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Tuesday, July 13 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
One Billion Guns vs. One Billion Nucleotides

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In 2020 Gearbox, MMOS, McGill University and the Microsetta Initiative launched a citizen science collaboration in genetics research of the human microbiome. Our consortium built a minigame inside Borderlands 3. On launch day, players submitted over 5 million solutions to DNA sequence alignment puzzles. Our roundtable discusses why and how we managed to convert a science problem into an engaging and fun game played by millions of players worldwide.

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Randy Pitchford

Founder, Gearbox Entertainment Company
Randy Pitchford is a game industry veteran of more than 30 years and founder of Gearbox Entertainment, which develops and publishes award-winning and best-selling video games and produces film and television content. Randy has created, developed, produced, directed, written, designed... Read More →

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Rob Knight

University of California San Diego, Professor
Rob Knight is the Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UC San Diego, where he is a Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Computer Science & Engineering. He co-founded the Earth Microbiome Project, and the American Gut Project, which is among the largest crowdfunded... Read More →
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Jerome Waldispuhl

Associate Professor, McGill University
Jérôme Waldispühl is an associate professor of Computer Science at McGill University. He conducts research in bioinformatics and pioneered the use of video games to engage the public in genomic research with Phylo (2010), Colony B (2016), Borderlands Science (2020) and Project... Read More →
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Attila Szantner

Co-Founder / CEO, MMOS
Attila as a founder of MMOS (aka. Massively Multiplayer Online Science) during the last 5 years built several successful collaborations between major research institutions and AAA game developer companies engaging millions of players in citizen science activities and collecting hundreds... Read More →

Tuesday July 13, 2021 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT