Brain in Hand are holding a Minecraft marathon at the Innovation Centre

Innovation Centre client holds Minecraft Marathon to mark World Autism Awareness Week

To celebrate the conclusion of World Autism Awareness Week, running from 27 March–2 April, Innovation Centre based, Brain in Hand are holding a Minecraft marathon.

Minecraft is a popular adventure video game that places players in a randomly generated world, building structures out of blocks, exploring worlds and taking part in battles. During the event, team members from Brain in Hand will take part in a 12 hour marathon and are seeking sponsorship and players to join in the fun.

Tom Pittwood from Brain in Hand explained: “The event will take place on Monday 3 April, from 10:00am until 10:00pm and we need your help. Our goal is to play Minecraft for 12 hours and create a world featuring Brain in Hand offices, but bigger, brighter, with stained glass windows (as we know this is tricky) and anything that comes to mind! Brain in Hand team members Tom, Will, Jono and Francis will be building all day, but we’d love it if you could join in at any time for as little or as long as you can – 5 minutes or 5 hours!”

Beneath the adventure and fun of the 12 hour gaming mission, Brain in Hand has the serious message of raising funds for two autism charities: Autism East Midlands, a charity founded by a group of parents wanting to make a difference; and Positively Autistic who run an online radio station to educate and create positive autism awareness.

The Brain in Hand team has developed an award winning support system which enables users to cope smoothly with everyday situations. Combining a tailored website and phone app with remote support from mentors, the system can be tailored to suit individuals and their daily lives including diarising activities and charting moods.

David Fry, CEO of Brain in Hand said: “We truly have the technology to help large numbers of people with autism and other conditions to lead more independent lives.  Brain in Hand is a unique assistive technology system helping individuals be their best – confident, supported and in control.”

The company works with a range of organisations to provide innovative support to people not only with autism, but mental health conditions and learning difficulties.  It is also currently working with medical research organisations to assess its application for those with acquired brain injuries.

To join Brain-in-Hand’s Minecraft marathon email: minecraft@braininhand.co.uk. The sign-up process is free and the space is autism-friendly with players and moderators present.

To sponsor the event visit Brain in Hand’s Justgiving page.

All the action from the event will be live streamed including a webcam of the marathon. Watch the activity here.

Date: 29 March 2017

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