BCS students @ AMES IT visit Scarlet City Studios in Auckland

The students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Software got to visit the Scarlet City Studios in Auckland on the 15th of May together with some of the students enrolled in the Bachelor of Animation from the Animation College. With AMES IT being part of the Animation College, students have the opportunity to work and study alongside animators and artists from the other department of the school. 

At Scarlet City Studios our students were taken on a tour by Paul Dunn. The focus was to try and demonstrate how people from an IT and from an artistic/animation background can work together in the same business to create a successful product. This is only one of the many objectives that we provide for students during their Bachelor of Creative Software programme. For more info on this programme, please click here.

For more information on Scarlet City Studios please visit their site:  http://scarletcitystudios.com/

Talk on BIG DATA at AMES IT

When you google Big Data this is what will come up

BIG DATA(noun) - COMPUTING

extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions.

"much IT investment is going towards managing and maintaining big data"

Shailan from MYOB came and gave a presentation on BIG Data on the 11th of May 2017 at AMES IT to our students and staff.

He talked about the perspective of his business on AI and Big Data and their vision on how to move forward into the future. Many big companies nowadays see themselves as technology companies, e.g. ASB Bank and Mastercard, and by utilising Big Data and AI techniques they can recognise patterns of human behaviour, such as spending or fraud.  

"BIG Data" is definitely a growing sector in the future, certainly something to keep in mind for a future career.

AMES IT Students win a Trophy at the MYOB Hack Days

Our BCS students won $300 and a trophy at the MYOB hack day yesterday! We are very proud of them!

14 students from AMES IT and Auckland University were involved in the MYOB hack days on the 3rd and 4th of May 2017. For more information please check:  https://www.cio.co.nz/article/618709/myob-shares-hackathon-survival-guide/

 

AMES Students attend the MYOB Hack Day

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MYOB invited AMES IT to participate in their upcoming Hackdays at MYOB office in Mt Eden on 3rd and 4th May.

This is a full two day event (9am-5pm) to work with and collaborate with IT Professionals from MYOB.

MYOB Hackdays - Time & Dates: 3rd – 4th May (9am-5pm) @ MYOB office (Auckland)

Hackdays will start with a theme, then participants suggest ideas and form teams, based on individual interests and skills.

There will be 5 teams in the event. Each team will have a software developer, a product developer, an UXUI designer, a programmer etc., and a student from AMES

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects. 

FYI- https://www.myob.com/nz/blog/how-you-and-myob-pulled-off-a-world-first-at-atsa/

FYI- http://www.cio.co.nz/article/605204/hackathons-teamwork-breaking-down-barriers/?fp=16&fpid=1

May 22 Intake - Laptop Giveaway

May 22 Intake - Laptop Giveaway

To announce our May 22 intake, we're giving you the chance to WIN an ASUS gaming laptop worth $2,500.

To be in to win, simply ‘Like’, ‘Share’, ‘Comment’ on our Facebook post.

The winner of the competition will be announced on the 24th of July at 5PM via Facebook.

Best of luck :) !
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Applications for our May 22 intake are NOW OPEN!
http://www.ames.ac.nz/

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Facebook Just Leapt Into Virtual Reality

Facebook Just Leapt Into Virtual Reality

Facebook takes the plunge into Virtual Reality

Facebook’s annual Developer’s Conference F8 kicked off last Tuesday in California, as in previous years the conference was full of interactive demos, announcements and best practices to help developers look ahead.

The event was streamed live and 45 Meet Up’s were held at locations around the world so developers could meet up and view sessions together.

One of the main takeaway’s from the two day event is Facebook’s commitment to Augmented Reality either as a form of communication or entertainment.

This has been on the cards from some time as Facebook acquired Oculus back in 2014 for US$2 billion ($2.8b NZD). Although still very early in the development process with the partnership with Oculus Rift VR, Facebook have been exploring how to mix users reality and even make mundane tasks like doing the dishes entertaining, by bring the virtual world into your kitchen or living room.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg envisions the utilization of Facebook’s camera feature as a key element to getting the technology in users hands “Over time, I think this is going to be a really important technology that changes how we use our phones,".

During the event Facebook launched its virtual world dubbed ‘Facebook Spaces’, designed to allow Oculus Rift owners to interact with other users as customized avatars in Augmented Reality.   

Still the tech is rather new and as we all know, new tech is expensive; Oculus’s VR Headset retails for US$700 ($710 NZD) and on top of that the minimum PC requirements to run the Rift mean users need to invest in a pretty grunty machine.

There are significant hurdles to get over before it gets in users hands, but if history is an indicator, competition in the market can drive prices down and as the hardware is optimized over time, it may be become easier to run, and not require such heavy upfront investment. Facebook’s Director of Engineering Ficus Kirkpatrick seems to think it will be at least another decade before the technology has the chance to be widely used.  

Regardless of whether users can get their hands on the tech, the next issue will be content. Will there be enough varied and interesting content for users to interact with? Is this is chicken and egg situation?

Without a crystal ball it’s hard to predict but if the Facebook Developers Conference is anything to go by Facebook is committed to the future development and integration of AR and the internet of things. It’s hard not to back such a juggernaut in the social space.

One things for sure, the tech space has never been more exciting to be involved in. 

ACG further expands its New Zealand vocational group

ACG further expands its New Zealand vocational group

Academic Colleges Group (ACG), New Zealand’s largest independent educational services provider, has significantly expanded its vocational group with the acquisition of Animation College, AMES – Institute of IT and South Seas Film & Television School.

Humanity driving towards Automation?

Humanity driving towards Automation?

A report from recently released from Forrester predicts a major shift in the future of automation and use of AI in the workplace, predicting that 7% of jobs in the US with be automated by 2025. The report also noted that the trend will start to be felt just 5 years from now.

NDAs and What to Know Before Signing One

NDAs and What to Know Before Signing One

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), or a confidentiality agreement as it’s also known, is something that is pretty commonplace in the IT world, particularly if you’re looking to work for a new startup.