By Dolly Rairigh Glass

SGSC_logoSubmissions for the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge open right around the corner on August 1, and offer opportunities for businesses, government and students to compete at the 2014 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) at the Orange County Convention Center. SGS&C was created from the desire to stimulate industry creativity and increase institutional interest toward the use of digital game technology as an accepted approach for training and simulation.

As the premier venue for recognition in the field of Serious Game development, SGS&C showcases the innovation and creative talents in Serious Games, demonstrating how games are a viable medium for imparting training objectives for a range of purposes – originally focused on defense-related training, but quickly growing more popular in fields like medical training, education and communication.

Expert evaluators from across the world actively involved in Serious Games will name finalists, then winners for the categories of Best Business-Developed Game; Best Government-Developed Game; Best Student-Developed Game; Best Mobile Game, and the Best Game in this year’s Special Emphasis Category of Social Media Crowdsourcing. The Students’ Choice award recognizes the best in school subject Serious Games from the users’ perspectives – it will be chosen by students from OCPS and other participating schools. Additionally, the People’s Choice award is determined by attendee ballots submitted during I/ITSEC.

The yearly growth and success of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge has been a contributing factor to the forward motion and growth of Serious Games development.

For more information on how to submit your games, as well as sponsorship opportunities, visit Serious Games Showcase & Challenge.

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