Frequently Asked Questions

The ETC Festival is an event hosted at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) where the games and interactive experiences created by the students are showcased in a carnival-like atmosphere.

This year our festival will be entirely virtual in order to be an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone. A group of students are dedicating their semester towards making it as exciting and fun as possible for everyone!

The ETC is the premiere professional graduate program for interactive entertainment as it’s applied across a variety of fields. Our unique, two-year, Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) degree was founded as a joint venture between Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts. 

Check out more at the official website: https://www.etc.cmu.edu/learn/about-the-etc/

The core virtual festival experience is an invitation-only event like previous years. All the ETC alumni and industry friends of the ETC get an invitation to attend the Festival. Current students, faculty, and staff also gets limited invitees to invite their friends and family to celebrate their work!

EVERYONE! The live streaming on Dec 12, 2020 is open to the public. It’ll be streamed live over Youtube.

If you don’t know anyone at the ETC, yet are highly interested to know more about the ETC, whether you’re a prospective student, or an industry folk interested in our students’ work. 

Please contact us through etc-cloudworks@lists.andrew.cmu.edu , tell us who you are and what you’re interested in to connect with us! Thank you!

CloudWorks is a ETC student project team for the fall semester, 2020. We have six members on the team and are responsible for designing and developing the whole virtual festival experience, including the event planning, website, live-streaming, and the virtual space.

Learn more about the team and the development process on our project blog: https://www.etc.cmu.edu/projects/cloudworks/

You’ll need a Windows Computer, and preferably a microphone, and webcam on the same computer you’re using to enter the Festival. Also, check your wifi! Good wifi supports good experience!

You’ll need to download a stand-alone execution file to run the Festival. You’ll receive the invite code and the download link on the week of the event.

We also recommend you to install these applications ahead of time for a better experience:

  1. Install the Zoom app on your computer (You can follow the tutorial here)
  2. Install the AirConsole app on your phone (You can find the AirConsole app on the App Store or on Google Play)

The virtual festival is developed for the Windows system for the best experience. You are more than welcome to join from a virtual machine on a Mac, but we are not supporting aMac build.

It was originally designed as an internal pipeline to create assets. It turned out to be quite robust and fairly simple to participate, so we thought it would be fun to open it to everyone to create more personal assets for the festival.

We’ll implement the assets you made into the avatar system, and everyone will be able to change their avatar appearances with your design!

Learn more about how to make avatar assets here:


No! We have basic collections for you to choose from. Submissions are fun not mandatory.

About the Virtual Space

First, please check all spam and junk folders for an e-mail from ETC Virtual Festival. 

If still not found, please e-mail us at etc-cloudworks@lists.andrew.cmu.edu.

Go to the closet in your personal UFO room.

Click on their Avatar to see their Profile information. You can also copy the information text and paste it on your own doc.

Go to the settings at the bottom of the screen and find ‘Profile’.

Go to the ‘chat booth’, and you’ll be able to chat with whoever is also in the same chat booth. There are different chat booths in each area, in the BVW areas, the chat booths are surrounded by clouds. In the visual story theater, the chat booths are bars. In the Project park, each project statue is its own chat booth.

Find Wiffi by the UFO or a ticket booth. Wifi will take you back to your personal UFO room.

Go to the control board in your personal UFO room and tell Wiffi where you want to go next.

There is a limited capacity of 180 guests in each area, so you won’t be able to enter when it reaches the maximum capacity. Come back later when the area is not full!

This is a known bug to us! It is fixed by either resizing the window or quitting then relaunching the app.