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Oct 2012 e newsletter

  1. 1. Welcome to this Immersive Technology Strategies Newsletter.Contained in this newsletter :- • Gamifying Conferences and a New Conference Ice Breaker Service • GameMaki Social Network Gamification Solution • Singapore Serious Games and Social Connect 2012 Conference • Caspian Learning and Imaginary Collaboration Video Trailer • Tradeshow Showdown – Learning Technologies vs World of Learning – Results • Fast Future on the Road – Rohit Talwar Itinerary • Finnish 3D Expert Seeking Employment • Upcoming ConferencesGamifying Conferences and a New Conference Ice Breaker ServiceI am launching a new conference ice breaker service which combines interactive entertainment with an innovative social network game development platform calledGameMaki which I experienced at the Serious Games and Social Connect Conference in Singapore recently. This service is designed to add real value to conferences andlarger seminars through the gamification of the traditional welcome reception and the conference itself. During the welcome reception, delegates will be motivated tointroduce themselves to each other and the other conference delegates in a fun way and then encouraged to contribute engaging content via Twitter and/or Facebook tonot only make the conference as memorable and interesting as possible, but also create new relationships and social networks that last beyond the conference period.The new ice breaker game can be experienced at but for more details of the whole service,please email me at david@davidwortley.comGamemaki Social Network Gamification SolutionGamification is a new buzz word gaining traction for a whole host of applications primarily designed to engage audiences, build brands and influence behaviour. A newsoftware platform has been launched which uses social networking platforms such as facebook and twitter to encourage relationship building and interaction throughsimple challenges that create leader boards and competition in a fun and engaging way, especially suited to conference events.For more details of the software platform and its use, contact GameMaki at or visit
  2. 2. Singapore Serious Games and Social Connect 2012 ConferencePhilippe De Passorio of Total ImmersionThe 1st Serious Gaming and Social Connect 2012 Conference was held recently in Singapore. It brought together an interesting collection of high quality speakers and topicswith over 100 delegates from many difference countries. There was a strong theme of Games for Health Applications, Gamification and Augmented / Mixed Realityapplications.It was a well organised event with a good cross section of delegates from both industry and academia.Plans are already in hand for the 2013 conference – for details go to Learning and Imaginary Collaboration Video TrailerTwo of Europe’s most established, experienced and respected serious games companies have joined forces to address the demands of creating serious games andsimulations as cost-effectively as possible. Caspian Learning, based in the North east of the UK, are the developers of the Thinking Worlds platform designed to improvethe speed and productivity of serious games development and make serious games development accessible to subject matter experts and learning professionals.In today’s rapidly changing world, one of the major challenges is to provide training and simulation at the point of need which means that these learning and developmentapplications increasingly need to be accessible as close as possible to the place and time where the skills will be used. Caspian Learning have had a great deal of success inmilitary training applications for both the army and the navy.Imaginary are based in Milan and have substantial experience of effective games-based and technology-enhanced learning and are working with Caspian Learning andThinking Worlds not only to develop new serious games applications, but also to offer training and consultancy to companies who want to develop their own seriousgames and simulations in house.A video trailer announcing this collaboration is at details of Imaginary visit for Caspian Learning and Thinking Worlds visit showdown: Learning Technologies vs World of Learning – the resultsA new report out today compares the value of two major Learning exhibitions and conferences with some bombshell results :-See for the full reportFast Future on the RoadOne of the world’s leading futurists is currently on the road visiting many countries – if you would like to meet up with Rohit Talwar, his itinerary and contact details areshown below :-Rohit on the RoadI’m currently on a road trip that will take me from Las Vegas to San Francisco and then New Zealand (Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland), Santa Fe, San Francisco, Puerto Rico, Stockholmand Chicago. Over the following weeks I’ll also be in Singapore, Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon and London. Do let me know if you’d like to meet up in any of these locations or are interested inorganising a talk or discussion session for your colleagues.Rohit TalwarCEOFast Futurerohit@fastfuture.comTel +44 (0)20 8830 0766Mob +44 (0)7973 405145Finnish 3D Expert Seeking EmploymentI have been asked to post details of a Finnish 