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Open Call: How To Apply, FAQ




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.


Hi! My name is Juan camilo. I’m from Colombia🇨🇴 and I am architect. I’m very interested in your trainee program. Is it possible to apply to this program as a non - European professional?



Hi Juan I’m also an architect and I think that our background can give a lot of diversity to the discussion, happy to have you here!

The school (and the Nomad branch in particular) do not select Trainee that are outside EU except if there is an institution that supports you and supports the project , like in the case of MICA an art school from Baltimore (US).

But anyway we are going to share a lot of the contents here on the platform, and the community will be global, so fell free to introduce yourself, your projects here, there are going to be a lot of learning opportunity in the next months anyway



Hi Matteo,
What kind of institutional support is needed to apply from outside of EU? Is it needed for covering costs or something else? I’d like to invite some russian game designers (sure will encourage them to check out the platform anyway).


Urban Games: Definition, Scope, Limits?
This is an interdisciplinary call, but people in different disciplines may have different understandings of the definition, scope and limits of the term ‘Urban Games’. I note in the open call you have not provided any specific statement on what in your minds constitutes an ‘Urban Game’ and ‘Urban Play’. I am presuming this ambiguity is intentional?



Is there a particular reason you’ve asked for people’s ages, and if so can you clarify how you will use this information? In Webinar 2 there was reference to ‘Junior Game Designers’, ‘Early Career’ people, ‘Recent Graduates’, etc. Will this be a matter of judgement on the parts of the selection committed or are there more specific guidelines?



Hi @conormolo - thanks for your question. We ask for age to get an indication of the experience level of people applying. The program is geared towards people who are not already well established professionals working as urban game designers. We are setting up the program so it is most useful for people who want to gain foothold in the urban game design field (either because they in an early phase of their careers in general or because they are entering from other fields, both is fine)


Hi @conormolo - very good question. Yes, this is intentional - there is no settled definition of “urban games” in the field and people coming together from various disciplines and traditions have different views. One of the main objectives of the training is to gain a better overview of the field and the different working/design/art approaches inside of it.



I’m from the UK. I’d like to apply. But of course… the dreaded Brexit (aargh) might happen at some point (or will it…?).

Will it be okay to apply provided the UK is still a member at the start? If the UK leaves during the programme would I have to leave the programme?

thanks very much!



Hi @kierantoms - we don’t need to worry about Brexit, feel free to apply.


Hi there,

I have several questions about the application :slight_smile:
Having a diverse background my CV is quite long, so I need to select some things.

  • what is important to you in the application?
  • is it possible to apply to several branches?
    As I work remotely I could work from Athens or Amsterdam or anywhere else.
  • why do you ask where we are based?
  • You are asking several questions in the application form. How long (and deep) should the answer be?
  • Question on ideal team, size, skills: well that depends on the project, on the kind of game and on the kind of people…?
  • anything else?

Looking forward to hear from you!


Hi @Sa.rah,

regarding the branches - if you are based in Athens, apply for the Athens branch, if you are based in Amsterdam, apply for the Amsterdam branch. If you are based anywhere else, apply for Nomadic. Athens and Amsterdam will include more physical meetups in the city. Nomadic will work mostly online.

Regarding the other questions - I recommend trying to get across what is important for you in as little space as you need. The question about the ideal team is about your ideal team. Can also be a team size/setup that you are simply interested in.


An urgent problem arose!
I have uploaded all the materials and filled in the form on time, and I have the screenshots, confirming that.It was at 11 pm Moscow time.
But I did not receive notification at first, and then, after a couple of hours, I was notified that my work has not been uploaded.
Could that be a problem of Internet connection?
How could I possibly submit my work?
That seems slightly unfair to me.
Best regards,


I have tried to send a message to website moderators but it seems the system does not permit that.


Hi @Asteroid - no worries. Can you send your materials via email to ?


Thank you! I’ll do that immediately.