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We are delighted to announce a number of opportunities available to creatives and artists for playARK festival 2013. We are commissioning game designers and experience makers to bring their games to Cardiff this November. The games can be anything from pervasive street games to computer assisted games. During playARK festival 2013 we will be programming two headline games, five pop-in games and then two games specifically for family orientated audiences. So if you have a game that you have already designed or you want to bring something new that will premiere at playARK we want to hear from you.

Below is a link for application packed full of further information on what we are looking for.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon August 30th

Find Out More and Apply Here

If you have any queries regarding this opportunity please contact Natalie

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This months meet up is a shoe and tell event your chance to turn up and talk about something you have been working on. The talk doesn't have to be fancy of be very long, just bring something to show.

Confirmed talks are:

- Trade School
- Sustainability talk
- walks and talks alpha test opportunity

If you would like to take part or just come and hear somethings this month we will be at Bachus (the old CAI) from around 7pm

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We are delighted to announce our second meetup which will once again take place on Wednesday 27th March. We'll be talking about Creativity and Play with Steve Coleman. Steve is currently "researching the links between play and creativity with a weather eye towards pervasive gaming".

We will also have time to chat about projects people are thinking about doing as well. So if you have an idea want to meet new people and develop some socially motivated projects why not come along.

Please come along, 7pm, upstairs in 33 Windsor Place, CF10 3BZ.

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We have arranged our first monthly meetups.

Hope to see you all there.

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We have been thinking about thinkARK and how it can develop and over the last year or so we have been struggling (so to speak) to bring the mountain to us. So we have decided why not go to the mountain. To this end we have decided to make our weekly meetings monthly which will be special more event based evenings. The first one is going to be at the end of February (27th) at 33 windsor place. which is going to be really great to get it kicked off.

Victoria Tillotson one of the people behind the sunday soup groups in Bristol is coming over to talk to us about their experiences about the project. So please come along to that. Then for all the other wednesday's we will be heading far and wide to experience other peoples events and learn new things so we will be changing our calendar slightly so that we put on things that people might be interested in going to do and see. A kind of what's on for people who want to learn, do and socialise.

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There seem to be a few things on the agenda for this wednesday's meet up so thought might be an idea to write them up see if it helps get people see whats going on.

- Monthly wednesday events for thinkARK (where and what could they be?)
- Sunday Soup (a project setup by Mab Jones wondering if thinkARK can get involved in anyway?)
- Future projects (have we got any ideas for projects?)

Anything else?

Just add below in comments.

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So This year has been great in terms of projects for thinkARK but I feel that it has lost some consistency with regards to the wednesday club. The main reason this year has been the lack of a space. Cardiff Arts Institute changed to Bacchus and with it the people changed and so did the conditions of using their space. It's a shame that a company as large as Brains have places and spaces and no awareness or even desire to help out volunteer groups. We would have had to rent the space out every week for £50, which seems a bit steep.

Anyway with this in mind we have moved to 33 Windsor Place. It's still early days but it seems more suitable. The music isn't too loud and they also have a space upstairs. With this in mind I am wondering if we can start to break up the thinkARK wednesday clubs through a monthly show and tell.

So The idea I am thinking about is to keep the week socials but then the last wednesday of every month have a show and tell event about something in particular. I was hoping to see what people think about the idea?


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This week was a bit extreme for thinkARK. We had two things to contend with. Part of the group were running a project called trade school cardiff which you can find info about in the projects section of the site. It's taking place over the whole week and there are loads of great things being taught and loads of other things being bartered for. Running along side this was having a Wednesday club with a difference.

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Blow Football is an exciting two player augmented reality game. Augmented reality is an exciting technology and Blow Football points to some of the innovations in gaming we will see in the coming years. Taking a smart phone/tablet players go head to head to score 5 goals - simple. A tournament will be held on the day. From 16 players to Cardiff Champion!

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