Sports and Stats — A Career in Computer Information Systems

Sports and Stats — A Career in Computer Information Systems


– [Mark] I work at
Information Display System, and it’s a sports media company that specializes
in stat tracking and broadcast interfaces. We do the scoring for
major sporting events, and we also do the tickers
and bugs that you see on TV during those events. The first event that I went to was the 2012 Olympics in London, and I developed a program
that received the scores, reformatted in a way
that NBC could read it and put it on air, as well as the web feed in a few other places
around the world. It was really cool watching
the Olympics up there and then to be able to
see what I was doing right there on TV being broadcast all
over the country. When I do go out
on these events, I go out on the
events as support for that software. I’m talking to people at NBC, or I’m talking to people at CBS, and I’m saying,
“Is there anything “that we can do to make
this in any way better?” And if something goes wrong, that’s when it’s crunch-time. It’s very fast-paced. They demand a solution yesterday if it broke now. Computer information systems adds a business aspect
to the computer science. It’s not just straight
coding, necessarily. You also have to
learn accounting, and finance, and how
to run a business on that side, as well. One of the big things that my computer science
teachers always pressed into us was that “We’re not here to
teach you a language, “We’re here to teach you
how to learn a language.” By them teaching
us Java in a way that taught us how to learn, I was able to pick up T++
and Python very quickly, so I was able to jump right
in on current projects, and so I definitely
use the abilities that I learned at
College of Charleston on a daily basis. College of Charleston
is a melting pot of the entire country. I grew up in a sheltered area in a little Southern town, so when I went to
Charleston and met people from New York, and
met people from L.A., and met people from
Chicago and everywhere, interacting with
them helps me now because I can
actually communicate and I have things in common with people all
across the world. Charleston is a unique city. You can’t find
anywhere else like it, so between the
people in this city, it’s just an experience
that you’d never forget.

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