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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Saturday, 18 August 2012 12:01|
Undoubtedly, new media and new technologies are powerful tools, and have the potential to play a key role in addressing the challenges of the XXI century. The contest Create UNAOC 2012 [in], recently launched, is an opportunity for developers worldwide create innovative mobile applications and games that promote intercultural dialogue, in an attempt to avoid conflicts and global tension.
Participants individually and as a team (both beginners and experts) are invited to submit their ideas for a unique design, from its own resources and cultural experiences. The five winning proposals will be funded for development valued at U.S. $ 5000 and launched in February 2013 at the Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations United Nations (UNAOC) in Vienna, Austria (27 and 28 February 2013). Then be available to download and share worldwide.
Proposals submitted applications and games can be designed specifically to promote issues such as gender equality, youth development, the integration of immigrants and a better understanding between religions and cultures. They can also facilitate dialogue between cultures and civilizations different, even opposite.
The competition is the brainchild of the UNAOC, organized in conjunction with MIT Education Arcade and Learning Games Network, and has some global partners, including Global Voices. The Project Manager of Media Literacy and Education of the UNAOC, Jordi Torent, explains the idea of the project:
For more information about the competition, join the web site [in] the deadline for submitting projects is 30 November 2012.