The importance of innovation in undeniable. It not only drives the video game industry, but also the very foundation of countries across the globe. Without it, we stagnate and are at the mercy of those more ambitious than ourselves. Speaking at this year's D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, Dr. Delores M. Etter, executive director at Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, raised concerns over the US's low rate of engineering graduates compared to other nations. Part of her solution was inspiring more young people to become interested in the sciences through interactive, crime scene investigation camps. She then made a call to action to the D.I.C.E. attendees, urging them to contribute to this program by designing interactive CSI programs for students.
The D.I.C.E. Summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) is a once yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment. It is organized by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and hosts the annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which celebrate the best games of the past year, as voted by AIAS members. Comedian Jay Mohr will return to host the awards show, which takes place on February 9.
For more, check out GameSpot's coverage page, which will feature full video of every panel and keynote address from the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit.