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Applications for E3 2015 are now open!

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We are pleased to announce that IGDA Scholarship Applications are now open for the 2015 E3 Expo! The program is open to all undergrad and graduate students, as well as those who have graduated up to six months before the Expo, in fields relating to game development. Applications must be submitted by 24 March 2015; please see http://scholars.igda.org/how-to-apply/ for rules and the application form. Awarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an unmatched E3 experience with a pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours.

The E3 Expo takes place 16-18 June 2015 at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, USA. E3 is the world’s premier trade show drawing tens of thousands ofprofessionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the industry attend E3 to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems, mobile and social, and the Internet. The IGDA and the IGDA Scholarships Committee are delighted to have the E3 Expo be a part of this year’s exciting schedule. Learn more about the program, its history and how to apply at http://scholars.igda.org. Please help us continue to spread the word about this excellent opportunity for students around the world.

Click here to Apply Now for an E3 Scholarship!

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Congratulations to our 2015 GDC Scholars!

Please welcome the 2015 Game Developers Conference Scholars! As always, it is difficult for our judges to choose only 18 students out of the hundreds of applications we receive every year. The Scholarship recipients are:

Renee Blair (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Meagan Budgell (Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology, Canada)
David Churchill (University of Alberta, Canada)
James Cox (University of Southern California, USA)
Shalane Dixon (University of Utah, USA)
Luis Wong (ENJMIN, France)
JenJen Francis (University of Utah, USA)
Nicholas Heindl (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Linda Huunonen (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Ryan Leslie (Champlain College, USA)
Stacey Mason (UC Santa Cruz, USA)
Naeem Moosajee (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada)
Amanda Ochsner (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Rhys Romero (Austin Community College, USA)
Raine Scott (SUNY – Buffalo State, USA)
Simon Wallner (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Brady Welch (Arizona State University, USA)

In addition, this year’s Eric Dybsand Memorial AI Scholar (awarded by the IGDA Foundation) is John Edward Armstrong (University of Bergen, Norway)!

Congratulations all! Each winner will receive an all access pass courtesy of UBM, studio tours, an industry mentor, and the chance to sit in on exclusive Q&A sessions with industry legends. This year thanks to the IGDA Foundation’s partnership with the Intel Diversity Initiative our scholars will also have a travel stipend to help them offset the cost of this once in a lifetime experience.

If you were unable to take advantage of this opportunity or are interested in our IGDA scholarships, please stay tuned – we will be announcing the opening of applications to E3 by end of January.

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Are you ready for Train Jam?

train-jam-studentsIf you don’t know about it, Train Jam is one of the most exciting opportunities for indie developers traveling to GDC. Train Jam returns February 26 – 28, 2015. Students and developers traveling to GDC are participating in a 52 hour Game Jam, on a train as it travels from Chicago to San Francisco.

Train Jam was organized in 2014 by independent game developer, Adriel Wallick. In 2014, this event had more than 60 participants and two film crews filming its inaugural voyage. Over 18 games were created which can be viewed on the Train Jam website: http://www.trainjam.com .

For Train Jam’s second year, follow the twitter accounts for both Adriel – @msminotaur  and Train Jam – @indietrainjam for updates from this unique event. There is very limited space and sleeper cars are already sold out, however, you can still get on the waitlist if you act now. Make sure to revisit their Twitter during February as they update on their exciting jam. GDC attendees will be able to play the games made during Train Jam at their official GDC booth so be sure to check them out.

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Applications for GDC 2015 Have Closed

Thank you to everyone who applied for an IGDA Scholarship to GDC 2015 and to those of you who helped us spread the word.  Word of mouth, social media, universities, and industry partners help us not only keep this program going, but help make it more amazing with each year.  We anticipate notifying all applicants whether they have been awarded or declined a scholarship by early January.  We are excited to read your applications and eager to hear the amazing things you are doing!

To all of you who applied – We wish you the best of luck.  Please note that this is not your only chance for this truly amazing experience! Applications for E3 scholarships will open in Spring of 2015.

