We're building a new IT HOTHOUSE web portal, to make it easier for other schools to join in and collaborate. Bear with us! Might take us a few months.
Watch IT HOTHOUSE/UPT Digital Students On Seven Sharp (TVNZ):
Hello California! We'd like to welcome our latest IT Hothouse pods: North Ridge Digital at North Ridge Elementary and Vista Heights Digital (in the process of setting up the site!) at Vista Heights Middle School in Moreno Valley, California!
Matteo Harley-Mackie a.k.a Onichomp has produced a single for US rapper, Mickey Napalm. The single entitled "Toxic Elements" has been released on vinyl (January 2013) by Austrian Label Hirntrust. Matteo has receive copies of the single. He's looking forward to collaborating with more artists around the globe and has released several Digital E.Ps and Albums with Toxic Elements being his first vinyl release. Matteo also has a single coming out on Japanese speed core artist m1dy's CD compilation, due for release on New Year's Eve in Japan. Matteo has also started his own label "Noise War".
UPT Digital's Youth Hub Barbadoes Work:
UPT Digital students Blair Reed and Mitchell Denton are the project leads of the IT strategy for the new Youth Hub initiative in Christchurch. The new Hub is home to 22+ local and national government services for youth and youth-related projects such as the Youth Market, White Elephant, the RDU Mobile Unit and the Student Army.
Visit the website live at: www.youthhub.org.nz
Follow the development process here.
UPT Digital NCEA Project
How do you get a bunch of teenagers to do a research project on whether a mobile application can change behavior? Get them to make a swear app! Check out UPT Digital's The reCURSIVE Project.
UPT Digital Programmer, Mitchell Denton, has just released FSX Visualator, an exciting new application that enables you to see Microsoft Flight Simulator X in whole new way. This application fills the gap that’s been missing, having the ability to view all your flight data in one place LIVE. The application enables you to view all the flight data you will need in one simple place. Using SimConnect it allows it to run on local or network computer with minimal configuration. Congratulations to Mitchell for making his first $100+ through app sales in May 2012!
Pyroclastic Game Studios
Three Year 9 students, Ashok Jacob, Finlay Palmer and Josh Cathro, have started a UPT Digital games development team called Pyroclastic Studios and Year 12 student, Jay Harris (UPT Digital Freelance Programmer), has been mentoring the team. They have created a game in Visual Studio, using the XNA Framework and are now working on porting the game to Android and iOS using Mono For Android and Mono Touch - thanks Xamarin!
Our New Location
UPT Digital is a games | web | apps development class at Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti high school, in Christchurch, NZ. It is the flagship pod of IT HOTHOUSE, a global brand being developed by the students to duplicate the model in other schools worldwide. This is a ground up innovation, co-created by students and the Project Developer, Renea Mackie. UPT DIgital collaborates directly with industry mentors worldwide. Mentors have been donating their time since the end of 2009, to help students build a model FOR students that nurtures tech entrepreneurs.
IT HOTHOUSE Pods use Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Expression Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Autodesk Maya, Unity 3D Game Engine, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Apache, Linux, MySQL, WAMP, LAMP, MAMP, Mono For Android, Mono Touch, Atlassian JIRA with Greenhopper and Confluence, and anything else the students choose to use - they decide.
UPT Digital has development teams, freelancers, and an enterprise team working on Outreach Projects, particularly in the area of NFP Youth Organizations.
Students are not taught in a traditional sense. They are provided with the scaffolding necessary to support their own learning, and industry mentors are an integral part of our structure.
Our aim is to provide students with experience and knowledge to make informed choices about their tertiary study path, and to prepare them for a real world work environment.
QUICK LINK: CLICK HERE to learn about the IT HOTHOUSE model and how we do things.
UPT Digital Presentations:
UPT Digital @ Microsoft Tech Ed 2011 in Auckland! > Click Here
UPT Digital @ Tech Hui 2011 in Wellington! > Click Here
UPT Digital @ NZiDev 2010 > Click Here
THANKS TO OUR RECENT VISITORS:
Prof. Tom Furness, HITLab
Matt Richardson and Tom McBrearty, Effectus and Enterprise North Canterbury
Bob Parker, CCC
Mike Field, CYDP
Dave Lane and Josh Campbell, Catalyst IT
Gabrielle McKee, ISENGLISH
Mike Hilliard and Blair Willems, GCSN
Jason Armishaw, LIFEHACK
John Ward and Hamish Roy, VBridge
Ed Wegner and Tanmay Bhola, Tait
Seeby Woodhouse, Voyager
Jamie Cairns, Vodafone
Malkiat Singh, Kiwikispeed
Carey Bishop, Telogis
Steve Davis, IITP ICT-Connect
Helen Shorthouse and Tim Trewinnard, CDC
Ian McCrae and the team, Orion Health
Peter Young, Youth Hub Barbadoes
Michael Trengrove, Orion Health
John Holt, Kiwi Landing Pad
Larry Podmore, Pono Innovations Ltd
Paul Swettenham, Sapien
Prof Rob Lindeman Adrian Clark, HITLabNZ (Gesture Based Game Design)
Sam Prebble, Weta Digital
Brett Roberts, Wharf24 (via Skype)
Peter Jones, ARANZ
Micke Ring, It's Showtime! (via Skype)
Simon Kong, The Greenhorn Company
Andrew Plimmer, Motim Technologies
Rebekah Wilson, WiFi For Humanity
John Ascroft and Colleen Bardsley, Jade Software
Hanno Sander, OneRobot
Myles Sutherland, ESRI
Rony Kubat, MIT
Also, a special thanks to the Canterbury Software Cluster for being such interesting and gracious hosts.
We're delighted to announce our first test pod in 2012 from John McGlashan College (Dunedin)!
INTRODUCING UPT DIGITAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Congratulations again to JAY HARRIS who has just started an internship with local games developers Stickmen Studios!
OUR CUTTING EDGE MENTORS: Mark Finch, from the Graphics Group at Microsoft Research, is working on a very cool new Freeform Vector Graphics program. You can check out the video from their SIGGRAPH Asia '11 Presentation here and download the program to try it out here. You will need lots of RAM and a decent graphics card!
Mark made this profile pic for Renea, using the Freeform Vector Graphics program:
UPT Digital and the Earthquakes: See the photos and check out our stories > here.
LATEST NEWS : UPT Digital has relocated to the Wairarapa Campus at the University of Canterbury's Dovedale site.