Year in Review 2014: Technology at Full Sail

Our Year in Review series features the best of life at Full Sail in 2014, highlighting award-winning grads, student work, industry guests, and more.

With the launch of two new on-campus degree programs and a continuously thriving industry in Central Florida, the tech scene was a much talked about topic at Full Sail this year. From co-working to simulation, we covered the booming industry both at Full Sail and in Orlando. Check out a few of the year’s highlights below.

  • Back in February, the premiere of Orlando Rising, a documentary about Orlando’s growing digital economy, was held in the Full Sail Live Venue (pictured above). Video.
  • Full Sail launched two new technology-focused campus bachelor’s degree programs this year: Simulation & Visualization, which teaches students how to use physical and mathematical models, visualization software and virtual environments; and Emerging Technology and Systems Engineering, which prepares students for careers in the virtual information technology (IT) field.
  • We talked to faculty members and local industry leaders about Orlando’s fast-growing and well-established tech sector, which is Central Florida’s second highest-grossing industry. Story.
  • Apple featured Full Sail on its website, after the Mobile Development degree program implemented the company’s new Swift programming language into its curriculum. Story.
  • Simulation & Visualization Program Director Rob Catto gave us a behind-the-scenes look at his paragliding simulator, which he built using the Oculus Rift virtual reality software. Story.year in review-technology-paragliding
  • We visited downtown Orlando’s Colab to learn more about the rise of co-working spaces in the country and the opportunities that exist at them for students. Story.
  • At Orlando Data Science’s Big Data discussion panel, we heard from local tech employers and Full Sail faculty members about what companies are looking for in their tech employees. Story.
  • Full Sail hosted Digital Orlando, a half-day event that brought together local technology leaders, entrepreneurs, economic development professionals, students, and investors from across the spectrum of Orlando’s $14 billion tech sector for a series of informative and educational panels.
  • Game Development and Simulation & Visualization students and faculty members attended I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference). It’s held in Central Florida annually, and is one of the largest modeling, training and simulation conferences in the world. Story.

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