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Pittsburgh IGDA May News Update

May 7, 2009 – 1:30 pm

So this email news update for our local International Game Developers Association chapter might be syndicated on our blog. I’m just testing to see if we can basically cut and paste our email without having to reformat anything. Looks like yes. Also, I’ve gotten lazy yet again about updating my own blog, so consider this filler content. It does contain a brief mention about the conference I’m speaking at next week though.

Pittsburgh IGDA May News Update

Local Game Industry News

Sim Ops Studios Featured in BusinessWeek
Congratulations to Shanna Tellerman and all the other hardworking people at Sim Ops Studios for being featured in a recent BusinessWeek special report about 3D internet technology. To learn more about Sim Ops’ 3D platform, visit http://www.wildpockets.com. You can take a look at the games that were recently created using Wild Pockets at the San Francisco Bay Area Game Jam and vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award competition.

Get In Line Games Launches at CMU Spring Carnival
Last month, Evil Genius Designs, the ETC’s newest spin-off, successfully launched their mobile gaming platform at CMU’s annual Spring Carnival, winning a coveted Thistle. Currently working on winning the Penny Arcade Expo as a client, their technology would help keep lines of over 6000 people entertained for upwards of two hours at the annual conference in September.

Skill-Life Beta in July
Later this summer, Skill-Life, who you might remember from Felix Lloyd’s lightning talk last year, will officially launch their CentsCity Beta. CentsCity is a virtual world developed to teach financial literacy and other valuable life skills.

CivicsLab Wins MacArthur Grant
Local Friendship-based CivicsLab recently won the MacArthur Foundation’s Young Innovator’s Award in the Digital Learning and Media Competition for their “Your Place, USA” project, an online game based on demographic, fiscal and political conditions in southwestern Pennsylvania developed for kids ages 9 - 13.  Your Place teaches sustainable practices by exposing young people to civic decision-making and regional planning.

Local Resources

AlphaLab Application Deadline is May 15
Created by Innovation Works, AlphaLab provides funding, hands-on business assistance, access to a network of entrepreneurs and expert advisors, and free office space as part of an intensive 20-week incubator program in Pittsburgh.

Spark’s Next Deadline is June 5
A new initiative of The Sprout Fund, Spark supports small-scale projects and programs that engage children under the age of eight through the creative use of technology and media. Funded projects propose an innovative solution to a relevant issue or demonstrated need facing children in the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Upcoming Conferences

Jesse and Jia speaking at LOGIN next week
At the “Leaders of the Online Game Industry” conference from May 11-14, Jesse Schell will be keynoting with a talk urging people to “Make Games Not War.” Jia Ji will also be speaking on the China panel about his newest startup that provides technology for philanthropy in virtual worlds. If any other Pittsburgh companies are attending/speaking, please let us know. And if you or your friends in Seattle want to attend last minute, you can use the discount code “LOGINBEAT” to save $200 off the online registration price.

CMU ETC’s Game Education Summit June 16 & 17
If you prefer your conferences a little closer to home, the Game Education Summit next month will be hosted right at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. Also, if anyone is willing to host speakers during the conference, please let us know.

Get Involved

Read the PIGDA blog for upcoming events
Stay tuned for many more exciting things from your local IGDA chapter, including official PIGDA t-shirts and more fun summer events! If you have any ideas or feedback about events or anything else, please let us know. Also, if you have any pictures or video from PIGDA events, please remember to tag them “PIGDA” and share them with us.

Please take the PIGDA News Survey
Thanks for reading our first Pittsburgh IGDA News Update, we hope you found it useful. Would you like receiving more updates like this about local industry events and companies in the future? Please let us know what you think by taking a quick survey.

Thanks,
Pittsburgh IGDA Planning Team

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