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Nearly 100 budding game designers pulled all-nighters at NJIT for the Eleventh Annual Global Game Jam (GGJ). NJIT was one of 860 sites participating in what has become the world’s largest game-development event.

NJIT Hosts Game Development Marathon for Global Game Jam
Nearly 100 budding game designers pulled all-nighters at NJIT for the Eleventh Annual Global Game Jam (GGJ) in what has become a much anticipated event for both design and information technology students. Organized in 2008, GGJ, an international nonprofit corporation based in California, is the world’s largest game-development event. This year, 47,000 participants from 113 countries gathered at 860 sites worldwide to create 9,000 games. The free annual marathon offers anyone over the age of 18 the chance to design video games in a 48-hour window.

Is NJ Still “Hot” for Life Sciences Innovation?
Governor Phil Murphy reminded an audience of approximately 700 people at BioNJ’s 2019 Annual Dinner Meeting & Innovation Celebration, held at the Hilton East Brunswick, that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson’s co-founder Robert Wood Johnson once walked down a New Brunswick street to have lunch with none other than Thomas Edison himself. Of such high-powered collaboration, Murphy said, “In a nutshell, this is the type of synergy we are seeking to create, once again, in New Jersey.”

Rutgers Initiative Offers Grant and Funding Access to Minority Startups
The second annual Black and Latino Tech initiative, a pre-accelerator program sponsored by The Rutgers University Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, is accepting applications for its 2019 cohort. BLT’s mission is to provide black and Latino startup owners and founders with educational training, mentorship, networking and funding access from public and private sources.

Innovation Study Points to Challenge Ahead: Report to Members
According to Michele Siekerka, “NJBIA’s mission to have New Jersey reclaim its former stature as the Innovation State is now at the forefront of policymakers’ agenda in 2019, but the competition from neighboring states is intense and New Jersey will need a well-coordinated response from academia, business and government leaders in order to succeed.”

New H-1B Visa Rules Will Benefit Applicants with Advanced Degrees from U.S. According to SSTI, “Applicants with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education who are seeking H-1B visas will be the beneficiaries of a new rule announced by the Department of Homeland Securityrecently. The rule change reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption.

Upcoming Events

Emerging Tech Trends for 2019
When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Maestro Technologies, Inc., 1 W. State St., Trenton

2019 Venture Conference Pitch Application – Deadline
When: Friday, March 1, 2019

NJ STEM Month Kickoff at NJSPN Quarterly Meeting – March 1, 2019
When: Friday, March 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: NJIT – Central King Building – 100 Summit St. – Newark