Wednesday, April 10, 2019

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Career and Professional Networking Event
Featuring this year’s speakers and presenters. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

9:00 AM

Welcome and Registration

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Presentations

“The Monk Listens”: Musical Presentation
Christopher Bent: Founder and Creator, Piccles
Jamal Coleman: Senior FX Artist, Big Huge Games
Laura Fish: Digital Product Designer
Kamal Hatami: Lead Artist, Standing Stone Games
Bruce Rosenbaum: Steampunk ReImagineer, ModVic
See presenter biographies

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

 

Lunch

Provided for pre-registered attendees and all presenters.

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Conversations/Panels
Tech Fair & Exposition

Technology Education Concepts, Inc.

(TEC) has been an “Experienced Provider of Design-to-Manufacturing Solutions and Teaching Labs” to Educators and Students for over 30 Years. Based in Concord, NH, TEC is a family-owned business started by an educator who is passionate about providing secondary and post-secondary schools with 3D Solutions used to teach today’s young people about the fields of engineering, design, manufacturing and architecture. TEC has established itself as a trusted resource for innovative, quality products for hands-on and real-world STEM, design, manufacturing and pre-engineering programs and school labs/MakerSpaces.

Digital Media Lab

3D Print Services – At the Digital Media Lab some 2,400 print jobs have been completed. They range from neck-brace prototypes to Pompeii artifact models.Spencer and his colleagues are happy to work with anyone who wants an item printed. 

Assistive Technology Center

Josh Pearson is an alumnus of the UMass Department of Communication, graduating with a B.A. in 2015. His main area of focus being championing and educating on behalf of the rights of students/faculty with disabilities and improving access to assistive technology in all areas of campus. The ATC provides a workspace and access to specialized software, equipment, and tools for individuals with an ADA-defined disability.

Computer Competency Certification 

Computer Competency Certification – Showcase of a multi-module educational program covering all the basics of computer uses including office skills, spread sheets, graphics, imaging and security practices. Each module has a test. The content of CCC can be incorporated into a class or provided as a stand alone certification.

NICKQUEST

This project consists of a series of animated interviews done in 360 video. The conversations are between myself and various famous Chatbots including my Replika, which is a chatbot I’ve been training since last year.The conversations fall somewhere between humorous, terrifying, philosophically interesting. Think of it as “Between Two Ferns” meets a 360 animated Turing Test nightmare.

Piccles

Piccles is a collaborative drawing experience that reawakens the dormant child artist in us all. From any device, groups can create together in a simple, easy interface that invites everyone to express themselves. https://vimeo.com/271103887

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

HFA Alumni in Tech 
(event in collaboration with College of Humanities & Fine Arts)

Judah Phillips: Founder/Principal | SmartCurrent
Gabrielle Capolupo: Senior Director | Juniper Networks
Kristen Forscher: Technical Editor | Rocket Software
Andrew Hammond: Tech Solution Architec | IBM
Thomas Novembre: Global VP of Sales | Velocity Made Good

 

Contact

413-545-6242
itprogram@cics.umass.edu

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Amherst, MA 01003-9306

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9:00am - 1:40pm
Tuesday - Friday

IT Program

The Information Technology Program at UMass Amherst seeks to educate a broad spectrum of students to be the leading IT practitioners and thinkers. Campus-wide courses, offered by eight schools and colleges, contribute to our curriculum.