Unitec and George FM recently celebrated the launch of pet partnership project the 'Ultimate DJ Booth', a portable, fully functional booth that the radio station commissioned Unitec students to make for this summer season's many outdoor events.
Over the final semester this year, a dedicated team of students from the Technology & Built Environment School at Unitec built the booth for George FM – equipped with a confetti cannon, smoke machine, LED strobe lighting panel, as well as a covered DJ booth trailer for transportation to gigs.
The partnership shows the growing trend for partnership between the tertiary sector and private business, and it's not something reserved solely for the big players and large projects.
Bill Boon, a site safety advisor who has been with Unitec for five years, said the multidisciplinary project with George FM was more sophisticated than it sounds, with the confetti cannon proving the most challenging aspect of the design - but a guaranteed showstopper.
"Many people told us that the nitrogen powered cannon wouldn't work. But at Unitec, we are about upskilling, and we thought, heck, let's just try it."
George FM listeners were asked to contribute their suggestions for elements of the deck, which led to the design bursting beyond the original brief to even include a fridge to keep the DJs refreshed through the summer.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQwoVGILRZo