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#LEGup 2nd Birthday: Keeping the fun in educational games

After some very serious-minded events this year, our 2nd birthday is going to be an extravaganza of fun, cake (hopefully) and indoor slides. The lovely folk at Mind Candy are opening up their new offices for us (and if you get there early enough you can have a go on their slide). The equally lovely Richard Taylor from MediaTaylor is sponsoring our drinks during the event, so please make sure you give him a cuddle at some point during the evening.

We have a great bunch of speakers, who have been briefed to focus on keeping the fun in educational games. Beyond that they have free reign to present how they like, so ... er ... anything could happen! After the presentations we'll have a panel session, where you can ask the speakers questions. Later on we'll be moving to the Blueberry Bar on Paul Street for drinks and further networking.

Speakers

Divinia Knowles, CFO/COO of Mind Candy, will do a brief intro to Mind Candy and kick off the event.

Phil Stuart, Creative Director of Preloaded, the expert edugames studio, will be talking about recipes for keeping the fun in edugames.

Fresh from the doll factory, Jo Roach, co-founder of Makielab, will be telling us about the Makies' philosophy of playfulness as well as providing insights from her past as a producer at Channel 4 and Somethin' Else.

Martyn Jones, Product Manager and Senior Games Developer at Mind Candy, will be telling us about the Moshi Monsters story and how Mind Candy inject the fun into their games.

The magnificent Dawn Hallybone (@dawnhallybone) is returning to #LEGup to share her take on educational games and fun in the classroom. As well as being an expert on teaching with educational games, Dawn always has excellent insights and tips for games devs.

We expect this event to be very popular, so please keep your RSVP up to date. We apologise, but we really can't sneak any extras in to the event (you can always join us at the Blueberry Bar later if you can't get a ticket).

See you there!

Kirsten and Martha xx



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  • Martyn J.

    Glad so many of you enjoyed it - I'm sure we'll host more in the future. Here are my slides and notes if interested:

    http://www.slideshare.net/MartynJones/finding-the-fun-20148694

    2 · April 28, 2013

    • Una

      Wow, thank you very much!

      April 28, 2013

  • El

    fabulous meet

    April 27, 2013

  • Richard G.

    I always come away from these events with a list of new discoveries.

    Here are a few of those things :
    Amplify Tablets - http://www.amplify.com
    Games with purpose - http://gameswithpurpose.org
    Don't shit your pants - http://www.kongregate.com/games/rete/dont-shit-your-pants
    Amazing Phil - http://www.youtube.com/user/AmazingPhil
    Makie Lab - http://www.makielab.com
    Dr Paul Howard-Jones - http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/people/93406/index.html
    Arvind Gupta - http://www.ted.com/talks/arvind_gupta_turning_trash_into_toys_for_learning.html

    It was a truly fun and inspirational evening, thanks again !

    2 · April 26, 2013

  • Behrooz S.

    Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of this event. Speakers, hosts, organisers, drink purchaser, ...

    Plenty of food for thought, awesome chat and folk.

    April 26, 2013

  • Manu G.

    Another great event. Thanks Martha and Kirsten.

    April 25, 2013

  • King B.

    Feistalicious ! Looking forward to round 2 sometime soon. Really nice urinal design too in those men's toilets.

    April 25, 2013

  • laurent

    Very inspiring and educational!
    Great crowd and networking

    April 25, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Great set of speakers and unexpected bonus of free beer! Many thanks!

    April 25, 2013

  • Mandana M.

    Thank you Kristen and Martha for another great event. Looking forward to the future ones.

    April 25, 2013

  • Eiman M.

    Brilliant setup and very contentious too! Well done Martha and Kirsten for beginning this 2 years ago. Visionaries. xx

    April 25, 2013

  • Victoria A.

    Really engaging discussion, lots to think about.

    April 25, 2013

  • Anna P.

    Really brilliant, very friendly and thought provoking.

    April 24, 2013

  • Ian W.

    Intense!

    April 24, 2013

  • Kate B.

    Sign up to http://gameswithpurpose.org to join our beta list : )

    April 24, 2013

  • Sharna J.

