SIPA Chiang Mai held a briefing on December 23 at which
president Chaithawat Saowapon and acting manager Dr Phanuthad Techasane
announced the results of the organizationís programs for 2005.
SIPAís mission is to train people and build projects
and markets in relation to the software industry.
During the year, SIPA conducted training for Java
programming with 144 trainees receiving certification. A further 310
trainees passed the Microsoft.NET training and are awaiting testing for
Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD).
SIPA joined with Chiang Mai University, Maejo University
and Rajamangala University of Technology, Payap division, to create the
Software Engineering Academy project to disseminate knowledge and undertake
research on software technology and engineering.
In addition, SIPA set up the Chiang Mai web service and
portal at http://chiangmai
.sipa.or.th as a tool for government to serve residents, covering 11
Supporting SME members with ICT is another function of
SIPA, and amongst the projects was a web services program for the tourism
sector in which four organizations, namely La Gondola Italian restaurant,
North Wheel car hire, Nam Ping Resort and Royal Ping and Garden Hotel,
participated in the pilot scheme.
As part of the plan to turn Chiang Mai into an animation
and multimedia hub, SIPA has established the Northern Animation Studio with
the aim of raising standards so that the fledgling industry is able to
compete and export.
During the year, 160 persons graduated in the Animation
(3Ds Max) curriculum, three finished Game (3D Engine), Game J2me had 31
persons, Game Programming had 30 and Game Graphic had 20. Professional 3D
Animation had 23 trainees, Modeling had 20, Motion Capture had 20 and
Professional Game Programming had 23.
SIPA works in conjunction with the Board of Investment in supporting the
software business both at home and overseas.