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Game Dev challenge underway (access required)


The second annual New York State Game Dev Challenge has begun. The challenge, created by Rochester Institute of Technology with backing by Empire State Development Corp., brings a chance for New York State indie developers and game students to make their projects a reality. The ultimate winners of the challenge are set to receive $25,000 in funding for their game’s development, as well as incubator residencies at RIT, New York University or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for up to one year. The official start of submissions for the 2018 challenge began on Jan. 1, with a kickoff event scheduled at RIT’s Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity, or MAGIC, on Friday, Jan. 19.

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Vuzix unveils Blade smart glasses (access required)

Vuzix Blade

Rochester’s Vuzix Corp. has officially unveiled its newest augmented reality wearable: the Vuzix Blade smart glasses. The android-powered Blade will make its first public appearance at CES 2018, a massive gathering and exposition for all variety of high-tech gadgetry Jan. 9 to 12 in Las Vegas. The Blade has so far won four awards from CES in the fields of fitness, sports and biotech, wireless handset accessories, portable media players and accessories, as well as computer accessories.

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NIIT acquires Eagle Productivity Solutions (access required)

Beautiful old hands

Atlanta-based talent development company NIIT Limited has acquired Rochester’s Eagle Productivity Solutions. Founded in 1988 and based on Brighton Henrietta Town Line Road, Eagle provides training for cloud-based applications in medical and commercial fields. The acquisition by NIIT comes at ...

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Rochester Precision Optics a sign of sector’s success (access required)

Polishing machine at RPO

It's no surprise that Rochester's manufacturing sector is a shadow of its former self. The companies that once defined the Flower City, and led to its status as one of the first "boomtowns," have faced rapid downsizing and exodus from the city. Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb no longer serve as the economic backbone they once did. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Rochester's employment in the manufacturing supersector has been on steady decline.

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Council bids farewell to Conklin, Haag and Miller (access required)


Making way for the newcomers, the Rochester City Council bade farewell to three long-standing staples of the City Hall Chambers. Humorous and touching homages on the careers of Vice President Dana Miller and council members at-large Carolee Conklin and Matt ...

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