External and Interdisciplinary Partnerships
UTCS partners with industry and other disciplines within the university to enrich the educational experience of our students.
1 Semester Startup (ISS) is a new practicum course designed to accelerate UT undergraduate students’ startups for degree credit. It allows undergraduates to experience entrepreneurship first-hand while learning from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Austin. Computer Science Chair Bruce Porter, inspired by the weekend-long entrepreneurship event 3-Day Startup (3DS), collaborated with Josh Baer and Bob Metcalfe to create the innovative course.
All of the work the students, instructors and mentors put in over the semester led to Demo Day. Twenty undergraduate student startups from The University of Texas at Austin presented five-minute investor pitches to the Austin entrepreneurial community. The undergrads feverishly went through pitches for their startups before delivering them in front of a room full of classmates, professors, mentors and potential investors. The energy and excitement was palpable. The pitches were delivered in rapid-fire succession. The pitches reflected the hard work put in by all over the semester and the response from investors was enthusiastic.
UTCS, in collaboration with the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Career Services and the entrepreneurship community, will host the first "Startup Village" at the Spring 2012 CNS Career Fair. "Startup Village" supports startup company recruiting efforts with a special section at the Career Fair dedicated to startup company recruiting needs. If you are interested in participating in the next "Startup Village," please email oea [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu.
The new Game Development Program is designed to serve undergraduate students in Radio-TV-Film, Fine Arts and Computer Science. Students majoring in these areas will take classes in their discipline. After gaining experience, and typically in their senior year at UT, students from these three disciplines will come together in an interdisciplinary Capstone Project class.
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