Serious games are games where the initial purpose is not just entertainment, but also learning skills. Thus these serious games also become a tool that is educational, therapeutic or for scientific research. Its essence is to take advantage of this sensation of feeling rewarded in order to get the users involved and motivate them to achieve real goals. At the first summer school on applied games from the Harvard Medical School, ENTI-UB and EUSES you will learn about all the potential of Serious Games applied to health, and this year also to sport.
By means of a specialised and innovative programme, you will learn how to implement, design and evaluate these types of games. You will also learn how to identify the crucial phases involved in their creation: strategic planning, acquiring resources, programming and developing the prototype, as well as the sale of the applied game, i.e. its introduction into the market.
In particular, the course on Serious Games for Health (standard), on the 3rd and 4th of July, will include an introduction to games applied to health; working groups will be created; the preliminary aspects of game design will be examined; you will complete your first design challenge, and discuss and test real Serious Games, taking into account such things as market trends, the opinions of experts, etc. On the second day of the course, the 4th of July, you will study all the aspects related to these applied games in greater detail, such as: the protocol for designing these pieces; their implementation; the metrics of evaluation: KPIs and ROI; among other aspects.
July the 5th will be devoted to the course on games applied to sport. A single session will include an introduction to Serious Games for Sport (SGS), working groups will be set up, you will learn the basic protocols for designing this type of games, you will learn the basics for applying them in practice, you will analyse the results using the most appropriate metrics, you will prepare and deliver your presentation, etc. In short, you will learn how SGS can be a useful tool for designing good sports practices, carry out monitoring, obtain better results or optimise the training of professionals.
In addition, on July 6th and 7th you will be able to participate in the Serious Games for Health (advanced) course, during which you will be able to deepen and consolidate your knowledge in this field. On the first day, you will learn the state of the art in terms of SGH, you will carry out networking, you will define their reward systems, you will develop an advanced design and attend several demos from companies that are already consolidated. On the second day of the training, on July 7th, you will focus on creation: prototyping, implementation and evaluating games applied to health, using advanced tools for analysing games such as: Cloud Architectures and frameworks. You will also prepare the definitive design (second challenge), learn how the scientific foundations of these pieces evolve, participate in group discussions where games will be compared and then evaluated scientifically, and the final conclusions drawn, etc.
The timetable for the three courses will be from 9 am to 6 pm and they will be held in Barcelona (C/Diputación, 231). Enrol now at: firstname.lastname@example.org and discover the possibilities of games applied to health and sport.