Key features: Investment of up to £25k (excluding VAT) for five businesses to develop innovative commercial prototypes that meet the broad objectives we have set with our industry partners.
Programme: IC tomorrow
Award: Individual awards will be a maximum of £25k each excluding VAT
Opens: 02 Sep 2013
Registration closes: No deadline
Closes: 16 Oct 2013
Support phone number: 0300 321 4358
Digital innovation contest - Games
£125k* for digital innovation in the games sector
- second-screen use in a game
- open street map data
- new markets and perceptual computing
- wider games' distribution on mobile web
- games and cinema.
- gain from exposure to a range of games industry partners
- be able to test their proposed application, product or service with a relevant industry partner
- be able to promote their solution via the IC tomorrow programme
- receive support in resolving delivery issues related to the proposed application or service.
CHALLENGE ONE: SECOND-SCREEN USE IN A GAME
Partner: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE)
- real-time connectivity, with the second screen used at the same time as the primary device
- single player or multiplayer gaming.
- integrating additional control mechanisms such as game controllers, mouse or keyboard
- multiple screens that communicate with a single primary device
second screen used as the primary game controller.
CHALLENGE TWO: OPEN STREET MAP DATA
Partner: Crytek UK
- help to integrate open street map data with existing games engines such as CryENGINE®3 Sandbox™
- access open street map data from www.openstreetmap.org and/or www.skobbler.co.uk
CHALLENGE THREE: NEW MARKETS AND PERCEPTUAL COMPUTING
- speech recognition
- face tracking
- finger tracking
- object tracking.
- an entertaining and engaging user experience using perceptual computing capabilities for a wider audience, for example, using hand gesture or finger tracking to interact with a game
- a game that is inclusive and accessible in design and has a wider appeal to users that may have physical disabilities or are elderly K games for educational purposes.
The winning application will also be given a creative gesture camera to use for building their prototype.
CHALLENGE FOUR: WIDER GAMES DISTRIBUTION ON MOBILE WEB
Partner: Google Chrome
- WebRTC (video and data sent peer-to-peer)
- NFC (near field communication where users can share URLs by touching phones)
- geo-location and device orientation
- camera access
- web audio for advanced audio manipulation.
CHALLENGE FIVE: GAMES AND CINEMA
Partner: ODEON Cinemas and Pinewood Studios
- massively multiplayer online games on the mobile web that involve interaction between individuals in the cinema audience and the big screen
- digital applications that allow the cinema audience to interact with on-screen content before the screening of a film.
Who can apply?
- propose a prototype solution that responds to one of the specific challenges and shows sufficient innovation and wider commercial potential
- have a clear idea of the revenue-earning potential of your proposed solution, and the business model that it fits.
How does the contest work?
- Register and apply at https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/digital-innovation-contest-games
- Once registered, you will have access to the online application form and application guidance document.
- Download the ‘application guidance document' and read before preparing your application, which involves making a two-minute video submission and completing an online application form.
- Answer the questions on the online application form offline (consult the ‘application guidance document' for clarification) so you are ready to complete the online application form in one attempt.
- Produce your video submission (using a webcam is acceptable) and upload it to any video provider such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please ensure that your privacy setting is ‘public'. If you would like to submit a private video, please contact email@example.com before making your application.
- Complete the online application form, including the link to your video, before noon on Wednesday 16 October 2013.
- Contest opens: Monday 2 September 2013
- Briefing event: Thursday 19 September 2013
- Closing date for submissions: Wednesday 16 October 2013 noon
- Finalists notified: Friday 1 November 2013
- Practice pitch sessions at IC tomorrow office: From 4 to 8 November 2013
- Final panel session: Wednesday 13 November 2013
- Prototype trials launched: Autumn 2014