Meaningful Play 2014 at Michigan State University

Program

Meaningful Play 2014 includes thought-provoking presentations from leaders in academia and industry, peer-reviewed paper presentations, panel sessions (including academic and industry discussions), innovative workshops, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions of games.

Confirmed speakers include...

Jesse SchellJesse Schell is the CEO of Schell Games, a leader in creating transformational games. Since starting his company in 2002, he has grown it into the largest and most successful game development company in Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, Schell Games has produced an amazing array of innovative, transformational and award-winning entertainment experiences for some of the world's most respected brands, such as Disney, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Amplify, Yale University, Lionel LLC and The Fred Rogers Company.

Jesse currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), where he teaches game design. He authored the critically acclaimed book, The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, which captured Game Developer magazine’s coveted “Front Line Award” for 2008.

Prior to starting Schell Games, Jesse was the Creative Director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio, where he worked and played for seven years as designer, programmer, and manager on numerous projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest. Learn more about Jesse.

Mia ConsalvoMia Consalvo is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design at Concordia University in Montreal. She is the co-editor of Sports Videogames and author of Cheating: Gaining Advantage of Videogames. She is completing The Life of a Game with Jason Begy and has almost (!) finished a book about Japan's influence on the videogame industry and game culture.

Mia runs the mLab, a space dedicated to innovating methods for studying games and game players, at Concordia. She's presented her work at professional as well as academic conferences including regular presentations at the Game Developers Conference. She is the President of the Digital Games Research Association, and has held positions at MIT, Ohio University, Chubu University in Japan and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Learn more about Mia.

Colleen MacklinColleen Macklin is the Director of PETLab (Prototyping Education and Technology Lab) and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design. Colleen develops games for experimental learning and social engagement. PETLab projects include a curriculum in game design for the Boys and Girls Club, a set of statistical games for the Red Cross Climate Centre, and big games such as Re:Activism and the “fiscal” sport Budgetball. She is a member of the game design collectives Local No. 12, known for their card game the Metagame and The Leisure Collective. Her work has been shown at Come Out and Play, SoundLab, The Whitney Museum for American Art and Creative Time. BFA, Media Arts Pratt Institute, graduate studies in Computer Science, CUNY and International Affairs, The New School. Learn more about Colleen.

Deirdra KiaiDeirdra Kiai is a game designer, writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist. Deidra was nominated for four awards at this year’s Independent Games Association awards. Their game, Dominique Pamplemousse in "It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!" is a stop motion musical detective adventure game. Their #1ReasonToBe a game designer talk, "Making games is easy. Belonging is hard." received a standing ovation at the Game Developers’ Conference last month. Learn more about Deirdra.

Greg LastowkaGreg Lastowka is a Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Camden and a co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law. He is the author of Virtual Justice (Yale University Press 2010). He teaches and conducts research on the laws of intellectual property and emerging technologies. He has authored numerous law review articles, book chapters, and essays on a variety of subjects, including digital copyright, the regulation of virtual societies, search engine laws, and cybertrespass. Professor Lastowka is the recipient of NSF Grant #1250774: A Legal and Structural Investigation of Online User-Generated Content Systems. He has guest-lectured at several universities, including Columbia School of Law and the University of Graz, Austria. His work and opinions have been noted by many national and international publications, such as Scientific American, The Economist, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Nature. Professor Lastowka also participates in the emerging academic discipline of games studies and has written extensively about videogame theory and culture.. Learn more about Greg.

More details coming on the complete program.

Be Part of the Program

There are several ways to become involved with Meaningful Play, including:

  • The call for submissions is available now for paper presentations, posters, panels, workshops, roundtables, and speakers..
  • The call for games for the game exhibition and competition is also available.

Tentative Schedule

Below is the tentative conference schedule to help you in your planning. More details will be available as the conference draws nearer.

Wednesday, October 15

7:00-9:00

Pre-conference Quello Center Lecture (open to conference attendees)

Thursday, October 16

8:00-9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30

Welcome

9:30-10:30

Opening Keynote

10:30-11:00

Break

11:00-12:00

Session Presentations

12:00-1:30

Lunch (birds of a feather)

1:30-2:30

Session Presentations

2:30-3:00

Break

3:00-4:00

Session Presentations

4:00-4:30

Break

4:30-5:30

Keynote

5:30-7:00

Dinner Break (on your own)

7:00-10:00

Opening Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session (drinks and appetizers will be served)

Friday, October 17

8:00-9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00

Keynote

10:00-10:30

Break

10:30-11:30

Session Presentations

11:30-1:00

Lunch (birds of a feather)

1:00-2:00

Session Presentations

2:00-2:30

Break

2:30-3:30

Session Presentations

3:30-4:00

Break

4:00-5:00

Keynote

5:00-

Dinner Break (on your own)

Saturday, October 18

8:00-9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00

Keynote

10:00-10:15

Break

10:15-11:15

Session Presentations

11:15-11:30

Break

11:30-12:30

Session Presentations

12:30-2:00

Lunch (provided) and Closing Keynote

More details soon!

As the conference draws nearer, we will have additional details on the exciting Meaningfu Play 2014 program.

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