Competition

The GALA Competition aims at celebrating excellence and innovation in serious games through a friendly game contest.

GALA 2021 Competition theme:
Crisis management, emergency response and pandemic games

This year’s competition will focus on crisis management, emergency response and pandemic games. These are powerful tools to tackle the uncertainty and complexity related to the above-mentioned issues. Moreover, they can be used at local, regional, national and international level to support preparedness and response activities. In fact, these games can be used as a means to perform several activities, which include but are not limited to:

  • development and testing of response plans
  • training and rehearsal of such response plans
  • rehearsal and analysis of organisational processes
  • understanding of stakeholder relationships
  • building a shared understanding of the problem.

Submissions in line with other topics relevant to the GALA Conference are welcome.

Awards

The submissions to the GALA 2021 Competition will be reviewed by a jury of established Serious Game designers and researchers. Games will be evaluated on the basis of their originality and innovativeness, both from the perspective of the technical development and the proposed approach to meet the game objectives (i.e., learning, communication and research).

The best Serious Games will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Academic: Serious Games that have been designed and produced in a research laboratory
  • Business: Serious Games that have been designed and produced by a company
  • Student: Serious Games that have been designed and produced by Master students or lower degree
  • Late-breaking ideas: Serious Games that have not been fully developed and tested (e.g., prototypes), but present original and innovative perspectives 

The winners will be invited to present their Serious Games at the GALA 2021 Exhibition. Moreover, original and innovative work presented will be invited to submit a short paper for inclusion in the special issue of the International Journal of Serious Games. 

JURY

President

Anja van Hulstd, Senior Scientist , TNO – The Netherlands

Members

  • Lionel Alvarez, Research director, HEP Fribourg – Switzerland
  • Chiara Eva Catalano, Research Fellow, IMATI Institute CNR – Italy
  • Mattia Fortunati, CTER CNR – Italy
  • Thierry Geoffre, Research director, HEP Fribourg – Switzerland
  • Anne-Laure Jousselme, Senior Scientist, NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
  • Pierre Laforcade, Associate professor, Le Mans Université – France
  • Bertrand Laforge, Professor, Sorbonne University – France
  • Cathy Pons Lelardeux, Research engineer, INU Champollion – France
  • Guillaume Loup, Associate professor, Université Paris Saclay – France
  • Nour El Mawas, Associate professor, Université Lille – France
  • Lauren Ancel Meyers, Center for Advance Pathogen Threat and Response Simulation (CAPTRS) – United States
  • Michela Mortara, Research Fellow, IMATI Institute CNR – Italy
  • Thomas Planques, Creative and operational director, Ikigai – France
  • Phil Siegel, Center for Advance Pathogen Threat and Response Simulation (CAPTRS) – United States
  • Mathieu Vermeulen, Research engineer, IMT Lille – France
  • Francesco Zanichelli, Professor, University of Parma – Italy

IMPORTANT DATES

Game Submissions deadline: 5 September 2021 20 September 2021

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Games have to be submitted through the competition submission system. SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED

Each submission has to include:

  • A description of the game
  • A link to a video (5 minutes) which clearly shows the process of the game
  • A link to three pictures of the game
  • A link for downloading or playing online the game

Find out more about previous competitions: GALA Conference Past Editions

For further information, please contact Dr Francesca de Rosa  <Francesca.deRosa@cmre.nato.int>