Colleen Macklin, game designer, Director of PETLab (Prototyping Education and Technology Lab) and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, will keynote at Meaningful Play 2014.
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.
Deirdra Kiai, game designer, writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist, has also agreed to keynote. 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.
The international Meaningful Play 2014 conference will be held October 16-18 in East Lansing, MI. Meaningful Play brings scholars and industry professionals together to understand and improve upon games to entertain, inform, educate, and persuade in meaningful ways.
Call for Submissions
Submissions are sought from both researchers and practitioners in academia and industry. Graduate students are also encouraged to submit either jointly with an academic/member of industry or alone.