What is GIMM?
GIMM (Games, Interactive Media & Mobile) employs an Applied Research/Service Learning model that allows our students to develop needed high-tech tools to be used by as wide an audience as possible in the communities around us. GIMM works with a number of local foundations, government, and non-profit entities to improve the lives of people in Idaho and beyond with high-tech solutions. Together we are creating an engine for positive social change that pipelines a series of projects to be made available for free in partnership with the community members and researchers around us.
How does GIMM Work?
GIMM takes a different approach to traditional university research and how technology applies to our lives. The heart, soul, and soil of our work is collaboration with Idaho communities to create a positive social impact. We contend that the purposeful design and application of technology are what gives it meaning and that the benefits of these advances should be enjoyed and accessible to all, unlimited by location, power, or wealth. Our approach engages with communities to identify areas of need where technology can have a positive, transformative, and impactful effect. We then apply resources to those areas of need, bringing together university faculty, K-12 educators, K-20 students, community leaders, and aligned for-profit and non-profit entities. The results are a real and positive impact on the lives of our neighbors by working directly with them to address local challenges.