C5 Alliance brings virtual reality to local students

13 April 2015 | Author: Kirsten Morel
Future

C5 Alliance in Guernsey will be showcasing some leading new technology at this year’s Guernsey Careers Show including an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which is not yet commercially available.

The company’s exhibition at the event, taking place on Thursday 16 April at Beau Sejour, will also include a programmable robotic arm controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer and a 3D printing pen.

Marc Lainé, managing director of C5 Alliance in Guernsey said the company was hoping to inspire more students to take up computer science and related disciplines at university and consider careers in the technology sector.

“This year we are investing in showcasing the scope of technology and encouraging students to look more closely at the opportunities available. Students will be able to try out a developer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, months before the consumer version is available. Rather than leaving with a free pen, they will be able to try out one that can draw 3D models in thin air!

“Digital is a big part of the agenda for Guernsey’s future and it is vital that the island has the talent to match its vision. As a recruiter in the technology sector I can tell you from experience that there is an unquestionable shortage in tech skills locally.  Of the island’s 700 undergraduates, only around 1% are doing computer related studies. We recognise that there is an onus on businesses themselves to be attractive and inspire the younger generation.

“We’re hoping that students at the Careers Show will be intrigued by the novelty of the immersive technology we’re showcasing, but also consider technology’s importance within the changing business landscape. Come for the virtual reality; stay for the reality of where a career in technology can take you,” he said.

C5 Alliance’s exhibition will feature in the Engineering and Technology zone in the Sir John Loveridge Hall in Beau Sejour and will be open from 9am-7pm.  

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