“There will be the equivalence of blue collar jobs in the digital economy, and coding will be one of them,” says Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz, PwC chair in digital economy at the Queensland University of Technology. (read more here)
This short film by students from Media Design School New Zealand won Best Animated Film at the 2016 Comi-Con International Independent film Festival.
This article gives a broad perspective on what employers are looking for when hiring. It may not be what you expect.
This is a design outcome that uses embedded intelligent systems. Year 13s?
“Two years ago, we saw an opportunity that was more than just building drones or new cameras,” MQ said in an interview. “What we saw was a unique opportunity to embed AI in compact devices. I personally like to call it embedded AI. Through my grad studies at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon, it was all done on big data centers. What I’ve seen over the past few years is smartphones have not only significantly driven down the cost of components but we’re also seeing huge improvements. We can adopt top-of-the-line smartphones chips to run a lot of these computer vision algorithms.” – Meng Qiu “MQ” Wang (creator)
Do you want to go to University? Why?
Deng Adut had a pretty clear purpose. How about you?
What do you think this article means?
How does it relate to what you’re doing now at NCEA levels 1-3?
How does it relate to junior classes?
New Zealand companies have a chance to better what firms around the globe are struggling with – promoting technology leaders like CIOs into strategic roles.
University of Auckland Adjunct Associate Professor Daniel Vidal says companies around the world risk becoming “digital casualties” if they do not employ their best IT brains – like chief information officers – at a strategic level, helping to shape their company’s direction instead of just providing IT infrastructure and service.
The CIO should be seen as a designer or a strategiser, feeding technology into the overall strategy and creating “true business transformation”, he says.
“Look how Domino’s Pizza has woven digital through its business model, and Netflix and Spotify have transformed the model of how people engage with music, film and television. That’s where CIOs can play a big role.”
Read more at the New Zealand Herald.
I’m pleased to announce that Nayland College Digital Dojo has been granted educational licenses to use Unity 5 in 2016.
From their website:
Unity Technologies values the immense contributions made by educators and educational institutions. You help drive the future of the industry and expand the use of interactive application and game development technologies. You teach, support and mentor learners so they can realize their ambitions. We do all we can to support you through:
- Easy and open access for individual students and faculty with Unity 5 Personal Edition
- Special offers for institutions on licenses, content and services
- An enhanced program of video tutorials and sample projects to support learning
- An comprehensive, competency-based, hands-on curricular framework
- An industry-validated Professional Skills Standard with an academic cross-reference
- A vibrant online community of committed users keen to team up and offer advice
“To gain admission to university you’ll need enough credits to gain University Entrance. This means more than just getting NCEA Level 3. To get UE you need NCEA Level 3 as well as 14 credits each in three approved subjects, 10 Literacy credits at level 2 or above, and 10 Numeracy credit at level 1 or above. I advise you to check with your school to make sure that you are taking a mix of subjects and achievement standards that will allow you to get UE. It’s also important to know that some universities have higher entry standards than UE to gain admission. And some subjects will have special admission criteria. So talk to the university or check their website.” (read more)
It’s always a good idea to see how the ICT industry changes and what jobs are in demand.
It pays to be practical and set a goal for where you’d like to be in 5 years. 10 years?
Have a look at some of the different career paths in ICT and what they pay.