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Immersive Technology Strategies Feb 2013 e newsletter


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Immersive Technology Strategies Feb 2013 e newsletter

  1. 1. Welcome to this Immersive Technology Strategies Newsletter.This month’s edition provides opportunities for winning cash in gamification challenges, gives details of a new serious gamesworkshop for beginners and focuses on upcoming events and activities – I very much hope you find it usefulContained in this newsletter :-  Gamification of a Conference or Event  FREE Registration for DMU Games Festival Feb 25-28  New Serious Games Workshop for Beginners  Archived Presentations, Images and videos  Serious Games and Immersive Technology Heroes 3 – David Burden  Investment Opportunities in Serious Games  Call for Papers Thaisim 2013  Upcoming ConferencesGamification Challenges in support of Conferences and EventsThe forthcoming Cultural Exchanges Games Festival at De Montfort University is the first UK conference that I have “Gamified” asa way of not only adding value to the festival, but also as a platform for social good. The gamification challenges are open toanyone whether they attend the festival or not. I have obtained generous sponsorship from Singapore based Gamemaki whoprovided the gamification platform and tools free of charge and I am currently devising challenges that I hope will not only bringvisitors to the festival but will also benefit local people and businesses in innovative ways.The Café TwoTen Games Festival ChallengeThe Café TwoTen challenge is an example of how a small local business might benefit from gamifying an event. As a fairly regularvisitor to the Café TwoTen in Leicester, I noticed that they had started to use social networks to offer customer discounts. Byadding a games challenge to the conference, I am able to not only help a local business but offer discounts and points for anyonehaving their picture taken at the café.I invite all my readers to view and participate in the challenges by logging in at :- http://gamesmaki,com/game/dmugame - (usersof Internet Explorer should ignore and shut down the error screen) or by downloading the smartphone app “Gamemaki” andregistering as a player for the “DMU Games Festival Challenges”. You can also use your Facebook account to sign in.The smartphone and iPad Gamemaki App screenI am using this tool to provide incentive for people to register for the festival, offer to do presentations, submit suggestions fornew challenges that can support worthwhile causes and have fun before, during and after the festival.Signing up as a player is FREE of charge and I will be offering a prize for the player with the most points.
  2. 2. Games Festival / Conference Feb 25 – Feb 28th 2013 at De Montfort University, LeicesterBook Now for FREE RegistrationClick on the image above to register for free at 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.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 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 FestivalConfirmed Speakers include Kevin Williams, Steve Thompson, Jacqueline Cawston, Michael Powell and VirtualityBook your FREE place at 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.Confirmed speakers include Lucia Pannese of Imaginary, David Burden of Daden Ltd, Cat Oxley from Great Ormond StreetHospital and VirtualityBook your FREE place at 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 Mile
  3. 3. Project is a living example of staff and students working alongside local people in disadvantaged communities. This one dayworkshop is designed to bring together leading practitioners and researchers involved in the use of Immersive technologies toengage and empower local communities to shape a better future. My good friend Steve Thompson of Teesside University will be akeynote speaker sharing his experiences of the use of Second Life to engage and empower his local communities is places likeSkinningrove. Steve will show how these technologies can be used to make engaging community videos at very low cost. Pleasecontact me if you would like to present or participate. This part of the festival will be held within the Square Mile projectcommunity and will be a great opportunity to learn more about De Montfort’s work in this area.Book your FREE place at 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 suchas digital music, immersive audio and computer art. DMU’s Game Art Design course is the only Industry accredited course of itskind in the UK and DMU work closely with local arts organisations such as the Phoenix and the brand new Curve Theatre to bringDigital Technologies to the creative process. This one day workshop is designed to showcase the best of creative technologies andbring together practitioners, artists and researchers to share their ideas for the future of creativity and innovation. Please join usfor this one day the Phoenix Arts Centre in LeicesterBook your FREE place at Serious Games Workshop for BeginnersWorkshop brainstorming sessionMany organisations are now beginning to recognise that games and immersive technologies might generate real and tangible benefiunderstanding of how to set about identifying and evaluating what might be possible and at what cost. The most common reason foor “gamifying” a process is a very multidisciplinary activity in which the partners have very little in common and find communicationI have developed a new one or two day workshop for beginners who want to understand how to apply games and immersive technoworkshop includes an introduction and analysis of different technologies and applications and uses structured brainstorming sessionwhere these technologies can solve organisational problems and/or bring competitive advantage.For more details contact me at david@davidwortley.comArchived Presentations, Images and VideosI am archiving as many of my previous presentation, videos and event images as possible. You can access these from my web siteat :- or visit my Slideshare page at :- Games and Immersive Technology Heroes 3 – David BurdenDavid Burden of DadenDavid Burden (aka Second Life’s Corro Moseley) is one of the world’s most respected developers of virtual world applications, particuknowledge and understanding of the potential of virtual world technologies is perfectly matched with his modesty and generosity ofSerious Games Institute. David’s company, Daden Ltd has pioneered and developed many important applications for virtual worlds, iworld data in three dimensions through the Datascape virtual control room application within second Life. David is a deserved winnefor his work and his evangelising for virtual worlds has played an important role in developing the West Midlands global presence inSee for more details about what Daden offerInvestment Opportunities in Serious Games and Immersive TechnologiesI try to help people involved in serious games internationally to find opportunities to use their skills. Last month I received anemail from Christiana Daneva whom I met at ICB Consulting a leading 3D technology company in Bulgaria. Christiana wrote to me:-I am writing to you for advice and potential cooperation about a project that a bunch of Bulgarian guys have started: are 7500 USD short to finish the DEMO of the game and 15 000 EURO to launch the full version and I would really like to help thabout it? Any ideas on how to generate funds whom to contact?
