Computing students compete for attention

At Open House—which ran April 8th & 9th on the Burnaby Campus—Computing students showcased their projects for a wide range of campus visitors.

Bachelor of Technology students showed off hands-on computer games in the Great Hall. They were joined by IUGO Mobile Entertainment representatives, showing a popular mobile game that our grads have worked on.

Special Guest, Kai Hui, from Bit Stew Systems on the main stage.

Another hit display featured Computer Information Technology’s Travelling Flamingo mobile App—it features an online marketplace for people to request items they’d like others to bring back from a trip.

Guests were led from one display to another by neartuit, an app created by BCIT grads. The app lets visitors experience engaging mobile content using location beacons. Information offered to visitors is easily updated, and can take a variety of forms such as text, photos or web links.

CST grad Sergei Dobrianski and Team Plan B members, who are competing for the Google Lunar Xprize, came to inspire and show how they’re – literally – reaching for the moon.

To add to the fun, participants also joined a Computing Student Display Competition.

Some project teams elected to put on small displays of a specific project. Of these, the winning team, “Team Special Characters,” presented Viking Siege – a strategic multi-platform board game with levels of artificial intelligence (AI) and online play. They received a $200 gift card for their efforts and the first place ribbon.

Data Communications & Internetworking students Carson Roscoe & Allen Tsang present Viking Siege to young visitors while Computing instructor Trevor Lord looks on (also on winning team were Dhivya Manohar and Jaegar Sarauer)

Many of our second-year Computer Systems Technology (specialty option) students opted instead to decorate their labs and invite judges to see more than one sample of work. Information Systems Option students triumphed with displays that included Clockr Project, a web-based project management system built using JavaEE and the Rational Unified Process; and Panda Time Sheets – an interactive JavaEE time sheet. They received $300 for a group celebration.

Judges included Kai Hui, Executive Director of Business Development at Bit Stew Systems; Sean Walsh, BCIT Manager of Technical Infrastructure Services; and Randy James, Chief Instructor in BCIT’s School of Energy.

Kai Hui also presented on the BCIT Main Stage, as did our own Associate Dean, Dean Hildebrand, and guest presenter Richard Henderson, Director, Security Intelligence and Evangelism at Fortinet.

Thanks to all participants and Open House volunteers for making it a great weekend!

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