ThinkFest Snapshot: Video Game Designer Frank Lee

Creating a Subculture in Philadelphia

We’re rounding up the reasons Philly Mag readers should not miss ThinkFest, our week-long event connecting the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in Philadelphia. 

Drexel's Dr. Frank LeeDrexel University has a keeper in associate professor Frank Lee. Not only does Lee teach in the digital media program at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, he is also the co-founder and co-director of the Drexel Game Design Program, which has been named among the top 10 game design programs by The Princeton Review.

Lee created the program because he wanted to make the best game design program in the world, and although he says we are not quite there yet, his efforts to become the best continue: This year, Lee was named Hacker of the Year and awarded Geek Story of the Year at the 3rd annual Philadelphia Geek Awards for his project “Pong on the Cira Centre,” or as Lee calls it, “World’s Biggest Pong” (video below). He also founded the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, which helps Drexel students create their own gaming companies, in hopes of expanding the video game industry in Philadelphia.


Philadelphia magazine has invited Lee to speak at this year's ThinkFest and you can hear him discuss "Creating a Subculture in Philadelphia," where he will talk about using games to take us back to our childhood. It's one of 17 idea-speaking sessions during ThinkFest’s Main Event on Saturday, November 9th, at The Kimmel Center.

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