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Immersive Technology Strategies Nov 2012 e-Newsletter
Dear Badar,Welcome to this Immersive Technology Strategies Newsletter. This month’s edition contains a lot of activity from both the pastmonth and upcoming events and activities – I very much hope you find it usefulContained in this newsletter :- Games Festival/Conference Feb 2013 at De Montfort University combined with Cultural Exchanges DMU Institute of Creative Technologies Lunchtime Seminar Feb 13th GAME (Games Alliance Middle England) Update ImReal Simulation Augmentation Evaluation Global Entrepreneurship Week and Serious Games Archived Presentations, Images and videos Review of NEM 2012 Summit Istanbul Review of VS-Games 2012 and Imaginary Workshop on Games for Business Enterprise Serious Games and Immersive Technology Heroes 1 – Eliane Alhadeff Reflections on the past month Upcoming ConferencesGames Festival / Conference Feb 25 – Mar 1st 2013 at De Montfort UniversityAs part of the GAME (Games Alliance Middle England) project I am working on at De Montfort University, I have started planning aGames Festival/Conference to coincide with next year’s annual Cultural Exchanges festival being held from Monday Feb 25th toMarch 1st. The Cultural Exchanges festival is an annual cultural festival held at De Montfort University, Leicester, England. Thefestival started in the year 2000 and is held over 5 days attracting up to 4,000 people each year.Many celebrated guests from areas of the arts, media, literature, politics and film have appeared at the festival includingAlastair Campbell, Andrew Motion, Alan Yentob, Alan Moore, Sue Townsend, Alan Sillitoe, Ken Loach, Matthew Bourne, BenOkri, Louis De Bernieres, Billy Bragg, Andrew Davies, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Grayson Perry, Germaine Greer, Trevor Nelsonand Lemn Sissay. The main programme is often complemented by workshops, day conferences and performance arts events.The festival director, Tony Graves, recently received the Leicestershire First Award for Achievement in Arts and Music.I am now looking for presenters, researchers and practitioners to participate in a series of thematic days which explore bestpractices and future thinking on the application of games and immersive technologies such as virtual worlds and social networksto important global issues. If you are interested in presenting and/or attending a one day festival workshop on the followingthemes, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +447896659695Games 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 FestivalGames and Immersive Technologies for the Ageing SocietyThe 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.Games and Immersive Technologies for Community Engagement and EmpowermentDe Montfort University is a thought leader in the role of Universities within their local community and the DMU Square MileProject 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. Please contact me if you would like to present or participate. This part of the festival will be held within the SquareMile project community and will be a great opportunity to learn more about De Montfort’s work in this area.Games and Immersive Technologies for the Environment Sustainable DevelopmentI have been involved with the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) for the past ten years. This initiative was started by AlGore in the last century with a vision to help build a more sustainable and equitable future for mankind by visualising a sharingenvironmental information amongst all global citizens in order to better understand and manage the future of Planet earth.Technologies such as smart meters and 3D visualisations of energy usage and environmental data could play an important role ofensuring that our planet is protected for future generations. I am looking for presenters and practitioners working in this field toshare their knowledge and experience in this one day workshopGames and Immersive Technologies for Creativity and InnovationDe Montfort University hosts the Institute of Creative Technologies and is doing some ground breaking work in areas such asdigital music, immersive audio and computer art. DMU’s Game Art Design course is the only Industry accredited course of its kindin 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 workshop.DMU Institute of Creative Technology Lunchtime Seminar Feb 13th
At 12:30 on Tuesday Feb 13th, I will be hosting a lunchtime seminar on the Role of Games and Immersive Technologies and theirimpact of Business and Society. The session will be based on the reflections of our changing relationship with technologypresented in my “Gadgets to God” book – www.gadgetstogodbook.com where I argue that we have entered an unprecedentedera in mankind’s history in which technology, for the first time, is using its senses, intelligence and knowledge to harness thepotential of human beings with many potentially as yet unseen consequences. If you are in Leicester on Feb 13 th, join us at theInstitute of Creative technologies. More details of the event can be found at :-http://transdisciplinarydmu.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/1230-tue-13th-november-2012-games.htmlGAME (Game Alliance Middle England) UpdateThe GAME project at De Montfort University brings DMU together with some of the UK’s leading games developers to shareknowledge and experience to mutual benefit and leverage the skills and talents of these companies and DMU staff and studentsworking in games related areas. The next meeting of the GAME project team is on Wednesday December 12th and will be followedby a presentation to the DMU Health and Life Sciences Faculty on the application of games technologies to health related issuessuch as paramedic and doctor training and care home simulations. Game industry stakeholders include Blitz Games, Rare Games,Crytek, Codemasters, Lockwood Studios, PixeLearning, Serious Games Institute, Dassault Systemes together with cross-facultyrepresentation from De Montfort University.ImReal Simulation Augmentation EvaluationThe European project ImReal is a very interesting exploration of augmenting simulations with participant feedback. It works verymuch like a role playing game in which you have to deal with a typical business situation such as organising and hosting acompany meal with guests from different cultures and backgrounds.