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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. 

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Neumont Commencement Address Looks to Tech Future in Utah and Beyond

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Neumont College of Computer Science honored graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, August 31 at The Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. John Knotwell, CEO and president of the Utah Technology Council, provided the keynote address. Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D. also spoke briefly. You can watch the full ceremony at the YouTube link below. 

Knotwell, a 12-year veteran in Utah's growing tech community spoke of the value of listening, sharing that, "…true listening shows that you value those people around you. It shows that you are invested in them as people, and that you, as a colleague, coworker, boss, or friend, want them to succeed. And a world where we all wish one another success is the only way to find success ourselves. It's how we build each other up, how we build up our organizations, how we have faith in the future."

Valedictorian Mary Shultz (Computer Science) and Salutatorians Ben Goff (Computer Science) and Justin Furtado (Software & Game Development) stand to receive their diplomas. 

Valedictorian Mary Shultz (Computer Science) and Salutatorians Ben Goff (Computer Science) and Justin Furtado (Software & Game Development) stand to receive their diplomas. 

Making a plug for Utah's tech future as well, Knotwell shared, "We have over 6,500 tech firms in Utah. We are the fastest growing in the country, adding job after job after job to every listing site that has ever existed," noting that, "There will never be a moment where opportunity is not calling you. The only real impact that you can make, in your career or in your life, is your choice," and invited Neumont graduates to stay local.

Bashaa'ir Abdul-Qasim's (Information Systems) family greets the graduate during a reception after the ceremony. 

Bashaa'ir Abdul-Qasim's (Information Systems) family greets the graduate during a reception after the ceremony. 

"Make the choice to stay," he implored. "Make this community your home. Explore opportunities and the mountains. Invest your time here finding the balance that we all want in work and in life."

After noting three key life lessons gleaned from his time in tech and higher education, Dr. Reed closed his remarks reminding graduates, "Today was the day you joined an elite tech workforce --  the one-and-a-half percent that are chiefly responsible for the future of America's economy and national security," referencing remarks earlier where he noted that while 30 percent of Americans have bachelors degrees, only 3 percent of all awarded degrees go to computer science, and only 1.5 percent of people in the United States work in computer science.

2018 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker John Knotwell, Utah Technology Council president and CEO, reminds graduates that the best way to find success is to help others. 

2018 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker John Knotwell, Utah Technology Council president and CEO, reminds graduates that the best way to find success is to help others. 

But "even more exclusively than that," Reed said, "remember that today is the day you joined a growing army of tech giants that are part of a family of Neumont alumni."

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. 

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. 

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 www.neumont.edu.