The activities regarding Trust in Play are moving slowly but steadily, our goals for the first three months are mainly 3:
- start the platform development (here the first update)
- secure the co-financing for the project (our goal is 24k)
- start developing the team that will work on the project
As for the platform here is the first update, in the next weeks we are going to fill the answers, have a first running version in December and a more refined one at the end of January.
On the co-financing we have two update, one is good the other not so
This year I will be mainly in Baltimore, being the Game Designer in Residence at the MICA game lab.
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) is an Art Academy, very design oriented, where I will teach and research the topic of games and immersive experience.
I’ve pitched to Jason Corace (the Game lab director) the opportunity to involve some of the students of the Game Design concentration, having them coming to the Athens workshops and then design an urban game remotely, he said yes, and we are now working on the final proposal for the chair of the department and the administrative side.
It’s going to be a small contribution (2000€) but I think it’s a very good link because:
- MICA is a well known institution in the US, if we are thinking about the fact that we are going to create a school, the more connection we have with Academy the better
- we have now a connection to the US market/scene and this will enrich the conversation
- students here are amazing!!
Together with @noemi Noemi we pitched the project to the Rijeka and Cres ECoC committee but we didn’t went through, because of budget limitation they cannot be partner of the project.
This is really a bummer, I’m believe that urban games are a really successful and fun way to engage culturally people in the public space as we saw in Matera and Plovdiv recently (Plovdiv just hosted the second Inception urban games festival) so maybe is just a matter of bad timing (2020 it’s too close?) or offer.
Next steps on this is going to be re-connect with Matera and Plovdiv that signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the application process.
I didn’t have the time to think about the project team yet, next update will be about that, in particular I will try to highlight what are the activities requested so if someone inside Edgeryders is interested we can start a conversation about it