Global Game Jam® Returns to Coleman University

Developers and gaming enthusiasts around the world will be participating in this weekend long design/development marathon, from January 20 through the 22nd 2017, and Coleman University will be the only location in San Diego that will be hosting it!  Participants are challenged with creating a working video game  throughout the weekend that follows a theme that will not be revealed until the first day of the event.

Working around the clock and in teams, participants will have to collaborate and simultaneously develop various elements of a game. As if this wasn’t challenging enough, each team is competing with groups in and outside of the U.S. who are working towards the same goal. Though it seems like a difficult challenge, this event is not meant to divide teams. In fact, it is meant to unite teams and create a more connected and collaborative game development community.

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) website says it best:  “The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.” The GGJ will also be broadcast on Twitch so you can follow the action from your mobile device or gaming console.

Coleman has opened this event to any developer, or game enthusiast that wants to participate; that includes graphic designers who are experienced in character design and developing, and software developers who have worked with game coding. The entry fee is $10 and participants must register by January 19th to be eligible to join. The campus will be open for the entire event, and participants will be sleeping and working here at Coleman to finish the challenge.

Last year, we had an impressive number of participants, not just our own students, but many talented developers from around San Diego who wanted to join in as well. Coleman University is the ONLY location in San Diego that will be hosting the GGJ so you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to meet and work with other game developers in San Diego.

You can visit www.globalgamejam.org or Eventbrite to register, get more information about the challenge, clips and links for past game submissions, an FAQ page, and much more! We hope to see you there!

An Interview with Travis Vasquez, Instructor, Game Programming Development and Design

Global Game Jam® (GGJ) has become a fast-growing event at Coleman University. For the past two years, we have hosted this event to help bring together gamers, artists, and developers from around San Diego to prove just how much talent lives in this city. The dates for the 2017 GGJ are January 20-22, so we sat down with one of our own Game Programming Development and Design instructors, Travis Vasquez, to talk about the importance of this event and the benefits to participants.

How long have you been working with the Global Game Jam?

“Coleman University and the San Diego IGDA started working together in May of 2015 and three months later we held our first GGJ in August on the campus. With the success of that event, we decided to continue holding IGDA events at Coleman University. Since 2015, we have held Game Jam events twice a year.”

What are the benefits, immediate and otherwise, for participants?

“The main benefit is networking with fellow developers and industry veterans. This event will get you out of your comfort zone and break free from your shell to collaborate, brainstorm, and have fun.”

Do you have any favorite games that have come out of this challenge over the years?

“I don’t necessarily have a favorite game, but I do have a favorite experience. Last year’s event was the first time where VR (virtual reality) was available for participants to work with. Jeep Barnett from Valve was kind enough to come down for the weekend to attend the GGJ at Coleman University and offer the use of two Dev HTC Vives for participants to develop on. I remember one team decided to create a game in VR where the player was on a row boat and with the two controllers in hand, the player had to figure out how to move the boat across the water and through various obstacles, going forward, backward, right, and left. It was really great to see this new technology being used by our students.”

How do you sign up to participate in this event?

“Anyone who is interested can join in. The cost is $10 and includes a free lunch. Registration ends on January 19. Visit Eventbrite to register and for more information.”

What do you recommend that people bring with them for this challenge?

“Participants should bring their own equipment, especially items that they are used to working with (i.e. computers, laptops, monitors, headphones, Wacom tablets, etc). We also suggest including water, snacks, sleeping bags and a pillow, if you plan on staying for the full weekend. Basically, bring what you need to be comfortable for two days.”

How have you been preparing Coleman students for this event?

“We have other participants (Coleman students) that come into the classrooms and talk about their past Game Jam experience. Faculty discuss with students what to expect when they arrive, how the process works, and the importance of networking with other participants.”

Will you be showcasing the final product after the event is over?

“Just like last year, IGDA will host all the submitted/completed games on their website, which can be accessed at any time after the event is over. Many of the 2016 Global Game Jam projects are available to play on the IGDA site. If you are interested in attending the event and working with local game developers, please feel free to join in!”

Coleman University Program Director Mentors High School Team for CS Championship

With the first two qualification rounds behind them, two teams from SET (School for Entrepreneurship and Technology ) Charter High School in San Diego are gearing up to participate in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition State Round, beginning January 15, 2017.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program conceived by the Airforce Association to inspire students to work towards achieving a degree in Cybersecurity, as well as focusing on building a career in the field.

