The Social Computing Research Centre which is within the School of Computer Science has been working on a collaborative serious game development project called “Learn To Lead”. Learn To Lead (L2L), which is funded by the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme, aims to deliver training to SME’s in the field of leadership and management development.
Along with academic and industrial partners from Italy, Spain, and France, academics from the School worked in particular upon the game design phase of the project, which is nearing the completion of its two year development. The project recently enjoyed coverage on Italy’s national TV channel, RAI.
A more in depth look at the L2L project will be posted in the near future.
Dr Ben Kirman was recently invited by Honda to attend their ‘Dream Factory’ hack day initiative. Hosted at the Guardian offices and organised by Rewired State, the hack saw 23 developers from across the country feverishly developing prototypes and concepts based on the brief supplied by Honda.
The brief was based on the brand message for the new Honda Civic, which is “If we never venture into the unknown, how do we get anywhere new?”, along with “The Power of Dreams” and the four key attributes of “Quality, Technology, Design and Evolution”.
Ben worked on two projects during the event: ‘Corridor of Dreams’, an art installation that detects individuals as they move through a corridor, and which then renders a ‘dream’ for that individual, and ‘Get Lost’, an app which literally took the Honda Civic message of “If we don’t venture into the unknown, how do we get anywhere new?”.
Ben’s ‘Get Lost’ creation was selected as a winner of its ‘Evolution’ category, and which is going to be part of a Guardian readers vote for a further prize!
Read more about Ben’s experience and the apps at the Honda event over at the LiSc blog.
The School of Computer Science was pleased to welcome prospective students and parents to the University open day on saturday. Demonstrations from members of the Computing Society and the Community Game Project gave visitors a taste of some of the activities students in the School are able to do. The next big event will be the Applicant Open Day in early 2012. All applicants to our courses will be invited for a day in the School and to take part in activities and interviews. Watch this space!