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Neumont College of Computer Science was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum. This blog serves as a platform to publish and share, news, reviews, and stories from Utah's best kept tech secret. 



Neumont College of Computer Sciences's official blogs shares the stories of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff to illustrate the Neumont experience. 


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2018 Neumont Raspberry Pi Video Scholarship Winners

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Students planning to attend Neumont College of Computer Science were invited to submit a video demonstrating what they learned building a project using a Raspberry Pi. The video submissions were amazing! Our judges were impressed by the initiative, verve, and courage of the students who submitted their projects. Thank you to everyone who participated by telling us about your adventures (or misadventures) with your Raspberry Pis. We loved hearing what you learned about hardware and software through these projects. Video submissions were made in the closed Facebook Group exclusively for the Class of 2021. 

Congratulations to the winners of the contest! Our faculty judges found the videos and projects below the most compelling. Great work, everyone! 

Software Singlemindedness: Riley Byrd

In the software singlemindedness category, students were encouraged to develop software on their own to get something new. Riley made a remarkable script that calls a user with an audio reminder for an upcoming event on their Google Calendar. To build this project, he worked with Python, Google Calendar API, Bash, and more. 

Hardware Bonanza: Tobin Blank

In the hardware category, students were encouraged to connect their Raspberry Pi to other devices to create something new. For his at-home server, Tobin combined a terabyte hard drive with a few different Raspberry Pis and Own Cloud to make DWIGHTS (Da Wireless Instant 1,000 Gig Text File Storage Server). His remarkable soundtrack also helped win the judges over in addition to a great server project. 

Pi + My Story: Lane Allan

To tell his story, Lane did a great job explaining what he knew before he started the project and what he learned to develop a new game. To create a text-based game with his Raspberry Pi, Lane learned Python. In his video he shares that he had previous coding experience with C, but wanted to challenge himself by learning the language associated with the provided hardware. 

Random Winner: Anthony Meredith

With the help of an algorithm, Anthony won the random drawing for the final scholarship. His project connected a Raspberry Pi to a bot that trades cryptocurrency. 

Each of the winning students will receive a $500 scholarship when they attend Neumont this fall. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you're planning to attend Neumont, call 866-801-1300 or email to schedule an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid and discuss your options right away. 

Neumont Capstone Projects: 3D Printed Fossils by Shane Rouleau

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Each quarter, students in Neumont College of Computer Science's Bachelor of Science degree programs present their Capstone Project to a panel of faculty and staff to show they're ready to take on Enterprise Projects their senior year. This month we're highlighting a few of the remarkable projects developed by students in the business technology operations management program (BSTM). 

Illinois-native Shane Rouleau saw an opportunity to apply technology to his paleontology hobby when he began his Capstone Project. Early on, Shane met with area museums to find ways technology could help them succeed. The North American Museum of Ancient Life had an opportunity: They had a fossil they wanted to test, but could not for fear of damaging the ancient bone. 

The original fossil Shane Rouleau turned into a 3D printed and testable object. 

The original fossil Shane Rouleau turned into a 3D printed and testable object. 

However, Shane quickly recognized a modern solution to this problem: 3D Printing. He set to work connecting the museum to a printer. At a meeting between the museum reps, Shane realized that project management was about connection. He had successfully helped a museum find the resources it needed to continue its paleontology work.

That doesn't mean the project was without its challenges. Shane struggled to find a museum that was willing to work with him. Although he's proud of what he accomplished for the North American Museum of Ancient Life, he wishes more museums had recognized the opportunity he was offering. 

He plans to continue to work with the museum printing additional fossils for continued testing. He is currently working with DealerSocket on an Enterprise Project as a project manager and programmer. 

Neumont Capstone Projects: Publish.ME by Morgan Smith

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Each quarter, students across all five bachelor's degree programs at Neumont College of Computer Science present their Capstone Project. This penultimate project demonstrates each student's ability to conceive, plan, develop, and present a technology-focused project in only 10 weeks. 

Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting some outstanding projects from seniors currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Operations and Technology Management degree. This program focuses on teaching grads how to connect developers and business leaders.

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Morgan Smith developed a project called "Publish.ME." This web platform aims to remove the bottleneck publishers face when looking for new authors while providing an open platform for writers to gain exposure for their work. 

"Primarily, Publish.ME is solving the greatest barrier to entry for new authors to gain traction in the industry," said Morgan. "It's empowering the writers of the world and eliminating luck from the publishing equation via technology."

Senior BSTM student Morgan Smith presents his startup, Publish.ME, to his peers and faculty for his Capstone Project presentation.

Senior BSTM student Morgan Smith presents his startup, Publish.ME, to his peers and faculty for his Capstone Project presentation.

Previously, Morgan's tech startup won $1,000 in seed money through Get Seeded. He started work on the project in his Project Management in Practice course. Over the next year, he continued to develop the idea in his free time and as part of coursework for other classes. 

Morgan found inspiration from his own love of writing to create a platform where more writers could be published. "As far back as I have memories of anything, I remember creating some sort of art. Eventually I decided that writing would be my primary focus as an artist," said Morgan as he explains his passion for the project. "But at one point, I had a professional writer look me in the eyes and say, 'It's literally a game of chance. I got lucky.' Something snapped in my brain, and I decided I would change the billion-dollar industry that somehow ran on luck."

The high-level business model and workflow for Publish.ME, which engages readers, writers, and publishers to create more written works. 

The high-level business model and workflow for Publish.ME, which engages readers, writers, and publishers to create more written works. 

Once Morgan recognized the bottleneck created by the "slush pile," which is an over saturation of content from aspiring writers, he knew he could use technology to innovate the publishing process. 

He is currently continuing  production on the project and plans to launch the initial software in July 2018. 

2018 Project Showcase: Learning By Doing

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Each year, students at Neumont College of Computer Science gather at the end of the winter quarter to demonstrate the projects they've developed in the last 10 weeks in a friendly competition. In 2018, students competed in gaming, non-gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise Project categories. 

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During Project Showcase, current students, alums, staff, faculty, and visitors, play games, test tools, try new websites, and see demonstrations of student-made software development projects at work. Each project was completed in the 10 weeks of the current quarter either as part of regular course work or as students worked on their own. Students may compete individually or in small teams, depending on the scope of the project. 

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Highlights from this years Project Showcase included a stellar showing in the non-gaming category. 

  • The overall audience favorite went to a first-year student team for their tool "The DnD Cartographer." This remarkable product allows players to better track their maps and character sheets for "Dungeons & Dragons."
  • The winner of the non-gaming category was a small team for their tool "Foodie's Formula."
  • The runner up created "Spine Express." This tool allows developers to more quickly and easily work with the JS library. 
"The DnD Cartographer" team accepts their pies and awards after winning the overall audience favorite for their tool. 

"The DnD Cartographer" team accepts their pies and awards after winning the overall audience favorite for their tool. 

Other remarkable projects included an augmented reality mobile app for astronomy, a tool for converting black and white film to color using artificial intelligence, and a tool to connect writers and publishers.

Maciej Smusz accepts his award after winning the faculty favorite for his tool, "Colorize," that uses artificial intelligence to convert black and white film to color. 

Maciej Smusz accepts his award after winning the faculty favorite for his tool, "Colorize," that uses artificial intelligence to convert black and white film to color. 

Students with the most impressive projects are invited to demonstrate their work just a few weeks later at FReX on April 6, 2018 so future students and their families can see project-based learning in action before tackling their own engineering project. Project Showcase Prime is just one of several awesome activities that take place during our Accepted Student Weekend. If you're thinking about attending Neumont this fall, register right away at for this incredible event. 

Ready to find out if project-based learning is right for you? Complete your Application for Admission now at

Capstone Projects: Where passion meets innovation

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Computer science student Ben Goff combined his passion for music with his tech skills to create "Ivory." The self-taught pianist used his software development skills to help other people learn how to play his favorite musical instrument. "Ivory" is an application that allows anyone with an electronic keyboard to upload MIDI files via USB or Bluetooth. Users can then learn their favorite songs with an easy to follow key-for-key user interface. Ben's project won the Industry Partner Choice Award at Neumont's 2018 Capstone Project Invitational. Watch the video for more details about this passion project.

