Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Hoopla Brings Gamification to Sales

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Get in the game

We play games for fun and relaxation. We can use games to help us learn things. Now, Hoopla has introduced Game Center – a new module that motivates sales staff to increase their productivity through contests and friendly competition. Hoopla uses game mechanics to inspire sales performance and is currently only available through Salesforce.

An article in CRM Buyer reviews the successes and challenges of using gamification. Cogswell College faculty member, Albert Chen, was interviewed by the publication and provided extensive insight into the potential pitfalls of a poorly designed game.

“However, just like leaderboards in video games, if they are not well thought out, they can potentially have a negative effect,” said Chen.

Do you think a game to encourage competition to increase your productivity would motivate you to do more?

Just Make That Game Already!

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Blendo Games' Atom Zombie Smasher'

Blendo Game Designer, Brendon Chung, has a simple answer to the question, “How do I get started making games.” His answer is, “Make stuff. And then make more stuff.”

Great ideas are – well – not so great if they stay in your head or scratched out on a piece of paper. Until you actually start building something, you have no idea whether or not it will work or be any fun to play. At Cogswell College, we agree with Mr. Chung’s premise – you learn best by doing – so that’s the way we design our coursework.

Yes, learning good design theory will make your job easier and increase your chances for success but unless you get your hands dirty, you’ll never know if your idea has potential.

Read Brendon Chung’s amusing guide to getting started in video game design.

Reason Group Meets at Cogswell College

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

If you are a Propellerhead, then you just missed a chance to mingle with and learn from some of the best in the field. On May 4, 23 Reason fans gathered in the Dragon’s Den at Cogswell College to dive more deeply into the features and functionality of Reason 7.

One enthusiast drove all the way up from Los Angeles to meet some of his idols. “I got to meet Peff & EditEd as well as other Reason users from the Bay area,” he said.

More events are sure to follow!

Alan Strahsburg showing off what's new in Propellerhead Reason 7

Ed Bauman showing 'ReCover' work he did for Frederic Riesterer

Kurt Kurasaki from PEEF demoing how to use Rack Extension plugins Directre and Buffre

Cogswell Commencement 2013 is a Wrap

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2013

Cogswell College held its 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11. Participants processed into the hall to stirring strains of the Stewart Highlands Pipe Band of Menlo Park.

The ceremony took place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View in the second floor in the Hahn Auditorium. Cogswell individually recognized each of the 36 graduates participating in the ceremony as they received their diplomas onstage.

Presiding Officials included: Ms. Janis Paulson, President; Dr. Deborah Snyder, Provost; Mr. Michael Martin, Dean of the College, Dr. Kathleen Broome Williams, representing the Cogswell College Faculty Senate.

Before the diploma presentations began, outstanding students, faculty and staff received well-deserved recognition. Award presenters included: Ms. Janis Paulson for the Staff award, Dr. Deborah Snyder for the Faculty awards, Mr. Michael Huber for Digital Art and Animation, Dr. Kathleen Broome Williams for General Education, Dr. Timothy Duncan for Digital Audio Technology, Mr. Bret Sweet for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Younes Mourchid for Fire Science, Ms. Josie Alexander for Student Life and Mr. Nirmal Singh for the Legacy Award.

Faculty Award Recipients, Group L to R, Susan Harby received the John & Ginnie Chin Excellence in Teaching Award; Karen Keister, Director DAA program; Jonali Bhattacharyya, received the Dorothy Scholten Award for Excellence in Teaching; Deborah Synder, Provost; and Janis Paulson, Cogswell President

  • Student Award Recipients:
    • 2013 Outstanding Student, Digital Art and Animation – Taylor Hodgson-Scott
    • 2013 Outstanding Student, Digital Audio Technology – Kaleb Grace and Francesco Grieco
    • 2013 Outstanding Student, Entrepreneurship – Eric Tran and Zachary Irwin
    • 2013 Outstanding Student, General Education – Jessica Burgoyne
    • 2013 Outstanding Student, Student Life – Aaron Weingarten
    • 2013 National Fire Academy Achievement Award – James Bryla
    • 2013 National Fire Academy Achievement Award – Alfredo Estrada
    • 2013 National Fire Academy Achievement Award – Harry Higgins
    • 2013 National Fire Academy Achievement Award – Mark Walker
    • 2013 Henry Cogswell Legacy Award – Marialuisa Yazar
  • Faculty Award Recipients:
    • 2013 Dorothy Scholten Award for Excellence in Teaching – Jonali Bhattacharyya
    • 2013 John & Ginnie Chin Excellence in Teaching Award – Susan Harby
  • Staff Award Recipient: 2013 President’s Award for Outstanding Staff – Milla Zlatanov

For their high academic achievement, graduates Mark Walker, Degrees at a Distance/Fire Science and Jeannette Thomas, Digital Art and Animation and Kaleb Grace, Digital Audio Technology were selected to speak to the estimated 350 graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff in attendance.

Former Cogswell Chancellor, Chuck House. Mr. House sits on the Board of the Computer History Museum and helped arrange hosting Cogswell's commencement there.

Joel Slayton, Executive Director of ZERO1 delivered the Commencement Address.

