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STUDENTS SHINE @ TECHSTARS SWANSEA 2017

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Above : Applied Computing Student representatives from Winning Teams SneakyBrain and GigaLife receiving their Enterprise & Innovation Awards for winning the TECHSTARS SWANSEA Competition.

Students (below) from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David School of Applied Computing recently participated in TECHSTARS SWANSEA 2017. Students were offered the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a start-up to a panel of experts including: Paul Harwood (Co-Founder of TechHub Swansea), Andrew Thomas (CEO of BrightSeed Ltd.), Anne Swift (Enterprise Manager for Welsh Government) and Kathryn Penaluna (Enterprise Manager at UWTSD). The event was organised by Senior Lecturer James Williams who teaches on the School’s Enterprise and Innovation module.

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James Williams said: “I arranged the event because I know there is great potential within every person and when people are given the opportunity to apply themselves in a supportive environment they discover that potential for themselves. In this case I arranged the event to allow 2nd Year Business Technology & Computing students studying the Enterprise & Innovation module to have the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas and prototypes applications to a panel of independent judges from industry. The feedback they received was beyond expectation, it was very positive and I’m sure the students learned a lot from the experience.”

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First prize went to a project called Sneaky Brain (Team pic above), an App which contains Maths games and puzzles designed to help Primary School children strengthen their Maths skills. Michael Johns, who is a member of the winning group and a student on the BSc Computer Games Development, said: “What was nice about group work is the ability to bounce ideas off each other which was further enhanced as we come from different programmes so that we were able to build on ideas from different viewpoints and knowledge.” Andrew Humphreys, who was also in the winning group said: “The biggest thing that I learned about was how enjoyable branding is, and the many opportunities there are to be creative within a tech company. There is a need to create new apps that are different to others already in the market.” Congratulations to Team members: Andrew Humphreys, Michael Johns, Ashley Vessey, Oliver Jordan, Kieran Hawkins.

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The standard of entries was so high that second prize had to give jointly. The two entries who placed second were called GigaLife (Team pic above: left), and Parking (Team pic above: right).

  • GigaLife is a role play game that helps raise awareness about Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Team leader Evan Smith, who is a student on the BSc Computer Games Development course, said: “The group project was lots of fun, the character development was challenging as [main character] Sofia is me and it was difficult delving into my past experiences. Each character owns a theme and Sofia interacts with them – she has options to apply emotions and you learn more about yourself as you interact with other peoples.” Congratulations to Team members: Evan Smith, Samuel Mounter, Samuel Goacher, Kyle Thomas, Cerys Nickels.
  • Parking is a mobile app which gives live updates to show the availability of parking spaces within a city. It will give directions using GIS to the carpark and will time your visit to let you know when the ticket is about to run out. There are also plans to develop the app in the near future to include features that will link the app to parking attendants and to be able to show which bay number you are in to find your car when you return. Congratulations to Team members: Callum Whitcombe, Paige Harris, Ben Green.

Judge and Enterprise Manager at UWTSD Kathryn Penaluna said: “The event demonstrates creativity and the passion required to take forward an idea with a social conscience.” Fellow judge Andrew Thomas added: “It’s really nice to see exciting and passionate pitches for business ideas going forward.”

 

To see the picture gallery of the event please click-here.

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EntrepComp Conference

The School of Applied Computing produces enterprising solution-focused students that are equipped to create innovative solutions to today’s problems / opportunities.

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Enterprise education has been a part of the School’s curriculum for many years and it is proud to support the European Commission and the development of Enterprise & Entrepreneurial policies within the EU and beyond. Members of the School recently attended and supported the Enterprise Conference ‘Putting the Entrepreneurial Into Learning‘ (pictured below) hosted by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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The Conference explored current trends in Enterprise education and focused on the practical implementation of entrepreneurial learning using the new European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. The European Commission identified Enterprise and entrepreneurship as one of the key competences necessary for all members to be successful in the knowledge-based society. The EC produced this framework to help education providers understand and integrate Enterprise and entrepreneurship into the curriculum to help equip students with the necessary knowledge skills and competencies to take society forward and create new innovative solutions that have a positive social impact. There is a growing awareness that entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and attitudes lead to the widespread development of entrepreneurial mind-sets and culture which benefit individuals and society as a whole.

The School would like to thank all involved including the Conference organisers and it’s supporters for the invitation to participate and the success of such a positive prestigious policy influencing event.

