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Ukie launch first ever Games Industry Pavilion at Big Bang Fair

Posted by TurtleGirl On March - 13 - 2014

Ukie have joined forces with Nesta, Microsoft, Autodesk and BAFTA to create the first ever Games Industry Pavilion at this year’s Big Bang Fair with the aim of inspiring young people to learn more about careers in the games industry. The stand will run across the entire duration of the show and will see over 65,000 schoolchildren, teachers and parents across four days getting their hands on technology.

Highlights on the pavilion include:

- BAFTA Young Game Designers discussing their current campaign and competition to inspire young people to develop games.
- Members of the Video Games Ambassadors community and Autodesk Student Experts will be running talks across the two days about game development and careers in the industry.
- Nesta will be showcasing their latest ‘Technology will save us’ initiative.
- Microsoft and Autodesk will be on the stand showing off their latest technologies and discussing skills.

CEO of Ukie, Dr Jo Twist said “Events like this are vital in helping to secure our talent pipeline in the UK and we are delighted to be holding the first ever Games Industry Pavilion at the Fair. One of the key recommendations of Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope’s Next Gen Skills report was that we needed to raise the profile of the UK’s games industry and promote the careers and skills required within game development. Given the huge reach of Big Bang Fair, we hope to inspire many more young people into making their own games, and to add art and design into the STEM mix.”

Lee Stott, Technical evangelist at Microsoft said “Microsoft have always been supportive of the student community with initiatives like the Microsoft Partners in Learning, Microsoft DreamSpark and Xbox360 for education. We need to help students develop portfolios so they can get a career in the thriving UK Gaming industry. We need to support and inspire teachers and students to build valuable workplace skills to help shape the future and working with Ukie offers a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of Game Developers. Microsoft will also be offering all UK Schools, Colleges, University students and teachers free access to their suite of products for both the classroom and home environments at the fair.”

EngineeringUK Chief Executive Paul Jackson said “There is no doubt that the UK needs more scientists and engineers and that equipping young people with STEM skills is key to their future employability. The Big Bang Fair brings science and engineering to life for young people and shows them the wide variety of careers open to them in engineering. The Games Industry Pavilion is an excellent example of this. I’m delighted that these innovative businesses are working together to show young people, parents and teachers the exciting careers available to them in the games industry.”

Matthew Bell, Autodesk Education Manager added “The video games industry has a crucial role to play in the economic development of the UK and as the world’s leading supplier of digital design software to the industry it is crucial that we support the next generation of Games Designers.  As well as supporting Ukie at this event, Autodesk are also making their cutting edge software, and curriculum materials, available free of charge to all UK Schools and Colleges, as well as Teachers and Students for use both inside, and outside, the classroom which can be downloaded here.”

Harvey Elliott, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee and the BAFTA Children’s committee, said: “Supporting and developing new talent is key to keeping the UK at the forefront of the games industry. BAFTA is thrilled to partner with Ukie at Big Bang Fair with our Young Game Designers initiative which aims to help budding young game creators take their first steps towards a career in this exciting industry.”

The UK pavilion will be located at TD6 in Hall 4 of the fair and will run across all four days of the show.

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