Besides OMSI’s Mini Maker Faire on Sept 14 & 15th, we have another opportunity for youth to play, make and design games together.
Saturday Sept 27 and Sunday 28th 2013, we are co-hosting the worldwide Indie Speed Run with the Portland Indie Game Squad and the University of Portland.
What is the Indie Speed Run?
Indie Speed Run can be summed up easily. It’s an opportunity. Sure, there’s the maelstrom of fame, money, and prizes that are going to magically tornado around your body once you slam-dunk your competition into submission with the greatest game ever programmed, but there’s a deeper, and (arguably) far more important concept at the heart of what we’re trying to accomplish: creation.
Youth are invited to jam from 1pm-7pm each day. We are happy to say, mentors from our community will be on hand to facilitate and offer guidance on programming, design, and art and animation. We have room for 20 youth jammers, so register now here for a space.
The event is FREE, but participants who pay the Speed Run entry fee can win prizes. Games will be judged by game industry professionals including such luminaries as:
- Ron Gilbert – MONKEY ISLAND
- Markus “Notch” Persson – MINECRAFT
- Trent Oster – BALDUR’S GATE: ENHANCED EDITION
- Jason Rohrer – PASSAGE
- Vander Caballero – PAPO & YO
- Kellee Santiago – JOURNEY
- Dino Patti – LIMBO
- Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw – Zero Punctuation
Besides jamming to create new games, we have opportunities for volunteer to get involved and level up their skills. New volunteers need to attend one of our orientations, either September 23rd and 24th, at Woodstock Library. Interested by mentoring? Let us know here.