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Dare to be Digital 2016 applications now open.
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Key Dates for Dare 2016:

13th March Sunday

Deadline for application

23rd March Fri

Judges finishing judging

30th March Wed

Inform short-listed teams for interviews

11th - 24th  April


25th Apr Mon

15 Finalists confirmed

Week of 25th April


4th July to 17th July

Optional resident development at Abertay University (accommodation costs paid by students)

18th July to 9th August

Compulsory resident development at Abertay University with free accommodation provided

3rd-6th August

DiGRA conference

4-7th August

Dare ProtoPlay

8th – 12th August

Optional games business workshop


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Some basic information:

  • Final applications, including a pitching video must be made by 13 March (Sunday) midnight (UK time).
  • Games that started development no earlier than June 2015 are eligible.
  • Students from universities and colleges and recent graduates (no earlier than 2015) in teams of up to 8 can apply.
  • Finalists will work on their games through early summer before coming to Dundee to complete them and prepare them for Dare ProtoPlay. Accommodations will be provided by Abertay and other sponsors to the teams from 18 July (Monday) through 9 August (Tuesday) in Dundee, for at least five members of the team, and more based on availability.
  • Applications must be endorsed by a member of teaching staff from the team’s host university
  • Teams must arrange to provide the computers, software and devices required to develop and showcase their games.

Q1 – What prizes will I get?
The 3 winning teams will get a cash prize of £2,500 each. We are also in discussion with other partners. There may be other prizes up for grabs as well.

Q2 - Do I need to submit a complete game before I apply?
No. You don't need to submit a complete game before you apply. We will have mentors to offer you online support between June and July to help you finish the game once you are selected, and you will be given more opportunities to get advice and feedback while you are staying at Abertay. However, your application will be evaluated on the viability of your team's proposal to produce a finished game at the end of the summer.

Q3 - Where can we find other team members?
We don't get involved in placing people in to teams. If you are struggling to find team members, we would recommend posting your requirements on the 'Disqus' comment below. Additionally, you could ask friends on your course, email people on other courses, put notices around your University / other Universities or talk to your lecturer.

Q4 - I was a team member in Dare in previous years. Can I take part again, either as part of the same team or as part of a new team?
No. You cannot take part in the Dare competition, but you are welcome to join Dare Indie Fest.

Q5 - I applied to the competition in previous years but my team did not get a place / I was also interviewed but was unsuccessful. Can I apply this year?
If you were previously unsuccessful you can apply as many times as you like. You can also apply again if you attended interview but were not successful in getting a place. Teams or individuals who were successful in getting a place on the competition but later withdrew cannot apply again - this includes individuals or teams who withdrew prior to the competition or during.

Q6 - One / two of my team members have already graduated. Can my team still apply to Dare 2016?
Graduates who were students in 2015 are eligible to apply.

Q7 - Someone in my team has worked in the Games Industry. Can he/she still join my team?
No applicant should have had any extensive (more than one year full time) work experience in a development role in the games industry as a graduate or study break. Part time relevant work and internships undertaken during consecutive years of study are permitted. Please refer to the Dare team if you are unsure.

Q8 - What do I need to include in the 5-minute video pitch in the application form?
What you put in the video pitch is entirely up to you - there are no set guidelines. The purpose of it is to explain and sell your game idea to the judging panel so that they better understand it and will want to interview the team. You can put whatever you want in it but be mindful of the limited time you have and only include content which helps get your game idea across. After watching your pitch the judges should have a far better understanding of your game idea. Try to think creatively and engage the judges. Think that if you were a judge, and you were going to have to watch lots of these videos, what would you want to see from a team?

Q9 - Where will the selection days be held this year?
They will be held in May. Exact dates and locations to be confirmed.

Q10 - What will happen at the selection day?
Your team will be required to prepare a presentation on your game idea and deliver it to a judging panel, normally 3-4 people from various backgrounds in the games industry. If you are invited to interview, you will be told what you have to prepare.

Q11 - Will all my team members have to attend the selection day?
At least 1 representative needs to participate in the interview. Participation by members of your team will be interpreted as commitment to a viable project by the judges.

Q12 - My team won't be able to make the selection day in my region - can we arrange another date?
No, there is only 1 selection day in each of the specified selection regions and it cannot be changed. We have tried as much as possible to avoid clashing with examination dates and holidays but this is often unavoidable due to the often-differing dates set by each University / Art College. Due to the number of people involved in the selection day process, along with the fact they are using their working time to assess entries, only one day can be set aside to hold interviews. We also have to ensure the date does not clash with important dates in the Games Industry calendar as the judges will be at these events! However, if the date of the selection day is inconvenient, we will endeavour to arrange a specific time on the date of the selection day which best suits your team.

Q13 - Who will pay for travel costs to the interviews?
All teams chosen to come to interview will need to pay for their own travel, regardless of their geographic location. International students can use video conferencing facilities.

Q14 - How far can the game be developed before the competition starts, for example can you come in with a partly done game?
You can bring a game which was developed during a game jam or as part of your University course, as much developed as you want, but the game development mustn’t be started before June 2015.

Q15 - How will our game be judged in the end?
They will be judged by a high level games industry panel who will judge each game against the 3 main Dare criteria of creativity,  viability and audience awareness.

Q16 – Who will own the rights to my game?
You and your team members are the sole owners of your game IP.

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