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A Visit to the University of Advancing Technology's Tech Forum 2008
[Commentary by Iveta Brigis] Last week, John Smart and I traveled to Phoenix for UAT's Tech Forum 2008 (they say they are three years ahead of the curve). Twice a year, the university flies in industry leaders to speak to and network with their students at a three-day conference. The ASF was privileged to have John present How to Be a Tech Futurist (slides available here).
UAT is a haven for teenage techies whose parents want them to have a solid liberal arts education along with their CS, video game design, and network securities classes. And the administration really cares about preparing their students for jobs in the real world, which is why they bring in experts from companies like Microsoft, Red Storm Entertainment, and Security Horizon. I sat in on some very informative sessions, like Anna Sweet's presentation on Women in Gaming and Evan Robinson's Software Development Practices: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Anna shared some personal experiences being one of the few women at Microsoft Game Studios and recommended that all the students, not just the women, jump on the chance to work on games tailored for women because it is such a large potential market. Evan shared some practical management tools and tips for working in software development.
UAT's balance of hard-core techi-ness and liberal arts is a boon for young adults growing up in this time of accelerating change. We applaud UAT for their work and look forward to seeing where they go next.