AIAS Foundation Announces 2015 Randy Pausch and Mark Beaumont Scholarship Winners


2015 AIAS Scholars

2015 AIAS Scholars -- Top Row: Debanshu Singh, Lauren Scanlan
Bottom Row: Sumeet Khobare, Ryan Sligh. 


As President of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the AIAS, I am proud to share that we have announced our 2015 Randy Pausch Memorial Scholarship and Mark Beaumont Memorial Scholarship winners. You can also read about last year's winners here.

These $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually in the memory of Dr. Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University, a pioneer in professional games industry education and author of The Last Lecture; and Mark Beaumont, former COO of Capcom, who also served as an executive at Activision and Midway. You can see a video of Dr. Pausch's famous Last Lecture on this year's scholarship announcement page.

In addition to their cash scholarships, the four AIAS Scholars are invited to attend the 2016 D.I.C.E. Summit and 19th annual D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas on February 16-18, 2016. The Foundation assigns each Scholar one or more Mentors at the event, who advise them and introduce them to industry leaders. If you'd like to volunteer to mentor scholars at D.I.C.E. please get in touch with me! 

This year's winners are: 

Randy Pausch Scholarships

Sumeet Khobare, University of Southern California

Ryan Sligh, Southern Methodist University


Mark Beaumont Scholarships 

Lauren Scanlan, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Debanshu Singh, University of Pennsylvania


The full press release with comments from the scholarship winners is located here.

If there is someone whom you or your company would like to honor by funding an AIAS scholarship in the name of another individual or organization, or if you'd like to financially support the Pausch and Beaumont funds, please contact me and I'll connect you to the right people at the AIAS. All donations are tax deductible.



Applications Open for 2015 AIAS Randy Pausch & Mark Beaumont Scholarships


2015AIASScholarshipsOpen-hdr[L. to R, AIAS Foundation President Don Daglow, 2014 Beaumont Scholar Danielle Powers, USC Games Director Tracy Fullerton, 2014 Pausch Scholar Chitvan Gupta, 2014 Beaumont Scholar Lee Anne Opfer, 2014 Pausch Scholar Anthony Scott at the 2014 DICE Awards ceremony.]


The AIAS Foundation is proud to announce that we have opened our applications for the 2015 AIAS Scholarships.

The Randy Pausch Scholarship was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Professor Dr. Randy Pausch, who is best known for his book and video titled The Last Lecture (and the video is embedded at the bottom of this page). The Pausch Scholarships provide two $2,500 awards each year to students who are preparing for careers in the games industry, including animation, art, engineering, game design, game direction, music composition, programming and sound design.

The Mark Beaumont Scholarship, which also provides two annual $2,500 scholarships, was established in 2010 to honor the memory of former Capcom North America and Europe COO Mark Beaumont, who held executive roles in the games industry for over 25 years and was widely respected by his peers and teams. The Beaumont Scholarships are targeted at students studying for careers in business management, law, marketing, public relations, and sales.

All four scholarship winners are invited to participate in our mentorship program at the 2016 DICE Summit and at the DICE Awards ceremony, and the picture above shows the 2014 Scholars at the 2015 DICE Awards with myself and USC's Tracy Fullerton.

You can click this link to read about the 2015 Randy Pausch Scholarship winners and 2015 Mark Beaumont Scholarship winners.

You can also go to Information and the application form for the Randy Pausch Scholarships.  Right click on the page and choose "Save as..." to download.

And from here for information and the application form for the Mark Beaumont Scholarships.


Dr, Randy Pausch, "The Last Lecture"



I'll Be Presenting on Issues of Going Indie at GDC 2015


Yellow Brick Road Title

Going Indie: 10 Questions to Help Decide if it's Right for You

Location:  Room 130, North Hall, Moscone Center
Date:  Friday, March 6
Time:  2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits, Tutorials & Bootcamps Pass, Student Expo Pass, Main Conference Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass, Audio Pass, Expo Pass


I'm delighted to be discussing the topic of "Going Indie: 10 Questions to Help Decide if it's Right for You" at GDC again this year.

