Happy New Year!

Hello world!

2019 has begun! For many of us, this time of year is one for resolutions and fresh starts, and IGDA Chicago is no exception. We have many new initiatives and updates to share with you that we are very excited about.

First and foremost, we have a new board! Ross A. Hersemann will be taking the helm as Chair, supported by returning board members Tom Caprel and Chris Weiss. Joining the board this year for the first time will be familiar faces Ryan Sizemore, Josh Delson, and Sam Bond. It’s a privilege to serve the Chicago game community. Wish us luck!

The new board met this month and began making its plans for the year. We’ve reviewed membership feedback, our chapter mission, and outlined many goals for things we’d like to accomplish. We look forward to a continuation of the great programming our chapter is known for as well as spearheading new initiatives to better serve our local game community.

Our chapter legacy events like the Global Game Jam, End of Summer Picnic, Spooky Game Jam, Extra Life, and the Holiday Mixer will be back in full force. Educational panel presentations and professional networking events will also be part of our scheduled programming. Additionally, we remain committed to partnering with the city’s colleges, studios, and industry organizations to provide the highest quality content and support possible, while strengthening the collaborative bonds of our local community.

As for what’s new, here’s a teaser of a couple things we have in the pipeline:

  • A major website update for added functionality and aesthetics

  • Mentorship and student ambassador programs with city colleges

  • Even more professional and social support for students and industry veterans alike.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned! We’ll be announcing our latest updates via this blog and social media. This is sure to be a banner year for IGDA Chicago, and we’re excited to have you on board.

Game on!

Ross A. Hersemann 
Chair, IGDA Chicago