Girls, Games & Interactive Narrative: Innovation and Technology Are Not Just For the Boys


Friday, August 13, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,

BOTHELL, Wash. – On August 17th the University of Washington Bothell’s Center for Serious Play, DigiPen Institute of Technology and the College Success Foundation will host an all-day retreat for high school girls from around the state titled, “Girls, Games & Interactive Narrative: Innovation and Technology Are Not Just For the Boys.”

This exciting retreat will provide girls with the opportunity to learn what it takes to make it in the world of game design and development.

Guest speakers include Jordan Weisman, CEO & founder of Smith & Tinker, Kim Swift of Airtight Games, and Wanda Gregory, Director of the UW Bothell Center for Serious Play.

Participating high schools include Foss, Lincoln, Mt. Tahoma, Stadium, and Wilson, all of whom are from Tacoma, WA; and Davis and Eisenhower, from Yakima, WA.

This event could not be possible without the support of DigiPen, UW Bothell’s Center for Serious Play and the College Success Foundation.   

About UW Bothell’s Center for Serious Play: The purpose of the Center for Serious Play (CSP) is to transform education and foster community development by bridging the gaps between innovative design, development, teaching and application of interactive media technologies. Building on UW Bothell’s signature strengths in interdisciplinary inquiry and hands-on learning, the CSP will bring together faculty, students, and industry partners to make a serious impact in diverse fields such as P-12 and higher education, health care, and sustainable environments. The CSP will foster the development of innovative products, services and processes through team-based projects and partnerships with industry and educational communities.

About DigiPen Institute of Technology: DigiPen Corporation was established in 1988 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada as a computer simulation and animation company. In 1996, DigiPen Institute of Technology moved to Redmond, Washington where it has been a leading educational institution offering various Bachelor’s of Science degrees, Bachelor’s of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and Master’s of Computer Science degree.  DigiPen opened a new campus in Singapore in 2008 at the invitation of the Singaporean government, and is currently expanding in Spain and Korea.  DigiPen also offers numerous K-12 educational programs throughout the United States and abroad.  For more information about college, K-12 initiatives, and to sample student work, please visit Media Contact: Tarsi Hall, Communications Manager at DigiPen Institute of Technology: 206-518-1843 /
About the College Success Foundation: The College Success Foundation (CSF) has over 10 years of proven experience, inspiring underserved, low-income students to finish high school, and providing the unique integrated system of supports and scholarships they need to graduate college and succeed in life. CSF focuses its work in five major areas: Early College Readiness Programs, College Advising & Mentoring Programs, Scholarship and College Programs, Alumni Services, and Policy, Advocacy and Coalition Building. To learn more about the CSF, visit their website:


About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.