[ubuntu-uk] FW: Partnering For Innovation: Smart Energy, Games and Design Ideas Lab - 16 January 2012 [NP]

Andrés Muñiz Piniella andresmp at gmail.com
Thu Dec 22 08:59:12 UTC 2011

Hi I thought this might be interesting for any game designers out there.

*From:* Anita Onwuegbuzie [mailto:anita at creativeindustriesktn.org]
*Sent:* 21 December 2011 18:55
*To:* Andres Muniz Piniella
*Subject:* Partnering For Innovation: Smart Energy, Games and Design Ideas
Lab - 16 January 2012

Opportunity for designers and games developers to explore challenges around
TSB Smart Power Distribution and Demand £2.4M competition.

How can designers and games developers help persuade people to manage and
reduce energy consumption? This is one of the challenges contained in a new
Technology Strategy Board competition on “Smart Power Distribution and

The Technology Strategy Board is offering funding for feasibility studies
as the exploratory phase of a four year programme to stimulate innovation
in power distribution and the management of demand.  The *competition
briefing paper*<http://www.innovateuk.org/_assets/comp_smartenergy_final.pdf>suggests
that there is a role for creative businesses in helping to develop
‘novel, demand side, consumer focused technologies’ in the field.  It cites
cognitive design and social gaming as relevant skillsets.

What would be the reality of building such a proposal? Is it feasible for
games developers or GUI designers to work effectively with smart meter
manufacturers, energy companies or other players in the power sector? What
form might a joint project or feasibility study take? A multi-platform app
on smart phones or tablets that talks to individual smart meters? A Sim
City style game featuring real time data? A vertical application for smart
meter data with gamers demonstrating real-world energy usage, related
carbon emissions and efficiency? How can consumers be persuaded to change
behaviour in ways that will make a real difference?

To explore the possibilities, Creative Industries KTN and the Pervasive
Media Studio are hosting a ‘Partnering for Innovation’ event at the *Watershed
Media Centre *in* Bristol* on *16 January 2012*. It will bring together
people from the games and design sectors with businesses and organisations
in the energy supply chain to:

   - Network with other organisations
   - Gain an understanding of developments in Smart Energy space
   - Explore the themes for the competition and the potential role of
   creative businesses
   - Make contacts and discuss potential collaborations

If this is a challenge that interests you and you would like to take part
in the event, please register your interest with
anita at creativeindustriesktn.org<http://creativeindustriesktn.org/beacons/pg/mailer/url/349856/h1>

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Andrés Muñiz-Piniella
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