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Welcome to the VCON 38 Programming Schedule.

Every year, VCON’s crack Programming team assembles three days jam-packed with the best in panels, workshops, and events to keep you in geek nirvana. We hope that you are as excited by the panels, discussions, workshops and presentations we have on offer this year as we are!

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Saturday, October 5 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
When Biodiversity Goes Up Against Pokemon: Lessons Learnt in Crowdsourcing a Trading Card Game.

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David Ng (@ng_dave), a geneticist and science literacy academic at the University of British Columbia, will share his lab's experience in crowd sourcing a new card game called Phylo (http://phylogame.org).

Beginning as a challenge for various internet communities to react to the following piece of information - children know more about Pokemon creatures than they do about real creatures -Dave will explore how the project has provided insights into effective crowdsourcing, as well as the interesting, funny, and sometimes feisty nature of interdisciplinary collaborations (as in, what happens when you need artists, scientists, gamers, computer programmers, educators, openness advocates, environmentalists, intellectual property lawyers, digital influencers, and various host organizations to work together). He'll also bring a few of the currently available decks along, and will invite folks to play a few rounds of the game, as well as suggest possible new VCON flavoured card decks.

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David Ng

Faculty Member, University of British Columbia
Molecular Geneticist who fancies himself a science literacy advocate. Happy as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, with a soft spot for science humour and Chewbacca (though not necessarily at the same time). Looking after a science education lab (http://bioteach.ubc.ca), managing a few unconventional science literacy projects (http://phylogame.org), and doing a little writing here and there (http://popperfont.net).

Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

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