Gamoteca (formerly Mobilize.Life) is an application framework, authoring tool and mobile app. It was launched in 2016 with the main aim of leveraging mobile devices to simulate real-life environments for accessible and locally customisable learning games.
Developed in coordination with the United Nations and several international organisations, it was originally implemented for humanitarians to respond effectively to the increasingly complex needs of disasters through the creation of ‘serious games’ such as crisis response training and security simulation exercises.
However, Gamoteca has been used in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from humanitarian training to games on greening and sustainability for positive behavioural change, team building events and peer-to-peer learning.
Gamoteca is owned and managed by Technovatio Limited. Technovatio is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered office at
4 Thomas More Square
London E1W 1YW.
At Technovatio, we are committed to respecting and protecting your privacy.
Please read this policy carefully to understand how we collect, use and store your personal data.
Why do we collect and process personal information?
Technovatio processes personal information for the legitimate interest of understanding the needs of its clients and users and developing products and services that meet their needs.
We may use your personal information to:
facilitate effective access to the Gamoteca application framework, authoring tool and mobile app and the learning games hosted on the platform;
carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into by you and us;
seek your views or comments on the services we provide;
notify you of changes to our services; and
send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include information about the Gamoteca’s activities and promotion of our other platforms, products, and services.
You agree that any information you provide to us about yourself upon registration or at any time is true. See the Terms and Conditions of Use for more information.
How do we collect your personal information?
Registering on Gamoteca as an organisation
Gamoteca is currently developed to serve the learning needs of organisations and through them their end users, rather than trying to serve the end users directly, i.e. it is a business-2-business (B2B) platform.
When you engage with Gamoteca as an organisation, you will be asked to provide us with key organisational information organisation name, main administrator, contact email address, country location, and other similar information. We will use this information to allow you to use the Gamoteca platform, including to create learning games and push games to your end learners.
As well as the information you provide when initially engaging, you will have the opportunity to provide additional data such as content in games, end user (players of the games) details, training venues, etc. Games created and played through Gamoteca will be stored on the site (and visible by other users within your organisation).
Additionally, games shared through the marketplace may be available to be viewed by other organisations to view, copy or use.
We use this information on the basis of your consent. Please note that you can withdraw that consent at any time in the manner set out below.
Information about use of our website
We also obtain information about how people use our website so we can improve it. This information will identify you individually only where it is necessary to do so. In particular, if you visit our website we may record information about:
the areas of the website you visit
the amount of time you spend on the site
whether you are new to the site, or have visited it before
how you came to our website – for example, through an email link or a search engine
the type of device and browser you use.
We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you.
Who may have access to your personal information?
We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.
We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.
Disclosure of information to third parties: course participation
If you engage with the Gamoteca platform, your organisation name and game creator details will be visible to all other users of your organisation.
Additionally, games shared through the Marketplace will be visible to other organisations using the Gamoteca platform.
If you access a game created through Gamoteca that was created by another organisation, we will share data with that organisation that in anonymised, aggregated form (e.g. the total number of people who used their games, started and/or completed the games over a given time). This anonymised, aggregated data may include aggregate information about the types of end learners people who start and/or complete the game.
We may also need to disclose your information if required to do so by law, a regulator or in the course of legal proceedings.
Disclosure of information to third parties: site management and analytics
Technovatio may contract third parties to provide site management or data analysis services that help ensure the platform provides a high-quality experience.
Learning Unplugged – Implementing Partner for Non-profit projects and organisations
Technovatio has licensed Learning Unplugged, a non-profit social enterprise registered in the UK, to deploy Gamoteca on its behalf for a number of non-profit projects and organisations.
Learning Unplugged’s principal activity is to promote and advance the development of technology for use by the not for profit sector in particular but not exclusively to better equip and strengthen the capacity of the humanitarian and development sectors
All of Technovatio’s third party suppliers are contractually obliged to abide by UK law in the processing and storage of your data, which includes compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union.
Gamoteca also makes use of tracking and analysis tools from Google (http://analytics.google.com) as described below.
Retention of your personal information
We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity or as long as is set out in any relevant agreement you enter into with Technovatio.
Protection of your personal information
We take appropriate physical, electronic and managerial measures to ensure that we keep your information secure, accurate and up to date, and that we only keep it as long as is reasonable and necessary.
Although we use appropriate security measures once we have received your personal information, the transmission of information over the internet is never completely secure. We do our best to protect personal information, but we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted to our website, so any transmission is at the user’s own risk.
Sending information by email
Emails aren’t always secure, and they may be intercepted or changed after they have been sent. Technovatio does not accept liability for any damage or loss caused or suffered in connection with any such communications. The contents of emails reflect their author’s views and not necessarily those of Technovatio.
Please do not send Technovatio any confidential information, financial or other sensitive personal data through email.
The information in emails is confidential, so if you’ve received one by mistake, please delete it without copying, using, or telling anyone about its contents.
Your rights and choices
Data protection laws provide you with various rights. In particular, you have a right to:
Be removed from our marketing mailing lists, or to change your marketing preferences
Request a copy of the information we hold about you, for which we may charge a small fee
Ask that we update the information we hold for you, or correct information you think is incorrect or incomplete
Ask that we delete the information we hold about you
Withdraw consent to our processing of your information (to the extent such processing is based on consent) or otherwise object to our processing of your information
The Gamoteca team
If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your information you have a right to complain to the Information Commissioner. Her website is available at https://ico.org.uk.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when you access certain websites or emails, including Gamoteca’s website. Cookies allow a website to recognise your device and provide the user with a more tailored experience within the website.
For more information, see: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
Types of cookies we use
We use strictly necessary, performance, functionality and targeting cookies on our website. We have assessed our cookies based on the International Chamber of Commerce Cookie Guide (http://www.iccwbo.uk/pages/privacy).
Website statistics analytics
Although not through cookies, we do measure the success of the emails we send – so we know what subject lines and stories people liked the most. We receive this information anonymously; we don’t share this information.
Third party cookies
You may notice some cookies that are not related to Gamoteca whilst visiting the website and platform. Some of our pages contain embedded content such as Youtube video, Twitter feed, Facebook likes or Google plus share, and you may receive cookies delivered from these websites. Technovatio does not govern the publication of third party cookies. Details of our use of Google Analytics is set out above. To understand more about their cookies and privacy statements, please visit the relevant sites.
If you do not want cookies to be stored on your PC it is possible to disable this function, though this may limit your experience of using the site.
How do I disable cookies?
If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer and you wish to block the Gamoteca’s website cookies, you can perform the following:
On your browser tools menu, select ‘Internet Options’
Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab and then on the ‘Sites’ button
Type into the ‘Address of website’ field: www.gamoteca.com
Click on the ‘Block’ button
Click on the OK button
Repeat the process, typing www.gamoteca.com into the box in step 3.
Firefox cookie management: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
Chrome cookie management: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647
Safari cookie management: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19214
Other browsers have similar cookie management abilities in their preferences settings, please refer to your browser’s ‘Help’ facility.