Writers Game 2018 November 17-18 (Dublin)

Writers Game is an event aiming to bring writers together to collaborate from gaming, film, publishing, and virtual reality. The event will take place at ODEON Point Village on November 17th and 18th.

The two day conference will be organised around a series of masterclasses by successful writers and storytellers such as Jessica Sliwinski (Lead narrative designer and writer at Disruptor Beam), Jeff Miller (Film maker and Founder of Interrogate.com), Glenn Meade (NY Times Best Selling Author), and Toiya Kristen Finley (Game writer, author and editor, Co-founder of Game Writing tutorial at GDC).

A Writers Game pitch competition has been organised in which novelists can enter draft narratives. The winner of the contest will receive mentoring from author Glenn Meade, who will assist in the development of the winners draft story.

For the event schedule see...https://writersgame.media/schedule/

Event ticket prices are TBD

Pitch-competition entry fee: E52.69 (closing date July 1st)

State of Play 2018 May 4th (DIT Aungier St.)

State of Play 2018 is an Irish Independent Game Maker event hosted by the School of Media in the Dublin Institute of Technology, in association with the Irish Game Makers Association – IMIRT.

The event will take place on Friday, May 4th at DIT Aungier St and will be primarily organised around an open expo, game-based learning seminar, and keynote talks by national and international speakers.

The expo is an excellent opportunity for developers, students, researchers, garage or aspiring game developers to showcase their work to their peers and to industry professionals. The game-based learning seminar is new to the 2018 programme and will take place at 11AM in room 4-027, the seminar will provide a forum for interested parties in exchanging their methods, projects, and best practice in the area of the use of games for educational purposes in an Irish Context.

Some of the 2018 speakers include Jean-François (Jeff) Gagné (Senior Game Designer with DICE), Tyler Sigman (Co-founder and design director at Red Hook Studios), Vikki Ruttle (Feature Owner & ScrumMaster at DIGIT game studio), Llaura McGee (Founder of Dreamfeel studio, artist, designer, and game maker), Dave McCabe (Freelance Writer and Games Designer), and Dr. Bryan Duggan (Computer Science Lecturer at DIT and VR enthusiast).

The event will be followed by an after party in Alfie Byrne’s on Earlsford terrace, Dublin 2 (map).

For more information on this year’s line-up visit...https://www.stateofplay.ie/

 

ADAPT Ethics in Research & Innovation Workshop 5th-6th July (TCD)

 

The ADAPT Research Centre is a digital innovation and research organisation developing next generation digital technologies and research.

On July 5th and 6th, the centre will hold a two-day interactive workshop entitled “Ethics in Research and Innovation: Methods and Practice”.

The ADAPT website provides information on their latest research initiatives – https://www.adaptcentre.ie/

Animation Skillnet ‘Creativity Meets Technology’ @ Futurescope 2018

Animation Skillnet, in collaboration with Animation Ireland, will be organising a room on the theme of “Creativity Meets Technology” at Futurescope 2018, which takes place at the Convention Centre on the 31st May.

Irish and international industry experts will be presenting on the day, including Epic Games (Unreal Engine), The Foundry, JAM Media, Cartoon Saloon, Warducks, 3D4 Medical, Brown Bag Films, StoryToys/TouchPress, Artomatix, Boulder Media, Black Shamrock Games and many more…There will also be a keynote address from Intellectual Property specialist, Rob Hudnut, who was formally the Head of Mattel’s entertainment division.

Other topics to be explored on the day include:

***IP development for a changing distribution and consumer landscape
***The future of interactive medical education
***Creative AI for virtual worlds
***Closing the content gap for VR and AR
***Real-time production and changing production pipelines

The event will also host an Animation and AR/VR showcase area featuring exhibitions, demos and targeted networking for attendees.

For further information on the services Animation Skillnet have to offer see… http://animationskillnet.ie/

Lots of other interesting presentations, demos and panels will also take place at FutureScope 2018. So keep an eye on http://www.futurescope.ie/ over the coming weeks for updates on the schedule and speaker announcements.

Dublin Games Summit 19th July

AeonSpark Events have organised a new gaming industry conference – Dublin Games Summit.

The event has been designed as an industry expo and networking opportunity, primarily aimed at developers, publishers, and retailers.

DGS will host a number of industry experts and speakers such as Steven Collins (Co-Founder at Havok), Jen Carey (Board member of IMIRT and founder of fickle games), Sam Watts (Director of Immersive Technologies at Make Real), Travis George (Previous producer on League of Legends), David Yarnton (Co-Chair at Ukie), Sophie Sampson (Director of Matheson Marcault) and more.

The summit will consist of 2 rooms holding over 12 different topics from industry professionals. The schedule will be organised into keynotes, panels, 1-1 meetups, a networking lunch and evening event, and more.

Early-bird tickets – 120e

Standard tickets – 185e

For ticket sales see… https://dublingamessummit.ie/tickets/

For further info on DGS visit… https://dublingamessummit.ie/

For more gaming events from AeonSpark visit… https://aeonspark.com/

StoryToys release new ‘Hungry Caterpillar Play School’ app

StoryToys have released a new app in the Hungry Caterpillar series inspired by Eric Carle’s classic children’s picture book.

Following the success of the ‘My Very Hungry Caterpillar App’ in 2015 when it was awarded the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award for excellence in children’s digital publishing, StoryToys have developed an educational app for preschool children.

The ‘Hungry Caterpillar Play School’ app uses internationally recognised early-learning goals designed to help children develop skills in math, spelling, reading, writing, science, and nature whilst practicing creative arts and interactive crafts.

The app is available for download from the app store

**Note: the app offers a free trial but is a subscription app that requires the user to sign up

ARVR Innovate Conference 2018 to host a ‘Startup Zone’

The 5th annual ARVR Innovate conference will take place on May 10th between 8:30 am – 5:30 pm at the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The event is one of Europe’s most recognised augmented reality and virtual reality conferences, hosting over 40 national and international speakers, and an expo of 30 AR and VR exhibitions featuring the latest technologies.

Industry speakers will provide case studies of the varying ways in which the technologies are being incorporated into industries such as gaming, tourism, and marketing. This years speakers and exhibitors include Dutch/Irish entrepreneur and author Ron Immink, Alibaba’s Jian Gu, Dave Lorenzini of youAR and formerly of Keyhole which became Google Earth, Audi’s Jan Pfluger, Philip Nagele of Wikitude, and a showreel of the award winning Pink Kong Studios’ Aurora.

ARVR Innovate showcases the work of startup business’ in the AR and VR sectors. This years conference will host a new ‘Startup Zone’, an entirely new section of the exhibition area to highlight startups from Ireland, the UK, Europe, USA, and Russia. The Startup Zone will allow business’ to display their work to guests and speakers.

 

10 of the startup companies will be given the opportunity to present their business, technology, and aims to the crowd on the ‘Startup Stage’. The presentations will take place during the main stage intervals and will be assessed by the ARVR Innovate judges who will decide which startup will be awarded the ARVR Innovate Startup Award 2018.

For more information about the 2018 line-up see – http://arvrinnovate.com/#speakers

For more information about the Startup Zone see – http://arvrinnovate.com/startup-zone-to-feature-at-arvr-innovate/

Early-bird tickets – 195e [until the 3rd of May]

Academic tickets – 95e

See Eventbrite for tickets – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/arvr-innovate-conference-and-expo-2018-tickets-44867107727