[games_access] GDC 2008 -- who is going + acceptance update

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Sat Nov 10 18:13:15 EST 2007


I just looked it up at http://www.igda.org/scholarships/ and past
scholarship winners are not eligible to apply. So that's not a
possibility unfortunately. At thing point we just have to keep
waiting -- I'll let everyone know anything new that I find out about
this year's pass situation.

Pass priority goes to (and this is not necessarily in order but kind
of is): (1) speakers accepted, (2) people who contributed to the
proposal writing directly (ie, wrote some of the draft bits but did
not want to be speakers, (3) people who haven't had a chance to go
before and have helped out the SIG immensely in the last year in the
planning for this and other events, (4) returners who have
contributed to our success at past GDCs and can contribute again.
After that if we have any left we'll figure out something else --
most people who want to attend probably are already in the pass
priority list. These are the cases where I will do everything I can
to get pass coverage. But obviously anyone who hasn't done anything
at all in the past for the SIG are not priority. I wish I could give
passes to the world but obviously I can't. :)

Michelle


>If it helps perhaps if there is not possibility that we might not get enough

>for me to attend should I apply for the scholarship again this year?

>

>Robert

>

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>Subject: [games_access] GDC 2008 -- who is going + acceptance update

>

>Hi everyone,

>

>GDC acceptances are starting to trickle in (Dec 1 is when we'll know

>everything -- some prelim sessions are already on their website at

>www.gdconf.com but these are sessions that didn't go through the main

>system and/or were invited so no one panic!).

>

>Some good news -- I just learned this week that Reid's proposal on

>programming a dynamic [cc] system was accepted through the regular

>proposal system so I'm hopeful that this is a good sign for us! That

>was an early bit of feedback...so cool!!!! I'm not certain but I

>think this is the first time this talk has been accepted (unless I'm

>mixed up -- I'm pretty sure he's put this in once or twice) so we're

>starting to do something right! :)

>

>On the schedule already is the accessibility arcade. We also have the

>Meet and Greet, which is being hosted by Eelke. Eelke, you are

>hosting the meet and greet. :) More info on this soon but this is the

>session that was held at the IGDA booth last year and oddly

>interrupted by PBS filming some of us eating (some of us who were so

>starved we had to use a part of that time to eat or we would have

>died!). I thought that you'd have some great ideas about maximizing

>this opportunity, especially after we talked a bit about it and the

>rest of GDC at E for All.

>

>I need to be sure that I have everyone's name who is hoping to go to

>GDC. Please confirm this with me by emailing me at hinn at uiuc.edu (to

>avoid list excess traffic) and if you need extra passes for ADA

>purposes, let me know that too and how many you'll need. Also, if you

>require a ramp, interpreter, or other accommodation due to

>disability, please let me know that too as putting in ramps, etc do

>take additional time to arrange. I still can't promise we'll get all

>the passes we want but I'm trying. So far we have now covered three

>of us

>

>Note that ADA accommodations do NOT effect our pass count so if

>someone requires an assistant that does not mean that we have fewer

>passes to reflect this. These accommodations are US law and CMP (the

>group that runs GDC) is VERY good at respecting that with absolutely

>no questions. Unfortunately not every conference group is as

>enlightened -- I've had to deal in the past with groups that try to

>penalize people for the accommodations they are supposed to provide.

>So it's very refreshing that CMP has always been a "no questions

>asked/what can we do to provide the best accommodations" group!

>

>Michelle

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