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Prince William County and George Mason University (Mason) – Science & Technology Campus recently celebrated the re-opening of the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI), which has doubled in space to help meet the rising demands of information technology (IT) start-up entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. The VSGI offers business incubation in the high-level technology fields of simulation, modeling and serious game design into new industries, including healthcare, education, defense, business decision-making, and cyber-security. Originally opened in March 2014, the VSGI is currently home to eight start-up businesses that have created more than 70 jobs, multiple patents, copyrights, innovative simulation and game solutions and over $1 million in corporate support. The additional 4,000-square-foot space allows VSGI to expand services to new IT startups while retaining early-stage companies that are expanding, yet still require the concentration of business incubation services. Some of the early-stage companies are expected to complete business incubation in 2016. The VSGI expansion consists of new product development labs, research space, office studios and a lounge area, and modernized conference room and kitchen amenities. The newly refurbished space is designed to further stimulate intellectual inquiry and creativity in a social think tank setting, which is part of the shared-learning environment that the university-based business incubator cultivates. “[This] expansion is a milestone achievement for the Virginia Serious Games Institute, which has been made possible through the strength of our public-private and community partnerships here in Prince William County and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Dr. Scott M. Martin, Mason Computer Game Design and VSGI Founding Director. “In Innovation Park and throughout Prince William County we are encouraging technological innovation, growth and expansion,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “VSGI is committed to graduating these young entrepreneurs through the business accelerator to establish stand-alone businesses and new jobs here in the county.” The VSGI mission is to support Mason’s entrepreneurial and innovation goals by cultivating and supporting Mason founded startups, rapid prototype development, high-value knowledge job creation and regional economic development through serious game technology discovery to improve human condition. The Institute offers new business incubators cutting-edge game design research and development, access to visualization and simulation software, training, product development, business support and rapid-prototyping. Each new business to enter the VSGI is provided access to business plan writers, advisors and mentors, as well as legal support and IP consulting services from Sheppard Mullins LLP, banking support from John Marshall Bank, and external server-farm support from LeaseWeb USA Inc. and VSGI partnered companies. In return for a nominal rent, businesses are provided with a… …Read More…
Sungard AS study finds CIO and IT professionals worry most about information security, downtime, and talent acquisition.
With the demand for wireless connectivity in large facilities, DAS technology is an option. From the October 2013 issue.
What is the funniest/weirdest/oddest thing that has ever happened in your facility? These are some highlights from Funny Office Stories. Readers are encouraged to share their own!
Facility management professionals have a hand in many, if not all, of the developments highlighted by CoreNet Global’s latest research.
This week’s bonus FF post comes courtesy of Wired magazine, which runs an annual Saddest-Cubicle contest. And since Wired caters to the IT audience, nearly all of the finalists were submitted by poor souls from that profession. Pictured here is the winner, submitted by David Gunnells (who also supplied the photo). Julie Sloane of Wired, writes, David Gunnells is an IT guy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His desk is penned in by heavily used filing cabinets in a windowless conference room, near a poorly ventilated bathroom and a microwave. The overhead light doesn’t work — his mother-in-law was so saddened by his cube that she gave him a lamp — and the other side of the wall is a parking garage. Gunnells recalls a day when one co-worker reheated catfish in the microwave, while another used the bathroom and covered the smell with a stinky air freshener. For the other 10 finalists, click this link. Personally, I think the IT contractor inside a 40-foot steel cargo container is worse than this. Have you put anyone in a work station worthy of this (dis)honor? After seeing these entries, I have come to the following conclusion: some facility professionals should be ashamed (particularly those at the facilities featured in this segment). The sad thing is, I’m sure we’ve all “worked” in a similarly dismal setup at one point in time. I know I have.
This is apparently how IT professionals see tech support calls from their side of the fence.
Businesses operating data centers will need to go beyond traditional practices in order to build economically sound facilities.
The new offering is geared to small and medium sized organizations.
Many IT services providers are reconsidering U.S. locations as potential sourcing destinations, including lower cost, mid-sized metropolitan areas and rural communities.