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Interactive Digital Technology Conference Scheduled at Shawnee State University
For the eighth year, Shawnee State University is site of the Interactive Digital Technology Conference scheduled throughout the day with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in the Selby Lobby at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
Students who are currently working on projects that include computer game development, computer animation, digital graphics, and game-based art will have the chance to exhibit their work to industry leaders, researchers, developers and potential employers at the conference.
The registration deadline for students to exhibit work is Oct. 22. Students must submit a $10 registration fee along with a proposal that must include the title of the work as well as a brief synopsis (125 words or less) of the work that will be exhibited.
The keynote speaker for the event this year will be Mr. John Zurr Platten, principal the Bureau of Film and Games and co-author of "The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design."
Platten has a 21-year career in the entertainment business, writing for video games, films, television, digital media and books. Starting as a tour guide at Universal Studios, John began working in production on shows such as The New Lassie, Matlock and Harry and the Hendersons. His work as Visual Effects Producer in the early days of videogames led to a relationship with Sega, where John designed, produced and wrote the highly successful Sega CD, Tomcat Alley.
Recent projects include: Wanted: Weapons of Fate, Ghostbusters, Project: Origin (sequel to F.E.A.R.), Dark Athena (the next chapter in the Riddick saga) and Wheelman.
In conjunction with Shawnee 8.0, a Job and Internship Expo will be held by the Shawnee State University office of Career Services. The expo will be open to all students attending SSU as well as students from other universities that are in attendance at the conference.
Prices vary for the event. Pricing includes attendance of the keynote speech, lunch and attendance of all sessions.
Programmers and designers or individuals interested in the area of study will be charged $125 for the event. Professors, faculty members or employees of academic institutions will be charged $95 for the event. Students who are currently attending any university, college, or high school will be charged $30.
Job and Internship Expo employers will be admitted to the event for free and will be able to attend the keynote speech, the morning session and the technology summit.
For more information on Shawnee 8.0 or the Job and Internship Expo or to register, visit http://www.shawnee80.com or contact University Outreach Services at (740) 351-3274.