Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU) University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe. Their Games and Interaction School is well known for pioneering applied game design and playful interaction research to address problems that cannot be solved with conventional approaches.
Co-creation with subject matter experts, user-centeredness and research form the foundation of several HKU designed innovative pilots in areas such as healthcare, education, cultural heritage and safety – all will be highlighted during the presentation.
Mr. Viktor Wijnen-de Bont (Msc BEng) is Director Games and Interaction at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, one of the eight schools of HKU in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Viktor Wijnen-de Bont studied industrial engineering and social psychology, and has worked several years for the Taskforce Innovation Utrecht Region as project manager (Serious) Games. His work for the Taskforce Innovation Utrecht eventually culminated amongst others in the founding of the Dutch Game Garden (DGG) in the city of Utrecht in the Netherland. Viktor was one of the founding fathers and managing director of the Dutch Game Garden (DGG) from 2008 until 2014, the driver of gaming activity in the broadest sense of the word in The Netherlands. Viktor has an extensive network, knowledge and experience in business, knowledge institutions and politics.
Niels Keetels is a lead game designer and researcher at HKU Innovation Studio and a lecturer at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht’s School of Games and Interaction. In addition to several years of experience in the games industry as an engine programmer for console games Niels currently holds an MA in game design and an MPhil in media. The triadic relation of his technical knowledge, applied game design expertise and academic background helped shape HKU University of the Arts Utrecht’s applied game jam format; an 48-hour pressure cooker that blends the creative and innovative practices of game jams with the didactic aims of game design education.
Teun Dubbelman is Course Leader and Deputy Director of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht’s School of Games and Interaction. He holds a PhD in Media and Culture Studies from Utrecht University. He has been Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His current interest as researcher and lecturer is interactive narrative design, focusing on the affordances of interactive and digital media for storytelling.