LWIT Wows PAX with The Oculus Rift

September  4, 2013

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Kirkland, WA - Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWIT) Digital Gaming and Media program developed and displayed several virtual world environments using The Oculus Rift at the recently concluded PAX PRIME Seattle gaming event.

The Oculus Rift is a yet-to-be-released Virtual Reality technology which is expected to radically impact digital media and gaming over the next few years.

LWIT prides itself on being a leader in developing and using groundbreaking technology. The college's displays wowed both audiences and industry professionals at the exhibition, which was held at the Washington State Convention Center over Labor Day weekend.

"Our students have been quietly developing groundbreaking technologies here on the Kirkland campus. It's nice to finally see the program get the recognition it deserves," says Robby Gilbert, the lead program faculty at LWIT. "They are outstanding."

"We had people lining up for all four days to see our games and innovations," added Nancy Dick, Dean of the Applied Design programs.

LWIT students also developed several mobile games and unique 3D projection technologies, which caught the attention of industry giants Sony and Microsoft at the convention.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology, which is part of the Washington State's public community and technical college system, has built a competitive, cutting-edge digital media program over the last several years as part of programs offered in Multimedia Design and Production and Applied Design. The school offers a Bachelor of Technology degree in Applied Design.

"I'm very proud of them," says Gilbert of his students. "Kirkland and indeed the entire state should know that these students are on the leading-edge of the digital technology which is changing our industry."

For more information about the program and to see video of some of their projects visit www.mmdpgames.com or www.lwtech.edu/dgm.


Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) is a broad-based polytechnic college providing education in more than 40 areas of study and offering pathways to certificates, associate degrees and a baccalaureate degree designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today's workplace. Founded in 1949, LWIT offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, engineering, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about LWIT programs, please visit lwtech.edu/press_room.