GCU students join forces to help European research project

08 July 2014

48-hour Game Jam

48-hour Game Jam

Students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) joined forces with researchers as part of the latest 48-hour Game Jam to help raise awareness of a European research project.

The ‘jam’, organised by the School of Engineering and Built Environment, saw students from the BSc Computer Games Design programme create digital games and applications from scratch in just two days.

The games focused on the noPILLS research  project, which is a long-term project aimed at reducing pharmaceutical micro-pollutants in the water cycle.

The noPILLS team were keen to explore the role of new media, games and apps, initially in the UK, but eventually also in a wider European setting, and plan to translate the most promising applications into other European languages and release them in partner countries.

Dr Romana Ramzan, lecturer and Game Jam organiser, said: “The teams did a fantastic job of tackling such a difficult project and we were delighted with the outcome. The winning team and the two runner up teams will now have the opportunity to pitch their game concepts to the research partners in Zurich at the end of September. It’s an incredible opportunity for them and hopefully we’ll see these concepts realised into fully fleshed products that can help engage and raise awareness of the noPILLS project”.

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

Previous Game Jams saw participants work 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.

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