September 22, 2017

  • cactus con 2017 cyber security conference in arizona

    Cactus Con 2017

    Cactus Con is a local cyber convention that began in 2012 and has been growing each year. Considered to be Arizona’s Defcon, Cactus Con may be the biggest local/regional hacking, cybersecurity conference in Arizona – not to mention, it was started in part by UAT alumni. This year Cactus Con will include a robotics village and organizers have asked UAT to run it. UAT Robotics Professor Joseph Horen will be on-hand at Cactus Con to show off robots, drones and answer questions about the program. UAT will also bring Rasberry Pi and Arduino tech applications. The idea is to have…

  • id tech camp internship

    Summer Internship at iD Tech Camps

    During the summer semester, Game Design and Game Programming student Tyler “Ozzy” Osborne worked as a paid intern for iD Tech Camps held at Rancho Solano Prep School in Scottsdale, from June – Aug. 2017. Ozzy was responsible for teaching students, who ranged in age from 13-17 years-old, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine 4, C# scripting with Unity Engine, and level design in a mod pack for Torchlight II. The camp accepts students as young as 6-years-old up to 17-years-old. Much of the job entailed trouble shooting, resolving issues that the students encountered, supervision of the group, encouraging students to follow…

  • Programming Jam

    Programming Jam at UAT

    Calling all programmers! The fall semester has begun and it’s time to get busy innovating with a fun Programming Jam! UAT is holding a Programming Jam under the guidance of Computer Science Professor Tony Hinton starting on Friday, September 26, ending with an awards ceremony on October 6 in the UAT Theater. Check out a Raspberry Pi from the Library at UAT. Your team has one week to create ANYTHING! There will be prizes for First, Second and Third Place winners. Register here or reach out to Professor Hinton at thinton@uat.edu. Look for this flyer around campus with all of…

  • Chief Science Officer training at UAT

    Chief Science Officer Institute Returns to UAT

    The CSO Institute is back! Between 100-200 middle and high school students will be on campus on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, preparing to be advocates for STEM. The Chief Science Officer (CSO) program is a project that has been a partnership between UAT and the Arizona Tech Council/AZ SciTech Festival since 2015. What is uniquely great about this program is that it finds teens who love tech and then gives them a deep dive into leadership, networking, communication, social media skills and some advanced tech, as well). The result is that these future programmers and builders are…

  • Business Technology Professor Offer Lean Startup Tips

    UAT Business Technology Professor Offers Lean Startup Advice

    Many UAT students will become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses after graduation. Professor Mark Smith teaches Business Technology courses at UAT and has some great tips for how to operate a business under the lean principles. What is a lean startup? Lean startup ideals originated by author Eric Ries, which states that if companies invest their time into iteratively building products or services to meet the needs of early customers, they can reduce the market risks and sidestep the need for large amounts of initial project funding and expensive product launches and failures. When starting an online business, you want…

AntiMatter Security Talk Black Hat Briefings

AntiMatter Security Talk: Black Hat

Sep 5, 2017

Last spring, five Cyber Security alumni created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC. In previous years, these students volunteered at Black Hat Briefings as paid workers, but this year they returned to Black Hat as trainers teaching two 2-day classes they developed called “Attacks Over GSM With Project Mayhem.” The workshops taught participants new attack techniques to help defend networks and how to combine Red Team and Pen-tester prowess to create a less common attack tool, a device that participants will build at the training and can take home with them. With the new Project Mayhem…

New DV Work: Loyalty Lies with the Dead – Walking Dead Fan Film

Aug 28, 2017

UAT’s Digital Video Program has released its latest epic fan film, this one based on the hit TV series and comic book The Walking Dead. The plot synopsis for “Loyalty Lies with the Dead” is as follows: Returning home from Los Angeles to Arizona, Noa gets her college friends back together – just as the zombie outbreak reaches Phoenix. Together the five of them must survive the undead and the desert wastes to escape to safety. But is Noa hiding something? The film was written and directed by student Brett Chapman, and won “Best in Show” at the UAT Student Innovation…

Game Design Alumni Hired with Crowdstar

Alumni Evan Tappero Lands Job with Crowdstar

Aug 24, 2017

It’s wonderful when alumni return to UAT with good news! Evan Tappero who graduated last year with a degree in Game Design, gave us the scoop on the cool new place that he’s working! See our Q & A with Evan below: Q: What is your current position and at which company? A: My current position is assistant content manager at Crowdstar, which was recently acquired by Glu Mobile. Q: What does an assistant content manager actually do? A: The position is on Crowdstar’s Design Home team, so I deal with the curation of game content for the mobile game…

Virtual Reality for business ecommerce- Game Studies Professor Derric Clark

Virtual Reality for Business E-commerce

Aug 24, 2017

When you think of VR what comes to mind? Video games, most likely. Did you know that Virtual Reality studies can open up new careers that students may have never known existed? Businesses can use virtual reality technology to engage customers in areas like shopping for a dream home, deciding on a vacation experience or a tour of a new restaurant pre-construction. UAT Game Studios Program Champion Derric Clark has seen the development of VR unfold since the early 90s in his time at UAT. Below Professor Clark shares his thoughts on VR’s place in business e-commerce. The core to…

Tips for Landing an AAA Game Job

Alumni Caleb Jacobs Gives Tips for Landing an AAA Game Job

Aug 23, 2017

Game programming alumni Caleb Jacobs landed an awesome job working as a Gameplay Engineer for First Strike Games in Seattle, WA. Caleb believes his degree in game programming and experience at UAT in working on a team helped him prepare for his current position. As the gaming industry is a very competitive market, Caleb wanted to share his tips to get noticed in the industry.  “I just started this job and I can’t definitively say what combination of factors got me the job, but I can say that some of the following are probably the most likely contributing factors.” My resume was…

Quick Anxiety Kit

Aug 22, 2017

You’re going to be okay, friend! That’s the reassurance the Quick Anxiety Kit provides in this Student Innovation Project that can be a much-needed extended hand of support when anxiety occurs. It’s staggering! According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), about 40 million people between the ages of 18-54 are affected with anxiety in the U.S. alone. Of those people, roughly only 10 percent will get the effective help that they need. Quick Anxiety Kit is an app, which can be downloaded for free to help people who experience anxiety or panic attacks by using artistic components…

World of Martz from UAT Game Studios

World of Martz

Aug 17, 2017

We spoke with game creator Khirey Sumerall about current UAT Game Studios team World of Martz. World of Martz is a multiplayer game that combines different genres to create intense combat with strategy and quick decision making skills. The player must also strategize ways to defeat random level events and a vast level to plan where you stalk your enemy in which you can succeed by deception teamwork or free for all. This game also has a day and night cycle that creates level events where enemies will spawn to complicate the head-to-head play between players who have unique abilities…