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GAMES – ARTS – CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY – EDUCATION – WELLBEING

Looking to the games sector for inspiration in an online world

Mon 22nd Feb – Fri 5th Mar

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Welcome to Tinderbox PlayAway!

At a time when so many people are moving online, we wanted to turn to the Games industry for inspiration – to ask how games are adapting and responding to the pandemic, and to explore what role they could play looking ahead.
What are the most interesting ways of playing and interacting both online and offline at the moment? Are there possibilities for new connections, learning & collaborations between gaming worlds and other sectors? And how can we build a more playful and creative way forward for us all in the future?
Over 2 weeks, from 22nd Feb to 5th March, we will be showcasing and celebrating the creativity, diversity, innovation, and imagination in games and interactive media. Over 30 game designers, artists, musicians, researchers and others involved in games will be getting together through a series of panel discussions, workshops, demos, live music performances, virtual play sessions and game jams – and we’d love you to join us too!
As well as a festival for people involved in games, we want to invite and involve people from other sectors and different artforms too. There will be a range of speakers and events looking at some of the cross-sections between gaming and education, music, health, wellbeing, theatre and other areas, and we would love to open up some discussion and space for new ideas and collaborations.
The festival is being run on a donations-based model – we want it to be free & accessible for anyone to attend, while paying our speakers and performers fairly. 
Check out the events below and we’ll see you there!

Jane McGonigal, PhD, is the Director of Game Research + Development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling books: Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully. Her TED talks on how games can make a better world have more than 15 million views.

More info here

Games Design Panel 
No Code, The Chinese Room and Biome Collective
Chaired by: Shay Thompson
Mon 22 Feb, 19:15 – 20:00 (GMT)
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Bitsy One-Day Game Jam!
Join us and making some games using Bitsy
Livestream with Zoë Sams
Tue 2nd Mar, 9:00 – 19:00 (GMT)
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More Game Design
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Chipzel (Headline Act) – Live Music Stream
Chipzel and more live music TBA
Fri 5 Mar, 19:15 – 21:30 (GMT)
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Games Composer Panel
Nainita Desai, Guy Jackson, Tess Tyler
Chaired by: Jenny Nelson
Fri 5 Mar, 18:00 – 19:00 (GMT)
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Zine-Making Workshop
with Biome Collective
Wed 24 Feb, 13:00 – 16:00 (GMT)
£10 / £5 (conc)
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Introduction to Bitsy:
Making Games with Small Tools

Workshop with Claire Morwood (Biome Collective)
Tue 2nd March, 09:30 – 12:30 (GMT) 
Price £10 / £5 (conc)
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Gaming for Health, Education & Wellbeing
Game Doctor, Yaldi Games, Civic Digits, Glitchers
Chaired by: Brian Baglow
Tue 23rd Feb, 13:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
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Games & Empathy Mini-Talks
Marina Diez (3 of Cups Games),
Alastair Low (Lowtek Games), Natalie Schmidt
Thu 4th Mar, 13:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
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Games Research with
University of Glasgow Games & Gaming Lab
Various Panel Talks
11:30 – 15:15 (GMT)
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UK Games Industry Internships,
Graduate Schemes and Traineeships 
Games Jobs Live with Into Games
Thu 25th Feb, 16:00 – 18:00 (GMT)
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Mixed Realities: Virtual and Physical Interaction
Mona Bozdog, Foxdog Studios, Laura E Hall
Chaired by: Yann Seznec
Tue 23rd Feb, 18:00 – 19:00 (GMT)
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Virtual Reality (VR) Mini Talks
Jung In Jung & Paul Blackham, Brian Allen (Bearharmmer Games), Andy Antoniou, Thomas Kildren
Wed 3rd Mar, 13:00 – 13:45 (GMT)
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Registration

Click on the registration link for each event to book a place for that event.

Most panels, talks & events take place over Zoom, but some may be held elsewhere, like Twitch and YouTube.

Some workshops and events are hosted by other other groups and will have links to book separately.

Explore the Tinderbox PlayAway programme to find an event for you:

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Donations / Pricing

The festival is being run on a donations-based model.  We want it to be free & accessible for anyone to attend, but we also want to pay our speakers and performers fairly. If you are able to make a donation this would be a big help.

All panel-discussions, talks and demos are free/by donation.
Some of the workshops are managed separately and have a fixed fee as places are limited.

More info and suggested donations here

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PRESS & MEDIA

Click to view our Press Release and email playaway@tinderboxcollective.org for more information

A BIG thanks to our Partners & Sponsors

Scala Radio
Scottish Games Network
UKIE
University of Glasgow Games and Gaming Lab
Creative Scotland
Games Jobs Live
Scottish Game Developers Association
Creative Informatics
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