I'm really excited. The official announcement is below, and I posted more about it on my website here. I can't wait to meet and spend time with the other winners at MIT later this month! (Information about past and present TR35 winners and judges is here.)
JANE MCGONIGAL, LEAD DESIGNER FROM 42 ENTERTAINMENT, CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE “TR35” TOP INNOVATORS UNDER THE AGE OF 35 BY MIT’S TECHNOLOGY REVIEW MAGAZINE
Winners to be featured at 2006 Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT
September 8, 2006—Jane McGonigal, an innovator in the field of game design and game studies is included in the annual 2006 TR35 list, published in new issue of MIT’s Technology Review magazine. The list features 35 of the top innovators in science and technology under the age of 35.
Jane McGonigal is a pioneer in the emerging field of Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and recently completed a PhD in the field of performance studies at UC Berkeley. Her professional design practice and academic research bring together the fields of ubiquitous computing, computer-supported collaborative work, and game design in order to understand how play can create communities capable of extraordinary collective intelligence.
According the Jason Pontin, Editor-in-Chief of Technology Review: “The TR35 is an amazing group of people. Their accomplishments are likely to shape their fields for decades to come. It’s evident when you scroll back and see names like Sergey Brin, Jonathan Ive, and Steve Jurvetson among the past winners.”
The honorees are selected by the editors of the magazine in collaboration with a prestigious panel of judges from major institutions and corporations such as Boston University, Hewlett-Packard Labs, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Caltech, and Applied Materials.
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Wow! Congrats! That's awesome!
That's really exciting, Jane! Congrats!
JANE! THIS IS SOOO AWESOME!
Congratulations! This is way cool!
You don't know me but I've been benignly e-stalking you since my current gig began at Urban Interactive/Conditor. (www.conditor.com) We've been working with mobile technology to create plotted, immersive games in public space, mostly for corporate events so far.
The reason I have chosen this moment to come out of the lurker shadows is that we're starting rehearsals on our first direct-to-consumer entertainment thingy (my own brainchild), called Ghosts of Liberty. Plotwise it's a spy/horror mix with historical and political overtones. Structurally it's sort of a competitive, brainteasing haunted-house with improv actors on the streets of the North End. Runs 2 hours and can start any time after dusk.
Your visit to my 'hood of East Cambridge will coincide perfectly with the end (knock on wood) of the testing phase... so in short, I would be deeply honored if you could come playtest my game. (And more than just seasonably scared, since that's like having Flannery O'Connor workshop your short story.) Whaddya say? I would be happy to plan a run around your schedule if you're interested; feel free to email me (email@example.com) to talk about this or stuff in general.
P.S. Congratulations on the TR35 - wow that's a hell of an accomplishment! I hope you're celebrating in style :)
I'm not at all surprised, Jane. Congratulations!
Super cool. You deserve it!
Congratulations Jane! Wohoo!
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