[games_access] Game Accessibility Conference

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Wed May 23 18:23:15 EDT 2007


Yes, I agree -- we should really analyze this and how we can get some
major developers there or academics there (which would, I presume,
make location, location, location a big issue).

In our history, though, we haven't really attracted the researchers
OR the developers. So unless we really focus on which way to go and
really put everything behind that, we still won't get either
audience. So, yes, I totally agree -- what is the better way to go?
I'm leaning toward the dev community simply because I think that they
can afford the price tag (given that we aren't doing this ourselves
AND the fact that venues costs money...I'm sure that there will be a
nice price tag that we won't benefit from but will at least help fray
the costs of the things we won't be doing).

So the idea of 2008 is even more attractive because then we can
really focus on advertising and signing people up. So either way
we'll need a group of "hounds" like myself who will email people,
call people...we need a PR pro bono firm!

BUT! There's some new news...As of yesterday...we now have a DiGRA
parallel SIG that I'd like those of us who are researchers to really
take the lead on. This SIG is a co-IGDA-DiGRA effort and I think that
this is exciting! More soon on this!

Michelle


>Hi,

>

>The idea of a conference focusing on game accessibility is great but

>I'm kind of concerned whether we will be able to attract an audience

>for it. What is the goal? 'spreading the word' e.g. convincing game

>developers of the importance of making games accessible? or or do we

>target our fellow researchers and discuss & explore new ways of

>making games more accessible and putting accessibility on the

>roadmap of developers?

>

>I think it is important to distinguish between these goals.

>

>cheers Eelke

>

>

>

>On May 20, 2007, at 12:01 PM, d. michelle hinn wrote:

>

>>Hi all,

>>

>>So I've mentioned this before but we should probably start

>>discussing it for real. The IGDA would like to support our efforts

>>in creating a one-day conference on Game Accessibility. Now this

>>could be something attached to another conference (like GDC) or on

>>it's own as a "summit" at a time where we aren't so frazzled from

>>GDC.

>>

>>This is one of the things I'll be bringing up at the online

>>meetings this week so I'd appreciate ideas for location, dates, how

>>wide we cast the net (ie, do we personally court a person from

>>every major game company we can to attend), do we want it to be

>>small the first year and then cast the net wider the next year?

>>

>>What are your thoughts? Basically the IGDA now has a group that

>>does conference/summit set ups for us so we tell them what we want

>>and they deal with the registration, hotel block reservations,

>>venue, some advertising, etc. So that's what make it's a very cool

>>opportunity!

>>

>>Michelle

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