Immersive Techology Strategies Jan 2013 e newsletter
Dear Badar,Welcome to this Immersive Technology Strategies Newsletter. I wish you a very happy New Year full of success and happiness. Thismonth’s edition focuses on upcoming events and activities – I very much hope you find it usefulContained in this newsletter :- Games Festival/Conference Feb 2013 at De Montfort University combined with Cultural Exchanges Jan 21st DNA Seminar at London Excel iSpectrum Serious Game for Helping Autistic Spectrum Sufferers into Employment Archived Presentations, Images and videos Serious Games and Immersive Technology Heroes 2 – Kam Star Employment Sought for Games Developer Upcoming ConferencesGames Festival / Conference Feb 25 – Feb 28th 2013 at De Montfort University, LeicesterBook Now for FREE RegistrationThe Cultural Exchanges festival is an annual cultural festival held at De Montfort University, Leicester, England. The festivalstarted in the year 2000 and is held over 5 days attracting up to 4,000 people each year.Many celebrated guests from areas of the arts, media, literature, politics and film have appeared at the festival includingAlastair Campbell, Andrew Motion, Alan Yentob, Alan Moore, Sue Townsend, Alan Sillitoe, Ken Loach, Matthew Bourne, BenOkri, Louis De Bernieres, Billy Bragg, Andrew Davies, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Grayson Perry, Germaine Greer, Trevor Nelsonand Lemn Sissay. This year Cultural Exchanges will be expanded to include a Serious Games Festival on specific thematic areas:- Culture, Heritage and Tourism Health and Well-being Community Engagement and Development Creative Technologies and Immersive ExperiencesThe event is still open for additional presenters, researchers and practitioners to participate in a series of thematic days whichexplore best practices and future thinking on the application of games and immersive technologies such as virtual worlds andsocial networks to important global issues. If you are interested in presenting and/or attending a one day festival workshop on thefollowing themes, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +447896659695Feb 25th - Games and Immersive Technologies for Culture, Heritage and TourismIn an age of globalisation, the preservation of culture and heritage is vital to the future of society and diversity. Today’simmersive technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to capture and create highly interactive immersive and engagingexperiences that help us to learn about the past and explore the future. I am looking for experienced people in the use of 3Dimmersive environments, video games and mobile applications to share their knowledge in this one day workshop and alsoenjoy the rich variety of DMUs Cultural Exchanges FestivalBook your FREE place at www.dmugamesfeb25.eventbrite.co.ukFeb 26th - Games and Immersive Technologies for Health and Well-Being (sponsored by ImaginaryThe Ageing Society is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. As birth rates decline and life expectancy increases, andshrinking working population may be forced to support a rapidly growing ageing population. There are many technologies beingdeveloped support Independent Living and reduce the cost of care for the elderly but immersive technologies could offer a newapproach to these problems by harnessing the experiences of older people to continue to contribute to society well beyondretirement age in ways which generate better well-being and thereby not only reduce the cost burden, but also create newmodels for society where the wisdom of the elderly, once treasured so much in ancient cultures could be renewed andregenerated. Please contact me if you would like to share your experiences and ideas.Book your FREE place at www.dmugamesfeb26.eventbrite.co.ukFeb 27th - Games and Immersive Technologies for Community Engagement and Empowerment (sponsored by the DMUDe Montfort University is a thought leader in the role of Universities within their local community and the DMU Square MileProject is a living example of staff and students working alongside local people in disadvantaged communities. This one day
workshop is designed to bring together leading practitioners and researchers involved in the use of Immersive technologies to engage and empower local communities to shape a better future. My good friend Steve Thompson of Teesside University will be a keynote speaker sharing his experiences of the use of Second Life to engage and empower his local communities is places like Skinningrove. Steve will show how these technologies can be used to make engaging community videos at very low cost. Please contact me if you would like to present or participate. This part of the festival will be held within the Square Mile project community and will be a great opportunity to learn more about De Montfort’s work in this area. Book your FREE place at www.dmugamesfeb27.eventbrite.co.uk Feb 28th - Creative Technologies and Immersive Experiences (sponsored by Dassault Systemes) De Montfort University hosts the Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT) and is doing some ground breaking work in areas such as digital music, immersive audio and computer art. DMU’s Game Art Design course is the only Industry accredited course of its kind in the UK and DMU work closely with local arts organisations such as the Phoenix and the brand new Curve Theatre to bring Digital Technologies to the creative process. This one day workshop is designed to showcase the best of creative technologies and bring together practitioners, artists and researchers to share their ideas for the future of creativity and innovation. Please join us for this one day workshop.at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Leicester Book your FREE place at www.dmugamesfeb28.eventbrite.co.uk DNA Seminar at London Excel January 21st DNA London Seminar 2013 will be held on January 21 in conjunction with the EAG International Exhibition in London, which is sched EXCeL London, EAG is a trade event dedicated to the amusement and leisure industries. DNA has been invited to hold a one-day sem trade show floor opening. REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING HERE iSpectrum Serious Game for helping Autistic Spectrum Sufferers into Employment The iSpectrum project was developed and co-funded by the European Commission, in a European context, where people on the completely excluded from the working environment. The main outcome of this project was a serious game 1, that aims to increas spectrum of getting into employment. The purpose of the game is to improve the social interaction skills of the players within p training takes place in virtual working environments, where the user is confronted with realistic day-by-day situations. Other target groups of this game are the carers in DSA environment, and the employers, allowing them to increase the comprehens of the serious game are to stimulate the understanding of body language and facial expressions, to improve social relatio comprehension of abstract concepts. People on the DSA spectrum often have difficulties in attending