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SAGA: Sequential Art via Game Assistance

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b
211 N 1st St. Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: SAGA: Sequential Art via Game Assistance
Agency: DOD
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0016
Award Amount: $148,852.00


The main challenges of treating post-combatant PTSD include getting patients into treatment, keeping them engaged, and motivating them to complete out-of-session take-home work. SAGA (Sequential Art via Game Assistance) addresses these challenges by providing PTSD patients an engaging and educational game environment that helps them understand and communicate their trauma while creating a graphic novel. SAGA employs easy-to-use tools to help patients create visually compelling stories, disassemble, and understand how stories work. Sample stories from prior patient"s testimonials on completing therapy provide additional critical education and motivation to patients. By collecting metrics on patients"progress and emotional triggers, SAGA can schedule exercises to fit individual patients"therapeutic needs. SAGA includes the most successful memes from popular games like World of Warcraft, Rock Band and Farmville to increase patient engagement in treatment, and allow PTSD patients to support each other. SAGA ensures that every successful step a patient makes in therapy can encourage other patients to do the same.

Principal Investigator:

Dan Thomsen
Senior Research Scientist
(612) 789-0559

Business Contact:

Harry Funk
Vice President of Research and Dev.
(612) 578-7438
Small Business Information at Submission:

Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b/a SIFT
211 N 1st St. Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN -

EIN/Tax ID: 411929753
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No