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…

    MassDiGI did an amazing job organizing the event and bringing so many great developers, mentors and speakers together. The feedback and experience I received during the Game Challenge was extremely valuable, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is making a game and wants it to succeed.
    Jenna Hoffstein, Founder, Little Worlds Interactive
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