Five third year games development students, Ryan Bissett, Steven Ward, Shane Gavin, Likas Ponik and Andrew McMahon from DkIT have just returned from a ten day Intensive programme in Lodz, Poland.
The students were accompanied on the trip by Derek O’Reilly and Shane Dowdall, who both lecture in the department of computing and mathematics in the college. The goal of the programme was to bring students of different nationalities and disciplines together, to develop mobile games that encourage contextual learning through the interaction of the real world and virtual reality. Participating in the programme were 26 students from Ireland, Poland, Belgium, and Finland with backgrounds in game development, IT, tourism, teaching and business management.
The programme was heavily focused on teamwork and interpersonal communication, which successfully led to five well-received games, two of which have since been selected for further development by local organisations over the coming months.
The students from Ireland brought a unique skill-set to the project which proved to be a vital component in each team and the finished games, and gained invaluable experience and insights into the reality of the game development process.
The students would like to extend their sincerest thanks to all involved in the programme, not least our lecturers Derek O’Reilly and Shane Dowdall, the organisers and students from all nations involved and, in particular, our hosts in Poland who treated us like old friends from the moment we arrived.