When asked to write this blog, I was a little apprehensive; I knew what happened during the days, it was just which areas to focus on whilst making it entertaining for you. I came to the conclusion to just write it and the things that I felt strongest about would come up first. What you are reading is the product of that.
I got off the bus on day one and walked up the two or so floors to the offices where we’d spend the rest of the day. The first thought that entered my head was “This is such a cool place to work.” The lighting, the glass offices, the cool seating and generally the vibe I got from the room itself, was not only aesthetically pleasing, it felt like a really productive environment.
I thought the speakers were excellent, but I particularly loved the Hammerhead VR talk mainly because I was able to relate their pastimes and passions with my own. I love games and I love to use my creativity through new and exciting means, and they do exactly that. They use VR technology, a very new idea, to be creative, through the form of games. As a result, I found that their talk was one of the most inspirational as it so accurately related to me and my aspirations.
That afternoon, we went on a tour around the rest of the site. Again, the offices had a very cool vibe and I got the impression that a lot of companies that use their creativity through computer science have fairly similar ideas of what work should be. When I think of office work, my immediate thought is a small cubicle with grey, mesh fabric dividers, but in actual fact, that is not true, especially in this industry. There were many Ping-Pong tables and cool work spaces with amazing views and this was exciting. I feel that if the silver days have done anything for me it is that it has opened my eyes to the idea that work does not have to be dull. I dream of going to work, earning money and loving every second of it, but I did not realize before the silver days that I actually had a chance of achieving that goal.
On day two, we took a tour of the Campus North facilities. Again I felt that the entire concept was downright awesome. I was not so good at the tangram challenge- frustratingly, I don’t work so well with shape and space. That afternoon, we were asked to make a story board about either that day’s events or our game idea. I based my story board on a very early game idea we had to create in Bronze stage that I wanted to explore. I enjoyed creating the story board using some cool software called Storyboard That.
Overall, I had a lot of fun on silver stages and it was very inspiring, to meet the people I could be in ten years. Thank you for organizing it for us.
Simeon Sayer, 13, from Whitley Bay High School