Hosted by the world-renown Texas Medical Center’s TMC Innovation Institute in July, 2019, the Healthcare Games Showdown™ involves college students creating video games for healthcare, followed by a review by potential employers — all livestreamed! Learn more

generate long-term serious game efforts

July 1st - July 26th, 2019
4 weeks,
3 hours per day
6 pre-vetted projects will be assigned to a team of up to 8
End with a
live-streamed showcase
internship for all participating students
Creator and Executive Transmedia Producer
Karen Snyder, MFA

Karen Y. Snyder (KYS Realm), MFA, Digital Media Executive, Producer, Professor & Consultant. Karen offers over 15 years of experience in developing and creating multi-media projects that include live events. She has cultivated hundreds of successful digital media stories and marketing campaigns. As a full-motion video game producer, she created the world's first FMV Match-3 title. In 2017, she researched and developed an economic impact report on the video game industry for the Houston area. She is an Adjunct Professor of Digital Media at the University of Houston.

Award-winning broadcast producer
jon lindgren

Jon is an experienced creative marketing solution executive and broadcast program producer.  He has over 20 years experience in broadcast production and he is a Tribeca Film Festival award-winner. His background in development includes being the Founder of Recovery Network, an interactive patient education at the bedside through mobile app.

Emmy® Award-Winning Producer
Michelle Fitzgerald

Michelle Fitzgerald is a triple National Daytime Emmy Award winning and five time Emmy Award nominated Producer with over 25+ years of experience in the Film & Television industry. She has extensive experience in all facets of development, programming, production, and distribution. Michelle has excelled as a producer and casting director on both cable, national, and international television series, films, commercials, and industrial series.

Entertainment Business Advisor
Rick Diaz

Co-Founding Member of Entertainment Cowboy; an entertainment company specializing in business development, pre-production, production management, and distribution for media projects. Experienced manager with skills in operations, finance, and corporate management. Worked as a business manager for entertainers in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, and Miami appearing on ABC, BBC, Telemundo, CBS, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and feature films. Former Adjunct Professor of Business at Lone Star College in the Houston area.



Advisor & Mentor
Sean Bellinger

A Lead Video Game Artist at Team Grey Box at Six Foot, Bellinger brings 20 years of visual communication experience to students that he teaches as an adjunct at the Art Institute of Houston.

Advisor & Mentor

AT&T project manager for high profile healthcare innovation projects involving a collaborative, multifaceted work team to create new healthcare solutions; strategic market research and content management for dedicated global telehealth group.

Advisor & Mentor

Kim has a track record in both games and healthcare and she is currently a part of a biodesign fellowship at Texas Medical Center where she is looking for ways to improve healthcare through technology.

Advisor & Mentor

The Lead Virtual Reality Developer at HTX Labs, Lambert is an experienced Game Developer with a focus on Virtual Reality. Skilled in C++, Unreal Engine, Blueprints, and Gameplay Programming.

Advisor & Mentor
Chase Jones

A Senior Design Manager at Atlassian, Chase is a design leader with over 12 years experience making high quality interactive experiences for a variety of audiences. He offers experience building products and product vision, leading teams and mentoring. During his career he has enjoyed working with and learning from industry leaders at studios including: Atlassian, Disney, Microsoft EA, THQ, Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive.

Advisor & Mentor

An Instructor at the Houston Community College, Khoung teaches 3D modeling, animation, and texturing for 3D Studio Max; storyboarding; Adobe Photoshop; GameMaker; Source SDK; Unity3D; Unreal Development Kit. His objective is to design and develop video games for the joy of gamers and players from casuals to hardcore to training

Advisor, Mentor & IGDA Organizer

Co-founder and CEO of Revelation Interactive; IGDA Houston Chapter President; Unity Engine Meetup founder; mentioned as 1 of the top 10 African American game developers by Black Enterprise.

Advisor & Mentor

Chief Innovation Officer at ChaiOne, Modad leads the Houston chapter of the VR / AR Association. He is also the founder of Omniverse VR, an entertainment provider.

Advisor & Mentor

The Director of Immersive Art, Muniz is passionate about photorealism, level design, lighting for game development and arch/product visual design. She has mentored numerous 3D and animation students in the region and is an advocate for artists rights.

