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Jesse Schell to speak at Dare ProtoPlay festival

29 July 2013

World-renowned game design expert Jesse Schell is to speak at the Dare ProtoPlay festival in Dundee, as part of the showcase for the University of Abertay Dundee’s Dare to be Digital competition.

He will talk about the discipline of game design, convergence and gamification at 10am on Saturday 10th August and open a two-day game jam.

Jesse is CEO of Schell Games and Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center. His previous roles include Creative Director of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Ticket registration is available at and is free to anyone attending the Dare ProtoPlay conference on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th August. Entry is also free for students.

Jesse Schell’s talk at Dare ProtoPlay is in partnership with the Turing Festival.

He will also mentor some of the teams taking part in the weekend-long game jam, which this year is taking the theme of ‘flying, stargazing and rainbow chasing’ from Dundee Contemporary Arts’ Blue Skies festival.

Gregor White, Director of Academic Enterprise at Abertay University, said:

“Jesse is an incredibly important figure in game design, and we’re very proud to be welcoming him to Dare ProtoPlay in partnership with the excellent Turing Festival.

“Game design is a discipline that’s often overlooked, but designers play a really central role to imagining the experience that the player will ultimately have – and in guiding artists and programmers to work together to realise that vision.”

Dare ProtoPlay marks the end of Dare to be Digital, the international game design contest for students run in Dundee each summer by Abertay University.

Dare to be Digital gives exceptionally talented students a life-changing opportunity to be mentored by games industry experts – and to take the stage at the BAFTA Video Games Awards as winners.

The Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival is open to the public from Thursday August 8 to Sunday August 11 in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square.

The event is sponsored by Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council and EventScotland.

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Jesse will also be speaking at the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), in partnership with the Turing Festival. It will be the first ever representation of the games world at the EIF. “Interfaces: The Leisure Revolution” is at 5pm on Sunday 11th August at the Hub in Edinburgh. 

More information about the Turing Festival, including more details about the Turing Fringe, are available on the Turing Festival website: Other speakers this year include Jim McKelvey of Square, DJ Powers of Valve, Sandra Alzetta of Visa, Matt Mason of BitTorrent, Michelle You of Songkick, Vitaly Friedman of Smashing Magazine, Brian Doll of Github, and Mike Hearn, Bitcoin developer.


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