York/Sheridan third year design student Aloke Pillai has won a $10,000 prize for his mobile interface design in the international 2013 mWomen Design Challenge. The competition – sponsored by Australian Aid, US AID, Qtel and GSMA – challenged designers to create a smartphone interface that first time users can understand quickly and easily (more about the competition here: http://tinyurl.com/aj3ng2u). The challenge was launched in response to studies that suggest that giving smart phones to resource-poor families in Asia and Africa is socially empowering.
Aloke was informed about the competition by his father from Qatar – who like the best of fathers saw the word “design” in an article and clipped it to send to his aspiring designer son – and he spent his two week Christmas holiday developing the platform for Android. This was not the first time that Aloke had confronted the challenge of designing technology for social empowerment. In high school in Qatar, Aloke worked with AMMA charity, which focused on job creation in developing regions through computer-driven skills development.
Aspiring designer no more, Aloke can now call himself a pro, after beating out professionals from around the world to achieve optimal functionality through design. We at Sheridan College’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design have high hopes for what he will accomplish after graduating from the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design program next year.
The Sheridan Alumni Office is hosting a special film festival on Mar. 7 in S235 at Trafalgar campus to celebrate our talented alumni in the television and film industry. More than 30 alumni have been nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award (formerly known as the Gemini Awards).
The Sheridan Alumni Film Festival will showcase two Canadian Screen Award nominated productions:
7 pm: Frost, produced by Lauren Grant and Sheridan alumnus Bob Munroe.
8 pm: Descending, featuring a cast and crew of Sheridan Alumni.
Join us for this exclusive screening followed by Q&A session with host Scott Wilson and a reception at 9pm