2012 SIP Archive

2012 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program (SIP)

The 2012 SIP received 55 eligible applications. Of the 55, 18 students ultimately were admitted representing 9 different colleges and universities including RPI, Springfield, WPI, Becker, Mt. Ida, Northeastern, Berklee, Champlain and Mt. Holyoke. In addition, student volunteers from Becker, Emerson and Binghamton are also involved.

A team of industry veterans are managing the program with support with a large number of industry mentors from across the region’s game development ecosystem. To follow the program’s progress over the summer, please visit the MassDiGI Blog located to the right. Thank you.


Information on the three 2012 SIP Projects can be found here: SIP InformationNanoswarm, On Call and Energy Drive.

In January 2013, On Call won Best in Show at SSIH IMSH 2013 Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase.


Play Nanoswarm! Download it to your iPad here. Free! On Call and Energy Drive will be available for closed beta or play soon. Please contact us if you would like more information concerning any of the games.


 The application period for the 2012 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program closed at 5:oo p.m. on April 23.  Applicants will be informed of decisions by April 30.

Do you want work in game development? 

Are you ready to work on a team mentored by some of the top talent in game development?

Well, get in the game!

The MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program has everything you need:

  • A chance to work on a game prototype from the ground up
  • Mentors to help guide you
  • Work with a team of students to help create the “next big thing”
  • A free place to live

The Summer Innovation Program provides eligible students with a chance to work on a game prototype with other students.  This is not just another internship, but a chance to hold the fate of a game in your hands.  There are mentors and faculty to help you, but in the end it is up to your team to build a successful game.

Who can participate?

The Summer Innovation Program is open to students who will be entering their junior or senior year at a regionally-accredited four-year college or university. Certain eligibility requirements, as included in the application, must be met.

The SIP application period will open on March 15, 2012 and the application will be posted on that date. All applications must be submitted by April 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. All applicant decisions will be made by April 30, 2012.

The SIP will kick off on May 23, 2012 and conclude on August 11, 2012.

What disciplines can apply?

Students studying game design, development, programming, animation, art and computer science will make up most of the teams, but there is room for marketers, writers and musicians too.

What will you build?

MassDiGI is working with a number of sponsors that are building everything from mobile entertainment games to educational titles.  You will work on a team focused on one title – though you will have a chance to help out on some of the other titles.

What is the deal with a free place to live?

Becker College, MassDiGI’s founding academic partner, has offered up free dormitory residences for SIP.

Wait, does this include food?

No, we do not have the ability to provide meals on campus. There are a number of local restaurants and grocery stores as well as kitchen facilities in the residence halls.

What does this cost?

Nothing. In fact, you will receive a modest bi-weekly stipend for your work.

What is a stipend?

Money. You will receive up to $175 per week*. Exact amount will be determined by April 30, 2012.

Do I have to be a student at Becker to participate?

No. The program is open to all college students who will be entering at least their junior or senior year at a regionally-accredited four-year college/university program.

Are you a company looking to sponsor the program? All sponsors receive:

    • Branding on the MassDiGI website and at events
    • Opportunity to provide inserts for attendees to the Game Challenge event in April
    • Prime location to showcase your company at the job fair or in the Made in Massachusetts demo section at the Game Challenge event
    • Prominent branding in all messaging related to the program

* Estimate

Please contact Monty Sharma (monty.sharma(at)massdigi.org) if you would like more information on the SIP.

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