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

#BBCMakeItDigital Connected Home Roadshow

We’re partnering with @BBCNIreland to deliver a Connected Home Roadshow as part of @NISciFest!

What is it?

If you like the thought of controlling your lights from the comfort of your armchair, a coffee pot that tells you how much is left or plants that water themselves, then don’t miss BBC Make It Digital’s Connected Home Roadshow as part of the NI Science Festival 2016.

I've been having far too much fun with this project!
I’ve been having far too much fun with this project!

We’ve been busy in the workshop building and testing the gadgets to show you how they could make a difference in your own home right now!

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There’s also a chance to get a first hands-on look at the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer that’ll be given to every Year 7 pupil or equivalent across the UK. Come and see what it can do!

The event is free but find out more information here: http://bbc.in/1L0CxE3

Locations

Artists mockup of the exhibition workshop van
Artists mockup of the exhibition workshop van

Outside Belfast City Hall

  • Thursday 18th February, 3-9pm
  • Friday 19th February, 10am-7pm

The ARC, Titanic Quarter

(between W5 & Titanic Belfast)

  • Saturday 20th February, 10am-6pm

Links/Details

FailFast: Come and Play with Ideas on Makers’ Day, part of Belfast Design Week

Twitter FailWhale Artistic Painting
Artistic interpretation of the classic FailWhale, celebrating the inevitability of failure in the fast-moving tech world. Source: ka-92

Fail fast, fail cheap.

Or is it “fail fast, fail often”?

On Saturday, 7 Nov we’re uniting with some of our friends, including The Design Salon and The Potting Shed, for an all-day event, as part of the first ever Belfast Design Week. You’re invited to join us in a creative, hands-on, welcoming environment, as we all take the journey from idea to soup.

Event Summary: Sat 7 Nov 2015 // 10:00 until late (12:30 – 16:00 at Farset) // Register here: FailFast: Makers’ Day Field Trip to Farset Labs // It’s all FREE OF CHARGE.

Yes, soup. We will begin the day at The Hive, venture over to Farset in the afternoon, then end up back at The Hive for a pitching session, while we enjoy some hot refreshment with Belfast Soup. Mmm, soup.

Then we’ll all go to the pub. Mmm, beer.

That Saturday of Design Week is designated as Makers’ Day so roll up your sleeves and come f*@k things up with us. You don’t need to consider yourself a designer or maker to get value out of the day. It’s a good chance to make some smart, creative friends and take part in the fascinating process of developing ideas.

Here’s the planned Itinerary:

  • 10:00 – 12:00: The Potting Shed @The Hive : Bring your new or existing idea to the Potting Shed team and get their multidisciplinary input on how to make it happen or bring it to its full potential.
  • 12.30: Walk from The Hive to Farset Labs.
  • 13:00 – 16:00: FailFast @ Farset Labs: taking the ideas and designing prototypes to see how they might function in reality.
  • 16:00: Walk back from Farset Labs to The Hive.
  • 17:00 – 19:00: Belfast Soup @ The Hive: Buy some soup and pitch your ideas for the chance to win some startup money to make it happen!
  • 19:00 – Collapse: Drinks at The Sunflower.

And here is the official page and links to register for other parts of the day.

For our part, we’re going to focus on that challenging step in the creative process where you have to get your idea out of your head and into the world so it can be given a chance to fail. During the workshop we’ll talk about what prototyping involves, and look at the recent revolution in rapid prototyping, assisted by technologies like 3D printers and the internet. Then we’ll stop talking and play – making simple prototypes with paper and pen and whatever we have to hand.

You can come to all or just part of the day’s events. Or just meet us in the pub in the evening. Mmm beer. There’s no charge but please register if you’re coming so we know the numbers. And we’re seeking techie, creative and communicative people to be in the room to help facilitate progress – please contact me if you can help.

We’re calling it FailFast to resurrect an old project that never got much momentum. I guess you could say it failed, rather fast. But that’s the whole point. There’s a popular sentiment in the entrepreneurial world that failure is a big part of innovation and creativity. So much so that it has become trendy. Most ideas don’t grow into anything substantial. Most startups collapse. The important thing is to try – develop your idea, get your prototype out into the world, see if it works and iterate on its development, and do so as quickly and cheaply as possible. It will probably fail so if you want something to succeed, fail fast, fail cheap and fail often. So yeh, we’re calling it FailFast.

Oh, and it rhymes with Belfast. Sort of.

ELi5: September

It’s that time again, where we come together and share some of the madness that we’ve been making, either in our professional or project-based lives and try to bring ourselves up from the depths of exploration to explain it to other human beings who haven’t been living and breathing this stuff. It’s also a great opportunity to pop in and see the changes made in the space recently, or just to pop in and say hello!

“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.

The event is in two parts; an invited and a free-for-all section, separated by a beer, soft drink, pizza and fresh fruit intermission. (Many thanks to BCS Belfast for sponsoring these!)

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.
  • 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!
  • Punishment for rule/time violators is at the discretion of the compère.

If you’ve got something you’d like to share, sign up for the “Speaker” ticket type or email events@farsetlabs.org.uk to discuss it with the subject line “ELI5”

If you’d like to get a little social in the mean time; we’ve also got a Facebook event but this will not be used for attendance tracking

IET Prestige Lecture on Innovation and Growth | 1 April

The Civil Service, Executive Leadership, and Stormont Politics are not usually areas where innovation and growth are openly discussed, so this year’s IET Prestige Lecture from Dr Malcolm McKibben and Alastair Hamilton (Head of NI Civil Service, and Chief Executive of Invest NI respectively) will certainly be interesting to watch.

Titled “Engineering Leadership for Innovation and Growth” Dr McKibben and Mr Hamilton will be speaking about the challenges facing NI’s devolved administration as we head towards rebalancing the economy, highlighting the role of both indigenous and multi-national companies in reshaping our local technology, business and educational ecosystem.

Hosted in QUB’s Riddel Hall by the Institution of Engineering and Technology NI Local Network, which is chaired this year by Intel Belfast’s Paul Moorhead, the April 1st event also features the opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of scientists, engineers, and technologists across the sector, as well as a drinks reception from 6pm and, our favourite thing, a buffet dinner.

Pre-registration is required to confirm numbers for catering, please register here