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Last Year's Brains Eden Gaming Festival 2013

DATES ANNOUNCED for Brains Eden 2014!

Next year's festival will take place at Anglia Ruskin University on Friday 4th - Monday 7th July 2014.

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Round-up of Brains Eden 2013 Gaming Festival

Cambridge is a hot bed for technological advancement and is host to a world leading digital creative hub which has grown in support of historic local hardware initiatives. A good number of world-renowned games development companies and over a thousand games industry professionals are employed in Cambridge.

Conceived by Games Eden, Cambridge's games development network and produced by Creative Front Cambridgeshire, this vibrant festival is fully supported and funded by industry leaders such as ARM, Sony Guerrilla Cambridge, PlayStation First, Frontier and Jagex.

“Brains Eden not only sparks debate between industry and academia but also celebrates the developers of the future and the ground breaking work of the Cambridge games development community.” Clare Denham, Manager, Creative Front

Brains Eden is made possible by the support and dedication of Creative Front Cambridgeshire, Anglia Ruskin University's initiative to stimulate, incubate, grow and further the creative industries in the Cambridge area.



About Brains Eden 2013

Brains Symposium
Friday 28 June

Every year, we bring together the brightest brains in industry to look at what the future holds for gaming and how we can respond to develop the talent of the future. This year Ian Livingstone CBE, one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry kicked off the festival with a keynote address, Life is a Game.



Question Time Panel
Following the keynote, we held a BAFTA Question Time panel with leaders in the games industry. Panellists include: David Braben (Frontier Developments) / Mark Gerhard (Jagex) Terry Cavanagh / Nizar Romdhane (ARM) / Mark Green (Sony Guerrilla Cambridge) / Chaired by Ian Livingstone.

“BAFTA is an organisation committed to championing the art and craft of games and so we’re really pleased to have the opportunity to work with Games Eden and Creative Front Cambridgeshire, to help inspire and develop the next generation of games makers. Offering a platform for established practitioners to share their experiences is key to BAFTA’s learning ethos, so the symposium at Brains Eden gaming festival is a great way of reaching a new crop of emerging talent.”

Harvey Elliott, Chairman of the BAFTA Games Committee


Games Jam
Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June, 8am - midnight

Featuring BE. MOBILE
Brains Eden Games Jam ran over the weekend seeing 150 students from across the UK and Europe come together and compete in teams to build a new game from scratch. 31 new games was produced and exhibited in the Ruskin Gallery on Monday 1 July and a group of industry judges awarded exclusive prizes to the best teams. 2013’s Games Jam is supported by Unity and facilitated by Pop Leaf.


2013 saw the launch of BE. Mobile, working with our premium sponsors, ARM.
ARM design the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products and they gave each team exclusive access to the latest mobile tablet devices to develop their games on.

Careers Clinic
Monday 1 July, 10.00 – 16.00
This element of the festival has grown each year and offers students and graduates a rare opportunity for to talk directly to games development studios and future employers. Artists, Coders, Designers, Producers and Programmers from all the major developers in Cambridge will be on hand to lead 1-2-1 clinics.


Games Artwork Exhibition
Monday 1 July, 10.00 – 16.00
Held in the stunning Ruskin Gallery, this unique and inspiring exhibition showcases games artwork and designs from world-leading development studios and university students across the UK and Europe.

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