20 September 2018


La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL will be attending the 1st edition of Serious Games Camp Terrassa on Serious Games, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applied to the areas of education, training and health. The Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group (GRETEL), along with students from Architecture, Multimedia Engineering and Computer Engineering degrees from the University, will present their EduGame4City project.

The Serious Games Camp will be held in Terrassa, at Vapor Universitari (c/ de Colom 114) on 27 and 28 September. The goal of this programme is three-fold, aiming to raise awareness, train professionals and foster the creation of new companies to develop serious games that use virtual reality and augmented reality in the areas of education, training and health. Leading figures from the sector will share their knowledge, experiences and vision with attendees, as well as discussing entrepreneurial projects put forward by students from vocational courses and university degrees, and innovative products from companies. La Salle Campus Barcelona will be there with the EduGame4City project.

The project is designing and applying gamification with 3D visualisation using virtual reality and augmented reality to real-life cases in Barcelona, such as the so-called “Superblocks”, and is looking into ways to improve user motivation and social and spatial skills. The project is part of the larger UPC project GAME4CITY and its main goal is to improve the way we teach Architecture and improve Architecture students’ skills.

EduGame4City will be open to the public for two days during the event in the exhibition space, where attendees will be able to try the tool for themselves, using augmented reality glasses and interacting with urban space. Thanks to the use of virtual reality glasses and interactive elements, attendees at the Fair will be able to shape the public urban space, following their own criteria and working together with others to configure elements such as children’s play areas, urban gardens, vegetation, street lighting, recreational activities and cultural offerings, among others. David Fonseca, lecturer and researcher at La Salle-URL, will also hold a conference on Thursday 27 at 9.50 a.m. on “Serious Games, Urban Planning and New Educational Methods: EduGame4City”.

The aim of the project presented at the Fair is to bring virtual reality technology to all citizens so they can participate in defining the use of public spaces in Barcelona such as the so-called “Superblocks” included in the Urban Mobility Plan 2013-2018, and thereby contribute to building the city that everyone wants.