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      Established 2010
      Location St. Petersburg, Russia
      Website http://gamechangers.ru

      Game|Changers — program for ad hoc education and research on IT business. Participation is free, but the number of participants is limited to 20 persons. The program is aimed on the highly motivated students and recent graduates of both technical and non-technical universities who desire to investigate the IT industry and contribute with the best they can to the cause.

      Game|Changers consists of: classes with experts and key persons from IT industry, Universities, marketing and management fields; intensive networking; project based work; internships in leading IT companies, business incubators and venture funds. Lectures and master classes are important, but the emphasis is on learning through discussions, case studies and individual and group research projects as well as reading. Students are expected to show proactive approach to learning. Main languages are Russian and English.

      The program was created to educate new wave of talents for corporate innovations, technology transfer, scientific and applied research management, education and entrepreneurship, to grow a cross-community network of professionals who are exceptionally familiar with the IT industry and able to contribute to the Russian innovation ecosystem development.

      The program runs in St.Petersburg within four semesters with a few visits to Moscow, Finland, co-working abroad. Semester I is a theoretical one and consists of weekly classes, homework and research tasks. Semester II is devoted to special tracks, minimum two of which are being chosen by student. Semester III and IV are allocated for graduate projects. Participation for students requires about 4-8 study hours and 8-16 homework hours weekly.

      There are three main conditions for a successfully completed course program: An appointed number of role points; A completed story line; A completed course project.

      Each student has to select a role (entrepreneurial, corporate or ecosystem) at the beginning of the course and collect an appointed number of this role's points by the end of the course.

      The course is based on a number of student activities, we call them "quests". An example of a quest would be a task of some kind, an event to participate, a quiz to pass or any other thing to achieve. Each quest has several characteristics: Role points a student would get by completing it; Experience point a student would get by completing it; Criterion of completion; Requirements before the start of a quest.

      Role points show students' adherence to available roles. Experience points show the intensiveness of students' course work.

      Students are able to select quests according to their preferences and their game goals. But there are quests' restrictions. There are story quests and additional quests. Story quests are tightly connected with topic lines we have (general IT industry, IT and money, bioinformatics). Restriction for those quests would be the completion of related quests. Additional quests are not connected to any topics and usually do not have a “relation” restrictions, but some of them can be picked only after achieving appointed experience points level.



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