Each year, Capstone Project Invitational highlights Neumont University's commitment to project-based, hands-on learning by giving students a platform to present their products to each other, alumni, and our partners in the tech industry.
In 2017, Tyler Berry's NU Code (a website for students to test their code chops) and Kyle Kacprzynski's Mydi Midi (a web app that writes music) were declared the winners. The other presenters include Christian Coreil (Geometry Workshop website), Joshua Stephens (mobile game engine), and Shawn McCuistion (game development algorithm). All five students will graduate with their bachelor's degrees in 2017. Watch the video to hear them describe their projects in their own words.
Exactly how did these five students learn to develop projects on their own in two years?
Neumont's project-based approach to technology is designed to give students the skills they need to succeed in their careers before they graduate. This means, students work on meaningful projects from beginning to end through their education. The culmination of this experience is called, "Capstone Project."
Before entering their senior year and working on real projects for real companies, all Neumont students must present a Capstone Project to faculty, staff, and classmates. The Capstone Project can be anything a student dreams up, from websites to apps to game engines to security authentication to business plans, students have brought all kinds of projects to reality in this course. Each student spends one quarter, or 10 weeks, developing their idea into a tangible product that can be presented.
At the end of the year, faculty then invite the students with the most impressive projects to present at Capstone Project Invitational. The selected students present their projects to the entire student body, alumni, industry partners, and the Salt Lake community. After the presentations, a panel of alumni judges and a panel of industry partner judges select their favorites as winners.