A participatory game design approach for children after cancer treatment

Fares Kayali, Konrad Peters, Andrea Reithofer, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Zsuzsanna Lehner, Daniel Martinek, Manuel Sprung, Marisa Silbernagl, Rebecca Woelfle, Anita Lawitschka, Helmut Hlavacs

Research output: Contribution to book/report/conference proceedingContribution to conference proceeding

4 Citations (Scopus)


After stem-cell transplantation, pediatric patients must remain in aftercare due to a high risk of suffering from a plethora of life-threatening organic problems. In this phase, communication with the clinicians is key for an increased survival probability. The multidisciplinary INTERACCT aims at developing a child friendly communication tool based on gamification principles in order to foster this important communication. Additionally, INTERACCT should stimulate exercises and treatment compliance. Finally, through analyzing gaming scores, INTERACCT should also act as a sensor for detecting problematic phases children are going through. Since the design of INTERACCT is key to its success, we present results from our user-centric and participative design approach using methods from design thinking and explorative design with school children aged 8-14. The results are game characters and story lines, which will inspire the game design of the INTERACCT computer games.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACE 2014 - 11th Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology Conference, Workshops Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333146
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology Conference, ACE 2014 Workshops - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 11 Nov 201414 Nov 2014

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference11th Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology Conference, ACE 2014 Workshops
CityFunchal, Madeira


  • Children
  • Game design
  • Serious games for health
  • User-centred design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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