CFP Extended for Posters and Arcade Game Demos!

4091893094_a244e5e8a8_zWe’ve had a great response to our CFP for the first annual CUNY Games Festival — thanks to all who’ve submitted proposals! After taking a second look at our conference space, we noted we still have room for a few more Posters and Arcade Game Demos. So we’re extending the CFP deadline for Posters and Game Demos only to Friday, November 1st.

If you’ve been thinking on submitting a proposal, here’s your chance! Submit your proposal here.

Note that conference acceptances for Presentations and Shorts will be sent on 10/18 as originally scheduled. Acceptances for Posters and Game Demos will be sent on 11/10.

Please help spread the word! We look forward to seeing you on the 17th and 18th at the CUNY Games Festival!

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Proposal Deadline Approaching: Submit by October 1!


UPDATE: 2nd Day added to conference! (details below)

Mark your calendars. The first annual CUNY Games Festival will take place on January 17, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center. This one-day conference to promote and discuss game-based learning in higher education will bring together faculty, students, game designers, and other domain experts from various disciplines. Open to the public, the conference features an Arcade, where attendees can play learning games and games-in-progress, and sessions to address such questions as:

Apart from engaging college students, what real learning can happen through games?
What relevance does the broader debate about gamification have to higher education?
Should games be read, analyzed, or even replace texts in a course?

The plenary session includes a diverse panel of scholars and game designers: John Black (Teachers College, Columbia University), Robert Duncan (York College, CUNY), Joey Lee (Teachers College, Columbia University), Anastasia Salter (University of Baltimore) and Eric Zimmerman (New York University).

Interested in presenting? Read the guidelines and submit your proposal!


We are also adding a special second day to the festival. From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, January 18, we will host a more informal day of playing popular board and card games, and offering feedback to educational games that attendees have created. Feel free to bring games of your design; we will have game designers on hand! During this time we will get to know each other better and hopefully discover opportunities for future collaborations.

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Surefire Cure for the Summertime Blues: Submit Your Proposal!

Looking for a perfect antidote to the summertime blues? Why not submit a proposal for the CUNY Games Festival, our conference on game-based learning in higher education?


We’ve got three formats for conference submissions so there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone:

  • Presentations are 20 minutes long (plus 5 minutes for Q&A) and provide an in-depth opportunity to discuss the research and practice of game-based learning.
  • Shorts are 10 minute talks that discuss research, practice, and games in a briefer form; they are especially well-suited for works in progress.
  • The Arcade will feature both a poster session and game demonstrations/play which may include completed games or works in progress. We encourage students to submit poster proposals.

Learn more about the conference here (and submit a proposal)! Feel free to send us any questions at

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Our CFP is Open! (and Save the Date!)

ALIENblueThe CUNY Games Festival: A Conference on Game-based Learning in Higher Education

The CUNY Games Network of the City University of New York is excited to announce that the first annual CUNY Games Festival will be held on January 17, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

The CUNY Games Festival is a one day conference to promote and discuss game-based pedagogies in higher education. We aim to bring together faculty, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, game designers, and domain experts from various disciplines. Both CUNY and non-CUNY participation is welcome.

Our Call for Proposals is now open. Proposals are due by October 1, 2013.

Registration will open on November 1, 2013. Please watch this space for updates and additional details.CUNYgreen