The British Library has an extremely cool competition for full-time students in Britain. It’s called the Off The Map competition. This year the competition is using Shakespeare as its wellspring, in a nod to the British Library’s Shakespeare exhibition that begins April 15 and runs until September 2016.
This is the fourth year of Off the Map. The competition, in partnership with GameCity, “challenges full-time UK students in higher or further education to make videogames, digital explorable environments, or interactive fiction based on digitised British Library collection items.”
For this year’s contest, they’re asking for “entries inspired by either ‘The Tempest,’ castles, or forests that have been used as settings in Shakespeare’s plays.”
Last year the competition was based on an early handwritten version of “Alice in Wonderland” taken from Lewis Carroll’s diaries. The winning entry was a beautiful game called The Wondering Lands of Alice. It was made by Off Our Rockers, a team from De Montfort University in Leicester.
Each year Off the Map is organized by the Digital Research Team at the British Library, “a cross-disciplinary team supporting the creation and innovative use of British Library’s digital collections.” Besides producing Off the Map, the team works on getting content into digital form.