The Games and Interactive Media track will showcase regional and national game developers, companies, students, and the “indie scene.” Attendees can meet game developers, learn about game design, and participate in gaming activities.


Finger Lakes Game Industry Showcase

Attendees can meet representatives from our industry and learn about the exciting games they have made, played all over the world.

David Schwartz, RIT Interactive Games and Media

Tuesday 10:30 – 5:00. There will be two sets of 12 game designers. First set will display from 10:30 – 12:30. A second set will display from 3:00 – 5:00

Convention Center, Empire South Hall


Gaming Meetup at the Strong National Museum of Play

Two floors of interactive exhibit space are devoted to understanding the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history.

Jon-Paul Dyson, International Center for the History of Electronics Games

Tuesday 3:00-5:00 – Strong Museum of Play


Breaking into the Game Industry

This presentation will help aspiring kids learn about what they need to do to prepare for the game industry.

David Schwartz, RIT Interactive Games and Media

Wednesday 10:30-11:30 – Convention Center, Highland BJ

Bit by Bit: How Video Games Changed our World

Today, professional video game tournaments attract more viewers than the World Series. Yet we still don’t take games seriously. Book signing following. Sponsored by Writers and Books.

Andrew Ervin, Author

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 (Book signing following) – Convention Center, Highland BJ


eSports Panel

Prof. Jessica Bayliss – Associate Director, School of Interactive Games and Media @ RIT (moderator)
Tyler Schrodt – CEO, Electronic Gaming Federation
Jonathan Strenczewilk – Logistics Manager, Splyce

Prof. Chad Weeden – Assistant Director, School of Interactive Games and Media @ RIT

Wednesday 3pm-4pm – Convention Center, Highland BJ


Game Design Workshop for Parents and Kids

In this workshop, families will learn the basics on how to make games together.

Ian Schreiber, RIT Interactive Games and Media

Wednesday 4:30 – 6:30 – Convention Center, Riverside Court

An Evening at MAGIC

Spend evening at RIT’s MAGIC center. Check out the latest VR/AR games and experiences from MAGIC and Frameless Labs, tour RIT’s Global village or just relax with a drink, food and good conversation.

Wednesday 5:00-6:45 – RIT MAGIC Center


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Frameless Labs VR/AR Fall Festival

Virtual reality and digital performance are re-imagining the way stories are told. Visit Frameless Labs inaugural festival and lose yourself in cutting edge technology, incredible performances, games and film. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday 7:00-9:00 – RIT MAGIC Center


Scoring to Picture: Games vs. Film

This presentation compares and contrasts the historical development of film music and its synchronization to picture, with modern game scoring and the inherent challenges of syncing music to visuals in nonlinear media.

Guy Whitmore, Foxface Rabbitfish

Wednesday 4:00 – 4:30 – Hyatt Grand ABC


Story Telling in VR

Explorations into effectively telling stories in Virtual Reality is still in its infancy. The realm of possibilities is endless with new and exciting approaches yet to be explored. This panel will present a variety of different perspectives on VR storytelling using as motivation: film, live theatre, and interactive experiences.

Prof. Joe Geigel (moderator)

Javier Molina, NYU

Anna Dining, RIT

Prof. Elizabeth Goins, RIT

Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 – Convention Center, Highland AK


Big Bright Monster

Big Bright Monster works in dimensional light and sound to build immersive experiences. The new “Monster under the Viaduct” employs a unique 3D projection technology which is developed atop the Unreal Game Engine to allow for dimensional projection onto physical objects that are affected in real time.

Nathan Solomon, Big Bright Monster

Wednesday 12:00-12:30 – Convention Center, Highland AK