Monday, July 26, 2010

Serious Games Design Competition Sponsored by Disney Research

Serious Games Making Learning Fun

Via: SIGGRAPH 2010Disney Research Learning Challenge

The Walt Disney Company has a history of blending revolutionary creative content and superb storytelling with groundbreaking technology.

Now Disney Research in conjunction with SIGGRAPH is sponsoring a Serious Games Design competition - the Disney Learning Challenge.

Disney Research sponsors the Learning Challenge, based on the principle that fun and learning shouldn't be contradictory. The Learning Challenge is designed to show that sophisticated concepts can be conveyed via entertaining interactions on computers that will impart Active Knowledge of Learning Concepts. The challenge is to develop an engaging Learning Application that will delight, inspire, and reveal key learning concepts for children ages 7-11.

The learning application must be a layered activity that moves a child from minimal knowledge to active knowledge in one or more learning concepts via entertaining interactions on computers. The subject matter should be in the areas of math, art, science, music, or reading/writing and involve at least one of 10 key learning concepts.

The competition was open to individuals or teams (from collegiate students working with faculty advisors to working professionals) who had to submit work by 7 June 2010.

The grand prize is $10,000 to be awarded at SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles, California on July 28th.

About SIGGRAPH 2010

SIGGRAPH 2010 brings approximately 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Sunday, 25 July through Thursday, 29 July 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2010 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 27-29 July 2010.