“ImREAL develops a set of intelligent services to help with simulation augmentation, which means:(1) augmenting the simulation design process;(2) augmenting the learning experience with the simulator.These services will be supported with a pedagogical framework and an integration framework.The chosen domain is interpersonal communication with multi-cultural awareness. ImREAL takes an activity-driven approach andfocuses on specific interpersonal communication dimensions”You can learn more about ImReal from the web site website www.imreal-project.eu, the LinkedIn Group “ImREAL” and theTwitter Feed @ImREAL_projectWe are also looking for people to try the simulation and not only give feedback, but share their experiences to add extra valueand knowledge to the simulation. If you would like to do this, please contact Antonio Ascolese [email@example.com]who will supply you with a guest userid and password.Global Entrepreneurship Week and Serious GamesRichard Branson, speaking at an entrepreneur event in Egypt recently with President Carter, mentioned how President George WBush had reportedly said "the French dont have a word for entrepreneur." He said “a quick Google will tell you that the wordentrepreneur is a loanword from the French verb "entreprende", which means "to undertake". That sounds quite fitting, asentrepreneurs are always undertaking new challenges and coming up with new ideas.Joseph Schumpeters definition is pretty good. "Entrepreneurs are innovators who use a process of shattering the status quo ofthe existing products and services, to set up new products, new services." Peter Drucker was onto something too when he madethe following definition in 1964: " An entrepreneur searches for change, responds to it and exploits opportunities. Innovation is aspecific tool of an entrepreneur hence an effective entrepreneur converts a source into a resource."But to me, being an entrepreneur simply means being someone who wants to make a difference to other peoples lives.” You canread more at :- http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20121030140136-204068115-what-is-your-definition-of-entrepreneur?goback=%2Eptf_204068115_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1&trk=who_to_follow-bThis is a prelude to Global Entrepreneurship Week which takes place from November 12th – 18th. PixeLearning have created abundle of games for the Global Entrepreneurship Week called The Enterprise Bundle, it includes games that help to teachbusiness and entrepreneurship concepts.To try these games out or learn more, go to :- www.pixelearning.com/enterprise-bundle.shtml (dedicated temporary pages onthe website) and/or http://pixelearning.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/pass-it-on/ (our blog describing the what, where, when,how and most importantly why!)Vicky Rose of PixeLearning can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.Archived 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 :- http://www.davidwortley.com/conferences.html or visit my Slideshare page at :- http://www.slideshare.net/dwortley/Review of NEM 2012 Summit Istanbul
I participated in the Networked and Electronic Media Summit 2012 last month and used it as an opportunity to launch my newconference ice breaker service (https://www.facebook.com/ConferenceIceBreakerGame) which began with a small physicaldelegate games at the welcome cocktail and conclude with a closing presentation http://www.slideshare.net/dwortley/2012-nem-summit-istanbul and videos of conference highlights http://www.slideshare.net/dwortley/2012-nem-summit-video-trailerand http://www.slideshare.net/dwortley/2012-nem-summit-video.The Ice Breaker service was very well received and got great feedback from the delegates and organisers. If you would like to usethis service in a future conference, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.comYou can download the conference proceedings and access detailed information about this event at http://nem-summit.eu/Review of VS-Games 2012 and Imaginary Workshop on Games for Business EnterpriseVS-Games Keynote Presenters Marco Marsella (European Commission), Pascale Xelot (IBM), and Donald Brinkman (Microsoft)The VS-Games 2012 conference was held at the University of Genoa in October and attracted over 100 delegates, primarily fromresearch organisations. I was involved in helping facilitate a one day workshop on serious games for Entrepreneurship which wasa combination of presentations and interactive exercises for delegate participants in which they played and gave feedback onserious games developed for the project. You can access an edited version of my presentation at :-http://www.slideshare.net/dwortley/serious-games-for-entrepreneurship-genoaI was very impressed by the keynote presentations of Marco Marsella from the European Commission seehttp://www.elearningeuropa.info/en/news/marco-marsella-keynote-speaker-vs-games-2012 , Pascale Xelot of IBM InnovationCenter and Donald Brinkman of Microsoft Research who gave an excellent presentation on the work Microsoft are doing on theuse of games in Education. Most of the conference presentations were on the use of serious games for education. The conferenceweb site is at http://www.vs-games2012.org/The conference was organised by the European GALA Network of Excellence http://www.galanoe.eu/ and saw the launch of theSerious Games Society www.seriousgamessociety.orgI am involved with GALA as a member of their advisory outreach boardSerious Games and Immersive Technology Heroes 1 – Eliane AlhadeffEach month from now on, I plan to celebrate the contributions of some of the excellent people I have had the pleasure ofencountering over the last 12 years or so that I have been actively working with Immersive Technologies and Serious Games. Ihave met so many of these amazing people that this section of my newsletter will be filled for many months to come. My regret isthat I will inevitably and inadvertently miss some of these wonderful people. To be included, the people I highlight each month asmy heroes are not only very experienced and expert in their field, but are also incredibly generous and selfless in their