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September 1-3, 2017

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Congratulations! You have been selected to attend MAGLabs, a 3-day festival where the best and brightest minds in video game fandom have been invited to build, experiment, and rock out without interruption from petty cultural norms like "sleep" or "day jobs." At MAGLabs, you will find everything you could desire to build, write, create, and make your own mark on game culture.

September 1-3, 2017

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

Alexandria, VA

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MAGLabs is about making game culture. When inspiration strikes, come to the Makerspace to get working on a new project fast!

In the Makerspace you will find the tools you need to make a wide variety of projects, along with experienced staff who can give you feedback on your project, advice, or help with new tools and materials. Whether you have never tried to make anything before, or you build things for a living, you are guaranteed to find a project that gets your creativity flowing.



Sewing machines, thread, fabric, and a whole array of other sewing needs to fix your costume, make a stuffed animal, or create a quilt with your Overwatch clan to celebrate your tournament domination.



Buy your kits at the MAGLabs merch stand, then come to the Makerspace to put them together at the freely available soldering stations.



Make a game, learn to code, or just learn how to put Blinky lights in your cosplay. We'll have workshops to get you started.



Build an instrument, compose a song, or just learn how to play rainbow road. We'll have musical workshops, a Jam Clinic, and people showing off their musical creations.


We've invited some of the biggest names in making and video games to come hang out and build with us!

Intelligent Decision Systems, Inc (IDSI)

Try some VR and learn to develop games!

Featured Panelist: Fard Muhammad

Videoke: it's like karaoke with your body!

Featured Panelist: Meg Eden

Learn to write!

Content Productions

Would you kindly be a test subject for panel experiments?

Gamer Iron Chef

Through the sweat of your brow, champion the taste of man!

Mike Rosson

The voice heard across Underworld.

The Open Organization of Lockpickers

Lock picking isn't just a pipe dream!

Rains Brothers' Amazing MAGFest Circus Workshop

Welcome to the Circus of Values!

Wes Johnson

Wes Johnson sleeps rather soundly for a murderer.

John Shirley

He wrote the book on Rapture.

Jon St. John

What? Did you think I was gone forever?

Test Chambers

We want YOU to help build MAGLabs with your own crazy ideas!  Don't let the limits of "practicality" limit you! We want to help you bring your ideas to life! MAGLabs will provide resources, space, people, and advice to help you make your festival dreams come true!

Past test chambers have included the MAGFest Versus game show and the Escape Room.

Would you kindly submit a test chamber today?

MAGLabs Iron Jams

Come test your musical mettle with a video game inspired Battle of the Bands meets Iron Chef!


What could you build with over 10,000 bricks?


Come to the concert hall to enjoy concerts with some of the best bands and DJs gaming has to offer!


Prog party! Bring your rocking shoes!

Rare Candy

Level up with your synth-rock fix!

Professor Shyguy

A bald beauty with a diverse range of pop songs about nerd love, anime, gaming, plus an NES Guitar!

Master Sword

A Powerful Legend of Zelda Original Music Onslaught

Noise 2 Men

Hailing from North Carolina, these heavy bass monstrosities step up to the decks with a show to r

Cowabunga Pizza Time

Baltimore Sewer Punks ready to shred and throw impromptu pizza parties!

D&D Sluggers

"A one-man band armed with an electric guitar, a Nintendo DS, and just the right blend of awkwardness, angst, and artistry."


The unofficial "official" Metal Gear remix master!

Crunk Witch

A cute couple bringing sick tracks and deep words.

Wreck the System


Error Macro

Blasting live drum beats to classic VGM treats!

DJ Super Sonic

Using the Chaos Emeralds to make fast tunes!!

DJ 8-Bit Mullet

AKA DJ Robotnik?!