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Swimgames.nl 2013: games in the pool

Once more, Menno Deen and myself organized the Swimgames.nl course. Students from Fontys ICT and TU/e ID developed interactive games for in the swimming pool, and evaluated them with real users in the Tongelreep. Impressive games, valuable user evaluations, and a lot of ‘fun for thought’.

More information:

  1. Video overview of the developed games: vimeo
  2. Photo impression of the course: flickr
  3. Swimgames.nl website: url
Games [4Health] Jam 2013: Sink or Swim!



Together with Fontys colleagues, I organized the 3rd Games [4Health] Jam; this year’s theme was ‘Sink or Swim’: 40 participants created working games IN THE SWIMMING POOL, within 50 hours!
Design sessions and user evaluations were done immediately in the swimming pool - with all the expected (and unexpected) complications. All by all, a fun and inspiring weekend, with good results from the participants.

More information:Video overview of the final games: vimeo
Video impression of the gamejam: vimeo
Game jam website & overview results: url

Games [4Health] Jam 2013: Sink or Swim!

Together with Fontys colleagues, I organized the 3rd Games [4Health] Jam; this year’s theme was ‘Sink or Swim’: 40 participants created working games IN THE SWIMMING POOL, within 50 hours!

Design sessions and user evaluations were done immediately in the swimming pool - with all the expected (and unexpected) complications. All by all, a fun and inspiring weekend, with good results from the participants.

More information:

  1. Video overview of the final games: vimeo
  2. Video impression of the gamejam: vimeo
  3. Game jam website & overview results: url

Course: games in the swimming pool

35 students from 3 education programs, 40 teenagers, a swimming pool, and 7 interactive games in the water: the course swimgames.nl was a great success!
In this course, developed and lectured by Menno Deen and myself, our students designed and developed interactive games in the swimming pool. Cameras, RFID readers, buttons: it was all added to the Tongelreep swimming pool, and evaluated right away by eager teenagers.

Hart van Nederland, a national news agency, also covered us in a news feature.

More information can be found at Swimgames.nl

More information:

  1. Video overview of ‘in-progress’ concepts: Vimeo
  2. Video overview of final concepts: Vimeo
  3. Hart van Nederland news item: HvN
  4. Course website & overview results: url

Second price Health 2.0 Challenge

Together with Menno Deen and Ton Sleegers, I won the 2nd price in the Health 2.0 Challenge. We won this price of 2000 euro with our game-concept RopeJump.
RopeJump is a multiplayer game in the swimming pool, where players take turns to dive to the bottom of the pool, and try to hit the underwater button at the exact right moment. If they succeed, and their avatar jumps over the rope, the next player has to dive down. A social (co-op) game of swimming, fun, holding your breath, and discussing tactics and strategies to win from other teams!