The Game Developers Guild will be hosting the Global Game Jam on Jan. 25-27 in Miami. Guild Master Frank Hernandez says this 48-hour game programming/development event “to put it simply is like a hackathon but on steroids,” he said. Game designers, programmers and artists gather all over the world to develop games over the period of 48 hours.
This is the second year the Game Developers Guild is hosting it in Miami. Before that, the closest location to participate was in Orlando. “It was an incredible success last year (with four games being developed at the end of the 48 hour period) and this year we are aiming to improve on last year's experience,” said Hernandez.
“We are also partnering with other jam sites in Argentina, Mexico and Spain so that we may hack together and increase our ties with the global tech community. We are also partnering with COIL (Collaborative Open Innovation Lab) and the Engineering Department at FIU to make this happen,” added Hernandez, pictured at left.
According to Hernandez, The Game Developers Guild uses a hands-on approach to growing the tech community and the results are already being seen. For instance, the Guild sent teams composed mostly of FIU undergraduate students to the past two ATT Mobile Apps Hackathons and took home prizes at both.