Interactive Technologies And Games conference schedule

Nottingham (04/09/12) - Nottingham Trent University’s Interactive Technologies And Games conference (ITAG) today announced its full line up, to take place at the Nottingham Conference Centre (PQ), from October 23-24, as part of GameCity7. For more details on the conference and how to book tickets, go to

Nottingham Trent University’s Interactive Technologies And Games conference has finalised its line up of sessions and speakers, to take place at the Nottingham Conference Centre on October 23rd and 24th, as part of GameCity7.

The conference aims to explore and raise awareness of interactive software as a rehabilitation method for people with disabilities, to help break down accessibility barriers and tackle the issue of games as educational tools.

ITAG 2012 includes three keynote speaker sessions from; Professor Pamela Kato: The games and gamification in revolutionising healthcare: Risks and benefits, Mark Griffiths: The role of context in online gaming playing: Implications for education, therapeutic intervention, and addiction and Professor Monica Whitty: Is all virtual play psychologically healthy?

The issue of disability and accessibility within interactive technologies is the focus of all sessions and is broached in a wide range of discussions and academic studies, such as,

Second-hand masculinity: Do boys with intellectual disabilities use computer games to pursue a masculine ideal? and Is it a disability thing? Community interactions and the BBC’s Ouch!

Conference rate (2 days):

Standard - £150.00

Concessions - £75.00

ISVR Members – £125.00

Daily rate:

Standard - £80.00

Concessions £45.00

ISVR Members - £67.50

To become an ISVR member, please visit

ITAG delegate registration

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For further information, please contact Claire Addison or visit



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