City event brings computing students and digital start-ups together
The University recently held its first Digital_Spotlight@City event, giving computing students the opportunity to meet professionals from the digital media, games and music industries and find out how to break into these growth areas themselves.
Representatives from London-based businesses - Dan Crow of SongKick, Matt Reynolds of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, and Don Boogert and Alex Wilkie of CineSite - delivered inspiring presentations followed by an insightful question and answer session.
The event then took on a different dimension with an interactive exhibition. Presenters from Headstrong Games, Goldhawk Interactive, Propel, Research Through Gaming and I Need a Robot showcased their work, while City students discussed their portfolios and CVs with them, receiving invaluable advice from the professionals.
The event was hosted by City's Professional Liaison Unit, which supports both students and employers through the process of undertaking or providing placements, internships and work-based learning. Its growing connection with start-ups in the local area - dubbed 'Silicon Roundabout' and supported by the Government's TechCityUK initiative - is becoming increasingly important in linking students with industry.
The event received excellent feedback from all participants.
John Cheatdom, a first year student on City's BSc in Computer Science course, said: "For me it was career reaffirming. Meeting people who are doing things that I aspire to do was great and has helped me to maintain my focus."
Betty Adamou, CEO and Founder at Research Through Gaming, added that it was an "an inspiring event with speakers from a wide range of organisations - from start-ups and individuals who had worked with the late Steve Jobs to the big-guys like Sony. We were hugely impressed by the calibre of students - their fervour for careers in gaming came across in spades and they'd even brought laptops and home-made business cards to give to exhibitors.
"These students are serious about gaming and have developed programs and engines far beyond their years already. I don't know what City is feeding the students, but whatever it is, it's fantastic. It's so refreshing to see such exceptional students."