Making video games is more empowering than playing them - Technical.ly Baltimore

Access

Oct. 5, 2016 12:58 pm

Making video games is more empowering than playing them

Code in the Schools' daylong Game Jam drew about 60 participants to Station North on Saturday. It was a fitting way to cap off Baltimore Innovation Week 2016.

Silver medalists: Gagandeep Samra, Karishma Ale Magar, Ciara Belle (volunteer), Karina Lopez Zamora and Elizabeth Polanka.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Baltimore’s gaming community is increasingly interested in training the next generation of developers. You can see it in Sparkypants’ move to share office space at the Centre Theatre in Station North with Code in the Schools, providing both a central spot in the city and proximity to MICA.

Inside the space on Saturday, the entire community got involved as Code in the Schools organized the fourth edition of its Game Jam.

Held on the final day of Baltimore Innovation Week 2016 (and the morning after the two orgs picked up Baltimore Innovation Awards), CITS Communications Director Charlotte James said the event brought together about 60 kids in grades 6-12, representing a cross-section from the city and metro area, and bringing together boys and girls.

Jonah Rubenstein, a sixth-grader at the Friends School, got experience using the Unity game development engine.

Jonah Rubenstein, left, shows his game. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Jonah Rubenstein, left, shows his game. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Otto Coleman, who won recognition for creativity, teamed up with Ella Coleman and Max Hartley to create a tour through a house that felt like a distinctly October experience.

Max Hartley, Otto Coleman and Ella Coleman. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Max Hartley, Otto Coleman and Ella Coleman. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Along with Sparkypants, which offered a demo of its upcoming game, DropZone, Big Huge Games also got involved, as well as Code in the Schools Prodigy program alum Nicholas Wilkins, AOL software engineer Eliot Pearson, SmartLogic and other tech community members.

Advertisement

-30-
LEAVE A COMMENT

Advertisement

This Baltimore nonprofit makes a game out of financial literacy education

B-360 wins Black Girl Ventures’ first pitch competition in Baltimore

These connected health and fitness companies are ready to be ‘sales machines’

SPONSORED

Baltimore

How Think|Stack and Year Up are cultivating local tech talent

Baltimore

Terbium Labs

Analyst

Apply Now
Owings Mills, Maryland

Mind Over Machines

Consultant (Software Developer)

Apply Now
Baltimore

Protenus

Data Engineer

Apply Now

These 14 Baltimore entrepreneurs are turning side hustles into businesses

These 4 scientists and engineers under 40 were behind big breakthroughs

10 founders pitched at Open Works, and showed how makerspaces can help build businesses

SPONSORED

Baltimore

Let these free workshops help your business really take off

Baltimore

Protenus

Front-End Developer

Apply Now
8 Market Pl, Suite #402, Baltimore, MD, 21202

PaRaBaL

Development Support Engineer

Apply Now
8 Market Pl, Suite #402, Baltimore, MD, 21204

Parabal Inc.

Enterprise Mobility Engineer

Apply Now

Sign-up for regular updates from Technical.ly

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!