This exacting competition provides high school and middle school teams (in separate competitions) with operating system virtual images for which they are tasked with not only finding vulnerabilities, but also hardening the systems themselves. This competition will simulate a real world experience of being an IT professional running the network for a small company. The SET Charter High School students have worked hard to reach this milestone in their CyberSecurity skill development and this event is a great opportunity to show off what they have learned. The winning teams of this round, and the Regional Championships, will be given an all-expenses paid trip to Baltimore Maryland for the National Finals Competition, where they will be competing for scholarships and national recognition.

The two teams from SET are being mentored and monitored by Bill Reid, LCDR USN (Ret) the Program Director for Cybersecurity and Software Development at Coleman University.

Coleman University Students Volunteer for CyberFest 2016

Coleman University students recently donated their time and talent for the Securing Our eCity® Foundation’s CyberFest 2016 event at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in October. The students decorated 500 gift boxes for CyberFest 2016 attendees. For these efforts, Coleman received a bronze level sponsorship and recognition in the event program.

CyberFest is an annual single-day program for professionals, business leaders, and technologists, representing who’s who in the world of cyber. This year’s theme was “The Future is Now.” Topics included panel discussions on surviving a cyber disaster and securing the Internet of Things.

The keynote speaker for the event was Eric O’Neill, former counter terrorism and counter intelligence operative for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. O’Neill is credited with playing a major role in the arrest, conviction, and eventual sentencing of FBI agent, Robert Hanssen for spying on behalf of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. He speaks regularly on topics such as cybersecurity, espionage, fraud, corporate diligence and defense. The closing speaker was Ambassador R. James Woolsey, former lead for the U.S. Central Intelligence and former director of Central Intelligence. He frequently contributes articles for major publications, media interviews and presentations on the subjects of energy, foreign affairs, defense, and intelligence.

Students packing boxes.

Finished boxes stacked.

Student spray painting boxes.

Close up shot of spray paint stencil.

Student working on packing boxes.

Three students smiling after the project is complete.

Coleman University Students Build a Hybrid-electric Mini Moke

Side view of Mini MokeSmall, yellow and from the 60’s. A car like this may not seem to catch a lot of attention, but that is not the case with this specific Mini Moke. The car, a project worked on by students from Coleman University, is making an impression.

Electric and hybrid vehicles have been a rising trend for many years. EVs are sustainable, reliable and economical. And, in states like California, they are especially big; since the government incentivizes the purchase of electrical vehicles with discounts, tax breaks and rebates.

Staying in tune with this trend, students from Coleman University built a hybrid-electric, 4WD Mini Moke – the first four-wheel drive plug-in hybrid electric Moke ever made in California – with mentorship from members of the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute (ENVI), located on Coleman University campus.

Mini Moke on displayThe hybrid-electric Mini Moke was displayed at Electric Vehicle Day on September 17 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. EV Day in San Diego is the premier event for energy conscious vehicle owners and EV enthusiasts. The event was part of the National Drive Electric Week celebration. And, the achievement is being praised not only by the proud participants, but also by the media. The San Diego Business Journal showcased the yellow hybrid-electric Mini Moke in an October 10 special report about sustainability.


“Students from Coleman University built a hybrid-electric, 4WD Mini Moke – the first four-wheel drive plug-in hybrid electric Moke ever made in California – with mentorship from members of the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute (ENVI).”

The Mini Moke has a long history. At first, British Motors Corporation (BMC) released the original Mini Moke for military purposes, in the late 1950’s. The gasoline-powered off-road vehicle was designed to be light and small, so it could be dropped by parachutes at war zones. The car wasn’t well received by the British Army; its small wheels were not a good fit for its off-road goal. Afterwards, BMC tried to release it as a low-cost option of a small car for civilians, however it was also unsuccessful. Even though the Mini Moke had an unfortunate beginning, the car eventually achieved success, being now used on beach areas and resorts around the world. But the car stopped being produced in 1993.

The students started the Mini Moke project after a client, an Encinitas resident, provided them with it and asked them to build an electric vehicle that could drive 20 miles round trip. The client’s main purpose was to be able to take his daughter to school and back every day.

