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Open Call: How To Apply, FAQ


Are you interested in taking on a major role in the design of urban games and playful experiences in the near future? Are you a recent graduate or emerging cultural practitioner in game & interaction design, urban planning & architecture, activism, art or a related field?

Become a trainee at Trust in Play!

  • join the international training week in Athens in Oct 2019 (travel expenses covered)
  • receive training and mentorship by experts in urban game design, urban planning & cultural organisation as part of one of the three branches of the school (Amsterdam, Athens, and Nomadic)
  • create your own urban game in a small team with, mentorship, production & development support over the course of 1 year

Here’s how to apply:

Step 1: Sign up to the communtiy platform. Then click here to post a message to introduce yourself and share a story about your work
Step 2: Put together a PDF showcasing 2-3 relevant projects you have worked on and your cv (max 5 pages)
Step 3: To complete your application, fill out this form and hit submit!

Detailed Information about the Call

What is the timeline for the open call and the school activities?

April 15 – launch of Open Call
May 31 – close of Open Call (midnight CET)
June 15 – notification of results
Summer – local meetups
October 29 - November 2 – International Training Week in Athens
Spring and Summer 2020 – realization of your urban game project

Why should you join?

Trust in Play supports emerging practitioners in forming a career out of making urban games and playful urban experiences. Benefits include enhancing your professional capacity (artistic and business skills) and acquiring the tools necessary to start working sustainably.

You will be part of an international community of urban game designers, artists, academics and cultural organisations with a basic goal to support your work and improve your financial sustainability. The school organisers actively involve experts with considerable experience in state of the art urban play projects, community-based artistic games and innovative playful experiences.

Who are we looking for?

Are you a person who has the ambition to play a leading role in the design of urban playful experiences in the near future? We are looking for independent artists or game designers, but also creatives from a broader practice like, architects, urban designer and social innovators. Are you a recent graduate or emerging professional with experience in one of these fields, and do you want to further develop your skills to work in interdisciplinary (design) teams developing urban game design projects? If yes, then we’re looking for you!

What do you get?

As a selected trainee you will receive

  • a grant to support travel and daily allowance for the International Training Week in Athens in October
  • ongoing training and support from local and international mentors, organized through your branch
  • the opportunity to be part of an active community of creative practitioners
  • production budget for projects realized in teams during the second half of the traineeship in 2020 (around 3500€ per project)

What do we expect from you?

We expect that you are committed to follow the program as a whole, that is structured around the research, conceptualization, design, testing, implementation and documentation of an urban game. This means that you will attend training sessions, collaborate locally in small teams throughout the production process and plan regular meetups with mentors and fellow-trainees.

As a trainee, you commit to

  • attend a local kick-off meeting of your branch in Summer 2019
  • attend the International Training Week in Athens in October 2019
  • attend monthly meetings with mentors and co-trainees locally / digitally
  • collaborate in a small team towards the design, production and documentation of an urban game, to be premiered locally in public space in the spring / summer of 2020, under guidance of the mentors in your branch
  • have fun!

What does it cost?

Participating in Trust in Play – European School of Urban Game Design is free of charge.

How do the three branches work?

Trust in Play will offers training across three different branches:

  • The Amsterdam branch, supported by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences,
  • The Athens branch, supported by Innovathens, Technopolis City of Athens and Resilient Athens
  • The Nomadic branch, supported by EDGERYDERS community

The school does not cover traveling expenses apart from the ones for the International Training week in Athens. Applicants from Amsterdam or Athens should choose one of the two branches in order to participate in the local training and events. If you are not located in Athens or Amsterdam and you are able to work online you should choose the nomadic branch.

More Questions?

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I’m a creative director based in Amsterdam. I run a small design studio called Imagination of Things and I’m passionate about cities, play, and urban resilience.


Hi Vitor, that’s great thanks for register:
we are sharing our stories in this category

Feel free to start a new post and write about your practice!


Ciao Vitor!

If you could introduce yourself in a couple of sentences and tell us why you’re interested in urban games - or how they help/would help your work, that would be fabulous.

I invite you to join the others in this thread and share a little bit more - and looking forward to unpacking some of the ideas together. I am very much interested in urban environment myself and how do we create it as a friendly, open, and inclusive space.