    Argh, emergency!!

    April 24, 2013

  • laurent

    My kids are going crazy, I ve just told them I was going to meet the mosihmonsters this evening

    April 24, 2013

  • Olivia D.

    Hi. Likely to be late as Piccadilly line has severe delays and coming from far west.

    April 24, 2013

  • Imogen C.

    Sorry to cancel at the last moment - but need to care for sick family member

    April 24, 2013

  • Sonia

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it... however, a place is now available! Enjoy and see you next time.

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Err, a bit late, but let me know if it's possible to come!

    April 24, 2013

  • Wayne H.

    My apologies. I was so far down the waiting list I assumed I wouldn't get in, and I've now alternative arrangements. Hope you have a fantastic evening!

    April 24, 2013

  • Caroline H.

    Sorry, but I'm not going to be able to make it tonight. Have opened my place up for someone on the wait list - have a great night :)

    April 24, 2013

  • Julia k.

    So sorry about this but can't attend today. Will definitely try to make it next time!

    April 24, 2013

  • Valérie T.

    If we're on the waiting list, how do we know if we can come or not?

    April 23, 2013

    • Rob S.

      Meetup will let you know when a place opens up for you, if you're lucky... Fingers crossed :)

      April 23, 2013

  • Dan M.

    Sorry, have an assignment due in and I'm a lot behind !

    April 23, 2013

  • Eiman M.

    How early exactly can we come :D...so excited! For the learning and networking of course! xx

    April 23, 2013

  • David S.

    Thanks Kirsten for the reminder. It's our 32 week scan at 18:30 otherwise you'd be fighting to get me off the slide. Better that someone else can go. Have a great time all!

    April 23, 2013

    • Kirsten C.

      Thanks David. See you next time!

      April 23, 2013

  • Manolis M.

    Apologies, better give the place to someone else. I 'll only know last minute if I can make it. Sounds fun :-(

    April 23, 2013

  • Paul H.

    Work has got a little busy. Have a good time.

    April 23, 2013

  • james l.

    Gutted I can't make this now :( really wanted to try the slide...

    April 23, 2013

  • El

    I no longer need the plus 1

    April 22, 2013

  • laurent

    Looking forward to this next metup at Mind candy
    Laurent - Flashapps.co.uk

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can't make this anymore.

    April 18, 2013

  • Tom C.

    On the back of last months meetup, this new article on Gamasutra may be of interest to some. Haven't read it myself yet, but thought I'd post it before I forgot!
    http://gamasutra.com/view/news/190178/5_tips_for_making_successful_kids_games_in_2013.php

    April 11, 2013

  • Philip W.

    Phil from Kopi.co.uk here. If I offer to bring a free Kopi box for all attendees - can I come along?

    April 10, 2013

  • Xavier L.

    Hi,
    I'm Xavier, the co-founder of Brainbow, a recently funded edugaming company, developing great educational mobile apps for life-long learners.

    April 9, 2013

  • Martyn J.

    Looking forward to welcoming you all to our new HQ :)

    April 3, 2013

  • Gia R

    Happy birthday!

    April 3, 2013

  • Anna P.

    Be great to come along!

    April 3, 2013

  • Eiman M.

    I am a games designer, physics teacher and publisher who wants to zap the gap between innovation and education.

    April 3, 2013

  • Rob S.

    Definitely coming to this one! (There will be booze right?)

    April 3, 2013

  • Steinunn Anna G.

    Sounds exciting, will the meeting be sent out on Skype as well?

    April 3, 2013

  • Gemma T.

    'Sounds like a perfect opportunity to get involved, but unfortunately I have a prior engagement! No slides where I'm going, sadly.'

    April 3, 2013

  • David U.

    Looking forward to this!

    April 3, 2013

  • Julia B.

    Looking forward to the birthday celebrations!

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to the UK education system and educational games. Looking forward to my first meet.

    April 3, 2013

  • gary s.

    looking forward

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks!

    April 3, 2013

  • King B.

    **DHARMESH, WE HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS**

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited to be attending my first LEGup meetup. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    March 19, 2013

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