Young software experts and designers more usually at home in Scotland’s creative computer-games industry are taking part in a 48-hour “boiler-room” challenge, at Glasgow Caledonian University, directed towards the rapid development of life-changing digital products with the potential to help people with dementia and / or make difference for their carers, partners and families.
Glasgow Caledonian University‘s marathon meeting of video game enthusiasts, entitled “Jamming 4 Small Change”, has set the ambition to develop new digital-based therapies for patients. This video game and app design challenge is supported by Alzheimer Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art.
Traditionally, “game jams” involve artists, designers and programmers brainstorming for short periods of intensive collaboration with a view to the creation of new games. Dr Jon Sykes, Director of the university’s eMotion lab, has hopes for “Jamming 4 Small Change” to harness the abilities of this community of software developers with a laudable sense of purpose.
Gamers given 48-hour challenge to help dementia patients. Glasgow: BBC Scotland News, May 24th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].