The RAGE Research and Innovation team, led by the Open University of The Netherlands, combines the experience of 19 partners from 10 countries, including game studios, universities and organisations using Applied Games to improve the skills, employability and professional performance of the European workforce. RAGE is transferring reusable game technology components and state-of-the-art knowledge to develop innovative Applied Games easier, faster and more cost-effectively, in order to deliver innovative solutions e.g. for the labour market.

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The Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL)

Country: The Netherlands
OUNL is a government-funded institute for open distance learning at university level, facilitating 26,000 students, typically lifelong learners combining working and learning. The OUNL experts participating in RAGE are with the Welten Institute. The Welten Institute is both on a national and international scale a leading institute in learning sciences and technologies, with around 70 academics working in R&D and innovation and strong connection to educational professionals.

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Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

Country: Spain
UCM is one of the largest Universities in Spain and in Europe. The University comprises 21 schools plus 39 university research institutes, with more than 180 departments. The UCM experts participating in RAGE are within the e-UCM research group, part of the Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science of UCM. e-UCM is specialized in Learning Technologies and e-learning, the group focuses on developing methods, techniques and tools to simplify the production and maintenance of standards-compliant educational applications and e-learning systems.

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Instituto de Engenhariade Sistemas e Computadores, Investigacao e Desenvolvimento im Lisboa (INESC-ID)

Country: Portugal
INESC-ID is a not for profit, privately owned institution of public inte-rest, dedicated to advanced research and development in the domains of electronics, telecommunications and information technologies. Researchers at INESC-ID are in their vast majority university staff and graduate students. INESC-ID initiated activity in the year 2000 as a result of a reorganization of INESC. The principal objectives of INESC-ID are to conduct cutting-edge research in the fields of information technology and to transfer technology to the industry by means of R&D contracts and training courses.

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PlayGen

Country: United Kingdom
PlayGen is an integrated R&D studio creating playful solutions that engage the audience, measure competencies and attitudes, influence behaviour, and inspire action. PlayGen’s R&D activities focus on: gamification and social mechanics for learning skills, creativity and behaviour change; user experience modelling and design; cloud system architecture, design and integration; and dissemination and exploitation including business models. Their key expertise is delivering world class solutions that combine play with serious topics.

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OKKAM

Country: Italy
OKKAM is a spinoff company of the University of Trento and Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento), which was created in 2010 to exploit the results of a large scale EU FP7 project in the area of Intelligent Content & Semantics. The core business of the company is to develop semantic-based solutions for data integration, smart cities and e-learning.

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FTK – Research Institute for Telecommunication and Cooperation

Country: Germany
Since its foundation as an interdisciplinary research organisation closely related to the FernUniversität in Hagen (FUH) in 1991, the work of FTK concentrates on the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). An interdisciplinary team with well-founded research background paired with an expanded network to all important stakeholders in the field of Information and Communication Technologies makes FTK a leading institution for the development and implementation of innovation strategies for business and administration in the ICT area.

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The University of Bolton (UOB)

Country: United Kingdom

UOB has a student body of around 11,000 based on a modern, compact campus. The University’s teaching quality has consistently won the highest ratings possible from the UK Government’s quality control agency and it has professional accreditation for more than 30 of its teaching programmes. UOB experts participating in RAGE are located within the Institute of Educational Cybernetics (IEC) which is also home to the world renowned Centre Educational Technology and Interoperability Service (CETIS). CETIS staff is globally recognised as leading experts on education technology innovation, interoperability and technology standards.

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Technische Universitaet Graz (TUGRAZ)

Country: Austria
TUGRAZ was founded in 1811, has over 2500 employees, and serves over 12.000 students. TUGRAZ experts participating in RAGE are located within The Knowledge Technologies Institute (KTI) which undertakes interdisciplinary research on Knowledge Management and Technology Enhanced Learning in a broad spectrum of domains, integrating technological and application-oriented perspectives, including cognitive and social science aspects.

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INMARK

Country: Spain
INMARK is a business and marketing consulting firm based in Madrid, with a large experience accrued in participating in more than 45 EU funded RTD and Innovation Projects. INMARK has a track record of 35 years in business in Europe and Latin America and holds branches in 7 countries, totaling some 200 qualified staff members.

