2014 Schedule & Program

MassDiGI Game Challenge – 2014 Program Schedule

Microsoft NERD Center – Cambridge, MA 

Download the program here.

Friday March 7, 2014 – Day 1

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  • Registration

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

  • Opening remarks – Tim Loew, executive director, MassDiGI, Monty Sharma, managing director, MassDiGI and Robert Johnson, PhD, president, Becker College as well as chair, MassDiGI Advisory Board

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Talk track 1 – “Making it as an indie” by Jason Della Rocca of Execution Labs
  • Talk track 2 – “Tips for getting into the game industry” by Monty Sharma of MassDiGI

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

  • Talk track 1 – “Getting the attention of press” by Alexander Sliwinski of Joystiq
  • Talk track 2 – “Process, process, process” by Seth Sivak of Proletariat Inc.

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

  • Talk track 1 – “User acquisition” by Henrik Strandberg of Sega
  • Talk track 2 – “Kickstarter: Lessons from the trenches” by Alex Schwartz of Owlchemy Labs

11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • Break

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

  • Working lunch featuring a talk from GSN Games

1:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Mentor and peer meetings (teams – please follow your assigned schedule)

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

  • Day 1 closing remarks and charge to the teams

 

Saturday, March 8, 2014 – Day 2

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

  • Registration

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Initial judging round (teams – please follow your assigned schedule)
  • Concurrent activities: Indie Showcase, movie time, peer meetings and casual game play

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Judging deliberations
  • Concurrent activities: Indie Showcase,  movie time, peer meetings and casual game play

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Finalists announced

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Lunch (finalists – please load presentations on master laptop)
  • Concurrent activities: Indie Showcase,  movie time, peer meetings and casual game play

1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Finalists elevator pitches

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Keynote – “Building a successful indie” by Johan Eile of Ubisoft Montreal
  • Judging deliberations

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Awards ceremony
  • What people are saying…

    This past summer was, without a doubt, the most productive, amazing, incredible, fun time I have had in my college life. I can’t thank MassDiGI enough for the experience it allowed me to have with the other incredible artists and programmers I was able to meet and work with. The staff and every mentor who stopped by helped us believe in ourselves and created a fantastic game dev environment for all of us. If there’s one thing I learned from this program, it’s that you won’t discover what you are capable of until you just go out and try your best at something.
    Renzo Heredia, Berklee College of Music '15 and SIP '14
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