Devonport’s first Game Jam was held at the weekend at Devonport Guildhall in partnership with RIO, City College Plymouth and Plymouth Game Devs. As part of the international Game Jam competition, Ludum Dare, the event saw 40 keen gamers come together in a friendly two day challenge of creating video games, held to encourage technology driven career pathways for young people and adults and to celebrate the renovation of the Market Hall in Devonport into a multi-million pound technology hub.
There were participants as young as 11 and skills ranging from complete beginner to experienced programmers. The event was successful in bringing these gamers together to create some brilliant games alongside learning new skills and forging new friendships.
“I’ve really enjoyed the Game Jam! I’ve learnt how to plan and stay focused for a long time and how to work a project” – Jenson McEwan, 11, Game Jam participant
“It was a fantastic event, with a great showing from the local development community in a brilliant venue. RIO were gracious and accommodating hosts, and we look forward to working alongside them on future events” – Scott Redrup, Plymouth Game Devs
RIO’s partnership with City College Plymouth on this event saw Game Development students directly involved with the preparation and running of the event, providing valuable practical experience.
“As a participant I found all my needs catered for and it was definitely one of the most enjoyable Game Jams I’ve ever been to. The space was perfect and I am really pleased that our students were such a valuable asset. I know from talking to them that they absolutely loved taking part and got a lot from the event, including valuable work experience, a deeper understanding of events management and connections in the games industry.” – Andy Sargeant, Lecturer in Computing and Games Development, City College Plymouth
“I’m really pleased we could offer real and purposeful work experience for students around this event. The talents that have surfaced from my time working with the students has been a real highlight and I am confident that their future achievements will be great.” – Kate Rowlands, Consultant, Real Ideas Organisation
The Game Jam forms part of RIO’s commitment to digital skills, which aims to improve links between educational and cultural organisations across Plymouth, ensuring the delivery of high quality cultural education.
The event would not have been such a success without the bespoke help of the venue staff at Devonport Guildhall and exquisite catering by Column Bakehouse. Fotonow were a great asset to the event; the photography has captured the event really well and guidance from Fotonow allowed City College work experience students to shadow professional photographers.