Huntington, W.Va. – The West Virginia Game Developer Expo and West Virginia Cybersecurity Expo will host a joint special virtual event Friday, April 16.
Professionals and students from the fields of game development, mobile app development, and network cybersecurity will convene on April 16th for learning, hands-on demonstrations, showcases, and networking. This special spring expo will be virtual this year, catering to people from across the country.
Registration for the expo is currently open and free, with details found online at www.wvsgde.com. Emails will be sent out to all registered attendees with instruction on watching the sessions Thursday evening. Sessions will start Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time Zone). A schedule of sessions will be available at www.twitter.com/wvgde.
Multiple keynote addresses will be given for the different disciplines.
More information about the speakers can be found here: www.wvsgde.com/speakers2021spring
“This is the first year we have added on a spring expo. Our goal with this spring expo is to educate potential students where to start when it comes to game/mobile app development and cybersecurity, but also have speakers versatile enough to appeal to professionals as well,” said Patrick Smith, Associate Professor and Expo organizer. “Both of these fields have abundant job opportunities. Plus, the pandemic showed us that cybersecurity and software development continued, even while working remotely. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the job outlook for Information Security Analysts will grow by 31% in the next ten years, and for software developers, an estimated 22% growth. Many of those jobs will be right here in West Virginia or can be done from West Virginia.”
Mountwest Community & Technical College is a public institution with approximately 1,500 students. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Mountwest offers more than 60 associate degree options and 15 one-year certificates.
Mountwest Community & Technical College offers multiple Network Systems & Security degrees that prepare students for industry certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA and EC Council by offering real-world knowledge taught by certified professors.
The Animation and Game Developer curriculum is designed to provide training in principles and techniques used to create interactive 2D and 3D computer games.