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Technology Innovation Working Group

The College of Visual Arts and Design, Technology Services department hosts a group that includes staff (System and Campus), faculty, and students: the purpose of the group is to explore new technolgies and solutions for use on campus. We meet once or more weekly, in-person and on Microsoft Teams, begining after the 12th class day each semester. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us.

This is an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills that will serve them in the workplace after graduation. Each semester we have a few paid hourly positions available for students, undergraduate or graduate. In addition to being included on Technology Innovation Working Group projects, these positions also will support the operations of the College of Visual Arts and Design Service Desk. For more information on the positions, and to see if one is currently open you can check our Student Positions page.

The meeting schedule for the semester is set at the first meeting following the 12th classday.

Current Projects

  • Apache Guacamole: Apache Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. It supports standard protocols like VNC, RDP, and SSH. It is referred to as clientless because no plugins or client software are required. Thanks to HTML5, once Guacamole is installed on a server, all you need to access a remote computer is a web browser.
  • This project is currently underway: The UNT Online Mac Computer Lab, part of the larger MyLab@UNT project, was developed by this group. During the Spring 2023 semster the group will be increasing the features and functionality of the current solution to allow for more use cases.
  • Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi are a series of single-board computers developed with an aims towards educating people in computing by creating a low option for users to explore computing education. The Raspberry Pi run Linux, and also provide a set of GPIO (general purpose input/output) pins, allowing you to control electronic components explore the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • We have a few ongoing projects on the Raspberry Pi: digital signage and print release stations among them. The Raspberry Pi has a permanent project status for our group: it was what provided the impetus for the creation of this group. Check out some project ideas here: All3DP, Tom's Hardware, and the Official Raspberry Pi Projects page.
  • Ansible:Ansible is an open source suite of software tools that enables infrastructure as code: includes software provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment functionality.
  • The Ansible project is primarily focused on endpoint management of IoT devices.