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Imagination Award 2008

Rebel Monkey's Nicholas Fortugno to present at New York City's Lincoln Center.


New York, NY, May 28, 2008 – Rebel Monkey TM , a New York casual game house, today announced that company co-founder Nicholas Fortugno is presenting on a featured panel as part of the Lincoln Center Institute's Imagination Award 2008 on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. This all-day event recognizes New York City public schools for excellence in integrating creativity and imagination into their teaching methods and curricula.

Rebel Monkey co-founder Nick Fortugno is speaking during the Lincoln Center's "Imagination Conversation", a panel discussion addressing innovation and the imagination in both educational and professional settings. A veteran of casual game design, Nick Fortugno was notably the Lead Designer of the original Diner Dash game, spurring a brand new game genre.

"Video games play an integral role in helping people envision situations and events," said Nick Fortugno, Co-Founder and President of Rebel Monkey. "They serve as a great opportunity to touch people's minds and hearts and to foster real change in the world."

Established in 2007, New York-based Rebel Monkey recently raised $1 million in Series A financing from Redpoint Ventures, of Menlo Park, CA. The money is earmarked to take casual games to a whole new level of socializing and interactivity.

The "Imagination Conversation", moderated by Cynthia McFadden of ABC News, will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (Rose Building, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 65th Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam). For more information on the event, please see:


Rebel Monkey, Inc. is a visionary start-up in New York City founded by Nicholas Fortugno and Margaret Wallace. The focus of Rebel Monkey is on creating the next generation of high quality casual games to entertain and entice audiences worldwide. For more information, visit or contact


Established in 1975 and located in New York City, The Lincoln Institute for the Arts in Education ( is the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. The Imagination Award, now in its second year, is given to recognize and highlight imaginative thinking in the teaching and learning practice of New York City's public schools. For more information, go to:


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