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Games to explore smart power distribution and demand

Can games designers help people manage and reduce their consumption of energy? That is one of the challenges contained in a new funding competition on “Smart Power Distribution and Demand”.

The Technology Strategy Board is offering funding for feasibility studies as the exploratory phase of a four year programme to stimulate innovation in power distribution and the management of demand. The competition briefing paper suggests that there may a role for creative businesses in helping to develop "novel, demand side, consumer focused technologies" in the field. It cites cognitive design and social gaming as relevant skillsets.

What would be the reality of building such a proposal? Is it feasible for games developers or GUI designers towork effectively with smart meter manufacturers, energy companies or other players in the power sector? What form might a joint project or feasibility study take? A multi-platform app on smart phones or tablets that talks to individual smart meters? A Sim City style game featuring real time data? New paradigms around trading of energy to drive new patterns of consumption?

To explore the possibilities, CIKTN and the Pervasive Media Studio are hosting a ‘Partnering for Innovation’ event at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol on 16th January 2012. It will bring together people from the games and design sectors with representatives from the energy sector.

If this is a challenge that interests you and you would like to take part in the event, please contact anita@creativeindustriesktn.org

 

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