The Intern journey of Shutong
The story of me and IceMobile started a year ago, 2017 UX Camp Amsterdam, where IceMobile was one of the hosts of this event. IceMobile left me a nice impression of the company itself and UX industry. After that, one year later, when I was looking for a possible master thesis opportunity, I heard that IceMobile was doing something about virtual reality. Without any hesitation, I immediately send my CV and cover letter when I knew further that IceMobile is working with Disney and Jamie Oliver. Thus now, I am not only a Human-Technology Interaction master student from TU Eindhoven but also a thesis intern at IceMobile.
My master thesis project is about persuasive technology and virtual reality. Persuasive technology is defined as “any interactive computing system designed to change people’s attitudes or behaviours” by Fogg (2003) in his book “Persuasive Technology - Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do”. As an immersive media, virtual reality has a history of 60 years, and it started to become popular when Google Cardboard was invented a couple of years ago. I personally believe that virtual reality is the future, and the combination of persuasive technology and virtual reality is worth doing research. At the end of this internship, I should be finishing designing and developing my own virtual reality game by C# on Unity.
Working at IceMobile has a lot of fun. I noticed this on my first day when I saw the surprising beer maker, the colourful lego table, and the fancy coffee machine. The full title of my role is Design Thesis Intern, and I belong to the ILP team of IceMobile, which is the team that is doing Disney’s assignment! I am always very happy that I can be part of IceMobile as a “designer”, which is my dream since my childhood. As a “former-engineer-current-designer”, IceMobile makes me feel that everything is possible. Especially one day when I was told that some of my ideas could be useful for the Disney project, I became too excited that my friends even made jokes that I still looked “high” when I got home after ~2 hours in the train (I live in Eindhoven).
Learning at IceMobile also has a lot of surprises. My supervisor Becky gives me a lot of freedom to do my project, which totally surprised me because the thesis projects of my classmates have a lot of strict restrictions. My lovely colleagues also gave me a lot of valuable suggestions from their expertise and creativity when I got stuck. I feel very grateful that I could get this much help. (Thanks to everyone!! <3)
In these two months, the best day was absolutely the annual hacking day on March 16. I was part of team Icemochi. Icemochi is actually a Tamagotchi, an electronic pet, which was an important part of my childhood. At the end of the day, our team built an application for Icemochi and won the first price (a Star Wars Lightsaber ;D) of the hacking day. I think I learned a lot during the hacking, for example, what is the most efficient way to organise the progress of a project in a short time and how do people collaborate with others from different department etc. I even found that I might have the potential to be a voice actress/sound designer. I enjoyed it a lot when I could collaborate with brilliant people to make crazy ideas come true.
Staying at IceMobile makes me discover my potential and makes me confirmed what I want to do when I graduate. I will keep being energetic and creative for doing this lovely internship, and I am looking forward to seeing what I can achieve at the end of my thesis.
I would love to use a hypothetical statement to end this article -- if life gave me a chance to go back to the beginning, I would still choose to stay at IceMobile.