The process 

The competition runs in a series of two phases ‘Concepts’ and ‘Execution’.

Our goal is to ensure a practical and applied game is created with sustained support and iteration over a 12 month period.  We are seeking a practical and applied culture development game based on excellent and well thought out game structure and dynamics.

Important deadlines:

Concept

Deadline for team registration and concept game submission:

17th January 2016

Execution

Deadline for tender submission:

15th February 2016

 

REGISTRATION:

To take part in the competition, your team needs to register...Fortunately it couldn't be easier !!!

Register to receive an application form, competition information and news...

Attend the launch event:

It's not essential to attend but we highly recommend it.  You will have the opportunity to meet representatives from Northumbrian Water, and hear about our approach to customer care.

There will also be an opportunity to meet specialists from the world of HR, team leadership and behavioural science who might add a little something to your team that gives you a winning advantage.

Places are limited ....You can find out more and reserve your place here:

 

sharing using TeamworkPM:

A requirement of participating in the concept competition, is to share resultant concepts and content.  To facilitate this we are using teamworkPM.  TeamworkPM is a lightweight, project workspace. on registering you will receive access to a workspace.  Simply invite your team and use the space to share communication and documents

 

things to know...

Guidance:

  • You are advised to look at the the submission form before starting out.  (You will receive a copy when you register)
  • Teams are also encouraged to ensure they have considered a diverse audience of employees and stakeholders, and have carried out some form of play testing during the design process.
  • Concepts should consider how to maintain participation over at least a 12 month period.
  • The successful game concept will consider integration with our broader HR policies, processes and customer care/ enterprising behaviour initiatives.

Rules:

  • It is not compulsory to have attended the kick off day although it will be beneficial.
  • All teams must include a company whose main office is registered in the North East.  (We are keen to support local business).
  • By submitting your game concept to the competition, you will be agreeing that it can be used by Northumbrian Water and for commercial purposes by others in part two of the competition.
 

Technical requirements:

  • Games should be designed with a mobile expression to accommodate use by both field and office staff and in recognition that our business works 24 hours a day.

  • You will be expected to share your final project on Github, while the game will hosted on the Northumbrian Water servers and website.
  • Your game needs to be a web application (e.g. HTML/JavaScript), and should be playable in all major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera).
  • Game engines, such as Unity, can also be used though please ensure that the game will be browser-based as opposed to something players will have to download.
  • The game should integrate with NWL's intranet so that our employees do not have to have a separate log on. Note, we use Active Directory to control access to microsites.

Prototype Submission:

Your team must complete the application form as well as providing a prototype or concept, and submit this by the deadline (17th january 2016).

This form enables you to describe the rationale behind your concept, game architecture, and how the game was developed; including any iterative playtesting that was carried out.

The form will include at least one team proof of North East location (Companies house number and registered office/ self employed registered address), otherwise your entry will be disqualified.

You will be expected to share your final project on Github, while the game will be accessed via Northumbrian Water intranet and broader web estate.

By submitting your game concept to the competition, you will be agreeing that it can be used by Northumbrian Water and for commercial purposes by others in part 2 of the competition.  In part 2 (Execution) of the competition, content submitted in part 1 (Concept) will be free to share and adapt, as long as participants credit the original creators.

You can find out more about the judging process here