Guest Speaker: Elliot Thomas

Applied Computing Graduate and Successful Entrepreneur Elliot Thomas (left) returned to the School today to share what he has learned with our students. Elliot (Winner of Start-Up Weekend Swansea) secured funding and support from several backers and has started two Businesses since graduating Fuzmo (a Pet Picture sharing App) and Skippr (an Instagram Marketing App). 
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Students photo-bombing 🙂

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The students thoroughly enjoyed Elliot’s talk and we would like to thank Elliot for returning to the School and look forward to welcoming him back in the future :-). Thank you Elliot – Good luck with your new ventures and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Adam Curtis : Computing Careers & Tech Start-Ups

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Adam Curtis, CEO of Hoowla & Software Development Agency ‘ClockWorkBear’ and Co-founder of TECHHUB Swansea visited UWTSD Swansea’s School of Applied Computing today to talk to Enterprise & Innovation students about Careers in Computing and Tech Start-Up opportunities.

The Student Group thoroughly enjoyed Adam’s talk and look forward to seeing him again at Start-Up Weekend Swansea next month.

START-UP Weekend Swansea is Coming :-)

START-UP Weekend Swansea is Coming ;-). Below, SUW co-ordinator and Company Director Adam Curtis talks to UWTSD Computing students about the up-coming event:
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For more information please click-here.

Swansea Start-up Weekend

What an Amazing Weekend ;-). Well done and Congratulations to all Applied Computing Students and Graduates who participated in Swansea Start-up Weekend (#SWS) – You were ‘Amazing‘. 

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All participants of this fantastic Weekend are Winners. A Special mention to:

  • BIT Graduate ‘Elliot Thomas’ (CEO of ‘Fuzmo‘.com) and his Team who *WON* the Swansea Start-up Weekend 2014, 2nd place Team Winners included Reham Al-Shaibani (2nd Yr BIT student) and Jordan Sparkes (2nd Yr Computer Games student) and 3rd place Team Winner Samuel Riley (Final Year BIT student).
  • BIT Year 2 Students Elisha Arnold, Alexander Page and Lauren Collins narrowly missed out on 3rd place along with Richard Gleed’s Team including Abdulaziz Almegren and Yr2 Web Development student Kelvin Beukes.
  • Software Engineering Graduate Edd Turtle and Web Development Graduate Ben Gillot also narrowly missed the top 3 price winning spots. All created Amazingly innovative new tech business opportunities and performed brilliantly all weekend.

* WELL DONE EVERYONE *

Thank you very much to the Organisation Team for providing such a fantastic Opportunity for our students and Graduates including James Pack, Kathryn Penaluna, Adam Curtin, Rod Thomas, Sue Poole, Matt Warren, Helen Hall, Colin Lucas, Andy Penaluna, Will Fleming and James Williams.

Techhub Start-up Weekend 2014

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Swansea’s Techhub Start-up Weekend will start on the 21st November. If you are looking to start a business or gain some business start-up experience with someone who has a great idea this weekend is for you. Entrepreneur, Software Developers, Designers and Marketers all attend the event to work together on a new business idea that they then present as a team to the judges on the Sunday night. Great Prizes available and Great experience to enhance your CV. + You will be provided with free breakfast lunch dinner drinks and snacks all weekend to keep you going + FREE PIZZA ;-).

The event is taking place at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea (located behind Sainsbury’s), we are meeting at 6pm on the 21st Nov. Tickets normally cost £35, however if you are a student of the School of Applied Computing UWTSD you go for free. To reserve a place simply e-mail james.williams@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk.

To review last year’s event and entries please click-here.

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‘Exo Minor’ & ‘Happy Rainbow Bird’ by ChaosTrend

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Founded by one of our School’s Enterprising Graduates Darren Adams, Swansea-based Games Development Studio Chaos-Trend are proud to announce their new game “Exo Miner” on Steam Greenlight. Exo Miner is a procedurally generated, action based mining, exploration, construction and defence game.

Travel to unexplored sectors of space, claim new sectors for mining, set up defences, buy new ships and drones then customise them to fit your play style. Define patrol routes for protection or attack claimed sectors. Defend your own sectors from rival companies and leave your mark by building the biggest space mining corporation in the galaxy. Can you build a corporation to rival the mighty Europa Mining Company?

