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Friday saw the launch of the Game Jam, a 45 hours event whereby 32 students from different institutions got together in order to create nine educational games. The event finished on Sunday at midday and the students worked tirelessly throughout the weekend (including the night) in order to create a game in such a short period of time. This topic of the Game Jam will focus around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects at Sec/Ordinary level.
The aim of the competition is to bring together students from different creative fields in order to develop a digital serious game during a limited amount of time. The competition tested the students’ skill of fortitude, their ability to work under pressure and within a team.
For the opening event, the keynote speaker Alexander Pfeiffer from the Donau University in Krems, Austria gave an inspiring speech about game development and its pitfalls.
Following that, Dylan Seychell from the Google Developers Group and St Martin’s Institute, together with educators from the St Margaret and St Thomas More Colleges guided the students in designing their game.
Each member of the winning team will be given an opportunity to attend to a number of lectures on game development at the Donau University in Austria. The award will therefore include a cash prize redeemable against flights, and accommodation to attend these lectures for each team member.
This event is organised by MITA, the Department of Intelligent Computer Systems, Faculty of ICT within the University of Malta, St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education and the Google Developers Group, Malta Branch.