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Sunday 22 July 2018

Gamers glory for DkIT

DkIT BSc (Honours) Computing in Games Development students, who travelled with lecturers, Derek O’Reilly and Shane Dowdall, to Antwerp, Belgium, to take part in the Erasmus+ funded project ‘Citizen School, Serious Gaming for a better Europe’
DkIT BSc (Honours) Computing in Games Development students, who travelled with lecturers, Derek O’Reilly and Shane Dowdall, to Antwerp, Belgium, to take part in the Erasmus+ funded project ‘Citizen School, Serious Gaming for a better Europe’

Olivia Ryan

DkIt students showed they really were 'Tomorrow's Hope' for the gaming industry, securing a top prize at a European event in Belgium.

Students Ciaran Hammond and Emma Connolly saw their team's game aptly named 'Tomorrow's Hope' securing the opportunity to be developed into a full game to be played by 15-18 year olds in secondary schools throughout Europe.

Ciaran and Emma were among a large group of second year DkIT BSc (Honours) in Computing in Games Development students, who travelled with their two lecturers, Derek O'Reilly and Shane Dowdall, traveled to Antwerp, Belgium, to take part in the Erasmus+ funded project 'Citizen School... Serious Gaming for a better Europe.'

The ten-day project had the Irish students join forces with Portuguese, Belgian and Polish students to form five-person or six-person teams.

Together, they worked on creating a serious educational game to be played in classrooms around Europe.

The games to be developed were based on the topics of Social Action, Gender and Migration.

A DkIT spokesman explained thatafter learning about their chosen topic from the representatives from the project's three NGO partners - Le Partenariat, Studio Globo and Haarlem Mutare - each team set off to work together to prepare for their presentations and meetings.

'The teams were multidisciplinary, with fields varying from IT to tourism. With the assistance of their assigned mentor, each team presented their game concepts, examples of gameplay and their research into the topic to the board of NGO representatives and the lecturers from the Irish, Portuguese and Polish colleges throughout the week.'

He added that the teams further developed their ideas until the final presentation to a jury of teachers, lecturers and NGO representatives on the final day.

The jury ultimately chose Ciaran Hammond and Emma Connolly's team's game 'Tomorrow's Hope' to be further developed into a full game to be played by 15-18 year olds in secondary schools throughout Europe.

The game will be focused on the difficulties that refugees face while trying to integrate into a new country, including trying to tackle the language barrier.

The celebratory group of DkIT students returned to Dundalk with certificates and experiences 'that will stand to them in years to come,' said the spokesman.

The project is funded under the Erasmus+ sub-programme "Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practice" under the action of "Strategic Partnerships for school education".

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