November 20, 2017

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell Highlights UAT at State of City Address

Busta Worm demo with Jesse Rogers and Mayor Mark Mitchell

In preparation for the 2016 State of the City Address on Dec. 2, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell spent a few hours at UAT familiarizing himself with UAT’s new Virtual Reality degree by testing out “Bust’a Worm”, a new virtual reality game students created for the HTC Vive, originally developed for a 48-hour game jam.

Mayor Mitchell also met with students Kenneth Vorseth and Ryan McDonald as they demonstrated their cost effective version of a VR head mounted display (HMD) unit, a product they have been innovating all semester and have hopes of bringing the finished version to the consumer market.

Mayor Mitchell was impressed by the level of detail put into these projects and the passion for technology that oozed from each UAT student he came into contact with on campus.

VR Head Mounted Display (HMD) demo at State of the City Address

VR Head Mounted Display (HMD) demo at State of the City Address

Provost Dr. David Bolman provided Mayor Mitchell with more examples of how UAT is innovating right in Tempe’s backyard with involvement in SciTech’s Chief Science Officer Training, 48-Hour Film Challenges, the WRCCDC Cyber Competitions, Global Game Jams and VEX Robotics Competitions, Southwest Makerfest, Geeks Night Out and more, all amazing talking points that were relayed to a full room of Tempe businesspeople at the State of the City Address.

You can watch the presentation given by Mayor Mark Mitchell in the video below.

The State of the City Address provides a unique opportunity for the public to hear the mayors thoughts on the local social and economic climate along with his vision for the growth and future of Tempe and Arizona. As a tech leader in higher education, UAT is educating and priming new problem solvers in technology to change the future of cyber security, game design, virtual reality, digital video, robotics, computer science and more.

Mayor Mark Mitchell speaks about UAT's endeavors in technology at the 2016 State of the City Address

Mayor Mark Mitchell speaks about UAT’s endeavors in technology at the 2016 State of the City Address

UAT keeps forging the path of innovation in Tempe, the state of Arizona and the country for technology innovation. Although the fall semester will soon wind down for the holiday season, students are polishing the final version of games to be played at the Greenlight Celebration on Dec. 9, and adding the last minute tweaks on their Student Innovation Projects for the SIP Fair on Dec. 15.

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