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Firm Client MassDiGI Receives Federal Grant From U.S. Department of Commerce’s EDA 09/30/2016

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MBBP client the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (“MassDiGI”) at Becker College received a five-year grant in the amount of $583,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  massdigi-logo-massdigixb1386The grant will support MassDiGI’s promotion of entrepreneurship, economic development, and academic cooperation across the state’s video and digital games ecosystem.

MassDiGI was established in 2011 and is based at Becker College.  Congratulations to our client on this impressive contribution.

Innovation Center TechSandBox Launches at Becker College 04/03/2013

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On March 27th TechSandBox, Inc., an innovation center and accelerator, announced its official launch and facility opening in Southborough, MA. In partnership with MBBP client Becker College, TechSandBox’s center will house about 20 entrepreneurs, focused in the science or technology spaces across all industries and applications, with room for a co-working entrepreneurs’ bullpen, panels, seminars, and networking events.

MBBP is a proud sponsor of TechSandBox and provides it with critical expertise and financial support.

To learn more, please see TechSandBox article in the Boston Globe.

MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program Hosted by Becker College 08/03/2012

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On July 30th the Boston Globe published an article highlighting a state-sponsored Summer Innovation Program produced by MBBP clients Mass Digital Games Institute and Becker College. The program brings college students together with the hope of grooming the next generation of video game designers. The students were broken into three teams, each with a different assignment,  and must develop a complete game or a playable prototype. The program holds these teams to strict production schedules,  ensuring students not only receive experience creating a game, but also meeting important deadlines and making necessary re-evaluation of their product.

To read the full article, please visit the Boston Globe.

For more information on the Summer Innovation Program, please visit MassDiGI.

NE Games SIG to Host Event: Can Games Save Education? 05/11/2012

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On June 14th, the the MIT Enterprise Forum’s New England Games SIG is hosting an event at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge on “Can Games Save Education?.” Games dominate interactive time with young learners and have proven their ability to engage, entertain, teach and impact. Can games really impact education as we know it today? The event will be comprised of a panel discussion that will take a focused look at the state of education and the reality of changing education in a 21st century way.  The panel of Becker College President, Robert Johnson, and  Muzzy Lane CEO, Dave McCool, (with additional panelists to be announced) will discuss:

  • Game developers have long understood that there are different types of game players and have developed different games and elements to touch everyone from grandmothers to marines. Can/will educators turn to a customized form of education? Is there a way to get teachers and school districts to change or is there just too much inertia?
  • Games have a proven business model, while education is mired in a slow mature market, will games have to make their impact as adjunct material or is there room in the mainstream? Can we learn something from the business model of games? Are parents a better target customer than school districts?
  • What are the biggest risks in converting to game based education? Who do you see as leaders in taking these risks?

MBBP partner Mike Cavaretta is Founder and Chair of the NE Games SIG.

To learn more about this free event please visit the NE Games SIG.

To register, please click here.

Mike Cavaretta Quoted in Boston.com Article 10/05/2011

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaThe Massachusetts Digital Games Institute of Becker College has received a $500,000 federal grant to aid in jump-starting companies and training workers in the video game industry. The institute and Becker College will now partner with seven private video game and interactive media developers that will provide resources and personnel to support the institute’s initiatives. MBBP Attorney Mike Cavaretta discussed the benefits of the institute and how it will raise awareness of Massachusetts’ ability to support a “thriving gaming economy”. He continued on to say:

One of the ways California is ahead of us in the digital games industry is in venture capital. Having a working group that focuses on capital in the digital game industry will be helpful to educate and bring a level of comfort to investors in the industry.

Please read the full article for more information. For questions on the video game industry, please contact Mike Cavaretta.

Becker College Hosts MASS Impact Event on Massachusetts Game Industry Policy 12/21/2010

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Please join MBBP Attorney Michael Cavaretta on December 21st at Becker College for MASS Impact 2.0: The Game Plan – Massachusetts Video Game Industry Policy. This event is meant to help create an “innovative first-in-the-nation, comprehensive state-wide policy plan” that supports the video game and digital media development and design industry with the purpose of fostering economic development and job creation in Massachusetts. The discussion will run from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM followed by a Holiday Party.

For more information on the event, please visit Becker College.

To RSVP, call 508-373-9460 or e-mail Mass Impact.

Becker College Hosts MASS Impact Panel Discussion Event 10/08/2010

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaPlease join MBBP Attorney Michael Cavaretta on October 19th at Becker College for MASS Impact: Video Games, Economic Development & Job Creation. This event invites private, public and higher education sector leaders to gather for an exciting conversation that will discuss video game design and development and what it means to the future of Massachusetts. The day will consist of three panel discussions: “Industry Cluster Creation: Success Stories and Lessons Learned,” “Games and Business: Opportunities and Challenges,” and “Games and Government: Job Creation and EconomicDevelopment.”

Please visit Becker College for more information on the event.

To register call 508.373.9460, e-mail MassImpact or RSVP online. 

Michael Cavaretta to Speak at Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College 09/28/2010

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaOn Tuesday November 2, MBBP Attorney Michael Cavaretta will speak in the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College in Worcester, MA. The Loew Lecture Series is “a public forum that invites scholars and professionals to present lectures on topics of interest and importance to the Becker College Community. Michael will present on the “Anatomy of a Game Development Deal” which will cover legal and IP issues and challenges related to video game development deals.

To RSVP for this presentation, please call 508-373-9460 or contact Becker College.

For more information on video game development deals, please contact Michael Cavaretta.

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