Just a few days ago I received an email from the Dare to be Digital (online) Program Manager that Applications for 2016 were open, with a deadline of 13th March 2016. Details of the various key dates, deadlines, eligibility and a link to the application form are available (online).
One can find out about last years teams (online) and see trailers of the completed games hosted on YouTube, that should give you some sense of what the final products are like. The teams who get to develop their games over the summer will also have the opportunity of taking part in Dare Protoplay – the UK’s largest indie games festival (online).
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Its a great opportunity for a small team of students to get together and spend several weeks during the summer completely focused on developing a game. It also offers the opportunity to win a number of prizes, including the possibility of winning a BAFTA (online).
One of the key parts of the application process is to submit a link to a video no longer than five minutes that provides a clear overview of the team, the game concept / storyline, unique selling points, visuals and a number of other elements.
Doing a bit of exploration online one will find a large selection of pitches for entry to the Dare to be Digital Competition. A small selection of some past pitches are included below to give you some sense for how various teams have approached the process over the years. You will see some are very much focused on the team members, others focus more heavily on the visuals, project planning and other elements.
Further Links and Info
Competition Website http://www.daretobedigital.com
2015 Video Pitches
Selection of Pitches that took part in Dare to be Digital 2015
Other Pitches submitted towards entry to the 2015 Competition
2014 Video Pitches
Selection of Pitches that took part in Dare to be Digital 2014
Other Pitches submitted towards entry to the 2014 Competition
2013 Video Pitches
Selection of Pitches that took part in Dare to be Digital 2013
Other Pitches submitted towards entry to the 2013 Competition