Graham Brown-MartinLearning Without Frontiers (LWF), the “activist" organisation behind the successful Handheld and Game Based Learning education conferences wants to identify and celebrate 30 radical young innovators currently working to shape the future of learning and teaching.

A party in East London’s Vibe Bar on January 13 will kick off the Europe-wide 30under30 initiative and oldies are welcome too. “But you do have to be 30 or under to be nominated,” says youthful LWF managing director Graham Brown-Martin (pictured). “Nominations will be taken after the launch party leading to the list being published in October 2010 as part of a campaign to raise the profile of these talented individuals.”

Graham Brown-Martin says the 30under30 programme was inspired by Lord David Putnam saying: "Decision making is in the hands of people in their 50s, who are making decisions to be implemented by people in their 40s on behalf of people who may well be in their teens."

Although candidates should be linked with learning and teaching and their approaches are “rising to the challenges of the 21st century and the expectations of learners”, they don’t have to be teachers working in a classroom. Nominations can be drawn from a diverse range of activities and while the list is not exhaustive, can include: teachers, researchers, artists, video-game designers, web developers, architects writers/bloggers, entrepreneurs, inventors and social media scientists.

Nominations open online (http://30under30.eu) on February 1 and run until March 31. They will be whittled down to a shortlist by a team of independent judges and the 30 winners decided by open votes delivered online and by mobile phone texts.

Strong line-up for Games Based Learning 2010

Visitors to this year’s Game Based Learning conference have until January 31 to take advantage of the £250 early bird registration discount.

The event has a strong line-up so far: Professor Stephen Heppell, who is running Playful Learning at BETT 2010, Ewan McIntosh, digital commissioner for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East with 4iP (the investment fund created by Channel 4 to re-invent how public service media are developed, commissioned and delivered) and a top expert on games and learning, Derek Robertson, who runs Learning and Teaching Scotland’s Consolarium project. The world of politics is represented by Ed Vaizey, shadow minister for culture and the creative industries.

This is the second Game Based Learning conference and the theme will be “Video Games, Social Media and Learning”. It is a two-day event (March 29-30) at The Brewery, London and, according to the GBL website, the main conference and break-out sessions will explore “how social media, commercial off-the-shelf and serious game technologies are improving learning in schools, universities, healthcare, military and corporate training”. A new international research strand in games-based learning will feature with January 31 being the deadline for submissions.

Other keynote speakers include: Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma, who believes the creative industries can learn from pirates to thrive in the 21st century; Siobhan Reddy and Kareem Ettouney, Media Molecule; Alice Taylor, commissioning editor, education, Channel 4; Jonathan Stewart, director, Hollier Medical Simulation Centre; Major Roy Evans, British Army; Michael Acton Smith, CEO and founder of multi-player game developers, Mind Candy.

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