Announcing the 2019 BC Game Developers Innovation Award

Announcing the 2019 BC Game Developers Innovation Award
08 Nov 2018 by DigiBC

As part of our strong commitment to creative technology-related educational initiatives in the province, DigiBC is asking for your support through sponsorship of the BC Game Developers Innovation Award, in conjunction with the Science Fair Foundation of B.C. Sponsors will be recognized in at regional Science Fairs across the province and can optionally be involved in judging student projects and hosting winning students at their studio. We already have sponsors in Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Victoria and Kelowna - please get involved and help make this a truly province-wide award!

The Innovation Award was created last year and awarded to deserving high school students at Science Fairs all across British Columbia in February, March and April 2018. This is the second year that the BC media industry has supported this award and we would love your involvement.
 


Science Fairs

The Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia serves to support, organize, stage and fundraise for science fairs in BC. This extends to local, regional, national and international science fairs where students supported by the foundation have consistently produced high standard projects. In British Columbia, 14 regional fairs are part of the nearly 100 fairs held every year across Canada. Each fair is affiliated with Youth Science Canada.

For more information - www.sciencefairs.ca


The Award

The BC Game Developers Innovation Award will be awarded to the student(s) whose project demonstrates creativity and innovation in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or astronomy. The award encourages the participation of women, First Nations, and others traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

Open to students in grades 7 to 12, the award includes a $50 cash award for a junior project (grades 7-8), $100 for intermediate (9-10) and $150 for senior (11-12), and will be awarded at all 14 regional science fairs. We also hope to provide winning students with the opportunity to visit a game development studio as part of their prize.


Why Sponsor?

The BC Game Developers Innovation Award represents a great opportunity to give back to our local communities, promote STEM education in B.C., and generate some positive publicity for B.C. game developers.

Science fairs are a great way to encourage young people into science, technology, engineering, and math-related activities and careers. These fairs offer students in grades 4-12 the opportunity to create original scientific research or innovative projects which are then displayed at various levels of competition. They are offered at the school, district, regional, national and international levels. Supported by the Science Fair Foundation BC, 14 regions of the province will hold local fairs in February, March and April 2019 where students will be selected for Team BC - to represent their region at the national competition held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from May 11-18, 2019.

In 2018 the award was sponsored by Blackbird Interactive, East Side Games, Electronic Arts, Finger Food Studios and Klei in the Lower Mainland, Codename Entertainment in Victoria, and Hyper Hippo and Kinematic Soup in Kelowna. We would love to find sponsors from as many regions of the province as possible to make this a truly BC-wide award!

If you would like to contribute to this co-sponsored award, please let us know! The deadline for contributions is November 30, 2018

 

Credit card payments can be made online directly through the DigiBC website.

Please contact the DigiBC office (team@digibc.org) if you would like to pay by cheque or bank wire transfer or make a donation less than $1000.

 

What You’ll Get

Any DigiBC member company who provides $1,000 in sponsorship for the award will receive:

  • Their logo on www.sciencefairs.ca
  • Acknowledgment in promotional materials
  • Acknowledgment on Science Fair Foundation BC website
  • Acknowledgment on SFF BC social media channels


In addition, if you would like to be involved in the fair for your region, you can help adjudicate the award, attend the awards ceremony and help to present the Game Developers Award, and optionally host winning students for a visit to your company office. There are also likely to be opportunities for local media coverage. Not to mention the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from helping students participate in science-based learning.

 

If sponsorship is oversubscribed we plan to use the remaining funds for any or all of:

  • plaques for student winners to commemorate their achievements
  • additional sponsorship to the Science Fair Foundation
  • travel subsidy for students to visit the nearest game studio sponsor
  • putting funds aside to support science fairs in future years

 

We look forward to your support!

 

Team BC