IPSim and University Technical College Central Bedfordshire

“Game-changing” innovation unveiled at UTC

A new computer game designed to help young innovators secure Intellectual Property (IP) rights over their inventions and technology, has been launched at the UTC Central Beds.

How to protect ideas and inventions is the key question facing innovators and entrepreneurs in today’s global marketplace.

IPSim teaches, or “edu-tains” players in how to commercialise their IP or technical innovations. It effectively Simulates how to create a sustainable, real business from a bright idea that’s been protected.

“It’s a fun way of training students in business. They can make their mistakes within the game, rather than in the real world. It’s especially relevant to those working in product design and other areas of technology – but could equally be applied to those in the creative arts,”

said Stephen Olunaike, CEO of Tacit Sims which is based at Cranfield University.

Stephen and co-founder Wesley Randle are currently working with Bedford College as well as the UTC Central Beds to bring the game to students.

Tacit Sims is now delivering a games design course to UTC students from July 2015 to May 2016 where IPSim is integrated into the curriculum / learning experience. Tacit Sims has provided x IPSim licences for the x course in Games Design to learn about tech, understand commercialisation, business development, negotiation and running a business. Andrew Osborne from UTC Central Bedfordshire said: ‘IPSim ticks all the boxes for us as a college and spans the curriculum – great fun!’

Lesley Glover Head of UTC said: “We can see huge potential for this as a training tool for young people in today’s fast-moving business world and look forward to working closely with Stephen and Tacit.”

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