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Unity Great Education Giveaway: Winners Announced

February 1, 2011 in Community, Events by

University of Arkansas

Unity Technologies is pleased to announce the winners of the Unity Mobile Generation Great Education Giveaway. Unity received 60 applications from leading game and research schools around the world. From amongst our first round submissions, twenty schools were selected to receive an Android smart phone and a mobile development suite from Unity Technologies. Today we are please to reveal our winners who will split a combined $250,000 in software and hardware prizes.

As part of the Mobile RFP, participating schools were asked to submit example curriculum and record two short video lectures demonstrating Unity on an Android device. Below are links to the winning curriculum and video lectures. In the coming months Unity will make more of these lectures and the sample curriculum available through our site.

The winners, in no particular order are:

Grand Prize Winners:

University of Arkansas – USA
“Of Mythology and ‘Droid”
Professor David Fredrick
Professor Russell Deaton
Professor Nilanjan Banerjee
Keenan Cole
Link to Lesson 1 Video, “Lighting, Decals, and Occlusion Culling”
http://vimeo.com/17961471

Link to Lesson 2 Video, “Terrain Workflow for Unity and Android”
http://vimeo.com/17961862

“Excellent, creative and fun approach: combines mythology with game development. Good focus on android. The course gives lots of technical information without being dull, because of being situated in a good example.”
—Nancy Doubleday, RIT.

“At first glance I shook my head…”Mythology”? But what a unique approach to introducing a game program and demonstrating the potential of games for learning. “ – John Jamison, RFP Review Committee, ImagiLearning

Rasmussen College- Ocala Campus – USA
School of Technology and Design
“Mobile Game Development With Unity 3D”
Program Coordinator William Sattelmeyer

Instructor Thomas Long

Week 1: www.vimeo.com/18034758

Week 3: www.vimeo.com/17964023www.vimeo.com/17946070

“Very, very thorough and well considered (proposal). They may be a little overly ambitious about what they can cover each day, but they know their students best. “
- Jeremy Gibson, USC

“Excellent understanding of course requirements, students needs, and development process. Demonstrates an existing understanding of industry needs.”
- Will Goldstone, Unity Technologies

Bond-University

Bond University – Australia
School of Communication and Media
“Mobile Game Design”
Associate Professor Penny de Byl

Lecture 1: http://www.vimeo.com/17919196

Lecture 4: http://www.vimeo.com/17918512

“Very thorough and professional course design. Good amount on android-specific stuff. Clear, concise, excellent content.”
—Nancy Doubleday, RIT.

“Just an overall well done program on game design.”
– John Jamison, ImagiLearning

The Grand prize winners will each receive 20 Android smart phones, 20 copies of Unity Pro and 20 Licenses of Unity Android Pro.

In addition to the winners above we are please to announce the following Runner Up Prize winners. The following runner up schools will each receive 10 copies of Unity Pro and 10 Unity Android Pro Licenses.

Runner Up Winners:

Ponficia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais – Brazil
Professor Marcelo Souza Nery

Vantan Game Academy – Japan
Instructor Keijiro Takahashi

Honorable Mention:
Southern Polytechnic State University – USA
Lead Faculty: Jeff Chastine
Associate Professor Jon A Preston

Acknowledgements

Unity would like to thank all of the schools who participated in the Great Education Give away. We would also like to give a special thank you to our judges panel:

Nancy Doubleday— Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology–Interactive Games and Media

Jeremy Gibson— Game Design Faculty, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts – Interactive Media Division

Peter Brinson– Instructor, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts – Interactive Media Division

John Jamison— CEO and Creative Director, ImagiLearning, Inc.

Will Goldstone— Demonstrator in Interactive Media, Bournemouth University, Technical Support Associate, Unity Technologies

Andy Brammal— Unity Technologies Regional Director of Sales Europe, American Grid Iron Enthusiast

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2 Feb 2011, 7:35 am

I have to throw out a bit of public acknowledgement for Davey himself, he crafted this idea from the start and despite some early procedural roadblocks he remained persistent and saw it through to this awesome finish. Well done Davey, thanks go out to you, the judges, the schools and everyone else involved!

Maurice
2 Feb 2011, 1:09 pm

Nice tutorials and a great offer from Unity3d, bring on all the videos.

It’s a pity no Dutch school has won.

Rianne
2 Feb 2011, 3:17 pm

@Maurice
The Dutch have never been good in game design anyway.

Shea Dunne
2 Feb 2011, 3:45 pm

Are all of the video entries available online somewhere?

2 Feb 2011, 4:09 pm

@ Maurice & Shea
We don’t have the rest of the videos posted yet. For the moment we want to focus on the winning submissions. Our plan is to post the remaining videos and curriculum as well, but we need to do it in the right format. This may be in a follow up blog post, we may post them with our getting started material, or we may put them on a dedicated page for educational users. We haven’t decided yet, and we didn’t want to clutter the announcement page with 38 links and acknowledgements.

@Maurice & Rinnane
We actually received a very nice proposals from Aalborg University and Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education. Sadly, they were not chosen by our judges.

Carlos Cox
9 Feb 2011, 11:30 am

Wow, im really surprised my College from Brazil won, our Course is very young and i didnt expect us to be among the top 5, much less win as a Runner Up!

Im very pleased all our hard work and investment is paying up and i cant wait to take advantage of the Unity Pro functionalities in this semester’s interdisciplinary game development assignment.

Go Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais! Go Brazil!

9 Feb 2011, 12:09 pm

I agree with Carlos, i mean, i never expected that! ANd that licenses will be very well used! And man, i made the game in the video in one weekend, hahaha

Go Brazil!

Tiago
11 Feb 2011, 11:42 am

@Daniel
Yes, you did it in one weekend, but don’t forget the week-long preparation for it!

By the way, congratulations to everyone that entered!

Jonathan Rios
15 Feb 2011, 6:49 pm

Congratulations to Brazil on this achievement and PUC Minas and all teachers involved in this beautiful work you and the teacher Nery, however this alive the Unit.
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Alper
15 Mar 2011, 11:36 am

@Rianne

How can you say that the Dutch have never been good in game design?

What about the Dutch-based Guerrilla Games developers with their Killzone series?

Me
21 Mar 2011, 12:53 am

@Rianne
Unnecessary senseless comment. Why aren’t the comments moderated ?

Congratulations to all the winners.

Hayden
22 Mar 2011, 6:53 pm

I wish my school would have entered, it would have been a fantastic opportunity for students in far north Queensland, Australia.

6 Jul 2011, 2:49 pm

wow that is a turn up , never would have thought that University of Arkansas would have been a winner .I was expecting it to be a list of schools in Tokyo or Taipie ;)

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