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MIT Student Creates Funky CD-Rom

MIT Student Creates Funky CD-Rom

Designing a CD Rom for a funky clothing company was “a pretty cool way” for East Tamaki computing student Segi Paea to finish his qualification at Manukau Institute of Technology.

Steez director Joseph Po (left) and MIT computing student Segi Paea take a look at the CD Rom created for funky clothing company Rollin Steez Pimpin.

Segi (22) produced the CD Rom for Rollin Steez Pimpin as part of his final project for the MIT National Diploma in Business Computing (NDBC).

Steez, an East Tamaki company that specialises in screen-printed t-shirts with a New Zealand hip hop/Polynesian flavour, will distribute the CD Rom to potential clients.

“I approached the company with the idea and they saw it as a great way to increase awareness of their products,” Segi says.

Steez Rollin t-shirts feature tongue-in-cheek, humorous designs and are sold in stores in East Tamaki, Manukau and High Street, Auckland, as well as at the Avondale and Otara markets. Steez is also branching out into the music and entertainment industry, including production and recording.

The CD Rom designed by Segi features information about shirt designs, business information and an order form, as well as music created by Steez.

“The project was hard work but it has been a lot of fun,” says Segi. “The biggest challenge I had was connecting the database so that you can add new designs. This means that there is no limit to the amount of designs featured on the CD Rom. The advantage of this is that the CD Rom can grow as the company grows. The other great thing about the CD is that it can easily be sent to potential clients overseas.”

The CD can run on any modern PC and includes a free piece of software to ensure all users can read the order form.

Steez director Joseph Po says he is thrilled with Segi’s work. “The CD Rom is a great marketing tool and Segi has done a great job in designing it. It is user-friendly, has a funky and attractive look and will appeal to youth, which is our target market.”

The NDBC at MIT is the third staircase in a range of qualifications up to degree level, and includes specialisation in selected areas of computing. “One of the best things about the NDBC is that one third of the year’s work is on an industry project,” says Segi. “This is great because it allows students to work in the industry area that they are interested in.

“The MIT lecturers are really supportive and the small class sizes make it an ideal learning environment. It’s also a really convenient location – I didn’t want to travel in to Auckland every day.”

Segi plans to do the Bachelor of Information Systems at MIT and would like to specialise in IT, multi-media or web design.

For more information on computing and information technology programmes at MIT, phone the MIT Information Centre on 0800 62 62 52 or visit the website at

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