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Premiere Sponsor

The Learning Games Network

The Learning Games Network, a non-profit organization spun out of The Education Arcade (MIT) and the Games+Learning+Society Program (UW-Madison), bridges the gap between research and practice in playful learning. Its growing network brings together gamers, educators, designers, and scholars to create innovative learning games, teach game design, reassess assessment, and build community. Come join us at, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Platinum Sponsors


Founded in 2007, KIXEYE is an online gaming company that plays to win. Responsible for popular titles like Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates and War Commander, KIXEYE is redefining the intersection of game development and technology to create innovative browser-based experiences for competitive gamers. The company is based in San Francisco and backed by Trinity Ventures, JAFCO and Lightspeed Venture Partners.


Electronic Arts Inc.

It's not easy building the world's best digital playground. It's hair-standing-up-on-end-exhilarating. It's down-in-the-trenches-challenging. It's stroke-of-brilliance-at-midnight creative. It's you-taking risks, challenging yourself, pursuing ideas, changing the way millions of people do something they love: Play.

We're EA-we've been making games for decades but you wouldn't know that walking through our studios. We're still buzzing with the same innovative spirit we began with, though we've learned enough to earn our rank as a leading developer, publisher and distributor of the world's best games. What began as a small group of people determined to "put real life in a box" has become a 8,000-people strong, worldwide organization delivering on that very dream. If you've played The Sims 3 lately, you know exactly what we mean. And if you've played Battlefield 3, maybe you'd say that we've done real life one better.

Whether you're plotting a course for SpyMouse on your mobile or your palms are sweaty from clutching your controller during intense games of FIFA 12, chances are you've played an EA game. And if you haven't, well, what are you waiting for? In an industry that's changing every day-whether it's through new social channels, advancing technology, new audiences or unique opportunities for monetization-EA is positioned for growth thanks to smart business plans, strategic acquisitions, and most importantly, our creative people around the world who gather each day to unite the world through play. We take that last part very seriously, so if what you're reading excites you as much as it does us, spend some time here, get to know us better and apply today.



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.



Gold Sponsors


BrainPOP(R) ( creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement - in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices. Our award-winning online resources include BrainPOP Jr. (R) (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Espanol(TM), and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL(TM). We are also home to GameUp(TM), a free educational games portal for the classroom. All of our resources are supported by BrainPOP Educators, our free professional community. BrainPOP sites and mobile apps support individual, team, and whole-class learning in traditional, blended, and "flipped" settings. Our content is mapped to the Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and easily searchable with our Standards Tool. BrainPOP global sites host more than 11 million visits each month.


The Michigan Film Office

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film and digital media industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit:

  Michigan Film Office

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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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.

Silver Sponsors


Educators everywhere use TechSmith’s screen capture and recording software to communicate clearly and creatively, deliver engaging multimedia presentations, and record and distribute lectures. For over 20 years, we’ve helped people communicate visually and look great doing it. Plus, with our free training materials and technical support, we’ll make you look like a multimedia expert in no time. Go to for free trials of our software, including Snagit, Camtasia Studio, Jing and Camtasia Relay.



Exciting new technologies are emerging, venture capital is flowing, big names are arriving, promising new businesses are beginning. And life? It's even better than you remember it. If you need a place to breathe again, a place to live again, a place to call home again...opportunity is knocking. And it's Pure Michigan. MichAGAIN® is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses connect – and
reconnect – with Michigan.


OfficeMax Impress

OfficeMax ImPress is the fresh new face of print & document services at OfficeMax. With nearly 900 locations nationwide, we're right in your neighborhood and connectable anytime online. Whether you are an established business, an emerging start-up, a nonprofit organization or a college student or working family, OfficeMax ImPress is here to bring perfection to your project.



Only Adobe® Flash® technologies lets you deliver your game to over 500 million iOS, Android, Blackberry, Kindle Fire, and Nook mobile devices and 99% of connected computers — with no additional install. Unmatched reach with one codebase to deliver exhilarating games, engaging social experiences and blazing performance with the new Stage3D API for GPU accelerated 2D and 3D graphics rendering that brings stunning visuals across desktop browsers and iOS and Android apps.


MSU University Outreach and Engagement

The Office of University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) fosters MSU's land-grant mission by connecting university knowledge with community knowledge in mutually beneficial ways. 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. In all of its work, UOE emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship.


Media Sandbox

Media Sandbox is a creative curriculum and community in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. In our Curriculum, you can study film, television, graphic design, web design, game design, visual storytelling, journalism, advertising, 3D and animation, documentary—and things nobody has thought of yet. In our Community, you can join fantastic student groups in every area we offer. You are invited to screenings and workshops by some of the top media artists in the world. You connect with artists, writers, musicians, scientists and creative thinkers from all across campus as well as with professionals in and around the region. You get to be a part of our student-faculty-alumni network, the fastest way to get experience and a job.

  Media Sandbox

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.

Bronze Sponsors

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

MSUFCU is here for all of your financial needs. Whether you are looking for a savings account, checking account, Visa, or car loan, we can help! We have 10 branches and over 100 ATMs locally as well as electronic services including Computerline online banking, eDeposit, mobile apps, and Online Chat for access to your accounts wherever you go.



Ideomed® was launched in 2010 with the aim to be a leader in the Chronic Condition Management space. Ideomed®’s focus is to enable the individual with an ongoing health condition to effectively manage their condition working in tandem with a connected care team. This in turn, provides better patient health and cost outcomes. Ideomed®'s first condition is Abriiz® for pediatric asthma. The gamification in Abriiz® is focused on driving user engagement and encouraging the user's adherence to his or her asthma treatment plan.


The Digital Innovation Center for Arts, Science, and Technology (DICAST)

The Digital Innovation Center for Arts, Science, and Technology (DICAST) at Lansing Community College specializes in development of digital visualization and immersive content for the purpose of augmenting existing and new teaching delivery methods for all levels of education. The center promotes simulation based training and visualization technology integration for enhancement of worker preparation for the media, information technology, engineering, manufacturing, construction, and healthcare industries in our region.


Big Fish Games

Founded in 2002, Big Fish is the leading online marketplace for premium casual games. Renowned for offering "A New Game Every Day!®" on, the company offers thousands of games on multiple platforms - PC, Mac, mobile phone, and tablet. Big Fish’s websites, games, and customer service are available in ten languages and its games are sold in more than 150 countries.

  Big Fish Games

MSU Computer Store

The MSU Computer Store Help and Repair facilities are located on the first floor of the Computer Center Building. Our retail Computer Store stocks Apple and Dell hardware, software titles from many vendors including Adobe and Microsoft, and many popular accessories. Our Help and Repair center has skilled technicians who provide rapid turnaround on computer troubleshooting and repair. Visit us in person or at, and

  MSU Computer Store

Adventure Club Games

Adventure Club Games is a newly formed game development studio stationed in the heart of East Lansing, MI. Founded in 2011 by four Michigan State University graduates, ACG develops games for both education and entertainment.

  Adventure Club Games

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.



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