Georgia Tech at Dragon Con 2017

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Georgia Tech at Dragon Con 2017

Tech faculty will participate in gaming panels at the 31st annual Dragon Con, September 1-4.
Alyson Powell
September 1, 2017
More than 82,000 people are expected to visit downtown Atlanta this Labor Day weekend, September 1-4, for Dragon Con 2017. The event is the largest multi-media and pop culture convention focused on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, film, cosplay, and more. On Saturday morning the popular Dragon Con Parade will wind through downtown and feature thousands of spectators, and people dressed up as their favorite characters.

As in years past, Georgia Tech faculty will take part in the weekend’s activities as expert panelists. Georgia Tech's Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC) also organized two panels this year.

“We at Georgia Tech, along with our collaborator panelists from other universities and local industry, are excited to share and discuss the latest in scientific games research, technological gaming innovations, and the sociological implications of the future of gaming with the Dragon Con community,” said Laura Levy, research scientist, Interactive Media Technology Center.

The Video Gaming fan track includes panels on augmented and virtual reality, representation in gaming, accessibility, and esports. Here’s a look at the schedule:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Augmented and virtual reality in gaming - 1 pm
Roger Altizer, associate professor, The University of Utah
Maribeth Gandy, director, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center
Blair MacIntyre, director, Georgia Tech Augmented Environments Lab

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Dystopian future tech and gaming - 11:30 am
Roger Altizer, associate professor, The University of Utah
Paul Baker, senior dir. of research, Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Communications Policy
Maribeth Gandy (moderator), director, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center
Susan Tamasi, director, Emory University Linguistics Program
Clint Zeagler, research scientist, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center

Why representation matters in games - 4 pm
Lauren Brown, lead environment artist, Electronic Arts Mobile
Alison Carrier, UI/UX designer, Red Crow
Gabriel Gonzalez, game designer, Red Crow
Laura Levy, research scientist, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center

Gaming for All - Accessibility features in video games - 7 pm
Mark Barlet, executive director, AbleGamers
Ben Jacobs, accommodations specialist, Georgia Tech Tools for Life
Laura Levy, research scientist, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center
Josh Peter Straub, editor-in-chief, DAGERS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

The toys changing the future of gaming - 5:30 pm
Maribeth Gandy, director, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center
Laura Levy (moderator), research scientist, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center
Blair MacIntyre, director, Georgia Tech Augmented Environments Lab
Thad Starner, professor, Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing
Jose Zagal, associate professor, The University of Utah

Unusual jobs in the gaming industry - 7 pm
Maribeth Gandy (moderator), director, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center
Jessica Gore, marketing manager, SMITE at Hi-Rez Studios
Laura Levy, research scientist, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center
Mauricio Ruiz, conceptual/character design; art direction, Mauricio Ruiz Design
Jose Zagal, associate professor, The University of Utah

Gaming panels organized by the Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

E-sports in and for education - 2:30 pm
Allan Fowler (moderator), professor, Kennesaw State University
Dan McHugh, senior esports manager, Hi-Rez Studios
Robert Occhialini, vice president of esports products and technology, Turner Sports
Brian Starkey, founder, Kennesaw State University eSports Organization

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Top ten reasons why you should game jam - 2:30 pm
Allan Fowler (moderator), professor, Kennesaw State University
Foaad Khosmood, assistant professor, Cal Poly State University
Jay O’Toole, director, University eSports at Georgia State University
Sarah Schoemann, creator/co-organizer, Different Games Conference
Jose Zagal, associate professor, The University of Utah

The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel is hosting all of these panels. For more information, visit the Dragon Con website.

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