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Oztron wins Grand Prize in the Australia-New Zealand Serious Games Showcase & Challenge at Simtect/Simhealth 2013

Oztron Media was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2013 Australia-New Zealand Serious Games Showcase and Challengeat the Simulation Australia Annual Awards Dinner in Brisbane last night.

The winning project was called The Whitecard Game and was a collaborative effort between Oztron Media and Victoria University, with support from the National VET E-learning Strategy.

It’s an honour to have our work recognised by our peers in the serious games and simulation industry.

We would like to thank Mark O’Rourke, Stefan Schutt, Daniel Bonnici, Justin Maddy and Mark Courtney from Victoria University.  Their vision and patience over the past 5 years has allowed us to develop a game which is now in use all over the country.

Also congratulations to the Oztron Media crew – Craig Poole, Justin Blackwell, Sean Slevin, Tung Nguyen and Ralph Rosa. These guys work incredibly hard to create big projects on small budgets.

The Whitecard Game is now an automatic entrant as the Australian representative in the International Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Competition held at I/ITSEC, Orlando in December 2013.

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Whitecard Game receives IMS Global Learning Consortium 2013 Learning Impact Award

On May 16th,  The Whitecard Game, a collaboration between Oztron and Victoria University, funded by the National VET E-Learning Strategy, was awarded the bronze prize in the IMS Global Learning Consortium 2013 Learning Impact Awards in San Diego, USA.

This award recognises almost 5 years of collaboration and hard work with the team at Victoria University – including Mark O’Rourke, Dr Stefan Schutt, Daniel Bonnici, Justin Maddy, Mark Courtney, and Jason Gould.

We are currently trialling the follow-up serious game, which builds on the Whitecard game and looks at sustainable work practices on demolition sites.

Article in The Australian
IMS Announcement
The Whitecard Game Site

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Virtual Sparky – Electrotechnology Training Online

Virtual Sparky is a training tool designed to assist teachers deliver training associated with the nationally recognised Australian qualifications:
  • UEE30807 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

The virtual experience creates an engaging and safe environment where learners are able to move through a 3D building and face real world challenges and problems as they conduct tests of a domestic electrical installation. Being web-based, students can access the learning activity from home, school or work. Trainers are able to use it as a complement to classroom or on the job learning.


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Whitecard Game wins 2nd place in 2012 Australian Regional IMS Learning Impact Awards

The Whitecard Game, a collaboration between Oztron and Victoria University which was supported by the National Vet E-learning Strategy was awarded second place in the 2012 Australian Regional IMS Learning Impact Awards.  It is now in the running for a Global Learning Impact Award in 2013.

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Oztron partners with Victoria University to form the Serious Games Group

Since 2007 Oztron has worked on a wide range of projects both for and in partnership with Victoria University. The Serious Games Group is a representation of this partnership, which has seen the use of serious games and simulations in a wide range of areas including construction, building design, health and safety, sustainability, engineering, biotechnology, and community welfare.
The partnership’s site is located at and includes case studies of projects we have collaborated on over the past few years

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An animated story about the Pharmatopia project

For the past few years Oztron has helped Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to develop Pharmatopia, a series of 3d, interactive online training modules.
The modules are created with Unity3d software and are used by pharmacy students and professionals all over the world.
Here is a great short animation from the university explaining how the project works.  We are the nerd in glasses.

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The Lab opens in Sydney

Last weekend saw the launch of The Lab in Hornsby(Sydney).

Both myself and Sean attended to assist with the initial sessions, which were organised by Julia & Mark de Berg, and Bernice Daher from Just Better Care in Sydney.  They now plan to do a couple of sessions a week.
It was great to see the concept transfer to a new location so well, and is already providing us with a lot of new information about what does and doesn’t make The Lab tick.
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The Whitecard Game

We have recently completed development of The Whitecard Game – a collaboration between Victoria University and Oztron which was supported by the National Vet E-learning Strategy.
The game covers hazard identification, reporting and control on a simulated work site.  It is currently being trialled at a range of training organisations including Victoria University School of Construction in Newport.
It is free and can be downloaded from  The file is around 260mb.