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The London Educational Games Meetup Group (#LEGup) Message Board › Early Autumn Edugames News

Early Autumn Edugames News

Kirsten C.
London, GB
Post #: 4
Hello Everyone

Here are the latest events and competitions to add to your diaries:

IC Tomorrow are running a new digital innovation contest in games, with the following five categories:

'Second-screen use in a game’ supported by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE)
'Open street map data supported’ by Crytek UK
‘New markets and perceptual computing' supported by Intel
'Wider games distribution on mobile web’ by Google Chrome
‘Games and cinema’ supported by ODEON Cinemas and Pinewood Studios.
There's the opportunity to win 25K in funding to develop a prototype in any of these categories (pay close attention to the small print though. In previous competitions there have been a lot of hoops to jump through.) There's a briefing in London on Thursday 19th September, and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday 16 October. More info here.

Tomorrow evening, Techhub are hosting a free event on how to market and monetize your app (HT to Dawn Hallybone for bringing this to our attention). Details here.

After our very successful app testing event in July, we're running another play testing event on 2nd October. We have more playtesters than we can handle signed up, and the developer spaces are beginning to fill too. If you have an app which you'd like some feedback on you can sign up here­. It costs just £15 (a fraction of the cost of most testing options) and you get lots of testers commenting on whichever aspects of your app you want. Here's some of the feedback from the July event:

"Thanks Rob, Kirsten and the testers - that was an extremely useful evening. We picked up a lot of practical info on our Cybersafe app, and I had a lot of food for thought on my personal app Frosby Picnic! It's amazing how differently people interact with touch devices, and I learned that the colour of your game graphics can have different connotations. Therefore testing is always essential! Having developers test my apps gave me useful insight - due to their knowledge of UX and the app market" - Matt Wasser, Frosby apps

"Speaking as a developer I found the playtester's feedback of our Cyberspace beta incredibly helpful. We will definitely use their ideas to improve the app." - Julia Bateson, Excite-ed

LEGup and edugameshub are hosting a panel discussion at the Explay Festival in Bath on Thursday 31st October. It's at 3pm and the topic is 'Entertainment vs Education: where's the sweet spot for learning games?' If you haven't been to Explay before, it's an excellent festival for indie games devs, and it's in the beautiful West Country. More info here­.

Kirsten is taking part in a panel on social media in the classroom, 23rd September as part of Social Media Week. You can sign up to attend here­.

continues to thrive. We have some great articles up and more on the way. If you'd like to write something for us or take part in one of our Q&A sessions, please let us know: Some recent highlights include:

Getting your game into schools in the USA: Some really practical advice from Peter Stidwell, who has worked on educational games on both sides of the pond.

Involving children in the design process. Monica Ferraro looks into how (and why) to involve children in the design of your educational game.

­. Martha explains why educational games designers are missing a trick by ignoring science.

Edugames in Eastern Europe. As part of a series looking at educational games in different parts of the world, Kirsten talks to Krakow-based Duckie Deck about their work.

And finally, the 2013 Global Education Conference (an online event) takes place from Nov 18th to 22nd. It'll be nice to attend an education conference without leaving the house. Info here­.

Our next event is on 25th September and will be a long overdue Member Showcase. Come along and see six speakers pitch their app/game and offer them your constructive feedback. We'll be heading to the pub afterwards for more networking and chat.

See you there!

Kirsten and Martha
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