Games designers ready to jam again

26 June 2014

Dr Romana Ramzan

Dr Romana Ramzan

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students will once again take part in a 48-hour Game Jam this summer to help raise awareness of a European research project.

The ‘jam’, organised by the School of Engineering and Built Environment, sees students from the BSc Computer Games Design programme create digital games or applications from scratch within a two-day time limit.

This year, the games to be designed will focus on the noPILLS research project, which has the long-term aim of reducing pharmaceutical micro-pollutants in the water cycle.

For the Game Jam, the noPILLS team are keen to explore the role of new media, games and apps, initially in the UK, but eventually also in a wider European setting, by translating the most promising applications into other European languages and releasing them in partner countries.

Dr Ole Pahl, a GCU chemical engineer and principal investigator, said: “We are hoping for ideas that make a complex scientific and environmental issue understandable and accessible.”

Dr Romana Ramzan, lecturer and Game Jam organiser, said: “Game Jams offer the perfect environment for fuelling creativity and driving innovation. We are excited to see what the teams build.”

Last summer’s Game Jam sought to raise the profile of the GCU-supported Gathering the Voices project through the creation of digital educational resources inspired by the experiences of Jewish refugees who fled persecution as children in the 1930s and 1940s to start new lives in Scotland.

The digital applications were then used as part of Gathering the Voices educational packs, used by a number of Glasgow schools as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.

This year’s event will take place between July 4 and July 6.