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New Wellcome Trust Competition Aims to Let Public Play with Biomedical Research


Through its new 'Gamify your PhD' initiative, the Wellcome Trust is soliciting ideas from biomedical researchers for video games based on their doctoral work.

Selected ideas will go to what the organization calls a "two-day hack," in which "small teams of games developers [will] turn these ideas into addictive, challenging, and educational games." Of those games, the best will then be funded for development into a releasable game.

The Wellcome Trust says this program is part of its wider commitment "to using games and gaming culture as a means of engaging people with science." It adds that "a range of awards schemes is open to developers interested in creating innovative, entertaining and accessible games based on biomedicine and medical history." Additional information on the program is available, here.