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Meaningful Play 2008


Premium Sponsor

AT&T Lectureships in Information Technology Endowment

AT&T is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services.



Platinum Sponsors

MSU Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media

The Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University prepares students for positions of leadership and responsibility in a variety of media and communication fields including TV, cinema, radio, interactive media, games, web, media management, media research and the management of many other forms of information communication technology.


MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences

The College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University, established in 1955, was the first such college in the country. Today, with over 3,000 students, it is one of the largest and most respected. The College is a dynamic environment, committed to preparing students in cutting-edge technologies and timeless critical thinking. Nationally renowned faculties in the Departments of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Communication, Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, and the School of Journalism educate students in both the theory and the practice of communication, and have graduated generations of leaders in communications industries and associations.

Gold Sponsors

East Lansing Technology Innovation Center (City of East Lansing)

The East Lansing Technology Innovation Center (TIC) offers traditional and enhanced technology incubator services, such as low-cost rent, shared equipment, business consulting, secretarial services, conference rooms, and mentoring programs. The TIC caters towards developing MSU spin-offs, IT entrepreneurs, and local, regional and national technology ventures. The goal of the TIC is to create opportunities to grow or attract businesses associated with Technology by providing incubator space, entrepreneurial expertise, exposure to potential markets, access to capital, incentives, and long-term planning. The long-term goal is to create and retain these businesses in the local market or in the regional economy. The TIC is located at 325 E. Grand River in Downtown East Lansing, on the third floor of the Barnes and Noble building.


The Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law

The James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law at Michigan State University is dedicated to original research on current issues of information and communication management, law and policy! The Quello Center is located in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and affiliated with the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University.

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Silver Sponsors

O'Reilly Media

O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazine, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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The Center for Humane, Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University seeks to advance critical understanding and promote access to knowledge through world-class research in humanities technology. To these ends, the goal of MATRIX is to serve as a catalyst for and incubator of the emerging fields and disciplines resulting from the integration of the humanities with information technologies


Michigan State University Office of University Outreach and Engagement

The Office of University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) applies MSU's land-grant mission by bringing the benefits of University knowledge to the public. UOE tackles priority issues of concern to society by encouraging, supporting, and collaborating with MSU faculty and community partners to generate, transmit, apply, and preserve knowledge. The aim of this work has always been to enhance the quality of life and the economic viability of Michigan residents and beyond.



GarageGames is a developer of game engine technology and tools, an online publishing label for independent games, a thriving online community of independent developers, a distributor of game content to aid development, and a first party developer of great independent games! Our mission is to provide independent developers with tools, knowledge, co-conspirators; everything needed to make great games. We give game makers the opportunity to publish their games, find their audiences, and perhaps make their fortunes.

Bronze Sponsors


So, you’ve got your diploma—or you will soon enough. Now it’s time to take on the working world. We know deciding where to start your career can be as nerve-wracking as it is exciting. Maybe you don’t know exactly what you want to do. Maybe you don’t even have a technology background. The good thing is, at Microsoft, you have lots of options. Nowhere else will you have such a variety of products and technologies to get behind—or so many career paths to choose from. You’ll learn from people who have been in the industry for over 30 years. And most of all, you’ll have the resources to reach people all over the world with your work. It’s about taking your career as far as you want it to go—in any direction you choose.


Armor Games

Armor Games strives for excellence as both a game developer and portal. Showcasing hundreds of quality games and original titles, Armor Games handpicks the best games to bring to their game portal and provides a themed community for the gamers who come to play them. As a developer, Armor Games specializes in Flash-based game development and works hard to bring fresh, exciting content to the web.

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HD Sales

HD Sales is a rep firm in the HD and Film world which brings the highest quality manufacturers changing the broadcast, post, film and gaming worlds together with their clients. HD Sales represents AJA, Facilis, Quantum, and Sonnet Technologies.


Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab

The mission of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University is to design innovative prototypes, techniques, and complete games for entertainment and learning and to advance state of the art knowledge about social and individual effects of digital games. The GEL Lab is an association of game research and design faculty and students at Michigan State University, primarily in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.



Media Interface and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Lab

The Media Interface and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Lab at MSU was the first M.I.N.D. Lab and currently coordinates the M.I.N.D. Lab consortium. Research at the MSU M.I.N.D. Lab focuses on human-computer interaction in mobile and virtual environments, augmented reality interface design, spatial cognition in virtual environments, psychology of telepresence and social presence, and adaptive and emotional computing environments for mobile interpersonal communication.



Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center

The WIDE Research Center at Michigan State University investigates how digital technologies — such as the networked personal computer, the Internet and World Wide Web, and computer-based classrooms and workplaces — change the processes, products, and contexts for writing, particularly in organizational and collaborative composing contexts.


Michigan State University College of Social Sciences

The College of Social Science at Michigan State University (MSU) is a community of scholars committed to creating, disseminating, and applying knowledge in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Faculty engage in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research to gain in-depth answers to real world problems on local, national, and international levels. Students prepare to become leaders through challenging coursework and enriching practical experiences.

The college is the largest and among the most diverse at MSU; more than 6,300 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in its 13 major disciplines. Nearly 400 tenured and tenure-stream faculty provide instructional, research, and outreach services within its eight departments, three schools, and six centers and institutes.


Michigan State University Residential College of Arts and Humanities

The mission of the RCAH is to weave together the passion, imagination, humor, and candor of the arts and humanities to promote individual wellbeing and the common good.

Students, faculty, and community partners in the arts and humanities have the power to focus critical attention on the public issues we face and the opportunities we have to resolve them. The arts and humanities not only give us the pleasure of living in the moment, but also the wisdom to make sound judgments and good choices.

The mission, then, is to see things as they are, to hear things as others may, to tell these stories as they should be told, and to contribute to the making of a better world.

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