IGM hosts Imagine Cup Hack-a-Thon!

On November 14-16, the School of Interactive Games and Media hosted a 36 hour hack-a-thon for RIT students. Imagine Cup is a global student technology competition sponsored by Microsoft. Students who participate in Imagine Cup work in teams to create games and applications, solve problems, and learn new skills.

The IGM Imagine Cup event was led by Adjunct Professor and Microsoft Evangelist, Steve Maier, who also provided the keynote address.

In the 36 hour time frame the student teams developed several innovative new games and apps. Student work was judged by Chad Weeden, Assistant Director in the School of Interactive Games and Media; Aaron Sky, IGM student and Microsoft Student Representative; Liam Middlebrook, IGM student and Interactive Media Guild representative; David Simkins, Assistant Professor; and Josh Davis, IGM student and Game Developers Club representative.

The winners from the event include:

1st place: Team Thrust – 2nd year Game Design & Development students Westley Waligora, Peter McNamara, Samuel Sternklar, and Matthew Fobare

2nd place: Team SAP – 2nd year Game Design & Development Masters students Nick Buonarota, Alex Herdzik, and John Dunham and 5th year Game Design & Development student Amanda Imperial

Best Original Artwork: 2nd year Game Design & Development student Courtney Balousek

Best Original Audio: 2nd year Game Design & Development student Sam Bloomberg

Best Gameplay: 4th year New Media Interactive Development students Danny Nguyen and Changbai Li, and 4th year New Media Design student JP Fairchild

Console Game Award: 1st year Game Design & Development Masters students Gabriel Ortega, Srinivasan Thiagarajan, and Henrique Silva Chaltein