RIT Students Put Their Game Faces On

Follow RITNEWS on Twitter Rochester Institute of Technology students got game! Do you? A student organization in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is challenging anyone interested in gaming to take part in RITFest 7—its seventh annual Local Area Network (LAN) competition.

RITFest 7, open to the public for the first time, will be held from noon on Saturday, April 1 until 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2 in the Clark Gymnasium on the RIT campus. The student organization, Information Technology Student Organization (ITSO) is hosting the weekend event.

Participants must register on-line at www.ritfest.net. The cost is $16 for students and $21 for the general public. Tickets go on sale beginning March 13 at the RIT Gordon Field House box office. Registration fees include three meals for participants. More than $1,000 worth of prizes will be awarded. Spectators can attend for free.

Golisano College fourth-year student and ITSO club secretary Geoff Willingham says, “Besides providing an open forum for the RIT community to meet, discuss and explore topics related to the information technology field, ITSO is also charged with providing a social venue for anyone who might be interested in our field. RITFest meets both those objectives, providing an excellent event for participants while providing students running the event with valuable technical networking skills.”

Andrew Phelps, director of game design and development for the Golisano College, adds, “RIT students have such a great internal culture and a real ‘let’s do it’ attitude and it’s this attitude—coupled with a passion for games and technology—that not only fosters events like RITFest 7 but also drives them towards success in the classroom while studying game design and development.”

RITFest 7’s official sponsors include Cellboost, Sandstorm Enterprises and Red Bull, along with the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, RIT’s Student Government, the Association for Women in Computing and MacRIT.

For more information and updates, please visit www.ritfest.net or e-mail itso@rit.edu.