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RMIT students present at major regional event
On 6 November a team of RMIT Vietnam and RMIT Australia MBA and EMBA students presented at the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Connectivity Working Group held in Da Nang. The team conducted research on digital entrepreneurship and digital transformations within Asia-Pacific to answer the question: What support do digital start-ups need in the region? The core research group included Angie Glance, who is on sabbatical from the Australian government, Hoang Le and Alakshendra Swarup, from RMIT Australia, along with Deon Leng and Nguyen Dang Phuong Tram, who are at RMIT Vietnam. ABAC was part of the run-up to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week summit held last week in Da Nang. Ms Glance, Mr Le, Ms Nguyen and Mr Leng delivered a presentation on the result of their research, a report titled Digital Entrepreneurship Across APEC, to delegates from the 21 members of APEC. These delegates would in turn provide recommendations based on this and other presentations to their respective leaders. This was the first time a group from RMIT Vietnam participated in ABAC. According to Mr Leng, the team studied their report’s topic through four main components: ICT infrastructure; skills and education in building digital preparedness; government policy and regulation; and financial aspects relevant to digital start-ups. “We interviewed government officials, educators, entrepreneurs and more during the research process,” Mr Leng shared. “Work on the report began in July.” {이미지:0} Meanwhile Ms Glance stressed the significance of RMIT’s participation in ABAC. “This is an exciting opportunity for all of those involved, but also for the University itself,” she said. “RMIT will be on the world stage, and an invitation to produce work on behalf of the region’s premier economic forum, where business and government converge, is proof of RMIT’s versatility as an institution.” After the event, Mr Leng said their presentation on the importance of facilitating digital entrepreneurs through favourable policies and strong education went well. “We are pleased that the work has been well-received, and hopefully future works can build upon the findings we put to APEC this year,” he shared. “We were really happy and excited to hear that there will be a new working group for Digital Economy next year,” Mr Leng added. “It made us feel like we were at a critical turning point and we contributed to such change.” Story: Michael Tatarski
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Student virtual reality project showcased in Japan
Bachelor of Design (Digital Media) students recently presented their virtual reality application Dyslexic City at the Asia Pacific Dyslexia Festival 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The two-day event was organised by the Japan Dyslexia Society EDGE to raise awareness about dyslexia in Japan and to expand the support network among Asian countries. The students were invited by event organisers to present Dyslexic City, an app which simulates the difficulties faced by dyslexic people in recognising street signs and finding directions. Project leader Phan Hoang Thai Chau was thrilled with the feedback received from participants who appreciated the team’s novel perspective. “When thinking about helping dyslexic people, you should try to walk in their shoes,” Chau noted. “Although this app doesn’t directly help dyslexic people, I think it still does help in a way as it lets people who don’t have this difficulty understand and empathise with people who do have it.” {이미지:0} The students have spent more than half a year working together to set up their mission and develop the application. All of them agree that it has finally paid off. Vo Thi Bich Phuong, the app’s illustrator, shared that the presentation was beneficial for her. “It was a good experience for me, especially when I am graduating next year,” Phuong said. “The technology is very new [even for Japanese people], so my involvement in the project is good for my portfolio as well.” Mai Thanh Hai, who was in charge of game play and interaction, agreed with Phuong. “It’s definitely worth taking part in the development of Dyslexic City,” Hai said, adding “It helped me realise the ability to code.” {이미지:1} Chau is now preparing for her graduation at the end of this month at RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus, while Phuong and Hai have a few more semesters to go. All of them, however, feel that they are well prepared for the careers ahead of them thanks to the practical experience of working on this emerging technology. Story: Hoang Ha