The Game Lab brings together teams of games developers and leading research scientists. The challenge is to work together over a period of 48 hours to incorporate the latest stem cell science into a completely new and playable game.
The event starts with a tour of our laboratories and a crash course in stem cell science (no prior knowledge required!). We hope that participants will be inspired by the ground-breaking research that we do and will be able bring their creativity and technical expertise to showcase our work in an original format. Equally, our researchers will appreciate the opportunity to learn some games basics.
We hosted our first Game Lab in 2015 and are currently working with the winning team to produce their proposed game! This year the event is supported the MRC Festival of medical research
Friday 11th November
4:00pm: Interactive tour of the Stem Cell Institute laboratories
5:30pm: Wine reception to form teams.*
*if you cannot attend the tour you can join on Saturday morning
Saturday 12th November
10:00am: Official launch - Announcement of theme and all rules, regulations and expectations
01:00pm: Lunch - Hot paninis
06:00pm: Dinner - pies and gravy
08.30pm: Building closes
Sunday 13th November
09:00am: Breakfast - continental
01:00pm: Lunch - bounteous buffet
04:30pm: Presentations of final games to judges
05:30: Awards ceremony
A panel of judges, including scientific & games industry experts will award two prizes:
1) Best Game
2) Best Scientific Content
In addition to individual prizes on the day, we may choose to work with any of the entered teams to develop their concept further.
Each team will have access to a monitor. Participants should bring their own laptops, chargers and any other cables.
Thanks to generous support from the Medical Research Council, drinks and snacks will be available throughout the jam, to keep the creative juices keep flowing!
All participants should have some prior experience of creating games (this includes games art and sound). Places are limited so you must register here to be guaranteed entry.
If you are a stem cell researcher or biologist who would like to take part, DO NOT register here - please contact Philippa: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no parking available at Tennis Court Road - please make other arrangements.
Our building is wheelchair accessible, please contact us if you require any additional support to take part: email@example.com / 01223746948