LEARNTEC is the leading International Trade Fair and Convention for learning with IT which will take place from 30th January – 1st February 2018 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. DGA members receive special discounts and benefits.

The 25th LEARNTEC, which took place at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 24 to 26 January, was larger than ever. With over 7,500 international professional visitors and congress participants from more than 25 countries, the organizer’s high expectations were fulfilled (2016: 7,250 visitors). “The growing importance of digital education is also evident in the stimulating atmosphere that prevailed at the fair and that was echoed in social media”, said Britta Wirtz, CEO of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH.

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The Mobile Games Forum is your chance to meet the people who matter in the global mobile games industry. They bring together hundreds of leading figures from the top gaming companies, leading publishers and influential indies in one premium venue to give you the chance to meet them face to face. MGF creates a top quality environment for meetings, using their expertise to help match you up with the right people in a relaxing professional setting. Whilst providing top quality conference content, ranging from informative talks to insightful panels. Find our more at: www.globalmgf.com/seattle-home/

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CHI PLAY 2017 is among the major international conferences on computer-mediated play and games, and will take place in Amsterdam from October 15 – 18. The CHI PLAY Series provides a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss play, games and human-computer interaction (HCI).

For the ones not attending the full academic conference, you still can become part of this experience and attend the opening Keynote on Sunday Oct. 15th for a special rate! Product designers graphic designers, animators, web designers, industrial designers or architects – designers of all stripes can learn from playfulness. Award winning game designer Ian Bogost is here to teach us that play isn’t a mindless escape from boring reality. Instead, play is what happens when we accept limitations, narrow our focus, and – consequently – have fun. Which is also how to live a good life.

Find out more about the keynote and order your tickets here.

Techstars Startup Weekend is the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship. A 54-hour event where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Have a great idea? Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Want to learn more about startups? Startup Weekend is the place for you!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether you found a company, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. Find out more at www.communities.techstars.com!

CHI PLAY is an international and interdisciplinary conference (by ACM SIGCHI) for researchers and professionals across all areas of play, games and human-computer interaction (HCI).

The goal of the conference is to highlight and foster discussion of current high quality research in games and HCI as foundations for the future of digital play. To this end, the conference will feature streams that blend academic research and games with research papers, interactive demos, and industry case studies.

CHI PLAY grew out of the increasing work around games and play emerging from the ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) as well as smaller conferences such as Fun and Games and Gamification. CHI PLAY is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). Find out more on www.chiplay.acm.org!

New technological advances, major strides in the marriage between visuals, gameplay and sound, while massive virtual worlds lie at the feet of the all conquering gamer, that is just a glimpse of what gaming has given and will continue to give the world.

Gone are the days of the lone gamer, stuck in his parents’ basement, playing with pixelated characters and typing green words across a black screen. Young, old, man or woman, no matter who you are, no matter where you are from, videogames are part of our lives.

Triggering a wide range of emotions, they make us feel alive, whether it is on a football pitch or crying for our long lost friend from another galaxy. Gamers unite around their favorite pastime, want to be ahead of the competition, are inquisitive by nature and want to explore. Gamers are a force to be reckoned with.

Visit gameforce.be for more information