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USC Center on Public Diplomacy Contest

Posted Oct 18, 2005 by Jon Wood

USC Center on Public Diplomacy Contest

The University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy is hosting a rather unique and interesting contest. Dubbed the "Reinventing Public Diplomacy Through Games Competition", this contest asks players and aspiring game designers to "design,  conceive, and build a game or game prototype that employs the principles of public diplomacy." This contest would seem to fall under the center's "Public Diplomacy and Virtual Worlds" project, whose mandate is to explore "one aspect of new technology and public diplomacy: the role of video games, specifically Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs), in public diplomacy."

REINVENTING PUBLIC DIPLOMACY THROUGH GAMES

Announcing a competition to design, conceive, and build a game or game prototype that employs the principles of public diplomacy. How can video games improve public diplomacy?

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is looking for people to showcase their talent with a bit of world class game-making. The challenge to the game mod community, and current and aspiring game designers is as follows: design a prototype or modify a game incorporating the fundamental characteristics of public diplomacy.

What comes to mind when you think of diplomacy? Some ideas include cross-cultural communication, conflict negotiation, shared goals, and international exchange of knowledge. For more on our definition of public diplomacy, please visit our website.

Now incorporate that into a game or virtual world. How? That's for you to decide.

Interested applicants should subscribe to the contest mailing list for updates on the competition, deadline dates, etc.

The following must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2006:

  • Title of entry
  • Game prototype, modified game and/or short film giving a tour of the space (MPG, MPEG, MOV or AVI)
  • Description of your public space and why it promotes public diplomacy
  • Legal name and address # Contact information (physical mail address, email and phone number)

E-mail entries to: cpd@usc.edu

Subject line: PD Virtual Worlds Competition

Entries should be mailed to: USC Center on Public Diplomacy Attn: PD Virtual Worlds Competition 3502 Watt Way, Suite 103 Los Angeles, California 90089-0281

PRIZES:

1st Place Prize: $5,000 + airfare and hotel to the May 8, 2006 awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California; Private dinner and screening with world class judges including John Seely Brown, Bing Gordon, T.L. Taylor, and Cory Ondrejka, among other industry leaders.

Finalists: Airfare and hotel to the May 8, 2006 awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California; Private dinner and screening with world class judges including John Seely Brown, Bing Gordon, T.L. Taylor, and Cory Ondrejka, among other industry leaders.

For complete contest rules and regulations, click here.

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