They accepted the challenge and worked with ENVI mentors to adapt the gasoline-powered vehicle to an electric system. They installed new batteries, an electric motor and other necessary electronics in order to make the car function properly. And they found a smart way to make everything fit, even with the small space they had available. The new batteries are located under the running boards and the electric motor is under the seats.
Mini Moke in the shop

Front dashboard of Mini Moke


“The students started the Mini Moke project after a client, an Encintas resident, asked them to build an electric vehicle that could drive 20 miles round trip.”

According to Dr. James Burns, ENVI founder and Executive Vice-President at TransPower, a market leader in adapting battery-electric technologies to Class-8 trucks and busses, this project is important because it shows the strength of the student/mentor dynamic and also, it has a sense of community. “This collaboration focuses on the Moke because it is a community-sponsored team approach to designing and building complex products. It promotes electric vehicle learning and interest in the community, it has a public demonstration as a goal, and it results in the first of its kind 4WD plug-in hybrid with between 15 and 25 miles of range in EV mode,” says Dr. Burns.


“This collaboration focuses on the Moke because it is a community-sponsored team approach to designing and building complex products. It promotes electric vehicle learning and interest in the community.” – Dr. James Burns, ENVI founder.

The uniqueness of the 4WD plug-in hybrid Mini Moke and its colorful bodywork helped to make the car a success. And it proves that even the most unexpected gasoline-powered vehicle can be adapted to an electrical system.

ENVI is a volunteer-led organization located on the Coleman University campus. It is a place where engineering, mathematics, computer science, and other technology focused areas students get together to do experiential complex projects and practice what they are learning. ENVI meetings take place on Saturday and some weeknights. But repowering vehicles is not the only project the ENVI students have. They are currently working with flying drones, autonomous underwater vehicles and ground vehicles development. Their projects go where their curiosity and imagination takes them. Making ENVI a place to learn and experiment.


“ENVI students are currently working with flying drones, autonomous underwater vehicles and ground vehicles development. Their projects go where their curiosity and imagination takes them.”

This hands-on approach translates to an impressive resume for the students. It is a practical way to show potential employees the work they have done and how they have mastered new trends while tackling innovative projects. This kind of experience can increase the chance of employment at big companies. At ENVI, teams are always working on new, short-term projects, usually 6-12 weeks in duration.

Coleman Hosts Job Fair & Open House on Sept. 20

Coleman University will host a job fair and an open house on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The job fair will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and the open house will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on our campus at 8888 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. The public is invited to attend.

Technology Focused Companies Seek Qualified Applicants from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Meet with the area’s top tech firms and network with your peers at the job fair. Attendees are encouraged to wear business attire and bring plenty of résumés. The following companies are registered to attend: Abacus Data Systems, AIS™ Data Centers, AVSD (Audio Video San Diego), California Coast Credit Union, CCS Global Tech, CGI Federal, Cobham Microelectronic Solutions, Computers 2 SD Kids, Financial Coach 4 U, FortuneBuilders, H&R Block®, Infinite Corporation, Manpower®, PM Talent Global, Randstad Technologies, Robert Half®, ScaleMatrix, SoftHQ, TriTech Software Systems, and the US Army®. Refreshments will be served.

Meet Instructors and Staff at the Open House from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Learn more about the technology-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees available at Coleman University. Program directors from the colleges of cybersecurity, software development, graphic design, game programming design and development, and graduate studies will be available to answer any questions about the programs and courses. Meet with members of the admission and financial aid staffs and find out more about Coleman’s extracurricular student clubs, from Team Antikythera (the cybersecurity club) to ENVI (envi-us.org), the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute based on the Coleman campus. The ENVI-Coleman-San Diego Mesa College’s student-designed-and-built autonomous robotic submarine used in this year’s RoboSub competition, will be on display.

Classes start on Monday, October 17. For more information about the job fair or open house, contact us at 858-499-0202.

Showcase Your Company at the Job Fair
Space is still available to register your business at the job fair. There is no registration fee. Companies will be provided with tables and chairs. For more information, contact Robert Sweigart, Director of Career Services at 858-499-0202 or send email to rsweigart@coleman.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

Coleman University Partners with San Diego IGDA for Game Jam

Game Jam 3 August 2016

One of the many award-winning Game Jam teams

Who likes video gaming? We do! In August, students from Coleman University’s Game Programming Development and Design program, members of San Diego’s International Game Developers Association, and enthusiastic gamers from the San Diego area converged on campus for 3 days of game development and play.

