Call: IGDA Games User Research Summit and Advanced Researchers Workshop

Call for Presentations, Panels, Roundtables, & More

Games User Research Summit
Montreal
May 14, 2020
https://gamesurconf.com/us/

Submission deadline: November 25, 2019

Games user research (gamesUR or GUR) is an academic and professional field focusing on the study of player behavior and motivations in digital games, usually to identify user experience issues and support game design efforts.

The Games Research and User Experience (GRUX) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA) is hosting its 10th annual conference, the #gamesUR Summit, in Montreal at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montreal Convention Centre) on May 14, 2020. For more information, please visit the Summit website.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020 #gamesUR Summit.

DEADLINE: Nov. 25, 2019

NOTE: Full talk materials/slides are not required! Only an outline or brief abstract needs to be submitted.

The #gamesUR Summit has been running since 2008 and regularly has over 300 attendees from all around the world. Speakers have run the gamut from juniors looking to share an innovative new idea to thought leaders in the industry providing their invaluable perspective. It also doesn’t hurt that speakers get a free ticket to attend the Summit talks!

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Your submission for the Summit must include:

  • Submitter name(s) and organizational affiliations
  • Session format type
  • Desired duration of presentation (20 mins, 45 mins, or poster)
  • Intended audience level
  • Talk title
  • The outline – must be at least 150 words (maximum 500 words)
  • 3 Content labels – think 3 keywords to explain your talk (e.g.; Methods, Analytics, Case Study, Post-Mortem, etc.)
  • Speaker info – brief description about yourself!
  • Any requests/accommodations
  • Consent to record/document your presentation

Here are some simple tips to help your submission get approved:

  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Have a clear/descriptive title
  • Avoid product pitches
  • You are free to make multiple submissions
  • The talk outline should contain:
    • An outline of the overall position of the talk, e.g.: the elevator pitch.
    • The description should give a good idea of the story/journey of the talk and how it will support the position. Examples can be helpful here.
    • Strong takeaways – make sure to include exactly what you expect attendees to learn, and why this talk would be valuable to them.

For full submissions requirements as well as how to submit, please visit the Call for Submissions webpage.

Direct link to submission form.

Questions? Please feel free to email me directly: jetompki [at] indiana [dot] edu

Jessica Tompkins
Ph.D. Candidate
The Media School, Indiana University
& User Research Analyst, id Software/Bethesda Softworks

Advanced Researchers Workshop – Hosted at Ubisoft Montreal – May 15, 2020

For the last few years, members of the Games Research and User Experience SIG have requested additional opportunities for senior and advanced members to come together and exchange knowledge in a more informal, off the record setting. In response to this feedback, a workshop dedicated to advanced research from veteran members of the games user research and user experience community will be offered for the first time the day after the #gamesUR Summit 2020. The workshop will be hosted at Ubisoft Montreal on May 15, 2020.

The Advanced Researchers Workshop is seeking proposals for micro-talks as well as topics for discussion in a breakout session format. Speakers (for micro-talks) will be expected to present for 5 to 10 minutes on a topic of interest to veteran games user researchers and/or UX professionals. Potential micro-talk topics include, but are not limited to, advances in methods, tools, recruitment, or analysis, as well as other relevant insights and breakthroughs.

Your application to attend the Advanced Researchers Workshop must include:

  • Submitter email address, name, professional background, and organizational affiliation
  • If interested in giving a micro-talk, please indicate that you wish to do so
  • If proposing a micro-talk, please provide:
    • Talk title
    • 200-500 word abstract OR outline
    • Talk keywords/categories
    • Brief speaker biography
    • Any special requirements
  • Desired breakout session topics:
    • Topics/questions you would like to propose for a breakout session
    • What you hope to take away from attending the workshop
    • Topics you would like to hear about/discuss with others in a breakout session
    • Any thoughts on content

Here are some simple tips to help your submission get approved:

  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Have a clear/descriptive title for your micro-talk
  • Avoid product pitches
  • You may only submit one micro-talk
  • The talk outline should contain:
    • An outline of the overall position of the talk, e.g.: the elevator pitch.
    • The description should give a good idea of the story/journey of the talk and how it will support the position. Examples can be helpful here.
    • Strong takeaways and/or potential for follow up from attendees – make sure to include exactly what you expect attendees to learn or discuss after your presentation, and why this talk/dialogue would be valuable to them.

For full submissions requirements as well as how to submit, please visit the Advanced Researchers Workshop webpage.

Direct link to application form.

Questions? Please feel free to email me directly: jetompki [at] indiana [dot] edu

Jessica Tompkins
Ph.D. Candidate
The Media School, Indiana University
& User Research Analyst, id Software/Bethesda Softworks

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