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Extreme Makeover Game School Edition: Do It with or without a Grant

Toni Pizza  (Project Coordinator, NYU Game Center)

Location: Room 2014, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 3:50 pm - 4:20 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Educators Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Told through the story of grant budgets from 3 academic institutions in New York State, this talk from the NYU Game Center reveals what can be done with ~$3,000,000 over a 3 year period, and what can't. A quick overview of each school's budget, goals, and missteps provides insight into the value of setting and completing goals for game communities with grant funding. The second half of the talk focuses on how to plan and accomplish similar goals without funding and is applicable to both academic institutions as well as independent creator communities.


Half postmortem, half DIY guide, this talk provides attendees with specific examples of grant spending and goal setting to improve academic/industry relations. Attendees will also leave with recommendations and suggestions for how they can replicate the process without funding.

Intended Audience

The discussion will be valuable to academic or public programs navigating limited budgets and big ideas: policy-makers, consultants, and government officials looking to grow their local game industries, and business owners/industry professionals interested in working with academic programs. Students will benefit from greater insight into how these groups interact.