Reflections on Mix on Campus at QUT

I attended the first Mix on Campus event at QUT on Tuesday. For Microsoft this was the first event of its kind aimed at students and staff to introduce innovations taking place in web design and implementation. An old acquaintance of mine, Simon Kaplan, now Dean of the Faculty of IT at QUT provided the venue and opened the day. We had a quick chat about introductory programming languages.

Our opening speaker was Bryn Giles from QANTM and he took us on a whirlwind tour of Web 2.0 and some gaming developments. Just before lunch we had another academic, Ross Brown from QUT, who gave a detailed run through his research projects in his take on Games Development. Ross concentrates on the mechanics and economics of games software development, and the associated complex workflows. His ideas on digital asset manufacturing, a Henry Ford-like industrial production line for games audio, video and software components are worth following.

Most valuable to the assembled students though were the presentations from the Brisbane web building companies, Speedwell and JSA Digital, and the guys from provocative startup, Faraday Media, Ashley Angell and Chris Saad (the APML guy). Rather than designers the new descriptor seems to be front end developers – the world of design and development is coming together, and each end of the spectrum is expected to have at least some crossover skills.

The afternoon session was taken up by the inimitable Nick Hodge who showed the Silverlight-based cool Popfly mashup generator, and the indistinct Scott Barnes dived deeply into Silverlight, XAML, the Expressions suite and the world of rich Internet applications that will come and take over the web.

A big thank you should go out to Nick Ellery for creating and organising the event.

There were several Movember mos around as well.


About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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