JAXI THE ROBOT
Adam Dunn’s Jaxi the Robot game
Inspired by his 4-year-old daughter, Adam Dunn of Spanish Fork started developing Jaxi the Robot as a way to teach kids to code. Part of his personal philosophy is to “Give Back”, and Adam, active in the local community and a member of the Spanish Fork-Salem Chamber of Commerce sees helping youngsters is his way to give service.
Now the programming game has earned the Spanish Fork resident a spot in Salt Lake City’s Comic Con convention and $20,000 as the winner of the Utah Game Wars competition, organized by Zions Bank and Grow Utah.
“Jaxi’s story is a metaphor for the state of our world,” says Dunn on the game’s Kickstarter webpage. “Why is the ratio of boys to girls in engineering so disproportionate? Why are there so many boy robots to every girl one? This game answers that question and shows that there should be no difference between boys and girls in coding.”
Currently, Adam Dunn’s development of Jaxi the Robot is being promoted through a kickstarter campaign at Jaxi: the Robot by Adam Dunn — Kickstarter.
“This year’s selection process was very intense,” said T. Craig Bott, President and CEO of Grow Utah. “We normally select eight finalists, but there were so many outstanding entries this year that we could only agree on 10. That speaks to the level of maturity of Utah’s startup digital media and gaming companies. These are bright developers not only with outstanding coding skills but good business sense.”