Seventh Annual Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development

The IGDA Foundation announced the recipient of the Seventh Annual Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development, Owen Macindoe. Owen is an independent game developer and doctoral student with MIT Game Lab and the Learning and Intelligent Systems group. His research focuses on making AI sidekicks that infer and support human intentions using tractable belief space planning techniques. He is also an organizer for the MIT Global Game Jam site, MolyJam Boston, and a curator for Boston Festival of Independent Games.

The scholarship, in memory of Eric Dybsand, the noted AI developer, author and lecturer who passed away in 2004, is awarded annually by the Foundation to a candidate selected by a panel of IA experts from the IGDA Artificial Intelligence SIG.

Owen will receive an All Access Pass to the Game Developers Conference, a $1,000.00 expense assistance stipend and be an honored guest at the Annual AI Dinner.

Congratulations Owen!

Tom Buscaglia, Chair – IGDA Foundation

IGDA Foundation Charity Dinner to Feature John Romero and David Jaffe

The Second Annual IGDA Foundation Charity Dinner will be on the evening of Thursday, October 27th at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, LAX, in Los Angeles, in conjunction with this year’s IGDA Leadership Forum. This year John Romero will be continuing his “legend on legend” interviewing of seminal game designers with an interview of David Jaffe.

The dinner, preceded by a cocktail reception, will feature a live, on-stage discussion between John Romero and David Jaffe. David, the former Creative Director at Sony Computer Entertainment of America, is best known for his work on the Twisted Metal and God of War series and is presently the co-founder of independent game studio, Eat, Sleep Play. Romero, a prolific game developer himself, is best known for his design and coding work on such titles as DOOM, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D is now co-founder of Loot Drop, an independent social game studio.

The designer-to-designer discussion is in keeping with the mission of the Romero Archives, which is dedicated to preserving the work, processes and history of game design and game designers. Romero, a passionate advocate for the preservation of game design history, has already had design documentary discussions with Will Wright, Sid Meier, Bob Bates, Don Daglow, Noah Falstein and others with many more in progress.

The IGDA Foundation, a Charity by Developers for Developers, supports the mission of the IGDA through Scientific, Educational and Charitable works. Proceeds from the dinner will help support the Foundation’s projects including numerous game related scholarships, including the Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development, the Accessibility SIG “Gamers with Disabilities” Project and the other events and programs of IGDA and its Special Interest Groups.

Join industry leaders and luminaries at this great event and support the IGDA Foundation and its charitable works.

Seating is limited for this event. Register now!

Cost is $200 per person (group pricing available)

October 27, 2011
7:00 ­ 10:30 p.m.

Sheraton Gateway Hotel, LAX
6101 W. Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

HANSOFT Forum Posts Pay Off for the Foundation!

Hansoft raises funds with the IGDA Foundation during GDC – donates $20 for every person who posts in the Hansoft forum.

Hansoft will donate $20 to the IGDA Foundation for every Hansoft user who makes a post about their favorite Hansoft feature in Hansoft’s new web forum, before the end of March 2011. The winner of a drawing from among the participants will also receive a $200 Amazon gift card.

The IGDA Foundation is pleased and honored to have the generous support of Hansoft, one of the IGDA’s premier partners. It is great to see a company committed to giving back to developers through the IGDA Foundation and its charitable works.

The Hansoft forum is open for everyone to view, and for Hansoft users holding a valid license to register and create posts. The campaign is up and running and Hansoft customers can enter today by visiting: www.hansoft.se/webforum and post their favorite Hansoft feature in the assigned forum. Not a Hansoft customer yet. No problem. You can get a valid license by signing up for a free evaluation key by contacting: solutions@hansoft.se.

So, if you are already a Hansoft user, get over to their new forum and post about your fav features. If you’re not yet a Hansoft user, contact them for an eval user account, check out their great features and then post up about them.

You get smarter and more efficient, the Foundation gets $20…we all win!

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Follow up:


April 1, 2011

The Hansoft Forum promotion is finished and Hansoft is contributing $2,000 to the IGDA Foundation to support our programs and mission.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Hansoft and all of the Hansoft users who posted on their forum.

Tom Buscaglia
Chair
IGDA Foundation

5th Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Bobby Angelov

The IGDA Foundation announced the recipient of the Fifth Annual Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development is Bobby Anguelov, a graduate student at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa, working toward his masters degree in in Artificial Intelligence. Bobby also has a blog where he posts regularly about programming and games.

The scholarship, in memory of Eric Dybsand, the noted AI developer, author and lecturer who passed away in 2004, is awarded annually by a panel selected by the IGDA Artificial Intelligence SIG.

Bobby will receive a Pass to the Game Developers Conference, a $250.00 expense assistance stipend and be an honored guest at the Annual AI Dinner.

Congratulations Bobby!

Tom Buscaglia, Chair – IGDA Foundation

IGDA to Award 25 Student GDC Scholarships!

The IGDA will be awarding 25 scholarships for this years Game Developers Conference. GDC is where game development professionals gather to share ideas and build the skills that the industry needs. Located in San Francisco, California, this year’s GDC will be held February 28th – March 4th 2011.

Qualifications & Scholarship Details

* Scholarship applications must be submitted on or before Thursday, January 6th, 2011.
* Only full-time university (or similar) students are eligible, and must be 18 years of age or older as of February 28th, 2011.
* Applicant must be an IGDA Student Member in good standing. If you are not currently a Student Member, you must join the IGDA before applying for the scholarship. All applications will be verified.
* Past scholarship recipients are not eligible.
* Recipients will be awarded one All Access Pass, with access to all sessions, roundtables, and keynotes.
* Students are responsible for all travel arrangements and related costs.
* Scholarship applications will be judged by a panel of professional game developers.
* Each scholarship recipient will be paired with an industry mentor.
* Scholarship recipients will participate in a local studio visit and orientation session.
* Recipients will be announced before January 24th, 2011 (the early rate pricing deadline).