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Eric Dybsand Memorial AI Scholarship

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Eric Dybsand was a pillar of the development community, warm and welcoming to all and in his honor each year, AI developers gather during GDC. One student with an interest in AI is chosen to be the recipient of the Eric Dybsand Memorial AI Scholarship, receiving the welcome and attention that Eric freely gave to others.

The Dybsand Scholar receives all of the benefits of the core IGDA Scholarship program, studio tours, VIP opportunities and so forth. In addition, they also receive:

  • Mentoring from a range of AI professionals
  • Honored guest at the AI Programmers Dinner
  • Invitation to join the AI Game Programmers Guild
  • Featured during the annual AI Summit at GDC
  • Travel stipend to attend GDC

How do I Apply for the Scholarship?

Applicants who apply to attend GDC 2015 as an IGDA Scholar qualify automatically if they show excellence in, significant interest in, and commitment to the field of artificial intelligence in their applications.

GDCSmImgAwarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an unforgettable experience including an all-access pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours. Applications for GDC 2015 are due 2nd Dec. 2014. 

Click here to Apply Now for a GDC Scholarship!
 

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2015 Judges Announced!

We are pleased to announce the judges for the IGDA Scholarship Program in 2015.  Judges for the program are industry veterans who represent a variety of companies and fields. Their collective backgrounds include AAA development, indie development, volunteer organizations, and educating the next generation of game developers. Judges’ knowledge ranges from console to mobile and PC development. We are thankful for their time and look forward to sending them the applications we receive for GDC 2015.

Jennifer Ash – User Researcher, Bungie
Kristen Bornemann – Development Director, ArenaNet
Andrew Fray – Engineer, Spry Fox
Ed Fries – Board Member, IGDA
Keith Fuller – Leadership Consultant, Fuller Game Production
Keith Judge – Senior Programmer, Epic Games UK
Llaura McGee - Founder, Dreamfeel
Andrea Schmoll – Game System Designer, Arkane Studios
Ian Schreiber – Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Chris Tihor – Game Designer, Paper Machete Games
Steven Tovey – Principal Programmer, Advanced Technology Group, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Jeff Ward – iOS Developer, WillowTree Apps
Kate Edwards – Executive Director, IGDA
Luke Dicken – Chair,  IGDA Foundation
Christine Farmer – Coordinator, PR and Marketing Americas, CD Projekt Red
Joe Robins – Community Evangelist, Unity
Tim Borrelli – Animator, 5th Cell

SmallScholarsPhotoAwarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an unforgettable experience including an all-access pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours. Applications for GDC 2015 are due 2nd December 2014. 

Click here to Apply Now for a GDC Scholarship!
 

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Top 3 Tips for Applying for Scholarships

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Considering applying for one of our scholarships to GDC 2015? Then here are the top 3 tips you should know!

#1. Volunteering Matters

We take volunteering very seriously.  You are students, which means you are very busy learning new things, sometimes also working jobs to pay your way! We understand; however, while those in our judging team and many in our volunteer team are not students, we also are busy working, supporting families, and like you, pursuing our own development.  Working volunteering into your lifestyle is something we feel leads to a balanced and fulfilling life. Finding a cause to support in some way is important to what we do.

#2. Be Thorough

Many of the questions in our application leave lots of room for answers. We want to know anything and everything you want to share with us! We read every application so use this opportunity to shine and tell us why we should choose you. Additionally, remember to answer all parts of a question.

#3. Have a Web Presence

At the end of our application, we give you space to provide a link. While this is not required, having a web presence of some kind, be it Twitter, LinkedIn, a portfolio website, a Deviant Art account – you name it, lets us discover how you promote yourself as an individual.  There is no one size fits all solution here which is why we leave it open ended, but our program gives recipients a fantastic way to kickstart their career. Be ready for this by giving yourself the tools to promote your personal brand!

Click here to Apply Now for a GDC Scholarship!

SmallScholarsPhotoAwarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an unforgettable experience including an all-access pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours. Applications for GDC 2015 are due 2nd December 2014. 

 

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