Sony scholarships Winners 2011
Jason Sparks, Robert Carter, Nicholas Redwood and Jonathan Butterworth are the winners of the SONY New Zealand scholarships. SONY proudly sponsors the Bachelor of Creative Technologies each year by sponsoring the full cost of tuition for (1 year) for 4 successful applicants.Robert Carter & Nicholas Redwood - Year 2 students
Jason Sparks - Year 1 student
Jason's scholarship winning entry was the Sony Slug, a device that allows you to see things you wouldn’t normally see. It works by communicating with the vision and audio sectors in your brain via electrons.
“You put it on the back of your neck and it’d be like having a fake computer screen in front of you that no one else can see. It’s connected wirelessly so you can take it off when you don’t want it anymore.”
The Sony scholarship has boosted Jason’s confidence.
“It reinforced my decision to follow a career in creative technologies.”
Robert always found it hard to fit his interests into a specific discipline. Having a curious and creative mind, he tried his hand at many jobs - like print, graphics and web design. But this did not satisfy his creative passions so he enrolled at AUT.
“The Bachelor of Creative Technologies was one of the most interesting courses I could find that was a degree. It allows me to combine art and technology and everything in between.”
“The Sony Scholarship is a bonus. [Sony] saw that I was really interested and motivated and they decided to help me out. It’s great because it also means a smaller student loan”
winning entry for his Sony scholarship was a project to build a robot.
“It’s a tele-presence robot which means you can have a physical presence in a completely different location. It’s controlled over the internet, so you can have the robot in the States at a meeting and you’re sitting here controlling it with your computer.
“It also has an arm so you can move it around, as well as hear and see everything.”
Nicholas likes how the Bachelor of Creative Technologies includes projects applicable to industry and work.
“It’s great that I can build my professional career while studying. Hopefully, someday I’ll be able to take the world by storm with a weird - in a good way - invention like the Segway was supposed to”
Jonathan Butterworth - Honours student
Jonathan didn’t know what he wanted to do when he finished secondary school.
“I didn’t want to have restrictions around what I would do especially since I wasn’t sure, so when I heard about the Bachelor of Creative Technologies at AUT, I thought it was excellent.”
Now in his honours year, Jonathan says he’s made the right decision. He’s discovered a passion for film and digital effects, an industry in which he wants to work.
”I’ve done quite a various range of projects that allowed me to discover what I like and what I’m good at. I enjoyed working on a series of self directed augmented reality projects which involved interactivity between real and virtual spaces.
Jonathan is happy that he’s won the SONY Scholarship: “The reputation of earning the scholarship would speak to any future employers and confirm my achievements to them. It’s recognition that I have done well.”
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