#LEGup Special Event: New website launch at Mind Candy

 

 

Update: we're pleased to announce that this event is being sponsored by Autodesk.

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Hi folks


We're excited to announce a special event at Mind Candy on 26th June. After months of undercover preparations, we're going to be launching a companion website for #LEGup (details to be announced at the event).


To celebrate the launch, and to give you a taste of the content on the new site, we've planned a fun-filled evening, with lots of debate-style presentations and a party game that we can all play together.


Speakers confirmed so far:


Mark Sorrell (@sorrell), Development Director at Hide and Seek, infamous games raconteur and smoking champion, will be talking to us about systems vs facts in educational games, and why Way of the Samurai shows us how it's done.

Kirsten (@campbellhowes) will be talking about why so many educational games are crap (and what we can do to make sure none of #LEGup's are).

Martha (@marthasadie) may well be ranting about gamification, but reserves the right to change her mind!

Fiddian Warman, Founder and Director of Soda (@fiddian), will be talking about unconventional approaches to software design.

 

Tom Cole (@tommakesgames), teacher and games designer, will be talking about how and why we should inject more emotion into games.

Kim Blake (@ukieKim), Talent Development Coordinator at UKIE, will talk to us about UKIE's VideoGames Ambassadors program, and why #LEGup members should take part.


Rob from Playniac (@playniac) has very kindly agreed to come and lead us through his game, Cat On Your Head. It's a game that teaches you how to design better games!


We've been looking forward to sharing this event with you for months, and we hope to see loads of you there.


All the very best


Kirsten and Martha

 

A note from our sponsors:

Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entrainment software. Autodesk is committed to partnering with teachers, students and organizations to build valuable workplace skills to help shape the future of design and engineering education.

Reimagine your classroom and help inspire creativity and critical thinking in your students with Autodesk® technology. Easy to use and implement, Autodesk solutions help kids see the wonders of what can be accomplished and develop a lifelong love of design. Through creative consumer apps and games, full-fledged design software, online workshops, and Autodesk-supported design competitions and projects, kids get the opportunity to explore ideas and concepts visually, learn the building blocks of design from the ground up, and gain confidence in critical STEAM subjects.

Autodesk are proud to support all UK Secondary Schools with FREE software licenses for use inside the classroom, for more info please visit www.autodesk.com/secondaryuk, as well as FREE licenses for all students and teachers for use on their own devices via the Autodesk Student Community www.students.autodesk.com

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  • Tom C.

    Great meetup with an interesting array of talks.

    June 28, 2013

  • Fausto F.

    The forum is certainly a MUST for the new website. I'm starting to create a new game for kids that I would like to have some educational value in it's mechanics. And I would love to discuss it. The website is in wordpress right? Just install BBPress on top. That's probably enough :)

    June 27, 2013

    • Martha H.

      Hi Fausto, we've already installed BBPress, but were finding it difficult to adapt it in the way we need and also to sort out logins - seemed to only allow you to login via wordpress. If you've got any advice or can point me at some, would be very grateful!

      June 28, 2013

  • Tom C.

    For those of you who were interested in what I said, I've put a link to the presentation and written up a set of notes of what I said at my website: http://www.tommakesgames.com/. Look forward to your feedback. Thanks to those who already gave it last night.

    2 · June 27, 2013

    • Fausto F.

      Perfect :) I was going to ask you that. You've shown some cool graphics about emotions characterisation. Where can one read more about that without having to search through every book on the subject? I'm going to make a game for kids that is supposed to mimic emotions on some NPCs and I would like to learn more about that.

      June 27, 2013

  • Teresa

    I am sorry to have missed yesterday's event.

    June 27, 2013

  • Shelley M.

    I really enjoyed the quick-fire presentations; they could have been even more provocative. I especially liked Fiddian's talk which really brought two totally disparate things together - we need more of that kind of lateral thinking. My only criticism: We need a greater variety of drinks and some nibbles!

    June 27, 2013

  • Paul H.

    Hi all, great meetup last night! The edugameshub is looking fab...can't wait to use it! We have also just released a new app. Would be awesome if you could test it out with your kids/students... https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/night-zookeeper-teleporting/id654094476?mt=8
    See you all next time!

    June 27, 2013

  • mattratcliffe

    Some great speakers. Totally agree that Way of the Samurai is a great game.

    June 27, 2013

  • David U.

    Great night, as always. Some top presentations and a chance to meet genuinely interesting people. Great work on the new site - looks awesome!

    June 27, 2013

  • Eiman M.

    It just gets better and better. Great talks and lovely catching up with familiar and new faces.

    June 27, 2013

  • Richard G.

    Another great night, thanks.
    One question that bounced around my mind on the way home was :
    How can emotions be used to aid learning and can anyone recommend good reading material on the subject ?

