Project makes 2014 Commonwealth Games a reality

23 June 2010

Project makes 2014 Commonwealth Games a reality

Councillor Archie Graham meets some of the schoolchildren involved.

ENGINEERING and computing academics have teamed up with student mentors and schoolchildren to launch a new website, DVD and mobile phone application to document the impact of the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the East End of Glasgow.

Lending his support to the launch at Celtic Park was Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Executive Member for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, who is also an alumnus of Glasgow Caledonian University.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will transform Glasgow’s East End beyond all recognition and the new mobile phone "app" will allows users to see visualisations of the venues on their handsets. 

In addition, the application allows users to explore buildings that are not yet built - such as the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – and makes it possible to take physical part in some of the Glasgow Games sports “Wii-style”.

Dr. Lynne Baillie, of GCU’s School of Engineering and Computing, who is leading the project, said: “Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games presented us with a fantastic opportunity to re-examine Glasgow’s sporting heritage, but in a very high-tech way. 

"The phone app in particular is utilising technology that has only been around since 2009 and what we have done has never been attempted before – not for Delhi, not for London and not for the World Cup!”  

The Co-Guide has been produced in conjunction with pupils from both Haghill Park Primary and Smithycroft Secondary schools in Glasgow’s East End and their inimitable stamp is all over the website. It features a photo diary of the project’s development, as well as information on 2014 venues, sports and an overview of the Commonwealth Games movement.         

A DVD has also been produced that documents the project’s progress, showing the pupils undertaking research before co-designing digital artefacts and going through the motions of participating in 2014 Games sports to assist in programming the phone app to respond in a realistic way.

Councillor Archie Graham said: “It is tremendously exciting to see the new landscape in the East End taking shape and enormously satisfying to hear how communities right across Glasgow are engaging with the process. 

"The work that Glasgow Caledonian University has being doing with East End school pupils is imaginative, innovative and a great way to help children understand the impact the 2014 Commonwealth Games will have on their lives.  My congratulations go to everyone involved in this exceptional project.”

The project, which attracted funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is supported by Glasgow City Council, is a work in progress and will allow the children to record their thoughts and hopes for the Games over the next four years. Culture and Sport Glasgow have also given a commitment to showcase elements of the Co-Guide at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the run up to the Games.  

- The mobile phone application is available to download for free here.