University of Glasgow – “MyCity” App
MyCity is a fun, smartphone app-based game that uses the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a backdrop to encourage people to: a) be more physically active; b) engage more with Glasgow and the Commonwealth. MyCity players select an avatar to represent themselves on a virtual map of Glasgow, and a Commonwealth Country to play for (by submitting their individual scores to Country-based leader board).
Players earn ‘energy points’ by walking to achieve daily goals and are ‘rewarded’ by a cheering avatar and an iconic building appearing on their virtual map: they complete the game by walking more to achieve all 42 MyCity buildings on their map. Along the way, short quizzes help them discover fun facts about Glasgow and the Commonwealth: if answered correctly, photos of well-known Glasgow landmarks appear in their ‘MyCity Savvy’ Gallery. MyCity can be played anywhere, but players in Glasgow can access additional Commonwealth Marathon Route and Treasure Trail Challenges to win medals, and visit hotspots to earn real-life rewards from local businesses. The MyCity project has fostered new collaborations between Glasgow University and local start-up digital technology companies to develop a novel software platform that can be used in future by other cities and other major sporting events.
University of Glasgow – Commonwealth Music in the University
The XXth Commonwealth Games has inspired a new strand to ‘Music in the University’ which will present a series of three events in June drawing on Commonwealth values and with strong resonance with the 2014 legacy goals.
Black Voices… Music With A Message Commonwealth Concert, Friday 6 June at the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.
The renowned Black Voices, famous for their harmonious and unique repertoire of songs rooted in the black oral tradition, will perform music from Commonwealth territories warmly embracing the aspiration of connectedness central to the Commonwealth agenda. They will return on Sunday to take part in a workshop with the University’s Chapel Choir and Madrigirls which will speak to the sustainability of the activity, with skill-sharing central to the day, before taking part in ‘The Big Hymn Sing’ later in the evening.
‘Sound of Sports Glasgow”, Saturday 14 June at the Hunter Halls/Cloisters
A promenade-style sports/music afternoon, featuring Joe Cutler’s ‘Ping!’ for four table tennis players with the Coull String Quartet, and world premiere of a newly commissioned work for four bikes and string quartet by the University composer Nick Fells. The performances will be complemented by table tennis workshops in the University’s beautiful cloisters will be led by the performers alongside Drumchapel Table Tennis Club. This event is designed to embrace a diverse community, bringing together otherwise distant special interest groups.
Mauricio Kagel’s ‘Eine Brise’ (A Breeze) for 111 cyclists, Sunday 15 June at Gilmorehill Campus
111 cycling volunteers will perform this short piece around the University campus, contributing to a mélange of whistling, ringing bells and horns, singing, flutter-tonguing and vocal gusts of wind as they go! An example of how the sporting inspiration of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has enhanced cultural activity in the University and outside, this event embraces the notion of sustainability in a tangible way. We will recruit our cyclists through the University’s eco-initiative Travel Plan, with ‘Cycle to Work’ colleagues taking part.
University of Dundee – Celebrating Sport in Film and Comics
The University of Dundee plans to celebrate sporting achievements and the values of the Commonwealth Games through a series of events and activities based around the Film and Comics Studies teaching and research in the School of Humanities.
To help raise awareness in the weeks running up to the Games there will be a programme of films related to sports and the diverse cultures of the Commonwealth screened at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (DCA) and around campus. Dundee is also renowned for its place in the history of comics production. There will be an exhibition of original comic art devoted to sport in comics, supported by publisher DC Thomson, as well as a series of workshops for school children in the newly established Comics Studio space in the University. Here, working alongside comics creators the participants would create their own comics about sport, sketching them out, performing the stories in groups, them working on final versions. Athletes would be invited to attend these workshops to help the students visualise their stories. The outcome from this could be a publication, in print or digitally produced, that could make the stories available to the public. These events address the theme of enhancing partnerships, arts and culture, enhancing cultural participation, and the promotion of the values of the Games.