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Idea Jam 14: Scooter Game


Wednesday, 11 April 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Join us on April 11 for a special edition Idea Jam dedicated to the Scooter Game project.

About the project

The concept is to examine how new forms of non-screen based digital media such as geo-location, digital logic and sensors, embedded in physical environments and publicly available digital services, such as large scale displays and public networks, could provide new forms of entertainment, education and opportunities for socialization and community building for populations that may suffer from social isolation such as seniors and people with disabilities. More specifically, to consider multi-player interactive and mixed reality game or games designed for people using mobility aids such as scooters or powered wheelchairs.

Questions to be discussed at the idea jam

  • What different genres of game are appropriate to a potentially diverse audience? What would be the premise, game objectives, characters, use of mixed reality, input/output expectations, audience integrations and rewards?
  • How do scooter users perceive themselves within their environments? What are their issues?
  • How can gaming incorporate social interaction?
  • Potential gaming outcomes and outlets for creativity and self expression?


Idea Jams - Come roll up your (brain) sleeves

If you have an idea that you need help with, come pitch it at our bi-monthly events. This is no Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank! Idea Jams are informal get-togethers with just enough structure to make sure that you get something of value out of coming. 

You bring your ideas (vaguely related to the Internet of Things), we provide the "secret sauce" (along with beer and snacks!)

Need some help with an idea? Together we'll figure out how to make your ideas concrete and possibly help you find the labour and resources you need. Each individual segments of the idea jam is about 50 minutes. You have 10-15 minutes to present your idea to all jammers and explain current challenges/problems. Jammers then break down into small groups and brainstorm solutions for 20 minutes, using our handy "writables" (writeable tables...). Jammers then report back to the group in the last 15 minutes. We hope to have 2 presenters at each Idea Jam event.

Need some help with an idea? Sign up to present at our next event! See our handy web form here.

Want to jam with us, brainstorm with cool people around innovative ideas and help out fellow innovators? Reserve your spot here on Eventbrite.


Intellectual Property & Collaboration Policy

By attending you agree that all ideas discussed in reference to the presenter’s project during the individual segments of the Idea Jam become the property of the presenter. This is a pay-it-forward event. If during the event you have an idea that you want to develop on your own, keep it to yourself.

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When & Where

ThingTank Lab (basement unit)
376 Bathurst
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S6

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab.  This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”.  The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”.  The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.

The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community.  It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.

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