Featured resident: Declan Cassidy, Intogames
Declan Cassidy is no stranger to the FuseBox. Back in 2013, Declan alongside Simon Riley launched MakerClub during a groundbreaking programme called FuseBox24 that provided radical start-up support for committed innovators.
Fast forward a few years and Declan is back with a brand new solo initiative to help tackle the lack of diversity in the games sector. We caught up with Declan to find out more about his upcoming plans…
Hey Declan! So tell us how long you’ve been a FuseBox resident for…
September 2018, but technically, I was a cohort of the startup accelerator, Fusebox24 back in 2013 with MakerClub, so it’s been almost 5 years!
And what’s the name of your new company?
What is Intogames hoping to do?
Intogames is the first point of contact for any young person that wants to enter the video games industry, helping them to find their specialism quickly, demystifying career pathways and making the sector more accessible to underrepresented groups.
Sounds great! How are you planning to champion diversity?
Virtual Reality is an amazing tool for increasing empathy. It allows a young person to see the world from an almost limitless amount of viewpoints, giving them a greater emotional awareness – an essential skill in developing games. In the games sector, VR has been an exciting space.
What are you hoping to learn by being in The FuseBox?
I want to develop a better understanding of how VR could be implemented to engage young people in game design, especially those from marginalised groups.
Are there any events in the FuseBox that you are especially looking forward to?
Any of the VR Brighton meetups are always fantastic – especially looking forward to the ones of education and wellbeing!
Who would you like to meet in the FuseBox?
Anyone who is using VR or AR in an educational capacity.
As a city, what do you think separates Brighton from the rest of the UK?
Brighton has a really tight network. If you have an idea, you’re usually only a few seats away from somebody that can help – because of that, it has a really exciting energy about it that’s difficult to replicate anywhere else. Its a melting pot of creatives, technologists and all-out insane geniuses – the mix is electric.
It’s great to have you back and we’re looking forward to following your journey! How do people find out more about your company?
Website intogames.org coming soon. In the meanwhile, follow me on Twitter here.