Imagine that you could help beat cancer just by playing a game on your smart phone. It might sound far-fetched, but we’re working to make this idea a reality.
Over the weekend of 1-3 March we brought together Cancer Research UK scientists and technology specialists to develop a mobile game to help speed up our research.
Emma Rigby from our press office watched the events unfold and shares her diary of the weekend below.
Day 1: developing ideas
It’s 6.30pm on a Friday and most people are heading home after a long week in the office but for this team of experts, the work is just beginning.
We’re at Google Campus in London for a 48 hour GameJam – an event where technology experts build computer games. As we mentioned in our last post, – this is a GameJam with a difference, bringing together Cancer Research UK’s scientists and more than 50 experts – developers, designers, gamers and mobile specialists including gurus from Amazon Web Services, Facebook and Google.
There are new ‘game jammers’ from Eventbrite and return experts from Cancer Research UK’s first hackathon event last year. There is support from Citizen Science Alliance, Omnisoft and students from Imperial and City University.
People have travelled from as far as Seattle, Dublin, Belfast and the Isle of Man to be here.
Everyone’s giving their time and expertise for free to develop a mobile phone game to speed up cancer research.