GameFest 2011- Symposium and Exhibition

Rensselaer's School of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrated the addition of the Game Studies Minor by hosting a GameFest Symposium and Exhibition in 2004. Now an annual event, the symposium showcases computer games designed by dozens of student teams, 20 of whom have been selected to compete for this years awards. The event introduces students to philosophers, computer scientists, artists and cognitive scientists who are conducting research in game design, development and production, providing the potential for interdisciplinary junctures and co-operation between the arts and cultural studies, social sciences, computer sciences, engineering and emerging technical research in information technology.

2011 Game Festival

May 6 and 7, 2011

Student games will be exhibited and prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges from Vicarious Visions.  We encourage students from Rensselaer and beyond to participate in this student competition.  Games & Simulation faculty will select the games for exhibition from among those submitted and cash prizes will be awarded to the top five teams.    There is no fee for attendance or participation however we request that you register if you plan to attend the Symposium.

Download Symposium Program

The symposium will be streamed live online at the following urls GameFest 2011 "Transitions" Saturday Morning Program and GameFest 2011 "Transitions" Saturday Afternoon Program.

Friday, May 6

5:00 - 9:00 PM   Student Games Demonstration and Competition   Armory

Saturday, May 7

9:45-10:00 AM   Welcome
Lee Sheldon, Associate Professor & Co-Director, GSAS Program
  BioTech Auditorium
10:00-11:00 AM   Key Note Speaker
Brian Reynolds, Chief Game Designer at Zynga
  BioTech Auditorium
11:15-12:30 PM   Commercial Games panel discussion   BioTech Auditorium
12:30-1:30 PM   Lunch   BioTech Atrium
1:30-2:15 PM   Serious Games panel discussion   BioTech Auditorium
2:30-3:15 PM   Entrepreneurship panel discussion   BioTech Auditorium
3:30-4:15 PM   Graduate Schools panel discussion   BioTech Auditorium
4:30-5:30 PM   Awards Ceremony   BioTech Auditorium
5:30 PM   Closing Remarks
Ben Chang, Associate Professor & Co-Director, GSAS Program
  BioTech Auditorium