The 3rd KOD Awards Competition organized by the Turkish Informatics Foundation (TBV) and awarded educational games and game ideas in the fields of mathematics and science projects and ideas were announced at the award ceremony, which was held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ISTANBUL (TR) - The winners of the competition, which is sponsored mainly by Eczacıbaşı Group and İşbank Turkey, and supported by Netmarble Turkey and Robincode, received their awards at a ceremony attended by Faruk Eczacıbaşı, President of the Turkish Informatics Foundation.
Winners of the KOD Awards in both categories were awarded a monetary award, Pocket Gamer Connects ticket and a certificate from Robincode. Netmarble EMEA Chairman Barış Özistek, Purple Pan Creative Agency Founder and Creative Director Ozan Aydemir, Bahçeşehir University Head of Digital Game Design Department / BAU Game Lab Founder and Director Güven Çatak, Istanbul Enka Schools Director Dr. Özlem Mecit, Middle East Technical University Audio-Visual Systems Research and Application Center Director Kürşat Çağıltay, İşbank Assistant Director of the Department Talent Management Niyazi Arda Aygül and Code.org Turkey Representative / Founder of Robincode Gözde Erbaz participated as a jury and Eczacıbaşı Holding, İşbank Turkey, Netmarble EMEA and Robincode sponsored the KOD Awards.
In the game category, Burak Kağan Gür, Ömer Bahadır Karabulut and Naci Sayıcı came first with their play "Interscientific", Halil Onur Yazıcıoğlu, Mehmet Can Güler came second with their play "Alchemists Castle" and Baki Şahin Yimencioğlu came third with his play "Mathematics Legends".
In the category of ideas, Bahattin Aydın and Kevser Aydın came first with their play "Issue Placement", Elif Çilek came second with his play "Gizemli Elementoslar" and Münir Turan, Onur Çağatay and Necdet Tuna Başsaka came in third with their play “Element”.
Speaking at the ceremony, TBV President Faruk Eczacıbaşı stated that while revealing the importance of distance education in the pandemic process we are experiencing, he believed that the most effective way to make the learning processes of children receiving education from distance / home is education with games. Eczacıbaşı said, “I wish educational games could have entered this period more prepared. I believe that at the end of this process we are going through, a different vision proposal will definitely emerge to solve the crisis experienced by the education system all over the world. My dream is; education, science and Turkey in an area that crosses the game as a sector able to provide a special place in the world map. We have taken a small step towards this dream through the KOD Awards, but we believe that big developments will surely follow.” Stating that approximately 1000 applications were received in the third year of the project, Eczacıbaşı thanked all candidates, jury members and sponsors for their support and stated that they are not only a part of this event, but a valuable step in a dream that everyone should have.
At the award ceremony, where the success stories of the winners of the past KOD Awards were also told, Bilgen Demirdaş, the winner of the 2nd KOD Awards idea category, won the first place in the International Educational Game Competition held in Denmark with the game “Master of Numbers", and Flat Games, one of the finalists of the 1st CODE Awards was also mentioned that in received investment after racing.
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