CUNY Games Conference 6.0


The CUNY Games Network of the City University of New York is excited to announce The CUNY Games Conference 6.0, to be held January 15-17, 2020 at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City.

The CUNY Games Conference has expanded into a three-day event to promote and discuss game-based pedagogies in higher education. The first day of the conference focuses on interactive workshop intensives, in which participants will create and modify games for learning, with digital and non-digital options. The second day features presentations from across disciplines on game-based learning. Days 1 and 2 will also feature a poster session and our popular arcade to showcase educational games in development. See the schedule for more detail. On day three, participants can practice what they’ve learned in our game jam and deconstruction/playtest session, with a prize for best newly developed game.

Game-based pedagogy incorporates some of the best aspects of collaborative, active, and inquiry-based learning. The CUNY Games Network is dedicated to encouraging research, scholarship, and teaching in this developing field. We aim to bring together faculty, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and game designers. Both CUNY and non-CUNY participation is welcome.

Who We Are

The CUNY Games Network includes educators from a wide range of CUNY campuses and disciplines. Our members are interested in games, simulations, and other forms of interactive teaching. We seek to facilitate the pedagogical uses of both digital and non-digital games in higher education and to encourage research and scholarship in the dynamic and growing field of game-based learning. Our steering committee consists of a multi-disciplinary group of CUNY faculty, staff, and graduate students. Our advisory board consists of faculty and game designers from outside of CUNY.

Call for Proposals

EXTENDED Submission Deadline: November 17, 2019

The CUNY Games Network (City University of New York) invites all involved in higher education pedagogy — faculty, administrators, graduate students, undergraduates, and game designers, and learning professionals — to submit a talk or posters on the theory and practice of play and games, non-digital and digital, including interactive classroom learning activities. We also welcome game demos and playtesting that focus on higher education.

In your submission, you will be asked to choose from the following formats:

15-minute talk
50-minute panel (for three or more speakers).
Game demonstration
Game Playtest

The game demonstrations and posters will be together in our arcade area on day 1 or day 2. Game demonstrations should be of finished or mostly finished games, non-digital or digital. You are encouraged to apply to give both a talk and a game demonstration or playtest. Please submit each separately.

Playtesting will be on day 3, with a prize for best new game developed. If you are submitting to playtest a game, even vague ideas are welcome, and we will allow playtest submissions until the end of day 2 of the conference.

Panels will be asked to submit one proposal for the entire panel. Innovative panel ideas are encouraged!

We also especially encourage participation by undergraduate researchers.

All proposals must have a clear relevance to higher education, and this connection must be explicitly stated in your proposal. We will not accept submissions for commercial presentations that attempt to sell a product.

Your proposal must include: session format; contact information for the corresponding presenter; name, affiliation, and email address for each additional presenter; title, abstract of 500 words or less; 250 (or fewer) words on connections to higher education; keywords selected from a list on the submission form; and special requests (e.g., scheduling or equipment needs). Please proofread and edit your proposal before submission. Accepted proposals will be published in our conference proceedings.


The CUNY Games Festival 6.0 will take place on: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College; Thursday, January 16 at the CUNY Graduate Center; and Friday, January 17 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Both are in New York City.

For more information: https://gamesconf2020.commons.gc.cuny.edu
Jan 15 - Jan 17, 2020
[ Wed ] - [ Fri ]
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM EST
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DAY 1 & 2: Full-time faculty and professionals SOLD OUT $60.00
DAY 1 & 2: Adjunct faculty and non-CUNY students SOLD OUT $30.00
ONE DAY ONLY: Full-time faculty and professionals SOLD OUT $35.00
ONE DAY ONLY: Adjunct faculty and non-CUNY students SOLD OUT $20.00
DAY 1 & 2: CUNY students (free) FULL
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