BECOME A HEALTHCARE WARRIOR

Hosted by the Texas Medical Center’s TMC Innovation Institute, the Healthcare Games Showdown™ is an Accelerator meets Hack-a-thon Game Jam in which medical and healthcare games or gamification concepts will be created by college students under the direction of medical and video game mentors. Learn more

generate long-term serious game efforts

SHOWDOWN
July 1st - July 26th, 2019
LENGTH
4 weeks,
3 hours per day
PROJECTS
6 pre-vetted projects will be assigned to a team of up to 8
LIVE-STREAm
End with a
live-streamed showcase
LOCATION
Houston,
TExas
$1,000
internship for all participating students
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
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.

SHOWDOWN MENTORS

 WILL PROVIDE HEALTHCARE MENTORS

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
WILLIAM GOLDEN

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
JOOWON KIM

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
JONATHAN LAMBERT

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 & IGDA Organizer
DENNIS Mathews

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
CHAD MODAD

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
ANGEL MUNIZ

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
BRANDON SMITH

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

SHOWDOWN Advisors

Advisor
Estevan Aviles

Gaming Festival Programming Specialist at SXSW, Estevan manages SXSW Gaming festival programming including the SXSW Gaming Awards, Gaming Pitch Competition, Discovery Stage, Cosplay Contest, the Streamery, official parties, and all organized play initiatives. Organized all meet ups and community initiatives. Co-produced SXSW Gaming conference programming. Originally managed all SXSW Gaming marketing initiatives, @SXSWGaming social channels, and the gaming.sxsw.com website.

Advisor
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.

Advisor
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.

Advisor
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.

Advisor
BOBBY JACOBS

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

Advisor
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.

Advisor
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.

ABOUT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER

  • 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.