Category Archives: Employment

MotionSavvy: The Next Big Idea

When a team of four students won third place in NTID’s The Next Big Idea innovation competition in spring 2013, they felt they had created something special. The team, known as MotionSavvy, had developed an application that would enable a tablet or other device to translate sign language into audible words and sentences, allowing deaf and hearing people to communicate much more easily and quickly.

Last summer the students, Ryan Hait-Campbell, a new media design major from Seattle; Alex Opalka, a computer engineering major from Glastonbury, Connecticut; Wade Kellard, a mechanical engineering technology major from Cincinnati, Ohio; and Jorden Stemper, an industrial design major from Waukesha, Wisconsin, were accepted into RIT’s Summer Start-Up course for new businesses at RIT’s Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The team is now in San Francisco working with Leap Motion, Inc. a company that manufactures and markets a computer hardware sensor device that supports hand and finger motions as input, like a mouse, but requiring no hand contact or touching. Leap Motion’s LEAP AXLR8R provides the technical support the MotionSavvy team needs to further their work on technology that will benefit deaf and hearing people. Quickly making the leap from college students to business people, the team now has created a tablet app and is seeking investors and grants for more research and development. More

NTID Opens Doors to Employment

Calvin Young expects to graduate in May with his bachelor’s degree in new media marketing. But unlike many new college graduates, he’s already working full time even before he’s donned his cap and gown.

His door to employment opened three years ago during one of his co-ops with ZVRS, a video relay company based in Clearwater, Fla.

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Choosing a Career

Career Resource & Testing Center

At the Career Resource & Testing Center (CRTC) your student can get answers to a variety of career-related questions:

  • What career fits me?
  • What potential jobs could I get with my major?
  • What websites and resources are available to me to learn more about careers?
  • How can I learn about my own work interests, values, and skills?
  • What’s my personality type and what jobs match my type?

Students can complete self-assessments and research college majors and career opportunities in the CRTC. Then they can work with their counselor/academic advisor to interpret that information and incorporate it into their academic plans. Every deaf or hard-of-hearing RIT/NTID undergraduate student has an assigned counselor who can provide personal, social, career and academic counseling services.

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RIT/NTID Students accepted into high-tech business accelerator

Team MotionSavvy, one  of the winners of RIT/NTID’s 2013 Next Big Idea innovation competition, are taking their big idea to San Francisco to continue their work with Leap Motion on a program that will enable deaf and hard-of-hearing people to use sign language to activate new technology, just as Siri can react to a voice command. The team will work on developing an application that will enable their device to translate sign language into words and sentences. Read more here >>