Commencement Keynote Speaker, Joel Slayton, Executive Director of ZERO1

About the Commencement Speaker: Mr. Slayton took the helm of ZERO1 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Mr. Slayton is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he served as Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media from 1988 to 2008. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers in the United States dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art.

Back in Time with Cogswell College Commencements

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Since our 2013 Commencement takes place tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to take a look at a few of the graduating classes. Our first graduation ceremony took place in 1891.

Faculty and Graduates on the steps of our first campus in 1911.

Class of 1957

Centenial Celebration in 1987 when past grads joined us for Commencement

Class of 1999

Class of 2007

Joel Slayton Delivers 2013 Cogswell College Commencement Address

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Cogswell College is pleased to announce that Joel Slayton will provide the keynote address at its upcoming Commencement. The ceremony takes place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 11:00am.

Mr. Slayton took the helm of ZERO1 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Mr. Slayton is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he served as Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media from 1988 to 2008. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers in the United States dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art.

Mr. Slayton has also served on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) from 1999 to 2008, and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book. Most recently, he served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Selected as the first recipient of the Pick-Laudati Award by the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Mr. Slayton is considered a pioneer in the field of art and technology. As an artist, his artworks, which engage with a wide range of media technology, including information mapping, networks and interactive visualization, have been featured in over one hundred exhibitions internationally. An original member of the Visible Language Workshop at MIT in the mid 1970s, he received a National Endowment for the Arts award for his public art spectacles, and was selected for the Xerox Parc Pair Artists in Residence Program. His research explores social software, cooperation models and network visualization. His published academic papers include “Social Software,” “Entailment Mesh,” “The Re= Purpose of Information” and “The Ontology of Organization as System.”

In addition to his artistic practice, from 1998 to 2007, Mr. Slayton was president and founder of C5 Corporation. C5 is a hybrid form of authorship intersecting research, corporate culture and artistic enterprise. C5 research explores issues of visualization involving large data sets and social networks. Begun in 1996, C5 projects have been featured at SF Camerawork, Museo de Belle Artes, II International Bienale Buenos-Aires, Walker Art Center, Cantor Center for the Arts, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, The New Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, ASU Center for Creative Inquiry, and AUT in New Zealand. Joel’s robotic tele-present works have been exhibited at the Krannert Museum of Art and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was selected for participation in Alternating Currents: American Art in the Age of Technology co-curated by San Jose Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In 2011, Mr. Slayton was the keynote speaker at the Creative Cities/Global Economy conference in Tokyo and was invited to participate in the Aspen Institute World Art Summit in Muscat, Oman. He has presented at the Singapore Art Museum and was a keynote speaker at the ACE Conference on Advances in Computing Entertainment Technology in Los Angeles and at the Urban Games and Mobile Computing conference hosted by the Nabi Art Center in Seoul.

Most recently, Mr. Slayton was been invited to present his work involving ZERO1 at the Swissnex in conjunction with the San Francisco Art Institute Artists in Labs exhibition.

30 Interviews with Start-up Entrepreneurs on SoundCloud

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Jonah Lupton – Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor, Speaker – Founder: Lupton Media Group, Parabolic Ventures, InterCapital Group, among other endeavors – compiled a set of 30 interviews from his Startup Sense radio show for your listening pleasure. If you are looking for some insight into the entrepreneurial process, this is an inspiring place to start.

Some of the companies represented are: Seed Spot, Buffer, Apptopia, Socialyzer plus interviews with IP attorneys, serial entrepreneurs and other entrepreneurial movers and shakers.

Which video gave you new insights?

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Mister Barrington’ in Live Performance

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

When “Mister Barrington” – an instrumental trio that adeptly uses Ableton Live as part of their improvisational process – performs, it’s almost impossible to tell who is playing what, who is controlling what, and where the final musical note will land.

The group has two self-released CDs, “Mister Barrington” and “Mister Barrington II.” Each member of Mister Barrington uses a Mac Book Pro running Ableton Live, which, with specific patching and software scenarios, allows the musicians to effect changes in each other’s computer rig.

One of Mister Barrington’s stated goals is to “use technology in an organic manner to further improvisation.”

Read the complete write up in eMusician. What do you think about their concept?

Happy Belated 8th Birthday YouTube

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

On April 23, 2005, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. It was all of 20 seconds long and was shot at the San Diego Zoo by Yakov Lapitsky. The little gem has more than 10 million views!

Here are some fun facts about YouTube:

  • More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month
  • Over 4 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube
  • 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
  • 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
  • YouTube is localized in 53 countries and across 61 languages

In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views or around 140 views for every person on Earth

Amazon Studios Launches its First Pilot Episodes

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Leave it to Amazon to come up with something a little different. The company has developed 14 new pilots – 6 for kids and 8 for adults – and they want the public to vote on their favorites. Translation – what would you like to see become season-long shows. Currently they are available for live streaming on Amazon.

The crowdsourced Amazon Studios looks like it is trying to compete with web-based original content producers such as Netflix. Obviously not all of the pilots will make it and be turned into multiple episodes. Among the adult titles are: “Zombieland,”(Four survivors are killin’ zombies and searching for a home), “Betas,” (Four friends think they’ve cracked the code for Silicon Valley success), “Dark Minions” (Rules, reports, a Galactic Overlord … just another day at the office) and “Browsers” (Fresh-faced interns face the music, and sing along with it).

Let us know which ones would you vote for?