Watch this space: They are currently busily developing Exo Miner and some of the content is not yet final. They will be updating this page as often as possible with new info and content. 

Chaos-Trend have also recently released a new game titled ‘Happy Rainbow Bird‘ 🙂

Flap those wings, gain some height and use your skill and judgement to get the highest score you can as you Guide your birdie through the many pillars of doom.

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The Game is available Now on Google Play and iTunes.

Chaos-Trend are a small but well established Games development studio in Swansea, Wales. They have been running for over 5 years and have successfully released many games across many platforms. The core team consists of Graduates from Swansea Metropolitan – University of Wales Trinity Saint David that have obtained degrees in game programming and design. The founder members of ChaosTrend are: Darren Adams, Russell Drodge, John Franklin, and Ian Malsbury. There are now five in the Team, one being a former Creative Assembly programmer who worked on the award winning Total War series. They have written their our own game engine and tools from the ground up, and love to dream-up and create new and exciting games. For more information please click here.

Home Sweet Homies @ the Founders Hub in Cardiff

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In this week’s article Sue Maw (pictured above: right) one of the School’s Lecturing Team provides a review of the Good for Nothing Home Sweet Homies event at the Founders Hub in Cardiff. A great initiative that provides people with the opportunity to apply their skills to help support and solve charity and social enterprise problems.

Just in case you don’t know who we are: we are Good For Nothing Cardiff. We organise events (24, or 48 hours) that bring together a bunch of people with a wide range of skills and talents – makers, thinkers, do-ers, designers, planners, and everything in between – to help accelerate local causes that are focused on delivering social &/or sustainable good. This gives the causes concentrated access to a pool of talent that would normally be out of their reach.

Sue: On the 6th and 7th of December I went along to the Good for Nothing Home Sweet Homies event in Cardiff along with two final year students, Lufwendo (also picture above: left) and Jen.

It was billed a cross between Challenge Anneka and the A Team: we had to explain what that meant to younger participants. The venue was the Founders Hub in Cardiff which is one of the new breed of work and meeting places. It was a lovely space with the obligatory giant lego man head and retro gaming machines :-).

The aim of the event was to spend Friday evening and Saturday creating resources for two charities. There were participants with creative, business and computing skills. On Friday the two charities, Hafan and Oasis, outlined problems they were having, such as poor Web presence and the increased need to record charity beneficiaries for future funding applications. Jen came up with an awesome business and sustainability plan for Oasis.

On Saturday, Lufwendo and I were racing against the clock to produce a client database for Oasis, a charity working with asylum seekers. Our task was made more complicated by the fact that the solution had to be open source so the software we were using did not have all the features we expected. We had a design expert give us some good advice on form-layout and we made use of some great banners a graphic designer produced for the charity. As the clock ticked down the final seconds we finished off our last report – I’m sure students never work to deadlines that closely!

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The event worked purely on donated time and resources: there was no budget. I should mention that there was awesome food, some of it cooked by the asylum seekers group. I especially liked the way that I kept getting handed cups of coffee as I worked. There is another event in the spring in Cardiff which I’ll pass on as soon as I know the dates. And of course it would be awesome to have a similar event happening in Swansea. Apart from the warm glowing feeling of having helped a charity, students have something interesting for their CV, a fun experience and networking with local business contacts.

Guest Speaker: Andrew Thomas of Brightseed Ltd.

AndrewAndrew Thomas pictured above, a Graduate of the School of Applied Computing, now a Successful Entrepreneur and Technical Director of Brightseed Ltd. located on the Mount Pleasant Swansea Campus, recently spoke with undergraduates at the School about Entrepreneurship and openly shared what it is like to create and run your own Company. Sharing many hints and tips along the way Andrew’s talk was very inspiring and part of the University’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) programme of events.

Building on a strong technical experience gained within a large corporate environment, Brightseed was born out of the passion of providing a quality service to customers with a strong emphasis on a quality product and support.  The partnership with a strong Creative talent (Simon Lee, Creative Director) has propelled Brightseed into a strong position.

The University’s Global Entrepreneurship Week co-insides with News that the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s place as a world-leading authority on enterprise and entrepreneurship education has been further enhanced as a senior United Nations (UN) official is set to spend the next four months at the University to learn about its work and to develop new educational approaches that improve international educational provision and inform new policy developments.

For more information please click-here.

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