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Recent Digital Design Graduates Present at SIGGRAPH 2013

Danielle Esmaya and AJ Polanco received their bachelor of arts in digital design from the School of Art + Design at NJIT in May 2013.

AJ Polanco Jr., Woodbridge, and Danielle Esmaya, Union, recently presented “Social Reform Through Mobile Gaming (Seed.Genesis)” in the mobile apps session of SIGGRAPH 2013, the world’s premier annual conference on computer graphics and interactive media, held this year in Anaheim, California.

The project proposes the use of social media and mobile gaming to increase awareness of global deforestation and to raise money for replanting of trees in rainforests.  The game produced is a product of multi-disciplinary collaboration started at the Global Game Jam in January 2012 at NJIT and represents the efforts of six individuals: three digital design students from the School of Art + Design (Polanco, Esmaya, and Mateusz Mrowiec); two information technology students from the College of Computing Sciences (Nathaniel Martin and Joseph Hewitt); and one adjunct faculty member, Bradley Chun, who teaches the elective course, Digital Entrepreneurship, in the School of Art + Design.