Student Speak

Three defining experiences in Hong Kong

Posted by William Lee on December 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM

According to Google, Hong Kong is 9044 times smaller than Canada. Despite its small size, Hong Kong is home to some of the most unique recreational activities in the world. While there are an abundance of activities to do in Hong Kong, here are three of mine that shaped my overall Global Edge experience.

Ocean Park Hong Kong: Asia’s largest theme park

I had the opportunity to go to Ocean Park through my host company, Palapple, during my internship. Ocean Park was looking to build upon their current mobile app and my company submitted a proposal to develop the project for them. Ocean Park combines the excitement of a theme park with the learning experience of a zoo. It spans over 226 arces, which is divided into two sections, the Waterfront and the Summit and can be traversed by a cable car or railway system known as the Ocean Express. While I was there I was able to try all the attractions, which ranged from roller coasters to rapid river rides to seeing new animal exhibits, such as the koalas from Australia and an educational dolphin show. Ocean Park was an amazing experience, which lives up to the line that your parents would tell you when you were younger, “Learning can be fun!”

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Topics: Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Go Global

Going Global: The Ontario Global Edge program

Posted by William Lee on October 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Whenever I walked along the hallways of UOIT, I always had this itch to look at each poster and see what was new on campus. I wanted to see what UOIT had to offer, outside of the routine classroom lectures and tutorials.

The one poster that caught my eye and changed my outlook was a poster about an upcoming information session for the Ontario Global Edge (OGE) program.The OGE program allows UOIT students to work at start-up companies across the world. The concept is that students who go abroad can take their experiences they had overseas and apply it to companies in Canada to make Canada more competitive in the global marketplace.

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Marketing at UOIT

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on April 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Marketing is one of the four majors in UOIT’s Bachelor of Commerce program along with Finance, Accounting, and Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management. 

If you think that people in the marketing profession are just those annoying salespeople who call when you are eating dinner, hand you flyers you don’t want at the mall, send you junk mail and make those annoying ads you see online and on TV, think again.

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Topics: Academic, Innovation, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Blancride: Do you need a ride?

Posted by Chris Mangaser on April 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM

I had the opportunity to do a sit-down interview with Noah, Sales Team Lead at Blanclink, the start-up behind the Blancride program and app. We met at Felicio's Cake Boutique to chat about this up-and-coming app that originated from the UOIT Incubator program. Since then, Blancride has grown and expanded into other university markets.

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Topics: Faculty of Business and Information Technology, UOIT Spotlight

LANWAR at UOIT - Ontario’s Largest LAN Party!

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on February 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM

What is LANWAR?  A giant gathering of gamers… to play games!  In this semi-annual three-day event the gaming lasts 40 hours straight, featuring games like Smash Bros., League of Legends, DOTA 2, Minecraft, Counter Strike, Strike GO, Hearthstone, and StarCraft 2.  If you want to do your own thing, you can bring whatever games you want to play. You can also bring your own laptop, desktop computer, or even TV and gaming consoles if you want!  Note that this event has a BYOC policy: Bring Your Own Computer!  

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Topics: Local News and Culture, Innovation, Student Life, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

GAMER Lab update: Tobii, Ruby Hamilton and eye tracking tech

Posted by Michael Lisinski on November 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

"Ever wished your computer could respond to your thoughts? Good news – it can."

This is the line with which Tobii -- the world's leader in eye tracking technology -- showcases its futuristic EyeX peripheral. What's more is that the technology described by this line is coming to UOIT.

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

The UOIT Gaming Lab

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on October 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

In this month’s adventure, I was given a tour of UOIT’s Games And Media Entertainment Research (GAMER) Lab by its Research Director, Dr. Lennart Nacke.  Dr. Nacke teaches in the Game Development and Entrepreneurship undergraduate program at UOIT, and has a PhD in Digital Game Development.  Dr. Nacke’s vision is to “create interactive entertainment systems for everyday computers that are mobile and usable in everyday life.”

This lab is FULL of cutting-edge technology. 

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Business and Information Technology