ICT4REHAB Game Appathon on the 12th and 14th of May 2014

MIC Brussels, MIC Belgique & ICT 4 REHAB are organizing a game development competition that will take place at the Botkamp Geek Factory on 12th and 14thof May 2014.

An event supported by Microsoft Belux. 

We are looking for developers, students and enthusiasts and to join the serious games Appathon competition and receive training and guidance in building serious games dedicated to physical therapy focused on disabled children.

Does it sound complicated? It’s not!


Simple Serious games used for rehabilitation of disabled children. Commercial games are way too fast and complicated. These children need simple (both, visually and logically) interactive games that can be played immediately without following complex manuals or strategies. For a lot of these children these games are the only way to play computer games. So come to help us build computer games for these children. We will provide you with simple tools for that, together with basic training on how to use them.

To make the game even more fun, you’ll have to use the Kinect for Windows as a controller ! Don’t worry, you don’t need to learn anything special: ICT 4 REHAB has built for you a simple library that allows any developer to take advantage of the Kinect in an easy way!

Some games will also be also selected for the real use by the therapists. 


Main resources:

Step 1: Download and install Games for Windows Marketplace Client; http://www.xbox.com/en-US/LIVE/PC/DownloadClient

Step 2 : Download and install Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0; http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23714

 Step 3:  Download and install XNA 4.0 Refresh for VS 2013 : Unzip the folder and simply install the XNA Game Studio 4.0.vsix; https://msxna.codeplex.com/downloads/get/777889



We will provide you with the Kinect For Windows sensors during the hackathon ! If needed, Botkamp computers will be available to be used!

Hands-on sessions technical pre-requisites

  • Familiarity with game development on MS platform or application development with use of C# or C++.

  • Bring your own laptop: any device capable of running Visual Studio Express or your favourite IDE

  • Have Visual Studio and the Game engine installed. Our platform supports the following game engines:

    • Microsoft XNA 4.0

    • Unity3D

    • other game engines capable to load .NET libraries and ideally using .NET and C# language

  • Required software:


  • The Microsoft Innovation Center will promote the winners as success stories within the MIC network.

  • The top 3 apps selected by the jury will win cash awards of $ 3000, $ 1500 and $ 500 respectively.



  • Developers retain full ownership of the Intellectual Property rights of their applications

  • The spinoff ICT 4 REHAB will offer visibility to the winners and any developer interested to use and promote their games within their network and to their patients


About the ICT 4 REHAB spinoff

The ICT4REHAB is a research project between two universities (VUB & ULB) and is funded by the INNOVIRIS. Its goal was to design a platform for the advanced rehabilitation that includes serious games as the motivational and the monitoring tool. We designed and developed a software platform for building highly customizable games with respect to sensory devices.  Therapists are enabled to tailor each game for a specific need of each child. This project has recently finished and we are transferring these tools to children’s home in the RehabGoesHome project. The whole developed platform is led towards a spinoff supported and funded by both universities and the Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation - INNOVIRIS.


* Prizes will be awarded by the jury. The game rules will be available and accessible upon request during the event.  

FOR ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT info@mic-brussels.be


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May 12, 2014 09:00 - 18:00 (GMT +01:00 Brussels)

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