Teams brought their own laptops, desktops and gaming accessories, or made use of Coleman’s Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets to design and develop unique games based on the theme “Group Think.” See the groups pitch their gaming idea presentations and watch interviews with participants here.

At the end of the event, gamers voted on each other’s games and awards were given to the following:

Grand Prize – Synch or Swim
Best Design – Holes of Glory
Best Art – Band Kids
Best Audio – Pizza Cat
Best Abstract – Get to Work
Judge’s Award – Twitch Plays Trivia

All games can be viewed and played at https://itch.io/jam/sdgamejam/results. Thanks to the many participants and organizers with the San Diego IDGA for another successful Game Jam event!

Find out how our Game Programming Development and Design program prepares students by teaching character development, story-telling, 3D-image rendering, animation, and environmental modeling. Call us today at 858-499-0202 or request more information here.

 

Coleman-ENVI-Mesa College Team Places 17th Overall in 2016 International RoboSub Event

2016 RoboSub Team: Dan Wolfson (ENVI Volunteer), Rod Weiss (Coleman Advisor), Nick Cantrell (Student, Mesa College), Rob Gubala (ENVI Volunteer), Bradly Risse (Student, Coleman), Mike Stephens (Student, Coleman), Choi Ng (Student, Coleman), and Mong Ng (Student, Coleman), Dr. James Burns (ENVI Volunteer).

2016 RoboSub Team: Dan Wolfson (ENVI Volunteer), Rod Weiss (Coleman Advisor), Nick Cantrell (Student, Mesa College), Rob Gubala (ENVI Volunteer), Bradly Risse (Student, Coleman), Mike Stephens (Student, Coleman), Choi Ng (Student, Coleman), and Mong Ng (Student, Coleman), Dr. James Burns (ENVI Volunteer).

Led by Dr. James Burns, co-founder of the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute (ENVI) and founder of electric trucking start-up TransPower, Bradley Risse, Team President Coleman University and Nick Cantrell, Team Captain, San Diego Mesa College, the group went sub-to-sub against 46 formidable opponents from all over the globe in the 19th annual International RoboSub competition that was held July 25-31, 2016 at the SSC Pacific TRANSDEC in Point Loma, CA. This year marks the team’s first entry in the competition. The finals event can be viewed on the RoboSub website.

“We believe this student-run effort produced several firsts and best practices – intercollegiate teaming and cooperation within the San Diego unmanned community, novel use of gaming and VR technologies, and unique application of deep-learning techniques, thanks in part to a gift received by Coleman from IBM,” said Dr. Burns, ENVI. “With continuity and experience, this team will undoubtedly have a strong chance of a top 10 finish next year.”

The student-designed and built-from-scratch autonomous robotic submarines are required to complete a difficult series of visual- and acoustic-based tasks, which simulate the work required of robotic subs in many facets of underwater activity. In addition to a team introductory video, teams were required to submit a journal paper that outlined their design strategy, vehicle design and experimental results.

“Coleman is proud to support its students and the ENVI volunteers in their first RoboSub competition,” said Norbert J. Kubilus, President and CEO, Coleman University. “We look forward to the group’s future collaborations on developing unmanned vehicles that have practical applications.”

Coleman RoboSub Team Featured In Union-Tribune

The Coleman University team certainly made waves at the 2016 International RoboSub Competition. Qualifying in their first year, the team had a strong finish but fell short of the finals. The event was covered by local media including the San Diego Union-Tribune: full story

Four teams from San Diego competed: Coleman University’s Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute; San Diego City College; San Diego State University’s Mechantronics Club; and San Diego Robotics 101 — made up of three seniors from local high schools.

Check back for our recap posted on the Coleman University Blog.

CW6 Comic-Con Art Contest

Scott Norton, Graphic Design Program Director at Coleman University, was live on CW6 News in the Morning today just steps away from Comic-Con. Scott was joined by Michelle Currier, winner of the CW6 Comic-Con Art Contest. Coleman University had the unique privilege to sponsor this great contest and we congratulate Michelle on her winning entry.

Coleman University’s Associate of Science Graphic Design (ASGD) degree immerses students in the fundamentals of Graphic Design and applied visual communication. Graduates of this degree program will possess key skills that individual students may leverage into a wide variety of career paths in print and web media, advertising, content development, entertainment and art. This program emphasizes the commercial application of design and is designed specifically to accelerate the professional success of the designers who graduate.

For more information visit our Graphic Design Program page.