Ahead of London Games Festival 2019, we are catching up with the people organising the wide variety of events that make up the Festival Fringe.
Today, Open University PhD researcher Christina Myers tells us what we can expect from the Educational Game Jam and what she hopes to achieve with the event, which is taking place between 8am and 9pm on both Saturday, 6 April and Sunday, 7 April at the Alphabeta Building
Tell us a bit about your event.
This event is a weekend-long game jam where diverse groups will design educational games aiming at raising awareness on gender inequality. We think that the only way to create impactful and inclusive games is by having diverse voices into game design processes! This event is open to anyone who is over 16 years old and no previous experience is needed.
Our mission is to democratise educational game design and enable anyone to design effective educational game. We believe that this could have a huge social impact! For this to be possible, we have worked hard on how to create a space with different activities where people could learn about gender equality, education and educational game design and, most importantly, learn from each other.
Who is this event for?
Anyone who is over 16-year-olds and willing to spend the whole weekend learning and developing a game (and having fun). This event is part of a PhD research so the participants will also contribute to a better understanding on how to enable more people to design educational games on a social topic.
Why should people come along?
To meet people, to learn about gender equality, education and educational game design, to design an educational game and for a unique, yet intense, life-changing experience. Also, the games that will be designed will raise awareness about gender equality, which has the potential to create a sustainable social impact!
Why were you keen to be involved in London Games Festival?
London Games Festival is such a powerful week where people from all around the world can share, collaborate and discuss their passion for gaming.
The Educational Game Jam is taking place on both Saturday, 6 April and Sunday, 7 April between 8am and 9pm at Alphabeta Building, 2b Worship St, London EC2A 2AH. Tickets can be bought right here