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We Are Change Makers

Based out of the Interactive Media program at the University of Miami School of Communication, we are an award winning academic game studio that focuses on social impact. NERDLab integrates classic and novel techniques to produce projects that inspire and educate through innovation and fun.


Good ideas can come from anyone. Projects developed by NERDLab aren't just dreamed up in our studio. They come from prototypes built in the classroom and workshops with research teams.


As games continue to grow in the ways that they are used, we seek to push the boundaries of what can be done through this interactive medium: promoting critical dialogue, reducing stigmas, advocating for social justice, dissecting complex systems, and much more.

Professional Development

Students from across the University of Miami are invited to apply to be a part of NERDLab. We welcome anyone looking to level up their skills and increase their body of work. We think the best way to learn is by working on real world projects.


We are committed to providing opportunities for hands on learning with a focus on mentorship. We are a community and we strive to create life long relationships with the members of our lab.

Making Headlines

Eight Serious Games Win Awards in Annual International Competition

Answer Campus was cited for excellence in the 2023 International Serious Play Awards Program

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Game Hopes to Tackle Tough Talks and Tout Tolerance

A new video game crafted by students at faculty members at the University of Miami delves into difficult conversations about identity and discrimination to illustrate more accepting responses

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Games for Change Created by Students and Faculty

The last place one might expect to learn a life lesson or two from is a video game.

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Join Us

Get an experience that lets you flex your creative muscles working on projects that seek positive change. Our games have been exhibited and played around the globe. You will work closely with faculty that are experts in art, design, and technology. We are a full service design and development studio. We go from concept to prototype to launch. Student members of NERDLab work closely with faculty throughout the production cycle with an opportunity to work on story development, design, art, and code.

System Design

Do you dream of playful systems in your sleep? Introduce yourself and send us a design document or prototype.

Story Development

We all have stories to tell. Introduce yourself and send us a writing sample.

Visual Design

We have employed students with a range of skills in both 2D and 3D art. Introduce yourself and send us some of your best work.


Want to put your programming skills to work on a project that will be published on a variety of platforms? Introduce yourself and send us a link to your Github repos.

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Our Work

As part of an academic institution, we strive to make our work as accessible and transparent as possible. Everything we publish is free and when possible open source. Check out our recent work.

Get Class Credit

Are you a creative soul eager to make a real impact? Passionate about diversity, inclusion, and gaming? Here's your chance to turn your ideas into a powerful standalone episode of Answer Campus, and earn academic credit while doing it!

In this dynamic and engaging course, you'll learn the ins and outs of creating your very own standalone episode for Answer Campus. You'll be at the helm, shaping the narrative, scenarios, all with the existing characters and maybe a new one!

Dive deep into the art of storytelling, where you'll craft compelling narratives that challenge players to think critically and empathize with diverse perspectives. Discover the mechanics behind choice-based gameplay, ensuring that your episode offers players a thought-provoking and immersive experience.

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The Team


Clay Ewing


Lorena Lopez

Director of Interactives

Staff and Alumni

Day Watson

Nia James

Caleb Solomon

Cassandra Swilley

Luz Cruz

Catherine Woods

Gwyneth Johnson

Lesha Jackson

Yoland Victor

Phidela Chang

Arianna Nicolas

Xueer Xia

Asha Wells

Emilie Duran

Irene Vailikit

Kalpit Mody

Megan Page

Sana Paul

Inndiaa Anderson

Yunting Zhao

Myrtle Valpoort

Max Zussman

Xueyan Zhang

Haoran Zhang

Mojania Denis

Isabelle Geller

Paulina Fiore

Zihan Xu

Laura Miller

Jose Guzman

Casey Lue

Manouj Kumar

Michael Leyva

Chelsea Haina

Gaby Costales

Lina Angel

Franklin Zhang

Pablo Obando

Brandon Wilson

Rebekah Monson

Ebby Wahman

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Lien Tran