HSbooster.eu Gaming Session 1: Serious Smiling Game

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Gaming Session 1: Serious Smiling Game

20 June 2023 | 10:00-12:00 CEST

Thank you for joining us at the first gaming session of the HSbooster.eu Training Academy. We had a great time playing the "Serious Smiling" game, which provided applied training on working within a Technical Committee (TC) or Working Group (WG), argumentation skills, understanding standardisation context, and strategic positioning.

The Serious Smiling Game was a collaborative effort between HSbooster.eu and the House of Knowledge.

We encourage you to make the most of this opportunity to further explore the system and expand your understanding. Download the complete presentations now to gain valuable insights and enhance your knowledge.

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The Serious Smiling Game is a role-playing game that simulates the discussion in an ad hoc working group within the imaginary organisation for standardisation. This game aims to develop soft skills needed in standardisation processes, focusing on argumentation skills, strategic positioning, building compromise and common understanding. This serious game is developed by HSbooster.eu and House of Knowledge. It can be played onsite and online.

The Serious Smiling Game online version is played in teams of five members each. Each team has its own facilitator, trained to support the players when necessary. Twenty players can participate in one term. You play as a team against each other but also as a team against the game.

The game starts when an imaginary organisation for standardisation receives the proposal for a new work item from Zoltan Mancini, who represents the AGD intending to solve a specific problem on the market. The imaginary organisation for standardisation got a surprisingly good response to the invitation sent to their member organisations. Zoltan, Sun, Camelia, James and Tabitha are about to start the meeting of the ad hoc working group. However, they all wear many different hats.

Who should attend?

The training session is intended for the researchers who participate in EU-funded R&I projects and anyone interested in the basics of standardisation who would like to improve their skills needed for standardisation.

Only 25 places are available so register as soon as possible.



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Agenda: (in CEST)

HSbooster.eu Training Series

Gaming Session 1: Serious Smiling Game


HSbooster Introduction & Welcome Note - Ivana Mijatovic, HSbooster.eu Training Academy Lead, Professor at the University of Belgrade (UoB) 


Training Academy Gaming Session 1: Serious Smiling Game

  • Facilitator: Magnus Hakvag - CEO, House of Knowledge
  • Moderators: 
    • Ivana Mijatovic - Professor, UoB
    • Ana Kicanovic - Assistant Professor, UoB
    • Biljana Tosic - Assistant Professor, UoB


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