Why do people believe innovation and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand? Andrew argues too many ideas are left on the cutting room floor because of the inherent risk in starting new companies. He then offers a solution to mitigate that risk so entrepreneurship is no longer limited to the venturesome.
Andrew Phelps is the founder and Director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC). He is also the founder and former Director of the School of Interactive Games & Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He is the originator of the Masters of Science in Game Design & Development within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, as well as the Bachelors of the same name, both of which are nationally ranked in the top 10 by the Princeton Review. His work in games programming education has been featured in The New York Times, CNN.com, USA Today, National Public Radio, IEEE Computer, and several other articles and periodicals. He regularly publishes work exploring collaborative game engines and game engine technology and maintains a website featuring his work as an educator, artist, programmer, and game addict. Primary research and teaching interests include online gaming, electronic entertainment, 3 dimensional graphics and real time rendering, virtual reality, and interactive worlds. He holds the rank of Professor at the Institute. In addition to his work as a faculty member and administrator at RIT, Andy enjoys all things that are naturally or artificially strawberry in flavor, is an avid ‘hard sci-fi’ reader, and spends more than his fair share of time with video games and other playful media. His latest project was to encase a custom-built computer in the space-themed Lego bricks he played with as a child. He and his family reside in Henrietta, NY. More information can be found on his website http://igm.rit.edu/~andy/