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MCRGameJam / MCRGirlGeeks games weekend

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
MCR GameJam

MCR GameJam

Title: GameJam
Location: MadLab
Description: A weekend-long game jam, open to anyone and everyone interested in all things game
Start Date: 24-08-2013
Start Time: 09:00
End Date: 25-08-2013
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Eventbrite, £5.00 (plus fee)

This August’s GameJam brings together the Girl Geeks and Ludum Dare to create a mega-jam! If you want to come along for the full weekend Jam, register for a ticket at Eventbrite - but if you’d just like a gentle introduction, come along for the one-day Girl Geeks event!

Girl Geeks Summer Gaming Tea Party

Girl Geek Tea Party for August – in association with Manchester GameJam
Sunday 25th August, 10am-5pm, Madlab, Edge Street

For August, we’re holding it in association with the MCR GameJam, who’ll be having a full game jam event upstairs while we fill the downstairs with Girl Geek Tea Party action. We’ll be there all day from 10am to 5pm, and we’ll have plenty of activities going on, so you’re welcome to join us for some or all of the day!

Girl Geeks activities include:

  • Game character sprite making using Hama beads – we’ll have designs for you to work from, or bring your own and make key rings, magnets, badges or coasters from plastic beads.
  • Board games to play - if you attended our recent board games tea party, you’ll know we had a large range of geeky games to play, and you’re welcome to try them out!
  • Computer games to play, including multiplayer Nintendo DS – bring yours if you have one, plus any multiplayer games you’d like to play with others. We have Tetris and Bomberman! If you don’t have a DS, you might be able to ask someone nicely and borrow one.
  • Cakes and biscuits, including a computer games themed bake-off – bring the most awesome game-themed bake as judged by our panel, with prizes to be won!
  • Lightning talks - we’d like you to come and tell us about your favourite computer game or board game. What’s the story, how does it play, and why do you like it? You can also show off games you’ve made yourself, as the GameJam attendees will be doing towards the end of the day. Talks will take place informally, as and when people want to give them, and we’ll have a laptop and projector if that’s useful.
  • Scratch programming – drop-in informal workshops, for anyone from complete beginners up, where you can spend a few minutes or as long as you like learning to write your own simple computer games using Scratch. Bring your laptop if you’d like to join in, or please get in touch if you don’t have one you can bring and we will see what we can do.

The game jam

We’ll be running our usual weekend-long game jam alongside the MCRGirlGeeks festivities, so anyone taking part in the Ludum Dare can use the space to build their games and bounce ideas around with like-minded folks. For those who aren’t doing Ludum Dare, we’ll also be running some one-shot jam themes open to absolutely everyone, so join us!

Some frequently asked questions:

I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Most of our games are videogames, but in the past we’ve had board games and all sorts pop up. Go nuts!

What are the rules?
Rules? Pah! No rules for us. We’ll announce a theme beforehand, but apart from that you can do what you like. Our only request is that at the end of the jam you show everyone what you’ve been working on.

Is there a winner?
Nah. We’re in it for the games, the learning, and the fun. Let’s be honest: you’re all winners at our jam. Obviously if you’re taking part in the Ludum Dare then they have their own rules, but for our mini-jams it’s anything goes.

Do I need to bring a computer?
If you’re making a digital/computer game, then ideally yes: we do have machines but they’re basic Linux boxes. We always have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), but generally most folks will be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but you’ll need your own machine. If you’re up for making boardgames or similar, then be sure to bring your crayons and materials with you!

Who owns the games that get made?
You do! We usually share the finished games online, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?
For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event. Join us!

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?
If we’re not sold out, you can pay on the door. Check the Eventbrite link on this page, or give us a shout!

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand was high, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!

Contact info

MCRGameJam on Twitter

Email the MCRGameJam

MCR Girl Geeks homepage

MCR Girl Geeks on Twitter

Event Review: Coding Intro with Codeacademy

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Last week, Manchester Girl Geeks held their “Intro to Coding Workshop” hosted by Kat Reeve (@BinaryKitten). We dove right in, first with a bit of history and background to where coding came from, then we got hands-on with our laptops and iPads. The level of concentration was intense and you could hear the synapses firing as we set our keyboards ablaze with all the tapping and typing we did with Codeacademy.

Codeacademy is a new interactive way to learn programming by completing guided exercises online. It is a great initiative but sometimes it can still be a bit daunting to get started. The Manchester Girl Geeks workshop helped pool people together to provide an encouraging atmosphere to get on it. With an army of volunteers milling about the top floor of MadLab to our 30+ participants, everyone felt confident that they would have help when they needed it. We learned about confirming/denying, variables, numbers and strings, editor and arrays and creating “what if” statements. Fuelled with tea and cake, there were not any challenges we couldn’t overcome!

Check out our storify to hear what others had to say and to see the kind impact we made with our new coding comrades both at and beyond our event!