3D expert who is looking for employment in the industry – his brief resume follows :-About me in nutshell: My name is Waltteri Reunamo, i just graduated from Satakunta Arts and Crafts Institute (SATAEDU , computer animation / games)and now Im looking for a game industry job. Working in, with and on games is my passion and Id be very excited to work on professional projects within the industry.My favourite positions would be as Environment Artist or Game Artist working on 3d models and texturing.The main software I use are: Blender, 3ds Max, ZBrush, Photoshop, Unity, UDK. I can do highpoly and lowpoly game assets and environments.I know some basic scripting in Unity too and I can also do animations. I also like to work with traditional mediums such as drawing and oil painting.My best qualities I think are: 3d modeling/sculpting/texturing skills, enthusiasm on anything game related (i like to play games, make games, read and talk about them),hard working spirit, Im a fast learner and Im really fun and relaxed guy to work with! I have wide range of game art skills! I would be willing to relocate pretty muchanywhere if I could get my first game industry job.My LinkedIn and Portfolio site: my game studies I studied carpentry and I also studied for a few years classical guitar in a conservatory, but my interest on those slowly faded away.I wanted something more creative. After starting my game industry studies, bit more than 3 years ago, my enthusiasm on working in game industry hasnt gone anywhere.I love the likeminded people in the industry i have met and the lets say "restricted freedom" that game art creation is.Also i like it that working on game art encourages me to work on traditional art skills also, painting, drawing, photography and so on. Its said that the best kind of job iswhat doesnt feel work at all, and making game art could be just like that for me.Fallout series. Fallout 1/2 had the freedom to be who you want to be and do what you want to do way before modern rpgs. And those were packed with the greatestsoundtracks in my opinion. Fallout 3 did a great job delivering the whole fallout feeling once again.
  3. 3. Skyrim. Shortly put, its a game that everytime gives something new to experience. Very inspirational for a game artist like me, the quality and variation of level design andart assets is breathtaking.Other series and games that i love: Mass Effect, Gears of War, Halo, Portal 1/2, Red Dead Redemption, GTAIV, SW: KoToR, Alan Wake, and much more!Well I think theres always need for fast learning, out-of-the-box thinking, hard working individuals like me. Im really a team player and once people get to know me theysee the humouristic, relaxed person that I am who easily gets exited about all kinds of new things and always aims to deliver the quality work.Upcoming ConferencesBelow is a list of forthcoming conferences – also accessible at Date Event Name / Description Location Web URL Oct 16-18 NEM Summit - The NEM Summit, organised every year since 2008 by Istanbul, Turkey the NEM Initiative in close cooperation with leading industrial and academic players worldwide, is the “not-to-be-missed” annual event for all those interested in Future Internet developments and in the fast paced evolution of the networked and electronic media industry. Oct 22-24 ESM2012 (The 26th annual European Simulation and Modelling Essen, Germany Conference) Oct 29-31 VS-Games 2012 - 4th International Conference on Games and Virtual Genoa, Italy Worlds for Serious Applications Nov 5-6 European Serious Games for Health Conference Amsterdam, Netherlands Nov 14-16 European GAMEON Conference 2012 on AI and Computer Games Malaga, Spain Nov 15-16 ASPIS International Conference on Sustainable Public Spaces Ghent, Belgium Nov 20-21 3D Experience Forum by Dassault Systemes - The 3DEXPERIENCE Brussels, FORUM Europe will enable you to experience first-hand how 3DS is Belgium europe/home leading the way businesses; research, education, and society cross boundaries and connect to invent tomorrow Dec 10-12 Eurosis Gameon ARABIA 2012 - The 3rd annual Pan-Arabic Simulation Muscat, Oman and AI in Computer Games Conference Arab Open University Jan 13-14 2013 Technology, Knowledge, and Society Conference. Vancouver, Canada Jan 15-16 3rd International Conference on Applied Social Science (ICASS 2013) Taipei, Taiwan Feb 2-3 BVIMRs 6th International Conference on "Innovative Ways of Pune, India Managing Business in the Post Globalised Era March 6-8 Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL) Oklahoma City, 40th Annual Conference USA Mar 22- 25 CAA 2013 - CAA (Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Perth, Australia Archaeology) is the premier international conference for all aspects of computing, quantitative methods and digital applications in Archaeology June 5-7 ACCESS 2013 International Congress on Advances in Singapore Citizen, Cyberspace and Environment Safety & SecurityFuture Newsletter ArticlesIf you would like any event to be included in future newsletters or on my web site – please email me at david@davidwortley.comI hope you find the contents of interest and value. Should you not wish to receive these monthly newsletters, please simply reply to 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 the mailing list.