Global Game Jam 2017 | 20th-22nd January

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Global Game Jam at Farset is back again in 2017, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.  The Game Jam will run from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd, and is a chance to meet some great people and develop a fun game in a weekend.  With a party atmosphere from Friday night, there will be plenty of people there to team up with, create something interesting and, most importantly, to have fun!

How do I enter?

We ask that you reserve your seat at Farset Labs using our Meetup.com page at meetup.com/Farset-Labs-Events – entry is free for everyone!

You can then complete your Global Game Jam registration at globalgamejam.org on (or before) Friday 20th January.

Global Game Jam is always very popular; so to avoid disappointment, book early!

The event is free, and all meals are catered!  The game jam’s theme will be announced at 5pm on Friday 20th January so we recommend all participants to be in Farset before that time, or send word if you will be arriving later on. We look forward to seeing you all, as it will be a great weekend!

What do I need?

There is no required skill level or barrier for entry; we welcome programmers, artists, musicians and anyone else who might be interested in being involved! Bring yourself and your equipment – the organisers recommend that participants wait until the beginning of the event to form teams.  We have found that this worked well in the past and gives interesting results.
Please note: You must be over 18 on the 20th of January or be accompanied by legal guardian in order to participate.

More information will be provided in the run-up, but please feel free to contact events@farsetlabs.org.uk or ask us questions via Facebook or Twitter with the #GGJ17 hashtag.

Brought to you to in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.

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What is Global Game Jam?

Global Game Jam is a hackathon focused on games of all sorts, from full-scale console productions to mobile, web-based and embedded games, as well as non-digital productions like board and card games. Some will be frivolous, others developed for solid causes, such as social impact in the case of the Games For Change movement.  There are already a number of large sponsors involved in this year’s global event, including Facebook, Unity and Github.

The first Global Game Jam ran in 2009, and this year there are already over 480 individual Jam sites registered around the world, and Farset Labs has been running Northern Ireland’s only public GGJ site since 2013. We will be live streaming video from sites all over the world during the 48hr event. There will also be an opportunity to see and play other teams’ games at the end of the event. The details of the venue are also available on our Global Game Jam listing.

Vital Stats:

Start/End: 20/1/17 @ 16:00 – 22/1/17 @ 20:00

Location: Farset Labs, 1 Weavers Court, Belfast

Farset Seat Reservations: [meetup.com/Farset-Labs-Events]

Facebook Event: [facebook.com/farsetlabs]

Hashtags: #GGJFSL #GGJ17

A packed week ahead: ELI5, Christmas Party and Workshop Clearing

December is nearly upon us and with it comes a raft of Farset events! What better way to christen our new and improved Event Space?

Kicking off the month, we have our regular casual talk series, Explain it Like I’m 5, where some great speakers break down a concept they have experience with and present it in seven minutes. We’ve had everything from baking to plasma physics in the past and we welcome talks from the floor on the night.

Join us on Thursday 1st December at 1800 for some truly entertaining talks, plus a Japanese buffet and plenty of time to chat with other attendees. Read more here.

Next up, we have the annual Farset Christmas Party in the form of a pot-luck dinner. Culinary hacks are encouraged and the event is open to all. Bring something edible and bring a friend, but please don’t bring an edible friend – that’d be against the law and not much fun for the friend. Party poppers, retro console gaming and festive treats await!

The Christmas party kicks off at 1900 on Friday 2nd December and you can get more details here.  Do let us know you’re coming via Facebook.

Finally, the management team have been toiling hard (as always!) to improve the Labs and, having been working extensively on sprucing up the Event Space, we’re now turning our attention to the Workshop. As discussed on Slack, the Workshop Clearout will be taking place this weekend (Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December). Any help is appreciated.

Member equipment that is in member project boxes will, of course, remain untouched, as will any clearly labelled equipment as per the member handbook. If you have left any kit in a position that may have, shall we say, not quite complied with the rules, please give us a shout on info@farsetlabs.org.uk to make sure we know about it and that it’s not disposed of. Any queries, as always, can also be directed to that address.

We’ll be relocating a few pieces of equipment to more suitable homes within the workshop and this should make using the space a lot easier for all. Naturally, this means that the workshop can’t be used for any member projects during the clear-out and we apologise for the disruption.

If you want to see what’s planned (particularly disposal of equipment believed to be communal and unwanted), check out the barebones plan available here.

(The rather lovely featured image is by Kevin Dooley.)

ELI5

You learn something new everyday, usually without trying. Maybe you find a shortcut to a friend’s house, maybe a trick on the computer or maybe you realise that Thermos of tea in the car was a really bad idea. But what if you could get an overview of weird and wonderful topics from folks who know the ins and outs of them really well?

“Explain Like I’m 5” is our collaborative speaker series, where local developers, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, performers, scientists, and business people take a concept that may be highly specific to their area of expertise or work, and break it down to a lay audience from right across the STEAM spectrum with a minimal expectation of prior knowledge.

This event is sponsored by the very lovely folks from BCS Belfast Branch!

The Audience:

The target audience is anyone and everyone who loves learning and expanding their horizons. No topic is off limits as long as you are confident that it can be delivered to a lay audience within the constraints of the format.

The event is in two parts; an invited and a free-for-all section, separated by an intermission with drinks and a selection of Japanese food (just to shake things up!). There will be ample time to have a chat with all the other good folks who come down.

The Rules:

The rules for both groups are the same:

  • Speakers have a maximum of 7 minutes to speak on the subject of their choice, followed by a short open Q&A.
  • No Slides! The use of Non-Projected Visual Aids is heavily encouraged, and projectors may be considered for live demonstrations. The blackboard is your friend.
  • Before the event starts and during the break, presenters (invited or unplanned) are asked to put a 3-5 word synopsis of their topic on the blackboard along with their name.
  • The Compère will decide what order presentations will be done, so be nice to him/her!

If you’ve got something you’d like to share to the audience, email events@farsetlabs.org.uk to discuss it with the subject line “ELI5”. Submissions are also more than welcome on the night!

(Featured image from XKCD)

Farset Seasonal Pot-Luck Dinner Hack 2016 – 2nd December

Good merry-tide once again, members and friends!
The Christmas season has come early this year, as we have made adjustments to ensure you can start it interesting!

UPDATE: Do let us know you’re coming via Facebook 🙂

The Plan
Bring something tasty, or at least something edible, to Farset Labs for an evening of sharing food with good company, and swapping stories of your 2016.
No matter your connection, the evening is open and welcoming to all who have and will frequent Farset, and who have come with us so far.
There will be some accompaniments of the musical variety, suitably decorative decorations, and waves of seasonal lighting 🙂

The Date
The date for this is Friday 2nd December (at 7pm).

The Cost
No cost other than your company and some form of shareable foodstuff or drinks (cold/hot, liquid/solid).

We do ask that non-members of Farset contribute a small donation to the venue charity for the evening. (Suggested donation: £3)

Pro-Tip
Easy to share party foods, drinks, or tray-bakes are often the easiest, but if you have a speciality you want to share that’s even better!  We will have  microwaves and hot-plates in the kitchen if you need them (plus an oven, for now…) however there is obviously limited space for cooking on-site.
For more information, join us on the Farset Slack or Discourse.