Dare to be Digital is a video games development competition for extremely talented students at Universities and Colleges of Art. Teams of 5 students, usually a mix of artists, programmers and audio, assemble at Abertay University for 9 weeks during June to August to develop a prototype video game, receiving mentoring from industry.
At the end of the competition, the prototypes are displayed at talent showcasing event Dare Protoplay (Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th August). The general public and industry experts get to play and vote for the games. At the Dare awards ceremony, three prizes of £2500 will be awarded to the three highest scoring teams based on the criteria of innovation and creativity, market potential and use of technology. Seven months later the winning teams attend the BAFTA Video Games Awards to compete for the coveted “Ones to Watch Award”.