Create a sustainable-city sim game to win a Berlin trip


WHAT WE WANT: (left) Siemens Malaysia communications assistant manager Sujatha Krishnan demonstrating a sample of a city simulation game to a group of Tunku Abdul Rahman College students interested in the SieMyCity competition.

KUALA LUMPUR: Calling all budding videogame developers in local universities; here is your chance to design a city simulation game a-la SimCity in a competition organised by Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd and win an all-expense paid trip to Berlin, Germany.

The SieMyCity: Build Your Ideal KL competition’s main objective is to raise awareness of sustainable cities.

Vasanthe Narayanasamy, Siemens Malaysia vice-president and head of communications, said the game must include the development of transportation systems; renewable energy supplies; waste management systems; good urban planning; healthcare and even educational centres in the simulated city.

The contest is supported by MyGameDev2020, an Entry Point Project initiative under the Economic Transformation Programme’s Education NKEA (National Key Results Area), initiated to enable Malaysia to become a leading game development centre in the region.

SieMyCity is open to undergraduate, postgraduate and international students studying at local universities. A team of not more than five students, with a maximum of two teams from each university, are eligible to participate.

The competition will kick off on Oct 18 and end on Nov 30.

“We hope to get about 15 teams to participate,” said Vasanthe.

The teams are required to submit one game concept proposal, one rudimentary game prototype/demo, and clearly typed instructions for deployment of the game. Take note, the concept must be realistic and feasible, she said.

During the six-week long competition, participating teams are also required to engage the public via the SieMyCity Facebook page, http://on.fb.me/RgaAMR.

They must also respond to a weekly question on sustainable cities, videogaming or other related matters that will be posted on the Facebook page, and the answers must be in the form of a video. This will contribute to each team’s overall score.

A panel of judges will review the entries and compile a shortlist of teams that will proceed to the next stage of the competition.

The shortlisted teams are required to attend the final event that willl take place in January next year, where each team must make an oral presentation of their game concept, as well as present their prototype.

The grand prizes for the winning team are an all-expenses paid four-day trip to the University of Berlin, to attend a two-day short course on sustainable cities, as well as an RM10,000 grant to further develop their game for Siemens, under the mentorship of MyGameDev2020.

First and second runners-up will receive a cash prize of RM3,000 and RM2,000, respectively.

Those interested in joining the competition must register before Oct 17, via an e-mail sent to siemycity@misteeqmedia.com.

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