The Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning (iGBL2013) will be held in the Dublin Institute of Technology from Thursday 6th to Friday 7th June.

The conference has a varied programme of presentations, interactive posters and showcases spanning educational and corporate sectors.

This year’s programme will also feature interactive workshops, presentations powered by PechaKucha and some gamification novelties! There will be plenty of opportunities for networking and collaboration with educational practitioners, researchers, students, exhibitors and industry professionals.

View the conference website at or follow us on Twitter: @igbl2013.

Registration for iGBL2013 is now open with registration closing on Friday 10th May.

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We are delighted to present our two keynote speakers:

Dr. Nicola Whitton is a game-based learning expert and researcher in learning innovation at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is passionate about enhancing and rethinking the ways in which teaching, learning and assessment are carried out, particularly in higher education, in order to create more equitable and engaging experiences for students. She is particularly interested in the use of games for creating active and experiential models of learning. See for more details.

Fiachra Ó Comhraí is a gamification expert and CEO of Gordon Games [], a company making people happier at work through software game techniques. The company uses gamification to bond people together, make progress clearer and make good work addictive. See for more details.


For the first time, this year’s conference will feature a series of interactive workshops where delegates will get the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of game-based learning and gamification. Workshops will cover a variety of themes including:

· How to design cheap and effective games for learning

· Gamification: using gaming techniques to motivate and engage

Workshop details will be announced shortly and places will be limited so early registration is advised.