traditional vocational classes in keeping a job. This serious game, due to its intrinsic motivation and the consequent arising gratification, also intends to give im training in professional areas that are typical for people on the DSA spectrum: sales, IT jobs and gardening. Using realistic virtual environments allows users to gain knowledge in a general context and to easily transfer this experience into th is that the serious game delivers a protected environment, where players can experience new behaviours without the risk of real life There is a significant amount of literature reporting positive experiences with digital games and the learning progress of children o providing evidence that these users love playing this kind of games. Serious games are therefore a really big opportunity for changi various advantages compared to traditional training methods. The serious game is available in four languages (English, Italian, German and Bulgarian) and can be played on a PC, using an Inter characteristics”). A video of the game is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCvYCLBqPf0&list=UU2nGGrzvXzLyb0qambzorrA The iSpectrum game is now available under licence from Imaginary – contact Antonio Ascolese at email@example.com Archived Presentations, Images and Videos I am archiving as many of my previous presentation, videos and event images as possible. You can access these from my web site at :- http://www.davidwortley.com/conferences.html or visit my Slideshare page at :- http://www.slideshare.net/dwortley/ Serious Games and Immersive Technology Heroes 2 – Kam Star1 Serious games are interactive virtual simulations, with the characteristics of a game, but with serious learning or training purpose
Each month , I plan to celebrate the contributions of some of the excellent people I have had the pleasure of encountering overthe last 12 years or so that I have been actively working with Immersive Technologies and Serious Games. I have met so many ofthese amazing people that this section of my newsletter will be filled for many months to come. My regret is that I will inevitablyand inadvertently miss some of these wonderful people. To be included, the people I highlight each month as my heroes are notonly very experienced and expert in their field, but are also incredibly generous and selfless in their sharing of knowledge andnetwork contacts and extremely hard working and tireless.Kam Star is the Founder and Managing Director of Playgen (www.playgen.com) , one the longest established and most respectedserious games companies in the UK. He is an outstanding social entrepreneur and a driving force behind Digital Shoreditch -http://digitalshoreditch.com/Employment Sought for Games Industry Staff – Karima MaachI try to help people involved in serious games internationally to find opportunities to use their skills. Karima is a multi-lingualgames developer with programming and technical skills looking for employment opportunities. If you have any vacancies orpotential opportunities, contact Karima at firstname.lastname@example.orgUpcoming ConferencesBelow is a list of forthcoming conferences – also accessible at http://www.davidwortley.com/events.htmlDate Event Location URLJan 15- 3rd International Taipei, Taiwan http://www.icass-conf.org/16 Conference on Applied Social Science (ICASS 2013)Jan 21st DNA Seminar Excel London http://www.dna-association.com/conferences/uk-2013/Jan 30- BETT 2013 – UK’s largest Excel, London, UK http://www.bettshow.com/Feb 2 Educational Technology ExhibitionFeb 2-3 BVIMRs 6th International Pune, India http://www.bvimr.com Conference on "Innovative Ways of Managing Business in the Post Globalised EraFeb 13 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, UK http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar - Our Education: Using Digital Technologies for transforing our schools, colleges and universitiesFeb 25 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK www.dmugamesfeb25.eventbrite.co.uk Cultural Exchanges Games Festival on Culture, Heritage and TourismFeb 26 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK www.dmugamesfeb26.eventbrite.co.uk Cultural Exchanges Games Festival on Health and Well- BeingFeb 27 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK www.dmugamesfeb27.eventbrite.co.uk Cultural Exchanges Games Festival on Community Engagement and DevelopmentFeb 28 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK www.dmugamesfeb28.eventbrite.co.uk Cultural Exchanges Games Festival on Creative Technologies and Immersive ExperiencesMarch Association for Business Oklahoma City, USA http://www.absel.org/6-8 Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL) 40th Annual ConferenceMarch Gameon Asia and Asian Shanghai, China http://www.eurosis.org/cms/ ?q=taxonomy/term/3307-9 Simulation Technology ConferenceMar 13 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, USA http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar: Solving Business and Social Challenges: The Use of Virtual OrganisationsMar 25- CAA 2013 - CAA (Computer Perth, Australia http://caa2013.org28 Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology) is the premier international conference for all aspects of computing, quantitative methods and digital applications in Archaeology.April *EUROMEDIA2013* University of Lincoln, http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/ho me15-17 17th Annual International UK European Media Conference 2013May 8 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, UK http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar - Smart Cities: New Digital Technologies and Computer ModellingMay 29- E-Learning Africa 2013 Windhoek, Namibia http://www.icwe.net31June 5- ACCESS 2013 International Singapore http://www.accesscongress.o rg/7 Congress on Advances in Citizen, Cyberspace and Environment Safety & SecurityJune 12 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, UK http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar - Our Health: Using Digital Technologies for therapy and awareness raising around health issues
Aug 20- Serious Play Conference Digipen University, http://seriousgamesmarket.b logspot.co.uk/2012/11/save-22 USA date-2013-serious-play.htmlAug 26- SGSC Conference 2012 Singapore http://www.seriousgamescon ference.org/28Sept 11 VS-Games Conference Bournemouth, UK http://www.vsgames2013.org-13Future Newsletter ArticlesIf you would like any event to be included in future newsletters or on my web site – www.davidwortley.com please email me email@example.comI hope you find the contents of interest and value. Should you not wish to receive these monthly newsletters, please simply replyto this email with the word UNSUBSCRIBEBest RegardsDavid Wortley FRSAFounder of Immersive Technology StrategiesEmail : mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=General EnquirySkype: davidwortleySecond Life : Hobson HoggardWeb: http://www.davidwortley.comNew Book: www.gadgetstogodbook.comIf you no longer wish to receive these newsletters, simply reply with the word UNSUBSCRIBE and I will remove you from themailing list.