Today is day 3, and we have already gotten into a routine. Our morning started with a lecture at UEF. Today the lecturer, Dr. Dang Le Hoa, discussed the rural planning and development of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta is a maze of rivers in the southern tip of Vietnam. It is home to the famous floating markets where people go to buy and sells fruits and other goods via boat. Dr. Hoa shared some of her research and also discussed problems that the delta is facing including climate change and upstream development. Being that I am studying environmental engineering, Dr. Hoa lecture really peaked my attention. I found her research very interesting and I cannot wait to read more of her work.
If you have read my other blogs, it may not come as a surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at lunch. We ate at Cơm Tấm Cali, and I included a picture of our meal below. I truly can’t wait to eat my way around Ho Chi Minh City for the rest of the two weeks.
After lunch, we headed to Glass Egg Digital Media which is a 3D art outsourcing company. They are most well known for creating the animations of the cars in video games such as Need For Speed which is published by EA. Glass Egg has enjoyed many advantages of being located in Vietnam. The COO listed some of these benefits as the low operating costs, the strong education system, and overall likability of the city from the view of clients. On the other hand, Glass Egg also faces some challenges because it is located in Vietnam. One such challenge includes the lack of competition which complicates the hiring market, salaries, and more. Additionally, other challenges include the fact that Vietnam is isolated and out of the way for many clients. Thus, the people at Glass Egg have occasionally found that video game producers will choose other outsourcing companies that are more conveniently located. All in all, the COO seemed certain that the benefits of being located in Vietnam far outweigh any of the cons.
Similar to Ho Chi Minh City, Glass Egg Digital Media is quickly growing and developing. They have expanded the types of products they offer to clients significantly since their first few years of operation when they mainly constructed 3D cars. Glass Egg now offers 3D animations of characters, weapons, scenery, and much more. Additionally, they have expanded their horizon of expertise to include mobile game 3D art development. In terms of location, Glass Egg expressed to us that they have been considering opening new locations for the past 10 years. Most recently, they are considering opening another location in either the North or Central part of Vietnam.
Well that is all for another full day of fun and learning. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!