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- Game On for Nature -

What is the potential for games and gamification to improve the stewardship of land, water, and nature in the UK and beyond?

A UK-first; bringing experts in games and gamification together with specialists in the value of nature. 

12.00-12.50 pm
Session 1:
Opening session - Game On for Nature

Keynote addresses by Tony Juniper CBE, Chair of Natural England and one of the UK's leading environmental leaders, alongside Jude Ower MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Playmob and Co-founder of the Playing for the Planet Alliance. Followed by a ‘fireside’ conversation between the two speakers to further elaborate on the opportunity for collaboration. Chaired by Professor Andy Miah from the University of Salford, one of our key event sponsors.

1.40-2.30 pm
Session 2:
Panel discussion - The journey

Featuring experts involved in game design and valuing nature, including Berni Pardue, Lead Scenery Artist on Planet Zoo for Frontier Developments, British video game developer and publisher; Deborah Mensah-Bonsu, founder, dmb crew / Games for Good; Ece Ozdemiroglu, founding Director at Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec); & Professor Alister Scott, Northumbria University. A reflection on the points raised in the opening keynotes, a discussion of the ‘state of the art’ and the next steps needed to harness the potential of games and gamification in securing the value of nature. The session will be chaired by Sarah Mukherjee MBE, CEO at IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment) and former BBC Environment Correspondent. 

2.50-3.50 pm
Session 3:
Innovation showcase

Showcases, including an introdcution Ruleo, whose mission is to use technology as a gateway to nature, to make it accessible, engaging and fun for all children to grow, play and learn with the natural environment; as well as a showcase of an artistic experience set in a reimagining of the cosmic world beneath our feet. We will also hear from Tilting Point and their stunning game TerraGenesis.

4.00-4.50 pm
Session 4:
Workshop - Game on for you

Lead by Internet of Elephants founder Gautam Shah. Internet of Elephants is an international organisation that makes ground-breaking tools for engagement with wildlife. The session will take delegates through the journey of designing a game for good that will engage users with the ideas of natural capital across the UK.

4.50-5.00 pm
Session 5:
Conclusions and next steps

Remarks from Professor Andy Miah, University of Salford, and summary of ideas from delegates for next steps to Game On for Nature.

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