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Trip to Hi-Rez Studio

Speaker: 
Todd Harris
Affiliation: 
Hi-Rez Studio
Time: 
Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
Location: 
34 Peachtree, 14th floor near the elevators

The ACM student chapter is planning a trip to Hi-Rez Studios (http://www.hirezstudios.com/), the largest independent video game
development studio in Georgia. Established in 2005 with the mission to create exceptional online interactive entertainment, Hi-Rez's
first project and debut title is Global Agenda, a fast-paced, action-oriented massive multiplayer online game set in the Earth's near future -- a spy-fi world of technology and player-driven conflict.

Hi-Rez Studios has agreed to give us a tour of their studio. The tour is planned for Friday, September 24, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at their Alpharetta campus. We will meet near the elevators on the 14th floor of the 34 Peachtree Street building. We will be departing campus at 10:00 AM. Many of our officers will be providing transportation, but you may choose to use your own vehicle. You can sign up for the tour using the following link:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFNuZGw4TGJISURSQU0tYzZ...

We can take a limited number of people. Any Georgia State University student can sign up, but ACM members will be given priority. Students will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive an email confirming your participation in the trip on September 23 by 6:00 PM. You might still be eligible if you sign up past that point, but openings are limited. You cannot participate in the tour without this confirmation, even if you are going to be using your own mode of transportation.

It is because of your support that we are able to provide this opportunity to our members. If you are not a member of our student
chapter and would like to become one, please talk to one of our officers for information. You can also join at our website:

http://acm.cs.gsu.edu/?q=node/4

For questions about the trip, please contact our program chair, Umar Arshad (uarshad1@student.gsu.edu).

Speaker's Bio: 

Todd Harris submitted his first computer game to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of his college application, since writing games was more fun than writing essays. After obtaining his BS in Computer Science from the same university, Todd entered the software engineering industry, eventually managing next-generation Product Development efforts at NCR, Radiant Systems, and BlueCube Software. BlueCube developed an online technology platform and international hosting capabilities, technology and services that are directly applicable to the development, deployment, and service challenges of massively multiplayer online games. With over 15 years of technology leadership experience, Todd is now an active contributor to the growing Georgia gaming industry, including advising area game and art schools on their programs.