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Day 3 at GDC

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Cogswell College at GDC 2012

Hey everyone!

I am super excited to be back here in office today! I had a crazy time last week and loved every second of it. The third and final day at GDC was so fun! It was a shorter day than the others but so much happened. The first thing was that the students decided to go out and prove how much they loved games by trying to win every contest at the expo booths, they did pretty well and their spoils proved it. They also went out and tried talking to as many indy game designers as possible. Many of them had amazing conversations with the designers and who knows what will come of that, but I foresee epic things on the horizon. So all in all, this years GDC experience was an amazing one and the students can’t wait to go next year!

We have a couple pictures of the team getting together at the booth at the end of the day and expressing their satisfaction. Here they are below:

Cogswell Students at GDC

Cogswell Students at GDC 2012

Be sure to keep reading everyone, we will be having some pretty cool things coming up on the blog! I will talk to you soon!


Day 2 at GDC – Update: 003

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Cogswell College at GDC 2012

Yesterday was an exciting day on the expo floor. Everyone started to get pretty lively toward the end of the day. One of the coolest parts of the day was one of our own students entered the sketching contest and the NVIDIA booth and made it all the way to the finals! She came in second but only by a tie-breaker judge, it was very very close! So congratulations to Amelia!!! (pics below during the contest)

NVIDIA Sketch contest at GDC 2012

Anther great bit of news was our students were showing excellent networking skills with the indy game developers as well as big companies. It seemed that every hour a student would come back and tell us of a potential deal or partnership or connection they made personally and with the school in mind. Cogswell students are always looking to expand our programs and their presence here at GDC really showed it!

Today the Expo floor gets opened up to all students, including high schoolers, so we expect it to be pretty busy! I will let you know whats going on a bit later! Talk you all soon and as always, if you are at GDC, come by and check us out at booth 638!


Day 2 at GDC – Update: 002

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Cogswell College at GDC 2012

Ok everyone,

So today at the Cogswell booth has been really interesting. Interest among people on the Expo floor is still high and people are stopping by to say “hi” and check us out. As I mentioned before, The IGF Awards was last night and a big group of students went. A game developer from Montreal won the grand prize and there wasn’t much disagreement among the students that he deserved it. Everyone from Cogswell who played his game loved it, so if you guys wanna check out the game, it’s called Fez and it’s by a developer called Polytron.

IGF News did an article on the Awards as well:

There has been a lot of talk about the different audio technologies that have been developed and are being shown here as well. Several of our students are excited and hopeful about taking the information and knowledge and bringing it back to the school to try and incorperate it. I can’t wait to see what comes of it.

I will be checking in toward the end of the day and give you the low down as usual. Talk to you soon!


Day 2 at GDC – Update: 001

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Cogswell College at GDC 2012

Hey Blog Readers!

I was here bright and early to watch everyone start rolling into the Expo floor. Last night around the city there were serveral parties hosted by various game companies and the like, so needless to say, this morning everyone is a little tired. But the energy is picking up and there are smiles on every face. Our student volunteers are doing a great job as well, so a big thank you so far goes out to Matt, Dashiell, Jennifer, Nick, Andrew S, Shane and Andrew M! You guys are rockin’ it!

I will be checking back in a little later today to update everyone. Talk to you soon!


Day 1 at GDC – Update: 003

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Cogswell College at GDC 2012

Hey Everyone,

So today was a great day for Cogswell at GDC. So many people stopped by the booth to talk to our students and representatives. Many connections were made that could end up being potential partnerships. Also, many companies that saw Cogswell as a very special place for training the future of the game design industry. Many alumni stopped by as well took a look at our games and demo reel, every one of them commented about how great the work from the students is looking and especially things coming from Project X. I had several conversations myself with people who thought what Cogswell is doing is an amazing thing.

A bunch of the student volunteers and other Cogswell people decided to stick around for the IGF Awards to see who won. If anything special comes from that I will be sure to let you know!

If you have never heard of the IFG, click here to get the details:

So all in all, today was a great for day on the Expo floor. We are looking forward to an even better Thursday and Friday. I will check in with you guys soon. Stay tuned!


Day 1 at GDC – Update: 002

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Cogswell College at GDC 2012

Hey Ya’ll,

I wanted to give you another cool update. We have had quite a few people come by the booth so far and a bunch of them love our student games. They are showing special interest in Clark & Dagger, which is a student game that I did an article on not too long ago.

Here is the link if you missed it:

I’ll be giving you another update before I leave today and then I’ll make sure to keep you informed of happenings throughout the rest of the week. Talk to you again soon!


Day 1 at GDC – Update: 001

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Cogswell at GDC 2012

Hey Everyone!

I am here at GDC 2012 and the energy is great on the Expo floor. I have been hanging out with the Cogswell gang at their booth and the interest has been high so far! They are showing off a couple of games and have student art work on display for all to see! If you are around today be sure to come say “hi” to us at Booth 638! Ill be checking in later to give you the low down on the happenings around the Expo. Talk to you soon!


Dare of the Week: 008

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Minimalistic Poster

It has been a while since the last dare. Sorry about that, we had some problems on our end. That aside, I have a new dare for you! This one is influenced by Pixar this time around. As some of you may know, we are celebrating our 125 Year Anniversary here at the Cogswell. On that same note, Pixar is Celebrating their 25 Year Anniversary and with that they released a cool little poster recently that I love.

Pixar Poster

Dare of the Week: 008
Do a cool minimalistic poster for Cogswell’s 125 Years Anniversary

And remember, once you are finished, post those final images here:


Cogswell College on ABC News

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

esterday a camera crew from ABC News came and did a story on the Project X class and the films it has produced yesterday here on campus! It was really cool when a large group of us sat around the tv in the student lounge and watched when they aired it last night. Also, I just got the link for the online version! So, check it out everyone!

The link to the whole article is here:

Doug Solomon on Innovation

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Lecture about Innovation in New Venture

Yesterday I had the great honor and pleasure of sitting in on a class that was being led by a immensely genius man; Doug Solomon. The school was lucky to have a connection to his employer, IDEO, a company that deals in creating innovative solutions for companies. In Cogswell’s Entrepreneurial marketing class students work on marketing plans for their ventures while being instructed in marketing strategy for start-ups. They bring in a guest speaker each week to discuss real life topics. Doug graciously decided to come to the school and give a talk about innovation for new ventures to the Marketing class. The information that he provided on the creative process and the steps that are required to really understand the product, service or content for a client was by far some of the best I have ever heard. I was not alone in my opinion of Mr. Solomon, the students and faculty had many questions for him through his talk and soaked up his answers like it was distilled success. I think I speak for everyone who was there that we look forward to trying to get Doug back for another talk sometime soon.