  4. 4. If anyone is interested in the opportunity, contact Christiana Daneva at christianadaneva@yahoo.comCall for Papers – Thaisim 2013 - March 21st – 23rd BangkokDavid Crookall at Thaism 2012One of my favourite conferences anywhere in the world is Thaisim. The conference is organised by some lovely people at Mahidol UnProfessor David Crookall, one of the world thought leaders in games-based learning. When I was en-route to the conference last yeanursing home and I learnt of her death from a voicemail when I landed in Bangkok. My hosts could not have been more kind during torganised a special ceremony at a Bangkok temple to celebrate my mum’s life.This year, Thaisim is being held in Bangkok from March 21st – 23rd and the call for papers is still open at you attend as a presenter or as a delegate, you will get real value from this eventUpcoming ConferencesBelow is a list of forthcoming conferences – also accessible at Event Location URLFeb 13 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, UK u/278/register Seminar - Our Education: Using Digital Technologies for transforing our schools, colleges and universitiesFeb 25 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK Cultural Exchanges Games Festival on Culture, Heritage and TourismFeb 26 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK Cultural Exchanges Games Festival on Health and Well- BeingFeb 27 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK Cultural Exchanges Games Festival on Community Engagement and DevelopmentFeb 28 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK Cultural Exchanges Games Festival on Creative Technologies and Immersive ExperiencesMarch Association for Business Oklahoma City, USA Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL) 40th Annual ConferenceMarch Gameon Asia and Asian Shanghai, China ?q=taxonomy/term/3307-9 Simulation Technology ConferenceMar 13 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, USA u/278/register Seminar: Solving Business and Social Challenges: The Use of Virtual OrganisationsMar 17- ASEAN camp - Effective Bangkok, Thailand ts13_asean-camp.htm23 cross-cultural communication skills training for ASEAN: Using simulation/gamesMar 20- Laval Virtual Laval, France 21- Thaisim 2013 - Bangkok, Thailad index.html23Mar 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, me15-17 17th Annual International UK European Media Conference 2013
  5. 5. May 8 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, UK u/278/register Seminar - Smart Cities: New Digital Technologies and Computer ModellingMay 20 Digital Shoreditch - one of Shoreditch, London 26 the Uk’s leading digital games and creative technologies eventsMay 27 Fifth International Valencia, Spain nces2013/CONTENT13.html- June 1 Conference on Creative Content TechnologiesMay 27 Third International Valencia, Spain nces2013/BUSTECH13.html- June 1 Conference on Business Intelligence and technologyMay 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 u/278/register Seminar - Our Health: Using Digital Technologies for therapy and awareness raising around health issuesJune 10th E-Learn Expo Moscow Moscow, Russia www.elearnexpo.ru18-19 Conference - Modern Technologies for Training in Companies and Educational InstitutionsJuly 16- The 9th International Athens, Greece Conference on Intelligent EnvironmentsAug 20- Serious Play Conference Digipen University, http://seriousgamesmarket.b USA date-2013-serious-play.htmlAug 26- SGSC Conference 2012 Singapore http://www.seriousgamescon 11 VS-Games Conference Bournemouth, UK Newsletter ArticlesIf you would like any event to be included in future newsletters or on my web site – please email me atdavid@davidwortley.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 : 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.