Events - 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019 — 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
Poster

Description

Product and technology designers—often white, cis-gendered, male, and of a higher socioeconomic status—design objects based on implicit or explicit assumptions about what is needed and how it will be used. This singular and filtered perspective has resulted in much design innovation, but it does not address, reflect, or affect society as a whole, nor the majority of its members

Sunday, October 20, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
technoTampons Poster

Description

An average menstruating individual endures some 456 total periods over 38 years. That's roughly 2,280 days with their period, or 6.25 years of their life. They are likely to use over 16,800 tampons and pads over the course of their lifetime (Weiss-Wolf, 2015). In Canada, menstrual hygiene products are among the top-three material costs of being a menstruating person under the age of 65 (Plan International Canada, 2018). There is growing awareness of, and demand for solutions to, the financial burden of menstruation—in 2014, the United Nations declared menstrual hygiene a public-health, gender-equality, and human rights issue (UN, Office of the High Commissioner, 2014). Beyond affordability and accessibility, periods and their management are linked to shame and dangerous misinformation, leading to serious human rights concerns (United Nations Population Fund, 2018). Through this micro-make, we will encourage our participants to think about the space created by menstruation, design, and technology through a critical, provo-making lens—an ask, we feel, that would be familiar to our siblings working at the Berlin Bauhaus.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Join qcollaborative, an Intersectional Feminist Design Research Lab, in the Collaboration Space every Tuesday from 12-1 for a drop-in event to talk feminism and media from multidiscplinary perspectives. Bring your own mugs, tea, and lunch.

All disciplines are welcome!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Join qcollaborative, an Intersectional Feminist Design Research Lab, in the Collaboration Space every Tuesday from 12-1 for a drop-in event to talk feminism and media from multidiscplinary perspectives. Bring your own mugs, tea, and lunch.

All disciplines are welcome!

Sunday, October 6, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
WellPlayed poster

SPECIAL NOTICE: to access the building, use the doors by the South entrance, near the UW Art Gallery.

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Friday, October 4, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT

Join us in the Collaboration Space to hear guest Morgan McGuire talk about AAA Game Dev, VR, and 3D Graphics! RSVP here.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Join qcollaborative, an Intersectional Feminist Design Research Lab, in the Collaboration Space every Tuesday from 12-1 for a drop-in event to talk feminism and media from multidiscplinary perspectives. Bring your own mugs, tea, and lunch.

All disciplines are welcome!

Thursday, September 26, 2019 — 6:00 PM to Sunday, September 29, 2019 — 6:00 PM EDT

Save these dates for the Fall 2019 GI Jam: Sept. 26th - Sept. 29th! 

September 26th is scheduled for the LEARN event; September 27-29 is the MAKE event.

Mark your calendars for this multidisciplinary game design and development weekend-long event! More details to follow...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Join qcollaborative, an Intersectional Feminist Design Research Lab, in the Collaboration Space every Tuesday from 12-1 for a drop-in event to talk feminism and media from multidiscplinary perspectives. Bring your own mugs, tea, and lunch.

All disciplines are welcome!

Friday, September 20, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT

Incoming and returning SAGE students, drop by the Games Institute to check out the space, learn about us, and play some games! We'll introduce you to First Person Scholar and show you what our community has to offer.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Join qcollaborative, an Intersectional Feminist Design Research Lab, in the Collaboration Space every Tuesday from 12-1 for a drop-in event to talk feminism and media from multidiscplinary perspectives. Bring your own mugs, tea, and lunch.

All disciplines are welcome!

Thursday, September 12, 2019 — 2:30 PM EDT

Superheroes and Sexuality

Anna Peppard, Postdoctoral Fellow from Brock University, joins us to discuss the historical controversy and contemporary relevance of superhero sexuality. Dr. Peppard will demonstrate how the simultaneous presence and absence of sexuality within superhero comics, movies, television shows, and video games is central to the superhero genre’s longevity, adaptability, and current popularity, and argue that superheroes possess a special—albeit underutilized—ability to represent diverse and potentially subversive sexual fantasies.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Join qcollaborative, an Intersectional Feminist Design Research Lab, in the Collaboration Space every Tuesday from 12-1 for a drop-in event to talk feminism and media from multidiscplinary perspectives. Bring your own mugs, tea, and lunch.

All disciplines are welcome!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT
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Friday, July 12, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Swing by the DC foyer between 12 and 4pm to PLAY the games from the Spring 2019 GI Jam!

Thursday, June 27, 2019 — 12:00 PM EDT
MidSummer Mixer Poster

Stuck in Waterloo? Wishing you were on vacation? The GI has you covered. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019 — 2:30 PM EDT

Leveraging Asymmetry and Interdependence to Enhance Social Connectedness in Cooperative Digital Games


Abstract

Thursday, April 18, 2019 — 3:00 PM EDT

Speaker: Gustavo Tondello, M.Sc. in Computer Science, B.Sc. in Information Systems

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 — 2:30 PM EDT

Event Description

For the first time in Games Institute history, we’re bringing together two professors with different research backgrounds to have a collaborative discussion about a game: Insomniac’s Spider-man (2018). Dr. Lennart Nacke is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Dr. Gerald Voorhees is an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts. Both professors have research interests in the study of games, yet they very in their focus and methodological approach. Dr. Nacke is a Games User Research scientist and teaches User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, and Game Design; Dr. Voorhees is a scholar of Communication and Critical-Cultural studies and teaches about Race, Gender, and Identity in mediated public communication.

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