TED Reminder, May meetings!

Heyo, Phoenix devs!

Here’s what’s up for the rest of this month and beginning of next:



TEDx ASU WEST: Saturday, April 30th
8:30 AM – 8 PM at KIVA Lecture Hall, ASU West Campus

This is your friendly reminder that our own localized TED event is coming up soon!  If you haven’t reserved your tickets for it yet, you should get on that! You’ll get to hear from a variety of speakers on the subject of Redefining Video Games: Brenda Braithwaite, for one, along with Cody Furr, Tyler Coleman and Kyle Pulver (all locals!).

The first portion of the event, in the morning, will be dedicated to showing off local games in development. Do you have a game you’d like to present? Did you know you can get a free ticket to TEDx for presenting it? For more info, contact Theresa Devine: theresadevine@gmail.com.

After that, there will be 3 speaker sessions, with a break for lunch in between (provided by the Amnesty International Student Club!) For details and the full schedule, you can also check out this TEDx flier!

For more info about the event, you can check out the TEDx ASU website or RSVP at the Facebook event.

Moving right along, we have our…



MAY MEETING: Wednesday, May 4th
7 PM at Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

We’re still on the lookout for a speaker for this one, so if you have a talk handy, or want to recommend someone, please let me know! (corey@igdaphx.org)

This meeting will also be our elections meeting. We had a few sign-ups at our April meeting so far. Please, for anyone else who wants to run, email me your name and the position you’d like to run for! This is important because I’ll be making ballots prior to the meeting. At the meeting itself, everyone who’s running will have the opportunity to present themselves and explain why they think they’d be a good candidate. If you’d like to run, but can’t make it next month, you can send me your presentation speech so we can read/publish it!

Though the IGDA PHX meetings and events are open to anyone, only IGDA members are allowed to vote, so bring your Member ID to this meeting!

(P.S. We are also looking for a neutral / not running 3rd party to collect and count the votes, so if you are interested in doing that, please let me know!)

Finally, because it’s been way too long, I’m happy to announce…



‘MAY’-KING GAMES (MAY GAME JAM): Friday – Sunday, May 6-8th
5 PM Friday – 8 PM Sunday at University of Advancing Technology (UAT)

By popular demand! We picked the time based upon a poll on our Facebook page. This will be a 48 hour game-making extravaganza! We’ll have more details to come about it as we get closer, but keep that weekend open! It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, so I’m going to give a quick recap on the format of a game jam. This is OPEN TO ANYONE, by the way!

Friday, 5 PM: We meet at UAT. This is the time for equipment set-up, brainstorming, getting to know people, etc. If you want to work with other people, you can pitch ideas and form teams. We’ll also be picking the theme the day of. (A theme is a high-level word or phrase that you must then take and incorporate into your game. Themes can provide a good starting block for brainstorming.) You can start working on the game as soon as you’re ready, but generally…

Saturday til 5 pm on Sunday: is JAMMING TIME! You can use any tool, language, or platform you want and can run your game on any platform. Generally, creating your own assets is encouraged over pulling from the public domain. Teams can be any size.

Sunday, 5PM: Wrap-up and presentation time! This is when people can demonstrate what they’ve been working on for the weekend.

Note: Meals aren’t provided, but we’ll have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand!

Even if you can’t make it for the whole weekend, it’s a great chance to work in a creative, energized environment. So feel free to drop by!



That’s all for now, folks. We’ll see you all April 30th!



One Response

  1. Hey all!

    I just moved from Seattle, WA and came from 5TH Cell (Makers of Scribblenauts).

    Just bought my ticket for TED and will likely become a member of the IGDA very shortly 🙂

    Looking forward to saturday to hear all the great speakers and meet you all!

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