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Game Design Workshop: Rapid Prototyping and Competition!

  • Aug 9, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Please join us for our second game design workshop! Hosted again at BrainPOP, we're taking some of the best elements of our last workshop and bringing a few new twists! 

Some key details about what the day looks like:

• The day will start with a brief presentation about an innovative framework for thinking about educational game design that will drive the event. The framework borrows heavily from Jesse Schell's Art of Game Design and Karl Kapp's The Gamification of Learning and Instruction. 

• Participants will be grouped in heterogenous teams, with a mix of educators, designers, technologists and business-people. 

• Teams will be tasked with designing a brand new educational game according to carefully chosen criteria. There are no rules around materials used (you are welcome to use technology, but we expect and encourage most teams to stick with paper-prototyping and experience design); the key constraint is time and adherence to the judging criteria. 

• Teams will strive to test their game quickly (rapid-prototyping of minimum viable concepts) and will have the support of coaches who will guide them in the process. At the end of the day game concepts will be presented to a panel of judges. 

• This is not a beginner workshop, in that we expect everyone to bring some level of expertise and leadership ability to the table. That said, nobody is expected to have a given set of knowledge; beginner game designers welcome! 

• Lunch is included!

What our members said about our first workshop event (rated 5-stars): 

"A groundbreaking forum that sets new standards and raises the bar." -Annabel, UX Designer

"Amazing... an eye-opening experience." -Young-Eun, HS Teacher

"Fun, innovative, and extremely well run--went off like clockwork! I agree with other folks that this was one of the best design workshops I've ever attended." -Mike, Software Engineer

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  • Scott

    I had a great time, and I was really impressed by both the creativity and the practicality of the designs. Great work, all!

    We had a spare computer charger left behind. If this is yours, drop me a line:

    3 · August 11, 2014

    • Scott B.

      It wasn't mine, but thanks for checking! And, YES, great to meet you all - what great fun!!!!!

      August 11, 2014

  • Garrett F.

    Absolutely incredible! Met so many amazing and talented people. The content was great, the space was amazing and the organizers were so put together! It flew by!

    4 · August 10, 2014

  • Dan B.

    Best event I've been to. Can't wait to go to another one. Learned so much about rapid prototyping that I can't wait to try it out in my school. Everyone there was awesome and the folks from BrainPop couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. Thank you Allisyn and Scott for giving us a space to work and play. As always, thanks to Joe, Liz, Anthony and Christian for making the day's events professional, fun and informative. See you all at the next event. Go Team Chaos!

    5 · August 10, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    Hi everyone, fantastic meetup and great activity. Kudos to the organizers and all the teams (especially team Chaos). I do a lot of edtech work with schools so please reach out if you'd like to discuss GBL more. I am also open to introducing my schools to new ideas. Email: [masked]

    5 · August 9, 2014

  • Daniel H.

    I am running very late but on my way.

    August 9, 2014

    • Liz J.

      Ok! Thank you for letting us know!

      August 9, 2014

  • hemal

    Sorry - I can't make it. That should open up another spot.

    August 6, 2014

    • Liz J.

      Aw, sorry we'll miss you! We appreciate your RSVP status change to open up that last spot though, so thank you!

      August 6, 2014

  • Riki

    Joe, is that spot still open?

    August 6, 2014

    • Joe B.

      No it got snapped up really quickly. If someone drops then you've got a 50-50 chance right now based on the waitlist. I wish we could accommodate more participants; for those who are interested but end up without a spot, we're already planning the next 6 months of events and we'll give sign up priority to waitlisted members from this event for the next workshop.

      1 · August 6, 2014

  • Meredith G.

    I just got a call: looks like I'll be greeting my new niece in upstate NY on Saturday. Have fun, everybody! Hope to make it to the next one. (Is it wrong that I'm secretly really, really bummed that I can't come?)

    1 · August 4, 2014

    • allisyn

      congrats, meredith! you'll be missed but we'll continue the tradition and offer others.

      2 · August 4, 2014

    • Dan B.

      Not coming when they just announced the free MacBook Air for everyone!? (Disclaimer: no MacBook Air will be given away)

      1 · August 6, 2014

  • Joe B.

    We opened up one more spot to make sure we've got even teams of 5. First come first serve!

    1 · August 5, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    Hi this event looks great. If you can't go, please let me know and I will fill up a spot!

    1 · August 5, 2014

  • Richard C.

    Bad timing for me - hope you can hold a similar workshop later in the year when I can attend.

    August 3, 2014

  • Bronwyn S.

    Have you considered having the capability for people to join this workshop virtually? Many workshops these days have some capacity for people to Skype in and join the day's events with a gathered group at the other end as an outreach of the workshop. Is this a possibility?

    June 18, 2014

    • Joe B.

      We definitely are interested in offering a virtual training at some point, but this event doesn't lend itself well to that format--it's very hands on, team-based, fast-paced, paper-prototyping. Thanks for the suggestion, we'll definitely keep it in mind with future planning! I'm sure we can design a similar event that leverages the uniquely beneficial qualities of remote/parallel workshops or collaborators.

      June 19, 2014

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