Capstone Projects are just one way Neumont students get the hands-on, project-based experience required to help them land great jobs after graduation. Students begin learning cutting-edge technologies from their first day and continue to learn software development by creating projects from beginning to end.  

For real-world, projects-based, hands-on experience with relevant technologies, attend FReX. This Accepted Student Weekend event will help you better understand life as a Neumont student. You'll be asked to participate in a fun engineering challenge and receive some new hardware to try out software development on your own. 

You and your parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to visit Neumont and Salt Lake City from Friday to Saturday on April 6-7 where you'll get answers to all your questions with presentations and casual receptions with current students, alums, staff, and faculty as you tour our campus, student housing, and city.

Ready to find out if Neumont is right for you? Register to visit during FReX on the Accepted Student Portal or complete your Application for Admission before Monday, March 26 to receive your admission decision and FReX invitation. 

Theory, skills, and experience

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Neumont College of Computer Science isn't like other colleges and we're okay with that. 

The Neumont Difference

Most college try to be everything to everyone. At Neumont, we focus on one thing and on thing only: technology. We teach faster, more intensely, and more in touch with the realities of the tech industry than any other institution. Our compressed, project-base curriculum means students graduate with the experience and the degree they need to launch their tech careers. 


Pure computer science

Tech is our singular focus. We offer five bachelor's degrees in computer science, information systems, software and game development, technology management, and web design and development. Each of these degrees better prepare our students for the realities of the tech industry by combining theory with hands-on projects. 


Real projects, clients, and experience

When we say our curriculum is real-world, we mean it. Our curriculum is developed with input from our industry partners to ensure students are working on meaningful software development projects from day one to better help them hone their creative, analytical, and collaborative skills. Enterprise Projects are what truly set Neumont students apart. For up to three, 10-week quarters, students work in a team creating a tech solution for a company. Companies like Workfront, Pluralsight, and Thing Big have partnered with Neumont over the years to develop software, quality assurance, and information systems projects that help their company accomplish more. Students also complete small, team-based projects and Capstone Projects on their own to show they're ready to tackle the challenges of the tech industry. 

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Bachelor's degree in 3 years

Our students graduate in only three years by attending classes year-round. Our compressed curriculum means students work in sprints (just like devs in the tech industry) to master skills quickly and sequentially so they graduate with knowledge, experience, and confidence. Instructors focus on teaching students how to learn on their own so they can continue to master skills and technologies in the quickly evolving industry. Students get in, get out, and get coding. No wasted time. 


Computer science optimized

Our focus on computer science is in high demand. There are 8 times more computing jobs available than there are CS graduates to fill them. That helps CS graduates earn an average starting salary of $65,000 a year and estimated lifetime earnings of $1.5 million. Employers that have hired our graduates include Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Blizzard Entertainment, and Amazon, just to name a few. 

If you'd like to see project-based learning in action, drop by Project Showcase on Friday, March 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 143 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students will demonstrate their project work as they compete for prizes. 

If you're ready to start learning to code by coding, complete your Application for Admission before the Late Admission Deadline on Monday, March 29 to receive notification by Tuesday, April 10. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Office of Admissions at 888-638-6668 or

The best way to learn to code is to code

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At Neumont College of Computer Science, we're all about technology. And, we firmly believe the best way to master tech is to get hands-on experience from day one. That's why all students are automatically enrolled in Intro to Computer Science, a Java-based programming course in their first quarter. 

(If you haven't tried out programming before, check out this free Java course from Codecademy to get a sense of what software development is like.)

Intro to CS is just the beginning of your tech education at Neumont.  From there, you'll dive into other languages, tools, and frameworks with increasing emphasis on the tools needed for your chosen major: computer science, software & game development, web design & development, information systems, and technology management. 

