer recently leased an additional 42 acres in the Quonset Business Park to expand. Davies said he is focused on ensuring the company’s training programs can handle the influx of new hires because few job applicants have experience in the manufacturing trades. Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Virginia, employs more than 12,000 people, mainly in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Construction is expected to begin in 2021 on a class of 12 ballistic-missile submarines to replace the current Ohio-class boats. Electric Boat could hire more than 1,000 people in a single year at its manufacturing plant after construction is underway.

“We can’t literally put all of our eggs in one basket, but without submarine construction here, we would be in a much worse economic situation, and we would have a much less hopeful outlook,” said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.

“That work is very, very significant,” said Molly Donohue Magee, executive director of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance. “And it’s not just for one year.”

In the last four years, 2,000 people were hired by Electric Boat in Rhode Island largely because Congress approved building two attack submarines a year instead of one.

Davies said he wants to support the community by hiring Rhode Island residents to work on the new submarine, but it is has been challenging to find enough people with the necessary skills.

Leonard Lardaro, an economics professor at the University of Rhode Island, said the state’s unemployment rate has remained high and persistent because of its inadequately skilled workforce.

The New England Institute of Technology worked with Electric Boat to develop a curriculum for welders, and most of the graduates in the first class were hired at the shipyard, Davies said.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/04/4218253/submarine-maker-plans-expansion.html#storylink=cpy

To read the entire story visit NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.: Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island – Business Breaking News – MiamiHerald.com.

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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.