Engaging Visitors Through Play – MCG Spring Meeting – 30 May 2013

The MCG Committee are pleased to announce our Spring meeting:

Engaging Visitors Through Play

Museums Computer Group hosted by the Centre for Media Research

Event reports:

Event information:

30th May 2013
University of Ulster, Belfast Campus
12:00 – 17:00
#MCGPlay

Followed by
#Drinkingaboutmuseums
Venue TBC
17:00 -19:00

A symposium showcasing local talent and international best practice. This event will provide delegates with a platform from which to explore how their museum could use games and play to create meaningful visitor engagement, and will provide game developers with an insight into emerging opportunities to work with museums and arts organisations both in Northern Ireland and internationally.

Engaging Visitors Through Play builds on the #ArtsNI series of digital meet ups held in Belfast, during 2012 and seeks to foster exciting, relevant and challenging conversations, collaborations and professional development opportunities for those working in and with museums and arts organisations.

Event Details

 

 

#MCGPlay

A symposium showcasing local talent and international best practice. This event will provide delegates with a platform from which to explore how their museum could use games and play to create meaningful visitor engagement, and will provide game developers and arts organisations with an insight into emerging opportunities to work with museums both in Northern Ireland and internationally.

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11:45 Registration (Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches)

 

12:00 Welcome and Introductions

 

12:10: Digital Challenges. Digital Opportunities                              Mia Ridge, Chair, Museums Computer Group

12:30 Panel 1 – Play: A Northern Ireland Showcase

Chaired by Nico Fell, AV Browne Group

  • Immersive Theatre and Digital Experience: Lyndsey Jackson, General Manager, Kabosh
  • Learning to Play: Hack days, rapid protoyping and digitally mediated solutions:Oonagh Murphy  PhD Researcher, University of Ulster
  • My NI Developing a photography game: Reflections on Research Methodologies vs R&D:  Alan Hook, Lecturer, University of Ulster
  • Panel discussion and Q&A

 

13:45 Panel 2 – Games: Best Practice and Innovative Approaches                                                                                                         Chaired by Matt Johnson, Digital Circle

  • Play at Tate, Past, Present and Future: Sharna Jackson, Tate Kids
  • The Educational Potential of Low Budget Games: Alex Moseley, University of Leicester
  • Panel discussion and Q&A

 

15:00 Tea and Scones

 

15:15 Lightening talks

A range of short presentations from thinkers, practitioners and representatives from the regional creative industries to spur discussion and debate, collaboration and enquiry.

  • Matt Johnson – Digital Circle
  • Anna Patrick – Take Back Belfast
  • Steven Shaw – Big Motive
  • Adrian & Gordan Campbell – Design Zoo
  • Lance Wilson – Lancorz Design

 

16:30 Game Play

Using a collections based game designed especially for this event, Alex Moseley will provide delegates with practical insights into how to turn a game concept from an idea to a reality.

 

16:50 Closing remarks

  

17:00 Conversations move to The Hudson Bar for #Drinkingaboutmuseums 

The symposium will be followed by a #drinkingaboutmuseums pub meetup between 17:00 -19:00. Similar pub meetups have been held around the world from Australia to America, they provide an informal setting to discuss ideas and develop collaborations with like-minded people. Open to all, the Belfast event will allow speakers and delegates to discuss interesting ideas that have emerged during the symposium over a beer

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This is the Museums Computer Group’s first event in Northern Ireland in decades and provides delegates with the opportunity to connect with and learn more about an organisation that connects, supports and inspires those working in and with museums across the UK. 

‘Engaging Visitors Through Play’ is hosted by The Centre for Media Research 

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