Global Game Jam Belfast | 26th-28th Jan 2018

UPDATE 19/12/2017: Find our new poster image below!

Global Game Jam at Farset is back again in 2018, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen. The Game Jam will run from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th, 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 on Eventbrite, so that we can get accurate numbers for our food, and you can get some nice swag.

You can then complete your Global Game Jam registration at globalgamejam.org on (or before) Friday 26th January.

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

Tickets this year are £5 each – buying a ticket will reserve your seat for the weekend as well as helping us to provide you with catered meals for the full weekend and a unique GGJ Belfast t-shirt!

The game jam’s theme will be announced at 5pm on Friday 26th 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!

POSTER NOW AVAILABLE

Click to download our event poster below, if you would like to adorn your office/room/comfort-zone with a reminder of what awaits you at the end of January!

GGJ 2018 Belfast Poster
Illustration by Ann Harrison of celticdragonstudios.co.uk

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 500 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.

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 26th of January 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 #farsetggj18 hashtag.

Brought to you to in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.

NI Screen Logo

With additional sponsorship from Belfast City Council.

VITAL INFO

Start/End: 26/1/18 @ 16:00 – 28/1/18 @ 20:00

Location: Farset Labs, 1 Weavers Court, Belfast

Farset Seat Reservation: [Here!]

GGJ Site Listing: [GGJ 2018]

Facebook Event: [facebook.com/farsetlabs]

Hashtags: #farsetggj18 #ggj18

Launching @MakerAssemblyNI: 16th March

EDIT: Schedule released below
We’ve been quietly toiling away in the background to bring the movers, shakers and taste makers of the UK Maker Community  (and beyond!) to Belfast for a one day mini-conference, set up to tear down some misconceptions about the community and to address some of the unique challenges faced in our region.

Maker Assembly NI is a one-day gathering hosted in the labs to critically discuss maker culture: its meaning, politics, history and future.

Speakers

Currently confirmed speakers / workshop leaders are:

But the speakers don’t make the conference; the attendees do, and while we’re not publishing our invited attendee list, it’s pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves!

Schedule

The conference will explore a series of topics around making, with a focus on critical discussion about the current state of the maker culture.

 

10:00 Registration and coffee

10:30 Welcome address

10:45 Session 1: Making & Peace Building

Kicking off Maker Assembly NI is a session about the politics and nuances of community-facing digital fabrication projects. It will look at how maker cultures are emerging at the grassroots and how local organisations are contributing to the peace-building project currently underway in Northern Ireland. It hopes to reveal how the idea of ‘critical making’ can be adjusted to suit the specificities of different contexts.

Speakers:

Adam Wallace & Eamon Durey, Fab Labs NI, John Peto, Nerve Centre

12:00 Session 2: Speculative Making: New Contexts and Futures

As the idea of digital making beds down—and practices become more visible and accessible—what new trajectories are emerging and how are speculative futures being framed? This session hopes to reveal the supports we might need to maintain a critical forecast of making and maker culture.

Speakers:

Nora O’Murchu, University of Limerick, Kat Braybrooke, University of Sussex

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Session 3: Governance, Sustainability & Maker Networks

How are maker networks nurtured and sustained? And how ‘critical’ are the governance

strategies of the physical spaces and networked platforms that mediate maker networks?

This session hopes to somewhat unravel the entanglements of people, places, and things, to better understand how maker culture is being facilitated.

Speakers:

Javier Burón, Fab Lab Limerick & University of Limerick, Hannah Stewart, Royal College of Art, Future Makerspaces Project

15:30 Session 4: Critics of the world, create!

Final session to be a making exercise, inspired by the Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska’s (2012) Creative Media Manifesto and Garnet Hertz’s Critical Making zine series.

17:00 Closing remarks and Networking

18:00 Bus to the Pub – BREWBOT http://www.brewbotbelfast.com/

Supporters

Running as part of Creativity Month, DCALNI have kindly funded a limited number of subsidised tickets and travel bursaries for some speakers & attendees. This fund has also been topped up by those kind folks at BBC Northern Ireland.

If you would like to contribute to these bursaries (or enquire about making use of) contact info@makerassemblyni.org.

Follow us on @MakerAssemblyNI for up to the minute news and info!

Farset Labs Member Survey – 2016

To help us understand the needs of our member base, and to point us toward the areas we need to improve upon, we’ve come up with a short member survey for the New Year. This contains questions regarding each of our management areas, and should help us to improve Farset Labs to better serve you.

The survey is open to all members, regardless of membership duration or level. (Management included!)

All active members have been emailed with this survey, and so far roughly 50% have responded. It’s quite possible that some of the email addresses we’ve used are old and inactive, however. If you’re a current member and haven’t already received a link to our survey, please email us (admin@farsetlabs.org.uk) and let us know!

The survey will close at Midnight on Tuesday 19th January. Once the survey closes, the results will be published, along with our plans!

Policy Hack: Hacking our way to better outcomes

We’re happy to announce that we’re playing host to the first Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) “Policy Hack” day tomorrow morning from 9:30am.

So what is a Policy Hack? It’s a way to bring together policy makers from across the community and voluntary sector, activists, trade unionists, academics, business people, civil servants and members of the public with an interest in the topics to attack issues experienced across a range of themes using a different perspective; the experimental, iterative, and “agile” practices common in the technology and digital creative sectors.

Farset Labs is hosting this programme in our inspirational event space, which should create the atmosphere of open collaboration and knowledge sharing that is often lacking in the rest of the world.

This first event is focused on finding alternative solutions to the current quagmire that is working poverty; where due to a range of factors, individuals and families remain below the poverty line despite being partly or even fully employed.

For more information about NICVA’s programme of events, check out their website. Tomorrow’s event will run from 9:30 to 17:30 and there are just a few spots left, but to express interest in future events, sign up here anyway!

LAN-Game Saturday

To relax and get to know the faces behind all the great and weird hackery that’s going on in the space and thanks to Glenn for being awesome and kicking this off, we’ll be having a full day of PC gaming on 19th April 12:00 to late – all welcome! Entry is free for Farset Members (including corporatesponsor employees) and £5 for non-Members.

We shall plumb the depths of multiplayer game greatness, while we’re open to playing anything suggested the prime recommendations for our first foray are RTS/FPS hybrids:

RenegadeX– http://renegade-x.com/ (remake of C&C: Renegade) FREE download

Just kidding
Just kidding we like consoles too!

Savage/Savage2
– http://www.s2games.com/savage/ FREE download

Natural Selection
– http://www.naturalselection2.com/

Get ready to team up and compete for map dominance all while having a blast and meeting new faces. Or have a break and kick back in the Farset Retro Gaming Lounge with some 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit (and 64bit?) console classics.

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