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Game2Work Day 2022

Oct 27, 2022 - 10:00 AM
to Oct 27, 2022 - 4:00 PM

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On Thursday, October 27, Iowa State University (ISU) will host the first state-wide gathering of people whose work includes the use of serious games and gameful elements for STEM education and workforce development purposes. Researchers, entrepreneurs, industry partners, gamers, game designers, and more will gather at the ISU Alumni Center in Ames to learn about work going on throughout this ecosystem, make new connections, and provide direction for the future of Game2Work, a multidisciplinary initiative of ISU.

The day will include keynotes, facilitated breakout sessions, lightning talks, connection opportunities, and—of course—games. This event is free of charge, and refreshments will be provided.

We hope you will join this gathering—and invite others to join—from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to:

  • Learn about the use of serious games in STEM-related applications
  • Help shape the agenda, policy, and tools around the use of serious games for STEM learning and work
  • Connect with others working in this space
  • Be inspired and energized


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Game2Work Day 2022 Agenda

Game2Work Day 2022 Agenda Time


Speakers and Facilitators


10:00 A.M.


James Reecy, Associate Vice President for Research at Iowa State University

Reiman Ballroom

10:15 A.M.

Introduction to Game2Work

Michael Brown, Assistant Professor, School of Education, ISU

Michael Dorneich, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, ISU

Reiman Ballroom

10:30 A.M.

Panel: Game2Work and Future Work and Learning

Robin Lilienthal, Provost Marshalltown Community College

Joe Roth, Co-Owner and Manager, The Dealt Hand

Mark Wiederspan, Executive Director, Iowa College Aid

Chris Whitmer, Co-Founder & CTO, Parametric Studio

Moderator: Michael Dorneich

Reiman Ballroom

11:30 A.M.

Lunch Buffet

Please return to seats in Reiman Ballroom for lunch after going through the buffet line.

Cy’s Lounge

11:45 A.M.

Lunch Game Jam

Joe Roth, Co-Owner & Manager, The Dealt Hand

Tim Ferry, Founder, Little Creators Club

Reiman Ballroom

12:45 P.M.


1:00 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

1: Entrepreneurship—Tom Swartwood, Associate Professor of Practice / Entrepreneurship Fellow, ISU

2: Research Needs and Interests—Michael Brown, Assistant Professor, School of Education, ISU

3: Public and Community Engagement—Alenka Poplin, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, ISU

4: Technology—Michael Dorneich, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, ISU

Periphery of Reiman Ballroom

1:45 P.M.

Reports from Breakout Discussions

Facilitator for each breakout discussion

Reiman Ballroom

2:00 P.M.

Lightning Talks

Gabby Leitner, ISU Game Jam

Chris Whitmer, Parametric Studio

Mark Butland, Iowa EdTech Collaborative, Iowa City Area Development (ICAD)

Yvonne Farah, Gamified Research Testbed

Marten Roorda, Riiid Labs, Iowa EdTech Collaborative

Doug Jacobson, ISU Center for Cybersecurity Innovation and Outreach (CyIO)

Reiman Ballroom

2:30 P.M.

Meet & Match

All participants

Reiman Ballroom

3:00 P.M.

Visioning Session

Mark Butland, Director, Iowa EdTech Collaborative

Hongwei Zhang, Director—Center for Wireless, Communities and Innovation, Professor—Electrical and Computer Engineering, ISU

Reiman Ballroom

3:55 P.M.


Michael Brown

Michael Dorneich

Reiman Ballroom

4:00 P.M.

Social Hour

Sponsored by the Iowa EdTech Collaborative

Cy’s Lounge


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Brittany Eide