Welcome to the Game Innovation Lab at the NYU School of Engineering, where we’ve been encouraging creativity and teamwork, and building innovative and playful experiences for our students, faculty, and visitors since 2011.

Quick Facts

We are:

Funded by the NSF, Microsoft, Yahoo, Bell Labs, and more

Designed to allow for both fluid, collaborative thinking and easy, fluid movement of surfaces and workstations

Home to interdisciplinary research and teaching


Keep up with the events happening in the Game Innovation Lab


GIL in the News

We've been collaborating with Amy Cuddy at Harvard on building a game using her power pose research to reduce math anxiety, and the Times just did a piece about her. She mentions the collaboration work… Read More…

Our very own artist in residence Kaho Abe was an honored guest at the White House Game Jam.  Kaho and Chloe Varelidi teamed up to create PandEmoji, a Social Emotional Learning game. From the projects… Read More…

New Widgets Let You Snap, Crackle … and Think… Help NYU game researchers make fidgeting more productive Do you doodle, fidget, or fiddle with things on your desk while you work?  A surprisingly large number… Read More…

What is this

GIL is an interdisciplinary graduate research lab. Our funded projects take games and turn them into an innovation challenge.  We work with industry partners, research facilities internationally, the NYC Board of Education and other groups,… Read More…

How can I

If you have a project that could be a good fit the for Lab's research mission, drop us a line at games@poly.edu, and we'll get back to you with next steps. If you are a… Read More…

Information for

We periodically host tours and research demos, as well as present a popular series of Indie Tech Talks and other game-related workshops. Stay tuned for information about our upcoming events Read More…