But it isn't all programming courses. We offer general education and electives too, so you can go hiking, wireframe an app, and write an essay on Tolkien all in the same day. Although theory is important, our curriculum is developed in partnership with leaders of the tech industry and emphasizes project-based courses where students learn how to apply what they've learned in a real world setting while developing communication, collaboration, and creativity to solve problems. When you graduate from Neumont, you'll have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to launch your tech career. 


One of the best examples of our project-based curriculum is Project Showcase. At this STEM fair, students demonstrate their projects to future students, alums, industry partners, faculty, and staff. 

You're invited to  join us on Friday,  March 9, any time from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to see what students have developed. All visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite projects in gaming, non-gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise project categories. The awards ceremony will be at 3:45 p.m. Neumont's campus is at 143 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. Visitors are encouraged to take TRAX (City Center) or to park at City Creek Center.


If you'd like to drop by during Project Showcase, please let us know you're visiting by calling 888-638-6668 or email All visitors are asked to check in at the front desk.  

Can't wait to start learning software development? Complete your Application for Admission at before the deadline on Monday, March 26 and receive your admission and scholarship decision by Tuesday, April 10. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Office of Admissions at 888-638-6668 or email

Capstone Project Invitational Winners "Homestead" and "Ivory"

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Neumont College of Computer Science is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of its annual Capstone Project Invitational event are “Homestead” and “Ivory.”

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“Homestead” by Ryan Stead received the Alumni Choice Award. The judging panel noted the project’s technical depth and potential in the marketplace as reasons for choosing it. The project is a virtual reality interior design tool that allows users to explore different colors, lighting, furniture, décor and more before redesigning their space. The computer science student moved to Salt Lake City from Gloversville, New York to attend Neumont.

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“Ivory” by Benjamin Goff was given the Industry Partner Choice Award for its technical depth and potential for success. The project is a piano tutorial that aims to help users teach themselves to play the piano. The user interface uses MIDI music files and a virtual keyboard to allow anyone with a USB or Bluetooth enabled keyboard to learn. Goff, who is originally from Rexburg, Idaho, is a senior majoring in computer science at Neumont.

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“There was some tough competition,” said Director of Academics Jeremiah Harrison. “All of these projects were amazing, we’re so proud of all of our students. These students today really went above and beyond to show what they can do.” Harrison hosted the event on Friday, January 12 at the Salt Lake City Public Library. A livestream of the event is available on Neumont’s Facebook page.

Other projects presented at the event included:

  • “3D Mesh Generator” by Justin Furtado: This tool allows game developers and designers to quickly create varied models by altering small details automatically.
  • “Angela’s Bakery” by Sophie Wargo: A custom website that allows a user to place an order for a cake using a 3D visualization tool.
  • “MCraft Tutorials” by Baret Woods: A website where users can create, share and show off the things they create in Minecraft.
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Capstone Projects are 10-week projects students design and develop on their own to show they’re ready to tackle the challenges of their senior year. Each year, five students with the best projects as determined by faculty are invited to demonstrate their work to a judging panel of alumni and tech industry partners.

Neumont is unparalleled in its approach to academics— uniting business, technology, and creativity to educate tomorrow’s tech elite. With a focus on project-based learning, students are immersed in a tech environment from day one to earn a degree in technology that will help launch their careers. Learn more about Neumont at

Why choose Neumont?

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Neumont College of Computer Science isn't like most other colleges and universities. And, we're okay with that. 

At our campus in downtown Salt Lake City, students learn in small, hands-on, project-based classes where they complete projects modeled after the tech industry. Students demonstrate what they've learned at our tech science fair Project Showcase. Then after two years of intense learning, they prove themselves to their peers and faculty through Capstone Projects. Finally, they work with real companies on meaningful projects during their senior year gaining relevant and practical experience prior to graduation. 

When you graduate in only 3 years with a bachelor's degree in technology, you'll have the skills and the experience you need to launch your tech career. Learn more about Neumont's unique curriculum by watching this video