Computing Open House This Weekend!

CGS-logoAre you local to the University of Washington? Planning a trip to Seattle this weekend to do your holiday shopping? Come on by Computing Open House this Saturday from 1-5pm and celebrate the start of Computer Science Education Week and computer pioneer Grace Hopper’s birthday.

Come on by and play some of your Center for Game Science favorite titles, learn all about our newest title Nanocrafter (and perhaps tinker around with our new Nanocrafter website, debuting soon) – and perhaps even take a peek at some of the projects we’re working on here.

You won’t want to miss it!

Nanocrafter and Foldit at Games For Health Europe ’14!

zoranpopovicToday, Center for Game Science Director Zoran Popović spoke at the Games For Health Europe conference. Attendees enjoyed a presentation about crowdsourced science through our premier game Foldit and our new title that debuted in April, synthetic biology rising star Nanocrafter. As a bonus, attendees were treated to a early version of our new Nanocrafter video (debuting soon to a website near you).


Foldit Reaches 1000 Puzzles, Debuts New Ebola Puzzle

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Explanation_puzzle_1000_bFoldit has reached 1000 puzzles today, thanks to the hard work of our scientists and community. Our scientists have posted a few past puzzles in which we have asked players to design peptides and small proteins that are able to bind to a binding site on the Ebola binding protein.

Read up on Foldit’s continuing commitment to Ebola in this excellent summary post by scientist Vikram Mulligan discussing the current status of research, as well as a spotlight on previous puzzles tackled by the hard-working Foldit community.

Get familiar with Foldit’s 1000th puzzle titled, “Breach Ebola’s Defences!” and join the research efforts today!

Nanocrafter: 2014 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Finalist!

SGS_Finalist_logo_2014.fwWhat great news to kick off the week with! We have been alerted that Nanocrafter has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C). Qualifying as a finalist allows Nanocrafter to be placed at pavilion booth #2663 at the upcoming December Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida.

At the conference, Nanocrafter is now eligible to win the distinction as “2014 Best Serious Game” in the Business category as judged by the SGS&C evaluators, the “2014 Students’ Choice Award” which is determined by middle and high school students, the “2014 Best Game Special Emphasis Topic Social Media Crowdsourcing for Peer Learning Award” which is determined by a special panel, and the coveted “2014 People’s Choice Award” which is determined by conference attendees (so if you happen to be going, be sure to vote for Nanocrafter).

Congratulations, Nanocrafter!