08.02.2023 09:30

„Smart Games: Designing and customizing serious games for your courses“

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Serious Games

Building 1, Hall 310

Organizers of the event:
Department of Administration and Management
Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Department of Political Sciences
Department of Media and Communication
The Learning Resource Center

John Francis KENWRIGHT – Lecturer in Grenoble INP, Graduate schools of Engineering and Management (France), Pedagogical consultant and Serious game Designer

Senior Assist. Professor Dr Juliana Hadjitchoneva, Department of Administration and Management
Desislava Duridanova, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Assoc. Professor Dr Evelina Staikova, Department of Political Sciences
Assoc. Professor Dr Evelina Christova, Department of Media and Communication

Lecturers from NBU, Students from NBU’s Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes, wider public interested in innovative teaching using serious games (e.g., university lecturers, careers advisors, language, communication, and/or management teachers).


Link to subscription form: https://forms.gle/gs9anwuQTE75ugyn8.

Please be aware that the places are limited. We will confirm your participation. 

End of subscription: January 20th, 2023.

The event will contribute to the teachers’ better knowledge of modern pedagogical tools and their application during lectures.


Ever wanted to find a game to insert into your module to trigger core skills for your students’ development?

Don’t have the time to design and develop your own games?


Come and discover 3 serious games tested by thousands of university-level learners that can be deployed as turn-key solutions and learn how to easily adapt them to your own specific fields and needs.


Each workshop includes a playtest and production activity to customize games.

Free copies of the games will be provided for the attendees.


First Playtest Session: Discover UP (Unlimited Production) A socio-communicative game with 186 challenges adopted by over 500 university professors in France and Europe. Available in 5 languages (ENG-SPA-GER-FLE-RUS) and its variant UPro, specifically designed for future Managers and Engineers to tackle Agility, International mobility, Responsibility, Creativity and Certification.


Second Playtest Session: Discover HOTSEAT, the interview simulator game designed over 10 years of collaborations with HRMs.  This game provides hours of play to put students literally in the HOTSEAT to better prepare their interviews and observe 4 key skills to pass with flying colours. A collaborative and replayable performance-based game to prepare for the difficult recruitment process. Available in ENG & FR.


Working language of the event is English.

Free copies of the Games could be used or adapted to the teachers’ needs.

Certificates provided to all participants.


John Francis KENWRIGHT is a university lecturer, pedagogical consultant and serious game designer of over 60 games destined for universities and businesses.

His work spans 14 years of practical research in the field accompanying academic teams, businesses and organizations in the design, production and deployment of turn-key solutions for training. His games cover multiple topics including socio-communication skills, language learning, environmental issues, lean management, science and  language learning. He is the founder of KIK serious game design, smartgamesbuilder and many other pedagogical innovations and a specialist of tangible games, meta scenarisation, connected crossmedia games and serious escape game design.