    June 27, 2013

  • laurent

    Great presentations!

    June 27, 2013

  • Kevin R.

    Attending #LEGup events never fails to remind me of what technology in education can hope to be. Stoked that edugameshub.com now exists ... bookmarked :-)

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Gemma T.

    Superb! Lovely venue, and I'm glad everything worked out for you. Congratulations!

    Thanks too for the LEGup bingo cards - I didn't know anyone else there, so it was nice to have something to break the ice with.

    June 27, 2013

  • Jamie D.

    Great event, really enjoyed the presentations.

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome!

    June 27, 2013

  • Dmitry

    Very very useful event and interesting presentations

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Matt W.

    Great to have a new UK site dedicated to educational apps. Looking forward to write an article some time.

    June 26, 2013

  • Fausto F.

    I'm just sorry I learned about LEGup so late.

    June 26, 2013

  • Rogerio B.

    Yeeey!!! :))
    Many thanks to everybody who changed the RSVP in time

    June 26, 2013

  • Tom H.

    Sorry it so last minute, but i cant make it... hope someone else can take my space.

    June 26, 2013

  • Sophie B.

    Darn it - can't come.

    June 4, 2013

    • Paul H.

      I'll let you know how it goes. See you next time Sophie!

      June 26, 2013

  • RenZephyr

    sorry, i'm still at home waiting for a call i need to take :(

    June 26, 2013

  • Rogerio B.

    please people, do not forget to change your RSVP if you're not going! I really want to go

    June 26, 2013

  • Sofia T.

    I am so sorry but I will not make it for today. I n heading to the airport.

    June 26, 2013

  • Vic R.

    So sorry, not going to be back in time to attend. Hope all goes well

    June 26, 2013

  • steve l.

    sorry for the last minute amend hope to be thee next time.

    steve

    June 26, 2013

  • steve l.

    Being kept busy in the studio, so will have to miss out on tonights fun. Hope someone else can take my place & see y'all at the next one.

    June 26, 2013

  • Fausto F.

    Don't forget to change your RSVP if you're not going!

    June 26, 2013

  • Paul

    sorry can no longer make it

    June 26, 2013

  • Fred C.

    Can't make it, shame

    June 26, 2013

  • Kate H.

    Sorry. Can't come any more :(

    June 26, 2013

  • Rogerio B.

    Hello, is there any free spot for tonight?

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Martha H.

      Hi there, are you on the waiting list Rogerio? If so, there is a change someone might drop out in which case it will notify you that you're in. Otherwise I'm afraid not, we already have 21 people on the waiting list.

      1 · June 26, 2013

    • Rogerio B.

      Many thanks Martha. I am in the waiting list and Im looking foward to attend it! This event would be very important to me. Please, just let me know if there are any free space

      June 26, 2013

  • David M.

    Sad to say, it's going to be difficult for me to attend this evening. Given the pressure on places, I shall amend my RSVP. Apologies to Kirsten et al. Have a great evening.

    June 26, 2013

  • Pierre Eynard M.

    Sorry can't make it tonight. I am sure someone will be happy to take my place. And for whoever wants to talk about game development outsourcing, please contact me and look at what Ciklum can offer. We already work with Playtech, Betsson, Unity, Marmalade etc.. have 2,500 developers, 200+ clients and 11 years of trading history.

    June 26, 2013

  • Julia B.

    Not well so I can't make it (darn it) but my + 1 will be coming.

    June 26, 2013

  • Bryn L.

    Hello, Still got my fingers crossed here. How goes it with folk dropping out?

    June 26, 2013

  • Bryn L.

    Hello, Still got my fingers crossed here. How goes it with folk dropping out?

    June 26, 2013

  • Cecilia

    So sorry to miss this. Childcare problems. Enjoy!

    June 25, 2013

  • Ben J.

    Can't make it anymore. Sorry.

    June 25, 2013

  • Cat B.

    Sorry, can no longer make it.

    June 25, 2013

  • joshua

    :-( can't make it.
    Hope the launch goes great & sure it will!

    June 25, 2013

  • Valérie T.

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it. I'm moving and it's going to take one more day than expected. See you all next time. Valérie

    June 25, 2013

  • Anna

    Please let me know uf there's a spot :)

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Part of the Quib.ly team. We are a Q&A site for parents, educators, and professionals to talk about tech and kids growing up.

    June 20, 2013

  • sheila h.

    sorry no longer free to attend

    June 18, 2013

  • Martha H.

    Just released a few more tickets so now some of you on the waiting list should be automatically notified that you're in. Please change your status if you now can't come.

    June 17, 2013

  • Kevin R.

    yay .... party on

    June 4, 2013

  • Eiman M.

    Very excited as usual

    June 4, 2013

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