1st September 2005




A student, who is due to graduate from the University of Lincoln in Hull next week, has designed an educational computer game which is being developed by IBM for use in primary schools in Cyprus.


Ian Waters (22), who has been awarded an upper second class degree in Interactive Multimedia at the Hull School of Art and Design, produced Secret Agent Europe as part of his third year major project.


Secret Agent Europe is a crime-solving game in which the player travels around the continent following trivia-based clues in order to catch up with crooks.

Players can visit 49 cities in 39 different countries and access a fact file packed with information.


The game has been picked up by the University of Cyprus who in conjunction with IBM and Sun Microsystems are researching the perfect computerised learning environment for primary schools.


They were planning to develop their own in-house software but after playing a demo of Secret Agent Europe have decided to use it as a base to work from.


Ian has also been invited to work with the research team.


Since finishing my degree I have spent time 'polishing' the game to make it more marketable and Ive have had a lot of favourable feedback, said Ian.


Ive also started my own business called 120 Digital along with two other Lincoln graduates. Our aim is to market educational software geared towards the UK curriculum. In the last year Ive gone from thinking, Im not sure if I can do this to what can I do next.


Course leader for the New Media area in Hull, Sarah Humphreys, said: We are pleased Ians done so well in turning third-year work into a fully marketable project and that hes attracted such levels of interest in such a short space of time.


Ian will graduate at the GEMTEC Arena, KC Stadium on Tuesday 6th September at 11.30am.


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk