IC tomorrow has teamed up with University of Abertay Dundee to bring you the £100k Future Games Contest.
Future Games aims to find budding developers who have innovative ideas and projects relating to gaming technology. Abertay was the first university in the UK to offer a degree focusing on video games. Their experience in this field along with IC tomorrow’s expertise getting new apps off the ground makes them the perfect team to help push forward innovation in gaming.
The contest aims to find four innovative ideas which focus on the following areas:
- Use of games technology in a non-gaming context – supported by IPC Media
- Gaming ideas using digital creative content e.g. Film and TV, Ebook/Epublishing, images – supported by National Geographic
- Social games using existing networks e.g. Facebook, Twitter – supported by Tate
- Music games application – supported by EMI
Our supporters will be taking part in final judging panel who will recommend which apps they think are the best to Abertay and will be providing any relevant content for the chosen applications. You can find a copy of the breifs each contenet supplier has set out under the challenges section. Remember to check these out before submitting your application as the content providers will be helping Abertay make the final decison. Also, keep checking back here as we will be uploading videos from the content providers in the next few weeks with some more tips.
For now we are looking for applications which:
- Apply to a range of content providers
- Illustrate the greatest market potential
- Include a lead consumer facing application on any technology platform e.g. web, mobile
- Will be ready for full consumer trial stage in early 2012
- Have a commercial business model
The chosen ideas will be given up to £25,000 in grant funding (for more information see here)from Abertay University and will have access to support by the IC tomorrow team in getting the app trialled. All of the other projects which are not funded will also be given the opportunity to take advantage of support from IC tomorrow and the platform.
To enter you will need to fill out the online application form and produce a video of no more than two minutes in length by 12:00 noon 15th of September. Be sure to read the guidance notes first though so you know exactly how to impress us. These will only become available once you join the group.
Up to Twelve applicants will then be chosen to progress to the next round. These applicants will have to undergo a financial assessment to check if they are entitled to a funding grant and will then be invited to London to pitch their ideas before a panel of judges. The winners will be announced in mid October and trials are expected to start on the IC Tomorrow digital test bed in early 2012.