sharing ofknowledge and network contacts and extremely hard working and tireless.Almost ironically, my first hero is Eliane Alhadeff of Brazil whom I have never met but who has always been my first port of callwhen I need to find out about serious games applications. Her Blogspot is highly recommended – seehttp://seriousgamesmarket.blogspot.co.uk/Reflections on the past monthThe past month has been very hectic with conferences in Singapore, Istanbul and Genoa. Each event I attend brings me intocontact with new people and new ideas from so many different sectors from the focus on health in Singapore, creative media inIstanbul and entrepreneurship and games based learning in Genoa. Almost every month I can see new developments and trendsemerging. One thing that is certain in my mind is that serious games and immersive technologies have gained widespreadacceptance not only for their value in education but also as a driver for innovation and relationship building.I am fortunate to be working at De Montfort University whose Vice Chancellor, Dominic Shellard (@DMUVC ) is not onlypassionate about social media but is also extremely dynamic and innovative with a vision for the University’s role in thecommunity and society that I fully embrace. A great example of one of his initiatives took place on November 7 th when heorganised a flashmob with almost 2,00 staff and students doing a synchronised dance to Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heartraising a significant amount of money for the LOROS hospice in Leicester.This month looks like being even more hectic but more focused on Europe and the UK.Upcoming ConferencesBelow is a list of forthcoming conferences – also accessible at http://www.davidwortley.com/events.htmlDate Event Location URLNov 13- World Innovation Summit Doha, Qatar http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/2012-wise-summit15 on Education WISE 2012Nov 13 Immersive technologies and Institute of Creative http://transdisciplinarydmu.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/1230- their Impact on Business Technologies, De tue-13th-november-2012-games.html and Society Lunchtime Montfort University, Workshop LeicesterNov 14 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, UK http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar - Building Risk and Resilience into our International Communities - Urban Crisis IINov 14- European GAMEON Malaga, Spain http://www.eurosis.org/cms/ ?q=taxonomy/term/32516 Conference 2012 on AI and Computer GamesNov 15- ASPIS International Ghent, Belgium www.aspis-learn.eu16 Conference on Sustainable Public Spaces
Nov 20- 3D Experience Forum by Brussels, Belgium http://www.3ds.com/compan y/events/3dexperience-21 Dassault Systemes - The forum-europe/home 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM Europe will enable you to experience first-hand how 3DS is leading the way businesses; research, education, and society cross boundaries and connect to invent tomorrow.Nov 22 Serious Games Workshop at Paris, France http://www.slideshare.net/d wortley/paris-serious-games- CAP Digital workshop-at-cap-digitalNov 22- Hello Culture Conference - Birmingham, UK http://www.hello-culture.co.uk23 Hello Culture returns for a two day conference exploring digital transformation on 22nd – 23rd November 2012. It is a gathering of curious minds, all with a passion for finding innovative solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrowDec 10- Eurosis Gameon ARABIA Muscat, Oman http://www.eurosis.org/cms/ ?q=node/221812 2012 - The 3rd annual Pan- Arabic Simulation and AI in Computer Games Conference Arab Open UniversityDec 30- The Third International Singapore http://www.icea-conf.org/index.htm31 Conference on Information, Communication and Education ApplicationJan 13- 2013 Technology, Vancouver, Canada http://techandsoc.com/confer ence-2013/register/14 Knowledge, and Society ConferenceJan 15- 3rd International Taipei, Taiwan http://www.icass-conf.org/16 Conference on Applied Social Science (ICASS 2013)Jan 30- BETT 2013 – UK’s largest Excel, London, UK http://www.bettshow.com/Feb 2 Educational Technology ExhibitionFeb 2-3 BVIMRs 6th International Pune, India http://www.bvimr.com Conference on "Innovative Ways of Managing Business in the Post Globalised EraFeb 13 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, UK http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar - Our Education: Using Digital Technologies for transforing our schools, colleges and universitiesFeb 25 - De Montfort University Leicester, UK TBAMar 1 Cultural Exchanges week and Games Festival for Global IssuesMarch Association for Business Oklahoma City, USA http://www.absel.org/6-8 Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL) 40th Annual ConferenceMarch Gameon Asia and Asian Shanghai, China http://www.eurosis.org/cms/ ?q=taxonomy/term/3307-9 Simulation Technology ConferenceMar 13 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, USA http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar: Solving Business and Social Challenges: The Use of Virtual OrganisationsMar 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, http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/ho me15-17 17th Annual International UK European Media Conference 2013May 8 SGI Second Wednesday Coventry, UK http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar - Smart Cities: New Digital Technologies and Computer ModellingMay 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 http://www.eventsforce.net/c u/278/register Seminar - Our Health: Using Digital Technologies for therapy and awareness raising around health issuesAug 20- Serious Play Conference Digipen University, http://seriousgamesmarket.b logspot.co.uk/2012/11/save-22 USA date-2013-serious-play.html
Aug 26- SGSC Conference 2012 Singapore http://www.seriousgamescon ference.org/28Sept 11 VS-Games Conference Bournemouth, UK http://www.vsgames2013.org-13Future Newsletter ArticlesIf you would like any event to be included in future newsletters or on my web site – www.davidwortley.com please email me firstname.lastname@example.orgI 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 : mailto:email@example.com?subject=General 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.