The creative industries are a showcase of some of the most exciting uses of computer science.
By Laura Boness
Filmmaking, the arts, education and journalism are just some of the industries harnessing the power of computer science to inform, entertain and communicate in creative and surprising ways.
“CS is an exciting area, especially if you’re willing to take some risks and think outside the box,” says Lidija Loridon, co-founder of Literatu, a cloud-based educational app that helps teachers combine learning resources with technology to engage their students and cater to different learning styles.
Lidija’s game plan is to bring technologies such as virtual laboratories and cloud computing into the classroom. “Asking students to put their tech away when they go into class is like asking them to close their eyes,” she says. “It limits them.”
Robyn Elliott, chief information officer at Fairfax Media and a passionate advocate for getting more women into tech careers, says media is dramatically changing as technology alters the way stories are told. It also offers more interactive engagement between the storyteller and the audience.
“More people are becoming storytellers and reaching bigger audiences,” she says. “We now use video, social media and games to tell stories, and this will continue to evolve through developments like virtual reality.”
Entertainment is another massive tech sector. In 2014, it was estimated the Australian games industry was worth $2.64 billion. There are around 100 games development companies in Australia, with CS roles ranging from animators and 3D specialists to programmers and quality assurance testers. Tech advances also mean you can play games in more places than ever before, including online, on mobile devices and through interactive TV.
At festivals like Vivid Sydney, you can see some of the most exciting and creative uses of CS in action. At Vivid, artists use technology to give audiences the chance to interact with their installations. In an event called A Game of Drones, for example, people could race drones controlled via tablet. Used in this way, CS can make the audience a part of the artwork.
Robyn says there are many different types of technology careers, from designing a website to communicating ideas behind future technology.
“Stay curious and be willing to try new things – technology changes quickly, and the skill you really need is to keep learning.”
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