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Press Start Academy is a groundbreaking after-school education concept where all learning takes place via play and games.

Press Start Academy

Hong Kong
Press Start Academy is a groundbreaking after-school education concept where all learning takes place via play and games. Our programs are designed using gamification and game-based learning concepts, focusing on academic outcomes and assessment while in a compelling, hands-on and engaging game environment.
Introduction

Play. Learn. Grow.

Vince Siu, Founder and CEO
“Build fun first, then build everything else around it.”

Vince Siu, Founder and CEO

Press Start Academy is a groundbreaking after-school education concept where all learning takes place via play and games. 

Our programs are designed using gamification and game-based learning concepts, focusing on academic outcomes and assessment while in a compelling, hands-on and engaging game environment.

We approach learning through play and games from four different levels:

  • Adapting existing off-the-shelf educational games, or wrapping non-educational games in educational contexts, focusing on thematic topics (e.g. history, economics) and soft skills (e.g. creative writing, strategy);
  • Developing customized game experiences to meet educational objectives in specific environments (e.g. curriculum design in partnership with schools and educational institutions);
  • Creating "meta-game" environments where learners' achievements and progress are reflected and tracked in a bigger game, designed to incentivize positive learning habits; and
  • Posing game design challenges to students, where they apply systems thinking and design thinking approaches to make sense of and teach a particular subject.

We deliver our innovative programs in three different ways:

  • After-school learning programs direct to students at our center in Central, Hong Kong;
  • Enrichment, after-school, extracurricular and holiday programs in partnership with schools; and
  • Professional development and teacher training workshops designed to equip educators with awareness, knowledge and skills in gamification, learning through play and game-based program design.

Press Start Academy is the next chapter in the continued evolution of Press Start Hong Kong, a games consultancy with a vision to change the world through play, and to unlock the unique potential of play and games as a platform for education, innovation and inspiration.

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Innovation Overview
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Target Group
1 000
Children/Users
3
Countries
2019
Established
For-profit
Organisation
49
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Build fun first, then build everything else around it. As experience designers, we juggle the needs of two key stakeholders: our organization's objectives and the learner's learning needs. Start from the needs and reverse engineer the learning experience, encasing it in a fun environment.
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Vince Siu
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May 2020: Learn To Be A Game Designer w/ OWN Academy & DCSG
May 2020: Learn To Be A Game Designer w/ OWN Academy & DCSG

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