Message: No matter where they call home – 2/1/17

Last Friday, the President of the United States signed an executive order that blocks entry to the country for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. This executive order has already disrupted the lives of a number of game developers, students and faculty across the country – and around the globe. While these events impact each individual, business, college and university in differing ways, we are committed to the pursuit of knowledge and opportunity for everyone, no matter where they call home.

We do not yet know the full ramifications of the executive order and subsequent decisions by federal judges, but we support those affected. Community and diversity are among our core values and are integral to our commitment to inclusion and respect for all people. These principles are most important in times of strife, and we must not abandon them.

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2017 MassDiGI Game Challenge registration and SIP application period open – 1/2/17

2017 MassDiGI Game Challenge registration and SIP application period open

By Tim Loew, executive director, MassDiGI

It is really hard to believe that 2017 will mark our sixth year running the Game Challenge and Summer Innovation Program. Time sure does fly.

IMG_8777Over the years at the Game Challenge we have seen some amazing game concepts and titles near-release from a range of indies, pros and students of all sorts. And, sponsors, mentors, speakers, volunteers and judges have helped make it all happen. Thanks again to everyone involved, we couldn’t do it without your support – especially, Microsoft New England for providing such great space each year.

That said, we expect this year’s Game Challenge to be better than ever and we have tweaked a number of things which will be noticeable to veteran competitors at the event. With only 40 slots available, team registration will go fast so if you’re an indie, college, university or high school team, sign up sooner rather than later. See you on February 24 and 25 in Cambridge.

Abby Jackson

Of course, if you’re looking for a summer internship we think SIP is something special. SIP is open to students who will be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year (and graduate students, too).

The application process is very competitive. For example, last year 216 students attending 66 different colleges and universities from around the world applied for the 24 available slots. The SIP17 application period is currently open. The program runs from May 16 to August 13, 2017 in Worcester. Click here for more information and to apply.

 

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MassDiGI granted Collaborative Workspace award

file_0massdev00MassDiGI is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Collaborative Workspace Program grant from MassDevelopment to be used for core networking equipment in our New Ventures Center (NVC) at 80 William St. in Worcester. The NVC, a community-facing business assistance center for interactive media and game development students and entrepreneurs, is currently under renovation and scheduled to open in summer/fall 2017.

The $50,000 grant was one of 23 awarded by the Baker-Polito Administration to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. The awards will go to support the physical infrastructure to supports the growth of new entrepreneurial ventures, while spurring innovation and job creation at the local level.

Read the official press release here, MassLive’s story here and WBJ’s story here.

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MassDiGI granted Collaborative Workspace award – 12/15/16

MassDiGI granted Collaborative Workspace award 

By Tim Loew, executive director, MassDiGI

file_0massdev00MassDiGI is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Collaborative Workspace Program grant from MassDevelopment to be used for core networking equipment in our New Ventures Center (NVC) at 80 William St. in Worcester. The NVC, a community-facing business assistance center for interactive media and game development students and entrepreneurs, is currently under renovation and scheduled to open in summer/fall 2017.

The $50,000 grant was one of 23 awarded by the Baker-Polito Administration to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. The awards will go to support the physical infrastructure to supports the growth of new entrepreneurial ventures, while spurring innovation and job creation at the local level.

Read the official press release here, MassLive’s story here and WBJ’s story here.

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GAME LAUNCH Takeover Trail: The world is yours – 11/15/16

Takeover Trail: The world is yours

By Timothy Loew, executive director, MassDiGI

filett_000Takeover Trail, a free, fun, strategy game about world domination, is available for download now on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The mobile game was created during the 2016 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program (SIP) by students Sarah Spiers from Emerson College, Ian Clinkenbeard and Erica Lyons from Becker, Prisyafandiafif Charifa from NYU, Conor Canavan from LYIT (Ireland), Elizabeth Lanahan from RISD and Joe Marchuk from Berklee College of Music.

Working over the summer, the team produced a beta/near-release version of the game – watch the trailer here. From there, we brought the game into our LiveStudio program at Becker during the fall ’16 semester. Through LiveStudio, more students across a range of disciplines had roles in polishing the game and getting it ready to launch. For a roster of all the contributors to the game, check out the credit roll. You can download Takeover Trail today for iOS and Android.

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