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Utrecht University (UU)

Country: The Netherlands
Founded in 1636, Utrecht University has evolved into a modern and leading institution with a growing international reputation. The university offers its almost 30.000 students 45 undergraduate programmes and 153 graduate programmes. UU experts participating in RAGE are located in the department of Information and Computing Sciences (ICS) which is a leading centre of academic research into serious games and virtual worlds in Europe. It coordinates the university focus area Game Research and the centre for Game Research and Technology (U-GATE, www.u-gate.nl).

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The University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB)

Country: Romania
UPB is the largest technical university in Romania, having over 22.000 students, with more than 2.000 students enrolled in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. The department also runs the National Center for Information Technology (NCIT), which is an EU Center of Excellence (EU-NCIT). It has 18 full professors and over 40 researchers and PhD students. The mission of NCIT is to promote advanced and inter-disciplinary research, to sustain the development of human resources in postgraduate educational programs.

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Nurogames

Country: Germany
Nurogames is an independent games development company, founded in early 2006 by practised experts of the games and media industry. The head office is located in Cologne and two representative offices are held in Barcelona and Berlin. Nurogames covers a wide range of work experience, comprising high-skill development for mobile and cross-platform games, leisure applications being their main field of activity. Another focus of the company is placed on the development of games for Xbox 360 (Kinect), Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii. Furthermore Nurogames develop mobile games / applications and social games.

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BiP media

Country: France
BiP media is a Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo certified independent video game development studio located in the South of France, founded by two industry veterans and dedicated to the creation of innovative and high quality casual games for consoles and PC. Since its creation in 2004, BiP media has successfully delivered commissioned or original projects for a great variety of game genres (adventure, platform, management, puzzle games) while steadily increasing the scope and ambitions of its productions on PS4, Xbox One, PC/Mac, WiiU, 3DS, Mobile, etc.

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The Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (SU)

Country: Bulgaria
SU is the first higher educational institution in Bulgaria. Today SU is the largest and most prestigious educational and scientific centre in the country, having over 3.000 employees and serving over 28.000 students. Experts participating in RAGE are located in the Centre of Information Society Technologies (CIST) which is an interdisciplinary research and training department at SU, established in 1999 to support the development, introduction and wide use of Information Society Technologies (IST).

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Stichting Praktijkleren

Country: The Netherlands

Stichting Praktijkleren is an organisation from, for and by the educational sector in the Netherlands. The aim is to be the main centre for professional training for teachers and managers in vocational training and also provide support in the arrangement and implementation of their training courses. Stichting Praktijkleren is especially focused on the development and implementation of examination products and teaching materials. It facilitates 41 regional training centres (roc’s) and 70.000 students in secondary vocational education in the ESB&I sector (Economic-administrative, Social-legal, Security and ICT).

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Gameware Europe

Country: United Kingdom
Gameware is a game developer and intellectual property owner of the historically renowned ‘James Pond’ platform games, the world leading ‘Creatures’ series of Artificial Life games and ‘Creebies’ – an Artificial Life product for mobile platforms.
Gameware is highly experienced in the development of Artificial Life and mixed reality interactive entertainment products and enabling technologies.

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Escola de Polícia Judiciária (EPJ)

Country: Portugal
The Polícia Judiciária (PJ) is a senior police body, incorporated in the Ministry of Justice. The Escola de Polícia Judiciária-EPJ (Polícia Ju-diciária’s Training School) is a PJ’s National Directorate Unit responsi-ble for the training of its criminal investigators and support staff. Through training, technical and scientific research, and co-operation, EPJ’s mission is to broaden and enhance PJ’s human resources.

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Randstad

Country: France
Today Randstad is the world’s second largest HR services company and operates in 40 countries through a network of 4711 units. Committed to a continuous innovation and improvement approach, Randstad is a global provider of professional employment services. In France, the Randstad Group offers 5 distinctive service concepts to its clients and candidates: temporary staffing / permanent placement of highly skilled labour, search and selection of middle and senior managers, HR solutions and consultancy services and a unique concept of in-house services.

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Hull College of Further Education (HCUK)

Country: United Kingdom
HCUK is one of the largest tertiary and further Education College groups in the United Kingdom, a commercially-focused organisation in the business of learning and skills. As such, we offer academic and vocational programmes to degree and post-graduate studies, to over 29.000 students a year; with 87% of those completing a course in work or further study within 6 months.