World Wide Impact Jam is a 2-day marathon in which participants around the globe take part in creating games about social issues.
PixelArt Games Academy is organizing the Pakistan chapter of the World-Wide Impact Jam 2016 (WWIJ), an event that will be held around the globe. The event aims to bring together game developers of Pakistan to learn, share, collaborate and create games on social issues being faced in Pakistan, all in just 2 days!
What is World Wide Impact Jam?
Many people around the World believe that video games can be used as a vector for social progress. We believe in that too and this is why we proposed to people in different countries to gather during a few weeks, organize game jams and see what happens !
The goal of the PGA Game Jam is for the participants to create a game from scratch about a social issue relevant to Pakistan with in a prescribed maximum time of 48 hours. The participants can make the game individually or by forming a team of 2 or more participants. The brief time span encourages creative thinking and innovation as participants rapidly prototype game designs. Such collaborative experience can help and inject new ideas to grow the game industry while creating awareness about social issues.
The themes selected by PGA for WWIJ (Pakistan Chapter) is “Peace” which is a very important social issue within the context of Pakistan.
WWIJ (Pakistan Chapter) will be attended by hundreds of game makers that are actively seeking which software and technologies to use next and what companies support their love of games.
Syed Ali Hameed
Syed Ali Hameed is a social entrepreneur, humanitarian, development sector practitioner with special interest in peace building, conflict resolution and countering extremism. An M.Phil in Peace and Conflict Studies from the National Defence University, Islamabad, he has been awarded the Presidential Gold Medal in recognition of his services in youth leadership and humanitarian work, in March 2013. He is the former Secretary General and Director General of Pakistan Young Leaders Conference (PYLC) (Islamabad-Pak and Oxford-UK). Ali is an alumnus of Peace+ Fellowship by Erasmus (Netherlands), International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP-15) on Community Conflict Resolution – United
States, Georgetown Young Leaders Summit (GYLS), Doha -Qatar, Global Peace on the Move (GPM14) by World Peace Initiative, Thailand and many others. He has also served as minister for education at Commonwealth Youth Parliament, WestminsterUK. He’s founder of Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness (SFEA)1 and transnational campaign for peace called Peace Without Borders 2.
Haider Shishmahal is a Fulbright Scholar who studied Human Development & Psychology from Harvard. He is also a Teacher, Writer, Game Developer and the Producer of Cyberjack Studios, which is a cooperative/co-owned studio and all the team members work on the basis of revenue sharing. Cyberjack sold the game House Party to a local publisher and is currently making the Diagnosis game, as well as SpaceLane Racing, and Hockey Beats. Previously Haider was the team lead for Pixelman Productions and the Game Writer of Mirka.
Who can participate:
Participants making games
– Independent game developers
– Professional artists, designers, audio technicians, and allied practitioners
Q: What to bring?
A: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, especially if they already have licenses of any software they want to use such as Unity.
Q: I’ve never made a game before!
A: Great! Maybe you don’t know how to program but can provide assets (art, sound, etc…) or you are an experienced game player and want to take a stab at testing or design. We want you here!
We’ll also be making tabletop games (board, card, live action, etc…) so don’t let not being able to program keep you from participating!
Q: What kind of skills should I have to participate?
A: It depends! Do you want to make a digital game or a non-digital one? It’s great to have knowledge in programming and game design, in visual art and sound and music, and in writing. Rather than think that way however, try this: “What kind of skills do you want to practice at the game jam?”. This is a great environment to try new things!
Note: No age restrictions
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