2018 Give Backathon | "Game Jam"
After running the first ever Indigenous charity hackathon, we are now running the first “Game Jam” that aims to help close the disparity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by building games that will create a better Australia for everyone.
Specifically, this is what we will achieve with your help:
Build games that inspire, educate and help more Indigenous youth to learn how to code and develop their own games e.g. kolap - a Traditional Indigenous game that Barayamal built on MIT Scratch to teach Indigenous youth how to code.
Build games that educate non-Indigenous Australians and strengthen Reconciliation in Australia.
What is a Game Jam?
According to one of the most reliable sources, Wikipedia, a "game jam is a hackathon for video games. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours, and some even longer. Participants are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists, writers, and others in game development-related fields."
The Give Backathon "Game Jam" is a charity event (key words - if you're looking to build the next Facebook & increase your wealth, this event is NOT for you...), the games created from the event will be maintained by Barayamal and used in our coding programs at CoderDojo First Nations.
23rd - 25th November 2018
Friday, 23rd: 6pm start, which includes networking, forming groups and getting started (free drinks & nibbles).
Saturday, 24th: Build cool games!
Sunday, 25th: Pitch your games at 5pm and see who built the "coolest" games (free drinks & nibbles).
- You can use any existing games, tools, code, languages, etc.
- Collaboration & Team Work is Welcome!
- Nothing illegal or personal attacks (bullying) - we're here to have fun & make some cool games for a worthy cause.
- You can also build games and participate from any where in the world (virtual Game Jam).
Barayamal Centre of Entrepreneurship, 349 Montague Road, West End 4101
2017 Give Backathon
Give Backathon is national charity hackathon that gives worthy charities valuable technology-based solutions to help increase their social impact. Give Backathon exists because (unfortunately) a lot of charities that are making a difference in our communities lack funding and technical skills.
Give Backathon brings together the brightest and nicest techies and professionals to work together and give back.
In May 2017, Give Backathon will focus on helping four Indigenous charities.
According to the latest government employment study, the Indigenous unemployment rate is currently 21%, an increase of 4.3 percentage points since 2008, and is 4 times the current non-Indigenous unemployment rate of 5%. Through disempowerment and lack of opportunity, the Indigenous community in Australia has the highest rate of suicide of any community in the world.
By helping these Indigenous charities, we can help re-shape these statistics - help make a difference and have a ton of fun - limited spots available so join this worthy cause now!
Free Event - Register now!!!
- Lunch and dinner will be provided on both days
- Win some cool prizes for volunteering your time and helping these incredible charities
20th - 21st May 2017
Fishburners, Level 2, 155 Queen Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000
Event Sponsors and Partners
Give Backathon is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.