ECU Increases Presence at East Coast Games Conference

ECU Increases Presence at East Coast Games Conference

In its five years as a major sponsor of the East Coast Games Conference, East Carolina University has increased its physical presence and networking impact measurably and has gained ground as an educational standout among conference producers and attendees.

ECU at ECGC 2013What began as a 10’ x 10’ booth space at the 2009 expo has expanded to a 30’ booth displaying an array of ECU capacity as related to the gaming industry. This year’s demonstrations included demonstrations of ECU's research and assistance in using gaming and biofeedback for USMC enlisted men who suffer from PTSD and TBI; nursing simulation; 3-D scanning and modeling; motion capture; art & animation and other assets of ECU.  In addition, Dr. Nick Murray addressed a session entitled, "Evaluating Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Games."

ECU at ECGC 2013Joining ECU representatives in the booth were two local economic developer partners: Scott Poag of Pitt County Development Commission and Carl Rees of The City of Greenville. Each spent time interacting with attendees and discussing the attributes that make Greenville and Pitt County desirable locations for gaming companies. Said Rees of his conference experience: “Not only was it a valuable recruiting tool for the City, but it was also great to interact with ECU faculty and staff as well as ECU students in that setting. I hope it shows but I firmly believe that it takes strong partnerships in order to achieve success, whether it is a real estate project or an economic development recruitment. I very much appreciate the ECU Office of Innovation and Economic Development opening the door to this and other opportunities for collaboration.”  

ECU at ECGC 2013Also in in attendance were nearly 50 ECU undergraduate and graduate students who were able to attend all the sessions and keynote addresses because of the university’s sponsorship. Students from the School of Art & Design, the Art & Design Guild, the School of Computer Science and Technology, and the College of Nursing were present.  Many of them worked in the exhibit booth in between sessions. As in past years, ECU has hosted wounded warriors from Camp LeJeune who helped demonstrate biofeedback technology.

Student Cody Scott was grateful for the passes he and his classmates received to go to this year’s ECGC.  He said, “The event helped me out a lot with planning my career and networking with professionals to help me along the way.”

ECU’s ever-growing presence at this conference gives opportunity not only for its contingent to learn about the industry but also for the industry to learn about ECU’s various capabilities and related course offerings.

As Ruthann Cage, ECU's director of industry and economic development states, "The participation of so many ECU students and faculty at ECGC yields immediate and long term benefits:  recruiting new ECU students; educating current students through multiple conference sessions; providing an occasion for local economic developers to collaborate with ECU; affording ECU students opportunities to speak directly to hiring companies; showcasing ECU students, research, and resources; and yielding new industry/university partnerships.  Indeed, this year, gaming companies and other institutions approached us and said, 'We need to talk.'" 

For more information about ECU’s sponsorship of the East Coast Games Conference, please contact Ruthann Cage or Dee Dobson Harper.