Pigsty Symposium - Title Slim

September 6th, 2016 | 8:00am – 6:00pm
Room WG 404, Sir Paul Reeves (WG) Building, AUT City Campus

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Academic Chair
: Ben Kenobi, Lecturer & Researcher, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at AUT.

 is proud to announce the second Pigsty Symposium at the Auckland University of Technology.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners across all areas of play, interactivity and games including computer science, art and design, social sciences and philosophy and build on the standards and community of last year’s inaugural symposium.

The event includes panels and presentations from industry practitioners and academic researchers, plus interactive showcases and quickfire demonstration talks.


  • Gregor Lux (GER) – The Gamefication of Computer Graphics Education
  • Jane Cocks (AUS) – Persuasive Games and Positive Change: Synthesising Psychology, Ludology and Narratology
  • Tanya Marriot – Playful conversation designing play spaces with the Kiwi Conversation club
  • Warren Mara – The Flying Bouncy Castle: Imagining adult play in the business world
  • David Bailey – The Art of Virtual Spaces
  • Arien Hielkema – Smarter tools for a Smart recovery – a motivational game
  • Lawrence May – The emergent dead: living beyond permadeath in DayZ
  • Jordan Browne – Hiding the Rabbit Hole: Burying Features as a Design Philosophy
  • Claire Barilla, Tom O’Brien, Farah Khalaf, Krystal Thompson, Patrick Shannon – The Challenges of Games Education
  • Hannah Buist – Primary Egocentric Reference Frame: How real life keeps us invested in games!
  • Lucy Morris – The Honeymoon is Over: Challenging economic systems in complex player/NPC relationships
  • Richard Durham – Learnings from making EndDanger: an ecological mega-game in Vietnam.
  • Lisa Clist, Jenna Gavin, Sarah Loggie, Jacques Foottit – European Street Design Challenge.


All tickets include catering for the day. The event sold out last year, secure your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

  • Student $15   (ID required at registration)
  • Industry $60
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Registration is at 08:00AM with tea/coffee and a light bit to eat. The first presentation kicks off at 8:30am and the event runs until 5:00pm when we finish with an hour of networking, nibbles and demonstrations until 6:00pm. Afterwards we will be taking a walking tour of Affinity in Aotea Square.

*Please note that due to budget constraints, the symposium (#pigsty16) is now a single action packed day. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Room WG404, Sir Paul Reeves Building (WG), 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, AUT City Campus, Auckland