Creative big data project launched

Entrepreneurs, business people and artists are backing a £1.3m project to boost business growth in the Sussex-to-London region.

They packed the project’s launch at the University of Brighton’s School of Media in Edward Street, Brighton, and heard how the scheme will combine the skills, assets and resources of creatives, technologists and data scientists to generate new business growth in the Coast to Capital region.

Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator or ‘DRIVA Arts DRIVA’ enables technology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), creative arts practitioners and cultural organisations to benefit from personalised funding opportunities, resources and expertise, innovation events, mentoring and a chance to win cash awards, alongside real time access to big data from Gatwick Airport.

Speaker Dr Martin De Saulles, Principal Lecturer at the University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, said: “The project is an exciting opportunity for small businesses to experiment with some massive and unique data sets. I’m looking forward to seeing what types of business models emerge as participating companies innovate with Gatwick data.” Read More

Getting ahead in the digital sector

Talent Talks is a series of regular careers-focused events from Wired Sussex which culminate in a large, annual three-day festival in June called Talent Fest, designed to give job seekers a platform to meet and connect with some of the best digital, media and technology companies in Sussex, as well as get top careers advice from those working in the digital sector.

Here’s what Wired Sussex have to say about this up-coming event:

For this Talent Talks event, Wired Sussex and a range of guest speakers will be sharing practical advice, tips and strategies to finding work in the digital, media and tech sector.

We’ll discuss the broad range of careers available, offer practical advice on how to find new work opportunities, stand out from the crowd and connect with the right people. Read More

February Codefest event

We had a great turnout at this month’s Codefest which took place on Friday, with students from a range of computing and engineering subject areas taking part.

Students were set tasks, either ten challenges for “advanced” or five challenges for “beginners”, that had to completed within two hours. They had to reverse engineer the question based on test cases for each challenge –  focused on logic, maths and programming skills, to provide the solutions.

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Students win Paxton scholarships

Two Brighton students have won prestigious scholarships at global technology company Paxton.

Computing students Annabel Spain and George Livas will undertake a three-month paid work placement in which they will take part in technology research that will form the final-year project of their degree course.

The students will also receive £10,000 towards their university fees.

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What if I’m the only one…

From the minute you start the University process your mind starts to worry about a whole range of things. For me, ‘What if I’m the only one…’ was the start of all the questions that stuck in my mind, and even throughout university, new questions popped up, all starting the same. Below is some of the questions I found I was asking myself, and the responses I now have to those questions!

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Christmas Codefest

 

Students recently flexed their coding skills at the Christmas Codefest event. Open to all levels, students had to solve programming challenges in teams. The winning team were presented with a Raspberry Pi set and case each.

Run by Almas Baimagambetov, the sessions are a great way to improve your computing skills. If you missed this event, look out for the next one in the New Year ~ January 9th ~ then monthly throughout the year.

A change of perspective: from Gamer to Games Developer

Marc Walker, Computer Science (Games) and founder member of the Game Jam Society gives us an insight into Game Jams, networking events and making the most of life as a student in Brighton

My brother first got accepted to the University of Brighton, he then introduced me to this course and here I am. I was really happy to be accepted onto the course as it was something I’ve always wanted to do. These courses never existed when I was a teenager and the support for things like programming was non-existent. Thankfully the UK perspective on Computer Games has changed a lot since then.

The highlight of my course – making games of course! Game Development/Design is what I find most interesting, I’ve also taken a recent interest into Algorithms and Intelligent systems like A* Algorithm. I’d recommend this course if you desire to get into the gaming industry, but you will become a Game Developer rather than a Gamer and there’s a difference. Read More

Fast work at the UKie GameJam

Our Computer Science for Games BSc(Hons) and Digital Games Development(Hons) students pitched their skills against teams from across the UK in a marathon 30-hour student game jam this week.

Based on the theme ‘change’ five teams of first and second year students from Computer Science for Games and Digital Games Development took part in the event organised by UKie (UK Interactive Entertainment, the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive games industry).

Our teams had just 30 hours to work together to create a game based on the theme ‘change.’ Game jams are rapid development sessions which get participants thinking on their feet under severe time pressure while working together in small teams. It’s great experience and brilliant for portfolios as taking part in game jam’s is highly valued by employers in the games industry. Read More