I'm especially happy to be delivering this session as part of the Game Career Seminar, which means that in addition to being open to the standard GDC all-access pass, it's also open to attendees with summit passes, student expo passes and expo passes.

Everyone always loves to give you advice about how you should or shouldn't be an Indie, and what your next steps should be.

But what we need most of all is to have a dialogue with ourselves, to figure out what we really want and how we really feel so we can make informed decisions on our careers.

That's what this session provides.  I'll guide attendees through a series of questions which you answer only for yourself (we don't see or share answers in the session), and provide context for how to look at your answers to have them guide you towards or away from an Indie work and lifestyle.

You already know the answers.  All we have to do is ask the right questions to bring them out.

I hope I'll get to see you there!



We're Looking for Mentors Attending the AIAS's 2015 DICE Conference


2014 DICE Scholars

(AIAS & DICE scholars join us at DICE Awards 2014, with thanks to DICE Scholars Sponsor Intel, L to R: Keith Leiker, AIAS Foundation President Don Daglow, Sarah Conde, Atlas Chen, Chris Burris, Khaled Abdel Rahman, Raymond Tan, DICE Mentor Warren Spector)


Are you going to the AIAS's 2015 DICE Conference?  

Would you like to volunteer to mentor one of our DICE and AIAS Scholars there?  

If so, please email me or message me on Facebook.  We have a great mix of scholars (some of whom you can read about here) following in the footsteps of the group pictured above, and some wonderful returning mentors as well.




A Request for Games Industry Veterans as a New Year Awaits




For many of us in the games industry the week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the few quiet times in the year.  Console studios shut down, and many digital games operate on thin customer support.

One of the things that people do with the end of the year break is to resolve to finally clear out the attic or the basement to open up enough space for that treadmill or Magnusson Device or whatever.

There's actually an international museum that wants those old boxes (and floppies and CD's and not-old-at-all digital files) of stuff, and you don't have to catalog it, analyze it or write a long document justifying it before you hand it over to experienced curators.

For the last several years I've served as a collections advisor to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) at The Strong museum complex in Rochester, New York.  They have the largest collection of video games and historical games materials in the world, and I've also donated my professional papers to be archived at ICHEG.

Housed in the same complex is one of the largest collections of board games, RPG's and paper games in the world, which to me forms one great continuum when combined with the work we do in electronic games.

One of the sad parts of being a collections advisor is the number of times I talk to someone about preserving papers, drawings or advertising and marketing materials from their career and they tell me, "I wish you'd asked me five years ago.  We cleared out the garage and threw out lots of stuff."

I've also heard, "I had a lot of amazing digital imagery and copies of game proposals from the early days of [famous game], but then that hard drive died and, well, that was the end of that."

Fortunately ICHEG has preserved a lot of critical historical materials, including design documents and historical items from Ralph Baer, Joel Billings, Bill Budge, Dan Bunten (Dani Bunten Berry), Doug Carlston, Her Interactive, Jerry Lawson. Jordan Mechner, Microsoft Game Studios, John Romero, Ken and Roberta Williams, Will Wright, myself and many others.  

They also have an array of original coin-op machines going back to Space War (along with a lab to keep them operating), and the largest collection of Japanese video games of any museum in the world.



What You Can Do

If you have materials (either physical items or digital documents, artwork etc.) from your career that you'd hate to see thrown away that document some aspect of the development of the industry (including the dramatic changes of the last few years), please email me via ddaglow at gmail.

The curators preserve the game design and development side of the industry as well as the marketing and sales side, which often gets overlooked. As an international museum they also chronicle the different paths that games history has taken in Europe, Asia and elsewhere as well as in North America.

I'd be happy to answer questions about my experience as an ICHEG donor, and to introduce you to one of the museum curators to see about preserving your slice of our history.