To participate in this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: Black History Game Jam tickets
In celebration of Black History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the Black History Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork and stories inspired by African American history and culture. Come join us in recognizing and celebrating African American contributions to history and culture while creating your own game!
Everyone is welcome to take part in this public game making event, and first time creators are highly encouraged to participate. The atmosphere at #include events is fun and collaborative, and a team of experienced mentors will be on hand to help out any newcomers and provide guidance on how you can bring your game ideas to life.
The jam will take place on Sunday, February 26th starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. Participants are invited to gather at The Arts Center (located at 265 River Street in Troy) at 10am on Sunday in order to join in the event kickoff, which will feature a brief word of welcome from the organizers, an introduction to our team of volunteer mentors and a chance for you to meet the other participants.
The Black History Game Jam is open to participants of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid missing out on your chance to participate in the game jam. Please read all of the event info below before booking your place in the jam.
Sunday, February 26th 10am-4pm
The Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River Street, Troy)
About the Jam:
The game jam will take place at The Arts Center of The Capital Region, located at 265 River Street in Troy. The kickoff event will take place at 10am on Sunday, February 26th and the event will run until 4pm. The jam will be centered around the theme of African American history, and participants will be encouraged to create games and digital artwork inspired by this theme.
The Arts Center is located in close proximity to a variety of dining options, but there is no eating or drinking allowed inside the venue itself, so please take this into consideration when planning for meals and snack breaks.
Games created by the participants will also be featured at an upcoming showcase event, which will take place at The Arts Center during the next monthly Troy Night Out celebration to occur after the jam. The showcase will be held from 5-9pm on Friday, March 31st in the same room where the jam is taking place.
If you are a local game developer or someone with experience in a related field (programmer, artist, designer, musician, etc.) and you have a few hours that you’d be willing to contribute toward volunteering as a mentor during a future #include event, please volunteer using the mentor sign up sheet in order to let us know you’re interested. Once you have signed up using the online form, we will get in contact with you to provide further details on how you can get involved with our upcoming diversity events.
#include is a series of diversity-focused, creative events hosted by Tech Valley Game Space that are intended to support aspiring game makers in the Capital Region. The goal of the #include initiative is to provide recurring, local classes and game jams targeted toward groups that continue to be underrepresented within the game development community, in order to demystify the process of digital game creation and make it more accessible and welcoming for everyone.
For more information, please visit https://techvalleygamespace.com/include