How Do I Sign Up for the Global Game Jam 2018??

We’ve already talked about the Global Game Jam on this blog; and the fact that this opportunity to compete in a global challenge with other gamers is one that can’t be missed. So now that we’ve peaked your interest, this blog will tell you what you should know about the #GGJ2018 and what to prepare for once you’ve signed up.

To start with, we want to tell you what your ticket purchase includes. The hosts of the Global Game Jam event at Coleman, the IGDA, have dedicated the funds from the event to providing food for the participants as well as other resources to help make this event as awesome as possible for all who attend! Starting Friday evening on January 26, 2018 participants will start arriving at the Coleman campus to set up their equipment and find spots to get settled in. You can bring in your own computers, laptops, and monitors to use for the weekend as well as any other special resources that you need to effectively code or design. Since the participants will be here from Friday night to Sunday afternoon Coleman University has not only provided campus space for this event, we will be making sure that there is a computer for everyone who registers. The point of this event is to mimic the conditions and stresses of game design and development so make sure that you come prepared to work hard, but we want you to be comfortable while doing it! So if you prefer to code in your bunny slippers, make sure to bring them along too.

What if you don’t have any team members lined up when you register? Well that is certainly no problem. Once the theme for the challenge is announced on Friday night, participants will then have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with others, and teams will form based on which projects participants want to join. The proposed projects will not all be videogame based because board games, card games, and any other styles of game are all welcome submissions. Since the submissions don’t have to be a videogame, participants who do not have coding experience are not excluded from being a part of this event. A passion for gaming and creating fun projects is the only requirement needed! The fun comes from the thrill of joining a team and bringing a great game to life in only three days.

Once teams have finished their projects, they will be submitted to the Global Game Jam site and published. Visitors to the site can still see games from previous years and even play some of them as well! For a game developer or designer, this can be a great addition to any resume and will add invaluable experience to help put you ahead. Being able to perfect your teamwork and problem solving skills while also creating a game from scratch is something that many recruiters look for in a potential hire. Why not put the Global Game Jam onto your resume this year?

If your family or friends are interested in seeing the event and coming by to show support, they are more than welcome! There will be visiting hours for friends and family, however, since time is limited and teams will have to work around the clock, visitors will not be able to stay overnight. We will also have special guests from radio station FM 94.9 on our campus live streaming and getting involved with participants. Hamby from the Casual Gamers podcast will be on our campus broadcasting from his Twitch channel, so you definitely don’t want to miss out on that! Head over to the official Eventbrite page for more information and the link to register as a participant: http://bit.ly/GGJ18Coleman. See you there! #GGJ2018

Turn your passion for gaming, coding, or design into a degree and a lifelong career! With a degree in Game Design from Coleman University, along with all the first-hand professional game development experience of our instructors, our graduates have the knowledge and the connections to build a solid career in game development and design. Call us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our programs at (858) 499-0202! Turn your “Dreams into Reality” now, classes start January 8, 2018!

The Cybersecurity Club Gets a New Identity!

The Cybersecurity Club at Coleman University will henceforth be known as… Team Antikythera! You may be thinking, “Team What?!” and to answer your question, Team Antikythera is named after the Antikythera Mechanism, the earliest known mechanical analog computer. In ancient Greece, it was used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes, as well as the Olympiads; the cycles of the ancient Olympic Games.

Over 2,000 years later, the mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, and now resides at the National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

 

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The ancient Greek-designed Antikythera mechanism, dating between 150 and 100 BC, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Like the mechanism, Team Antikythera is the first of its kind at Coleman University. Its purpose is to bring students together for the opportunity to gain real world, practical experience in configuring, defending and attacking computer networks.  As well as to facilitate open communication between participants of various backgrounds of experience.  This will help alleviate stress for new students while honing the skills of senior students and Alumni.  Participation in study groups for classes and IT Certifications, and Penetration Lab events will be a mainstay of the program.

