Dare To Be Digital – One Week Left To Apply

074-dare-940x300-red-theme.jpgStudents! You have just one week to apply for Dare to be Digital, the world’s most awesome computer game design competition.

Entries must be made online at http://www.daretobedigital.com/ by 9am on Monday 21 April.

Hosted and run by Abertay University, hundreds of students every year apply to Dare to be Digital to build a working game prototype in just eight weeks. An expert panel picks 15 teams of five students to take part in the contest.

You can tell we’re serious because of all the bold text!

ProtoPlay_ARThe games then go on to the Dare Protoplay event, which invites several thousand members of the public to come and play. While industry experts are on hand to judge the games and pick the winners. The three winning teams picked to compete for the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.

Previous Dare to be Digital winners include Sophia George, who is currently the V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence and presented this year’s BAFTA Ones to Watch Award to Studio DOS.

V&A Game Designer Sophia George - BAFTA awards 2012 - with Swallowtail co founder Kristian FrancisSophia George, V&A Game Designer in Residence, said:

Any student who wants to be a professional game developer should apply for Dare to be Digital. It was a life-changing opportunity for me, giving me the space to learn an incredible amount during the competition at Abertay University, even before I went on to win the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award. The opportunity to spend eight weeks building your own game, being mentored by industry professionals, then getting feedback from thousands of members of the public simply can’t be missed.

Dare 2013 Opening 005Professor Louis Natanson, who leads computer games education at Abertay University, said:

Dare to be Digital is a very exciting opportunity for students of game art, audio, design and programming. To spend eight weeks building your own game, working with professional mentors, is a huge learning curve. Every year we see Dare to be Digital students being hired by major companies during the contest, or pulling together plans to launch their own companies. It’s a very exciting competition and we look forward to receiving many more applications.

To apply for Dare to be Digital, please visit http://www.daretobedigital.com/

Individuals wanting to apply – and teams needing extra members – can contact other applicants through the Dare to be Digital website.

Applications close at 9am on Monday 21 April.

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