Game on with D&A College

Release Date: 14 November 2016

Augmented reality and automatons were just two attractions on offer courtesy of D&A College when lecturers took part in the gaming and digital technology weekend, at Dundee Science Centre on Sunday, Nov 13.

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A range of demonstrations and tasters involving robots, reality augmentation and Oculus Rift 3D technology, was on show as part of Dundee Science Festival.

The aim of the weekend was to encourage people to consider exploring Scotland’s digital industry as a potential career – while at the same time enjoying some hi-tech fun.

“Published figures estimate as many 84,000 people are already working in Scotland’s digital technologies but the rapid growth of this £4billion industry has stretched the supply chain in terms of recruitment with many employers voicing concerns about finding the right people,” said Laura Louch, workforce development leader.

“We run a range of courses in our high-tech facility – from introduction to games development to HND software development, networking and technical support.”

Lecturers Kevin McDonald, James Oliver along with head of computing and creative industries, Gillian McGovern, were on hand at the Science Centre, to not only show off just how far things have moved on in recent years but to give expert advice on education and training routes into Scotland’s digital industry.

“It is estimated that the sector will need an extra 11,000 new recruits each year to meet current and future demands,” said Gillian Mcgovern.

“So there are certainly opportunities for those seeking the chance to work in this high-tech area.”