Perhaps Kajaani is a small city. Remember everything is relative 🙂 . Maybe the submit was “small” but unquestionably in Kajaani they are doing big things.
The event had three tracks on the 28th. Somehow, I dislike to do not be able to clone myself so that I can be in all the talks I want to be. Fortunately, I was with Mikko and we split efforts. From the sessions I was present, I like most of them 😉
Also I must confess I particularly like some rooms from the school. It reminded me a modern version of the type of lecture room I had in Offenburg, Germany.
I like the arrangement that there was doors downstairs and upstairs, and the chairs were really at different levels as a theatre. But what I like the most of this room was the mix of new and old technologies, e.g. beamer and blackboard, white board and paper. Nice!
It was surprising to notice that some other people is using HYPER in the game arena besides Hypercontextualized Games 😉
During this submit, I had the opportunity to re-connect with some people whom I met when I started my PhD. It is until now when we see again. That is a small world! 🙂 and ages of time between events! 😉
Also I was lucky to meet interesting people for first time. For example: from industry I met representatives from Wooga, a firm that I have the impression will be interesting to follow. From academia I met Kajaani game development lab’s team who are utilizing and investigating with eye tracking on drive simulations. Very interesting and inspiring is their work! 😉 It also reminds me a lot to research that is being conducted at the Graduate School of Education in Bristol.
Before this opportunity, my knowledge about eye-tracking was limited to stand alone computers (tobii) which the research group of interactive technologies have been using. Now was the first time, for me, to see a portable and practical eye tracking device. Powerful gadgets I would say 🙂
Summarizing, I like this type of events that help us to connect ideas and knowledge, and when they are small, somehow, they are cozier.