The Chezo Serious Gaming Hub, backed by VIA Water, has been created in Nairobi to bring together experienced serious gaming experts from Kenya and the Netherlands. Other partners include iHub, Upande, Deltares, FloodCom and The Barn. This initiative is the first in its kind and aims to inspire, train and incubate local entrepreneurs while assisting them tackle real life and urban water issues.
“Using games to educate and teach is a long standing tradition in Africa. Think of the famous and probably the oldest “Mancala” game – also known as “the sowing game” – used to teach agriculture and problem solving. Games form an integral part of African tradition,” the partners said.
“Kenya boasts a rich and vibrant technology scene and an entrepreneurship ecosystem that has in recent years received worldwide attention for churning out ingenious innovations. Despite this, serious gaming is still nascent and untapped as is the case globally.”
The Chezo Serious Gaming Hub looks to change that, with the various partners providing pro-bono training, mentorship and other support to aspiring game developers. Workshops will begin next month, culminating in a “game jam” to select winners (out of 30 participants) to proceed to the second stage. All training materils developed will be available for free after the project.
The winners will receive support from the partners to help develop and launch their innovations.
Three overall winning teams will then be selected to receive further mentorship and other support from consortium partners, with cash grants of up to EUR2,000 (US$2,200) also awarded to the most promising teams.
Source: Disrupt Africa