Games that encourage mobility see students shortlisted for prize

13 January 2016

The Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge attracted 30 student teams from across Europe.

The Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge attracted 30 student teams from across Europe.

Two teams of GCU games design students have been shortlisted to compete for a €17,500 prize at a European competition.

The Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge attracted 30 student teams from across Europe, which submitted concepts and designs for games that would “help future cities to stay mobile”.

The GCU teams, plus four others, have been shortlisted and asked to update their pitches before the end of the month following feedback from judges.  The judges will then select a final three teams to attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 22, where they will compete for €17,500.

ECO Saviour, led by second-year BSc (Hons) Computer Games Design student Daniel Hauck, is a multiplayer game that rewards players for reducing smog levels in a virtual version of their city by awarding “pollution points” based on how they travel in the real world.

SelfieGo, led by third-year BSc (Hons) Computer Games Design student Cheri Skivington, is a selfie-challenge app that livens up commutes with a GPS-enabled map that shows the optimal route to take selfies at a city’s major attractions, and enables them to be shared on social media.

Lecturer David Farrell, School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “It's amazing to see our students competing at this level.  Both of the shortlisted teams have really innovative ideas that could change the way that people move around large cities.

“Society is becoming more playful and, over time, we are going to need highly skilled creative people to design our apps, our games, and even our cities.  It's wonderful to see our students aiming high and creating such wonderful work that isn't just really useful and helpful, but also playful and fun.”