American Mensa anticipates the five-day event will draw approximately 2,000 members from around the nation to northern Nevada, creating an estimated economic impact of more than $4.6 million. With more than 57,000 members, American Mensa is the largest national Mensa program in the world, providing the top 2 percent of the population, in terms of I.Q., with a means of intellectual exchange. Members range from elementary-age children to elderly citizens who are granted membership based on their performance on a standardized intelligence test.
“It was an honor to host Mensa when I was in Detroit and I’m delighted to be hosting them again in Reno,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “This is a great opportunity for our area to show its passion and support for excellence, and for the members of American Mensa to explore the endless adventures that are available in Reno Tahoe.”
While the Annual Gathering is not open to the public, Mensa is hosting a testing session for those who would like to qualify for membership at 9 a.m. on July 7. Participants in the testing will receive a one-day pass to the Annual Gathering, valid only for the day of the assessment. Mensa also invites the public to a colloquium on social and video games, which explores the evolving world of gaming and how organizations are utilizing social games as a marketing tool. Guest speakers include Dr. Mia Consalvo, a social gaming expert; Dr. Douglas A. Gentile, a recognized authority on the effectiveness of video games; Jamison Shelby, a pioneer in social gaming; and game developer Dr. Seth Cooper. The colloquium takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 3 with a registration fee of $69.
For more information and registration details, visit www.ag2012.us.mensa.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home14.