Judging Criteria

To help students hone their applications and to better understand what the judges are looking for, here’s the basic criteria that judges will use to rate applicants:

1. Relevance – Will attending GDC help the student achieve his or her specific educational and/or career goals?
2. Initiative – Has the student demonstrated continued dedication to game development and effort to educate themselves?
3. Engagement – Has the student demonstrated a breadth of activity and volunteerism within their community?
4. Communication – Are the ideas expressed in the essays communicated effectively and efficiently?

“I highly recommend that anyone who is working towards breaking into the game industry attempt to attend as many GDCs as possible – the networking alone is worth the trip, and the diversity of sessions will keep all flavors of game developer interested well past the conference’s end date.” – Matthew Raymond Billock, 2006 Scholarship Recipient

A special thank you goes out to UBM Techweb for making these scholarships possible by contributing 25 GDC Mega passes to the IGDA!

Tom Buscaglia
Chair, IGDA Foundation

IGDA Foundation Charity Dinner to Feature Will Wright and John Romero

Game Legends Will Wright and John Romero are confirmed for the First Annual Foundation Charity Dinner at the IGDA Leadership Forum, Friday, Nov. 5 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, the final day of the IGDA Leadership Forum.

The dinner, preceded by a cocktail reception, will feature a live, on-stage discussion between John Romero and Will Wright, whose work on series such as the Sims and Spore has helped define the game industry. Romero, a prolific game developer himself, is best known for his design and coding work on such titles as DOOM, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D.

The designer-to-designer discussion is in keeping with the mission of the Romero Archives, which is dedicated to preserving the work, processes and history of game design and game designers. Romero, a passionate advocate for the preservation of game design history, has already completed design documentary discussions with Sid Meier, Bob Bates, Don Daglow, Noah Falstein and others with many more in progress.

Proceeds from the dinner will help support the various charitable projects supported by the Foundation including the Romero Archives, the Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development, the Accessibility SIG “Gamers with Disabilities” Project and the other charitable works of the IGDA Foundation.

Join industry leaders and luminaries to support the IGDA Foundation and its charitable works.

Seating is limited for this event. Register now!

Cost is $125 for Leadership Forum attendees and IGDA members and one guest each and $150 for general public (group pricing available).

November 5, 2010
6:30 ­ 10 p.m.

San Francisco Airport Marriott
1800 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, California 94010

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The Romero Archives

The Romero Archives was founded by programmer and game designer John Romero and is dedicated to preserving the work, processes and history of game design and game designers. The mission of the Romero Archives is five-fold:

1. To catalog and preserve the work of game designers.
2. To catalog and preserve the design process of game designers.
3. To make this work freely accessible to game historians, art historians, new media historians, academics, students of game design and game designers.
4. To encourage game developers to archive their design process for future study.
5. With the assistance of all the above, to make apparent the validity of game design as an art form.

www.romeroarchives.com

Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development Awarded to Victoria L. Smith

The IGDA Foundation announced the recipient of the Third Annual Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development is Victoria L. Smith, a senior at DigiPen Institute of Technology, working toward her B.S. in Real-Time Interactive Simulation.

The scholarship, in memory of Eric Dybsand, the noted AI developer, author and lecturer who passed away in 2004, is awarded annually by a panel selected by the IGDA Artificial Intelligence SIG.

Victoria will receive a Pass to the Game Developers Conference, a $250.00 expense assistance stipend and be an honored guest at the Annual AI Dinner.

Congratulations Victoria!

Tom Buscaglia, Chair – IGDA Foundation

GameDev.net Makes a Special Gift

The folks over at GameDev.net made a pre GDC Contribution of $550.00 to support the Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development at GDC this year. Their support helped cover the costs if this year’s scholorship recipent. This fund is a segregated account in at the Foundation with limitations on disbursement of any funds except to support this worthwhile program.

A big thank you goes out the GameDev.net for supporting this worthy cause.

Tom Buscaglia, Chair – IGDA Foundation

Second Annual Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholorship for AI Development Announced

The IGDA Foundation announced the recipient of the Second Annual Eric Dybsand Memorial Scholarship for AI Development is Andrew Armstrong, a Computer Science senior at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK.

The scholarship, in memory of Eric Dybsand, the noted AI developer, author and lecturer who passed away in 2004, is awarded annually by a panel selected by the IGDA Artificial Intelligence SIG. This year’s recipient will receive a Pass to the Game Developers Conference and be an honored guest at the Annual AI Dinner.

Tom Buscaglia, Chair – IGDA Foundation

A Big Thank You to Brian Reynolds

Outgoing IGDA Board member and Chair, Brian Reynolds and his wife Jill, made a generous donation of $2,000.00 to the Foundation. He included a request that a substantial portion of their donation go to the Patrick Downey Cancer Fund. Patirck was a long-time industry artist and contributing member of our game developers community who recent died from cancer. We believe that the Patrick Downey Cancer Fund is a worthwhile recipent and will list it among the potential recipients of ongoing Foundation support.

Thank you Brian and Jill for your generous suppport to the Foundation and for letting us know about Patrick’s Fund, a truely worthy project in honor of one of our own.

Tom Buscaglia, Chair – IGDA Foundation