Advisor & Mentor
James Parkman

James has been developing video games for 20 years, and has worked with companies such as Atari/Legend Entertainment, NCsoft, Vigil Games, Portalarium, and numerous other startups and indie developers. James got his start in game development as a senior or lead designer on such games as the Wheel of Time, Unreal 2, and Tabula Rasa. Since 2013 James has served as the Studio Director for the independent studio Kingdom Games, producing several titles for PC and Playstation 4.

Advisor & Mentor
Josh Ruben

The Co-founder and CEO of Z3VR, Ruben's background includes advising for Energizing Heath and the Product Manger for BrainCheck, an  investor-funded, digital health start-up creating a platform to track brain performance over time.

Advisor & Mentor

The Founder of Darkshot Studios, an indie game studio and the curator of the Houston Game Dev Meetup.


Estevan Aviles

Estevan Aviles, a native Austinite and life-long gamer, serves as a Festival Programming Specialist for the SXSW Gaming Festival. Responsible for all of the "fun" things that take place during SXSW Gaming, such as organized play, cosplay, panels, and parties, Estevan leverages his extensive experience in gaming alongside the explosive creativity of SXSW to create one of the most unique gaming festivals in the country. He also contributes extensively to the broader gaming community through several local and international initiatives which help to spread awareness and engagement for the gaming industry as a whole.

Dr. lance Black

Medical Device Innovation Lead at Texas Medical Center. As a clinician, engineer, and designer, Dr. Black speaks a multitude of technical languages that allows him to serve as a liaison and facilitator in the demanding medical device development cycle.

Zachary Bujnoch

AT&T project manager for high profile healthcare innovation projects involving a collaborative, multifaceted work team to create new healthcare solutions; strategic market research and content management for dedicated global telehealth group.

David crawley

Dave Crawley is a certified innovation professional (Innovation Engineering) and published senior executive for brand creation, management, corporate intelligence, marketing, new product development, and reputational risk.


Station Houston’s Director of Member Development, Jacobs guides resources and opportunities for various software and digital startups.

Dr. Verena Kallhoff

Manager of WorkSpaces at Health CoLab at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, she promotes and fosters research and innovation through engagement of stakeholders and building a supportive and collaborative environment for innovators and entrepreneurs.

Deb Mansfield, MS, MBA

As an advance couch for the SXSW Accelerator: Impact Pediatirc Health; Advisor for TMCx, and as the former Director of Life Sciences Acceleration Program at the Houston Technology Center, Deb brings a vest experience that blends both medical innovation and business savvy.

Dr. Pat J. McGinnis, MD MS MBA

Accomplished physician, hospital and business executive, USAF flight surgeon and former NASA flightsurgeon, who applies broad clinical knowledge, operational relevance and healthcare informationtechnology experience to leadership, consulting, innovation and advocacy roles.

Peter Perez

Texas based, decorated army vet (Top Secret - SCI Clearance) turned marketing consultant and producer of esports events in the USA. Esports and marketing consultant for major events and festivals exceeding 30,000 attendees. Esports and block chain promoter.

André Thomas

Founder and director of the LIVE Lab in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University; CEO of Triseum, an educational game studio; and advisory board member at the National Academy of Science.

Dr. Chang Yun

Research Assistant Professor at University of Houston; has led numerous serious game development projects for healthcare, government and various industries; has guided student led teams to win Microsoft Imagine Cup competition twice and to the US finals six times.

Hosted within TMC INNOVATION

TMC Innovation Institute programs provide startup companies with shared workspace, a curriculum tailored to the needs of health care entrepreneurs and the guidance of more than 200 advisors from the front lines of the industry. Companies have access to the world’s largest medical complex, all without membership fees or equity sharing.

The TMC Innovation Institute’s goal is to quickly and effectively connect entrepreneurs to hospital stakeholders and key opinion leaders.


  • Texas Medical Center (TMC) — the largest medical complex in the world
  • Home to the brightest minds in medicine
  • 10 Million patient encounters per year
  • 750,000 visits per year
  • 8th largest business district in the U.S.