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Cultural gaming as an innovative and interactive tool for modelling smart and sustainable regions

Time: 10:40-11:50 Tuesday 8 November

Venue: Lindgrenrummet

Cultural gaming enables citizens and professionals to simulate their preferred future. The workshop will demonstrate and discuss how such games can practically contribute to macro-regional development priorities – and thereby to the vision for the Baltic Sea Region 2030.
The Baltic Sea Region has strongholds in culture, creative industries and ICT, including within the area of gaming. Also, the macro region shares many objectives for sustainable and inclusive development. Cultural gaming offers an opportunity to combine these strengths and development objectives. Considerable progress is being made in applying big data for ‘smart cities and communities’, but there is still some way to go to create comprehensive realistic virtual modelling of present and future scenarios. Likewise, there is some way to go in the application of such modelling to be appealing to citizens. This requires ‘gaming windows’, which are interactive and widely accessible across social groups, age groups, gender, beliefs and cultures.

As part of smart specialisation strategies (which in many regions focus on creative industries and ICT), there is an opportunity to address these challenges. The challenges are both technological and non-technological, including access, culture, interdisciplinary areas, aesthetics, etc. Innovation is the key issue. As in other innovation areas, macro-regional cooperation has an opportunity to create added value.

Vu Bui, COO, Mojang
Olaf Gerlach-Hansen, Danish Cultural Institute
Nynne Sole Dalå, GeoBoxers (DK)
Kristiina Urb/Creativity Lab (EST) (TBC)
Preliminary moderator: Jan Widberg, Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia
Lissa Holloway-Attaway, PA Education
Jaana Simula (Pori/UBC)




Main organiser
Nordic Council of Ministers

Seminar contact person
Jan Widberg

Seminar partner organisations
Simon Drewsen Holmberg, Danish Cultural Institute in the Baltics 
Olaf Gerlach-Hansen, Danish Cultural Institute in Copenhagen

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
Connect the Region: Connecting people in the region
Increase Prosperity: EUSBSR contributing to the implementation of Europe 2020
Increase Prosperity: Climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management