IGDA Scholarship Awarded To MDM Student

IGDA Scholarship Awarded To MDM Student

VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA - March 6, 2009 - Competition was stiff but Masters of Digital Media graduate student Michelle Parent was chosen over several of her classmates and several hundred other applicants to receive one of only 25 scholarships awarded by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) to attend this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California.

The IGDA scholarship is a generous package including all-inclusive conference passes, and invitations to key networking opportunities. In addition, scholars are paired with an industry mentor. The IGDA matched Michelle Parent with Brian Robbins, studio head of Fuel Games in Denver, Colorado.

Michelle is an ideal candidate for the IGDA scholarship. Not only is she earning her Master’s degree in Digital Media from Vancouver’s Great Northern Way Campus but in her final project, she along with six other graduate students formed Big Hadron Games (BHg). BHg is a renaissance development company whose self-imposed challenge is to build twelve games in two week development cycles over the course of four months. To date, the team has made 13 games including three that were developed in 48 hours during the Global Game Jam. All BHg can be played from the team’s website at www.bighadrongames.com.

”This could not have come at a better time” said MDM student Michelle Parent due to graduate in April and eager to enter the rapid game prototyping market with clients in hand. “I plan to attend the GDC lectures that will help me build a company and I will be networking like mad to get the word out about Big Hadron Games.”

This is the second year that a student from the Masters of Digital Media Program has won the scholarship. Last year, Mike Cornford attended the conference and extensively blogged about his experience. In keeping with tradition, Michelle also prepared a blog. 

Hosted in San Francisco, March 23-27, the Game Developers Conference is the largest professional game industry event attended by more than 18,000 programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals and decision makers who make up this thriving industry.

Media Contact:   
Grace Battiston                     
Masters of Digital Media Program      
Tel: 778 370 1013    
grace_battiston@gnwc.ca