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27.–31. March, 2013
Healthcare seeks creative gamers
Photo by Steinar H. Gunderson

Healthcare seeks creative gamers

Can the future's health challenges be solved with games? Here's your chance to be the first to find out!

Several companies have already realized the valueable resources that The Gathering attracts every Easter. Latest to join them is Norway's health sector. This Easter they are coming to TG to find clever treatment solutions.

Oslo Medtech, Sunnaas Sykehus, Innovasjon Norge and Regionalt forskningsfond Hovedstaden will organize a competition during the event, to find sharp game enthusiasts.

– Game technology allows us to develop motivational rehabilitation. Training is often tough, but with games the patient can be motivated further, says Sveinung Tornås, Chief of Innovation at Sunnaas sykehus HF.

They particularly see the value of games in situations where the patient is required to exercise a lot on their own. Games will help motivate and reward. Through the competition the companies are secured to find experts in the game and computing field, and also give them a chance to contribute with their ideas.

– The Gathering has always been a very creative event, and we are happy that Oslo Medtech has realized that, says TG's Chief of Press, Simon Eriksen Valvik.

Anyone can participate in the competition, no matter what age. It's all about the ideas. Initially, there will be two subjects, in both which we require a sketch or a concept:

* A game application that will improve or streamline today's healthcare.
* A game training center using upcoming technology to stimulate training of the senses and movement.

If you would like to demonstrate how the game will work, e.g. with a simple prototype, you are welcome to do so. However, the important thing is the idea.

The winners will be selected by a jury. They will receive help from Innovasjon Norge and Forskingsrådet to apply for economic support for their project.

More information about the competition is available here!