After the name change, the next step for Team Antikythera to fully utilize its new identity was to create a logo. Instead of just a wordmark, an icon was preferred in order to incorporate some of the visual components of the Antikythera mechanism. The goal was to create an icon that could stand on its own, avoiding a direct illustration of the mechanism, while still displaying a clear connection to it. The most prominent pieces of the technical schematic were used, shown below, and the logo grew from that center element.

 

Schematic of the artifact's known mechanism (left) with elements used in design highlighted (right)

Schematic of the artifact’s known mechanism (left) with elements used in design highlighted (right)

Choices, choices, choices

Choices, choices, choices

 

After the two main circular & crossed shapes were isolated, smaller elements were brought in, and the mechanism was abstracted further. A lot of possibilities emerged, but Team Antikythera held the deciding vote in what was to be their new logo & icon. The team went with the one of the least abstracted logos, sticking close to the analog roots of their new chosen name.

 

Final logo for Team Antikythera

The final logo for Team Antikythera

 

For more information about Team Antikythera, please click here. If you are interested in forming your own student club at Coleman University, please speak with your Student Services Advisor.

Why Become a Cybersecurity Major?

Despite coming into the field for the earning potential, it becomes obvious that once we start on the path to attaining our Degrees, we quickly come to realize there is much more to it than that.  Learning the OSI Model, IPv4, IPv6, Subnetting, TCP/IP protocols, different kinds of Malware, Viruses and DDoS attacks are just a few of the things we have to master!  However, going through all of that work and attaining an Associate and then a Bachelor’s will only help to open the door to a new career for students willing to do the work.

Then there are Certifications!  The A+ (901/902), Network+, and Security+ are but the stepping stones into a much larger world.  Network+, Security+, Security Certification Path (SSCP) & Security Certification Path (CISSP) & the latest CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) is the best road to take for Certifications to becoming a Computer Security Specialist.  Fortunately, Coleman covers the cost of the A+, Net+ & Sec+ Certifications.  Otherwise, we would be spending hundreds of dollars just to take the tests!

Beyond those two things are extracurricular activities that many companies look for in their employees. What are those you ask?  Great question!  Just two weeks ago, I couldn’t give you an answer! Now I can!  Did you know that Coleman University has an Electric Vehicle Club?  How about a 3D Printing Club? How about a Cyber Security Club or a university blog?  Believe it or not, they exist!  Why should you care?  Another great question!  Here is why you must care, these things are volunteer and networking opportunities just waiting to happen!  Professionals from the fields of electrical engineering, software development & numerous others are lined up to pass down their knowledge and potentially offer amazing jobs to those of us who are willing to put in a few extra hours a week to work together and build something truly special! The more you are willing to get involved and work towards bettering yourself in the field of Cybersecurity the more benefits you will reap when it’s time to graduate.

We, the students of Coleman University have a voice!  We can do more here than simply come to class, write papers, read books and take tests. We can USE the numerous skills we are learning to create opportunities!  We just need to use our voice to let the school know we are willing and able to do so.

In order to help my fellow students navigate these requirements and resources, I am starting the Cyber Security Club at Coleman. The aim of this club is to bring us together to network with each other, study for classes or certifications, disseminate activity information and to help get us involved with group projects. If you are interested, please email me. If for some reason you can’t make it to the club meetings, I am the Cybersecurity tutor at Coleman and you can come to the Tutoring Center (located in the Library) at any time Monday through Thursday for help. I am here to help in any way that I can!

Cybersecurity Club First Meeting

The all-new Cybersecurity Club at Coleman University meets this Wednesday at 4pm in the Library. This student-led club offers Network & Cybersecurity students a chance to meet others in their program and form study groups for certification and classroom tests.

From the club president:

As Network Security/Cybersecurity Students, we need a way to network with each other.  Forming study groups for taking Certification & Classroom tests, meeting professionals in the field, etc.  There is a lot out there for us right now and the world is changing everyday.  We need tools to help us keep up and one of the first places we should look at is ourselves.

Email Shawn Joseph or stop by the Center for Academic Success for more information.