NYC Games Forum and Games.com HACKATHON

NYC Games Forum, you're go for launch.

 

NYC Games Forum and Games.com are hosting a 24-hour hackathon the weekend of March 9-10 to celebrate the launch of the new Games.com platform, and we'd love it if you joined the fun!

Our theme for this event is LAUNCH! Interpret that any way you want — rockets, slingshots, product lines — the sky isn't the limit, your imagination is.


We're your Mission Control:


We've got you covered with snacks, drinks, space to hack in, and plenty of co-conspirators for your creative endeavors. We'll also have some light programming to help keep you awake and refresh your brain, and you'll get to see what your NYGM pals have made during a demo session following the hackathon.


Prep for flight:


Bring your laptop. Bring your talent. Bring your imagination. Bring your favorite collaborators.

 

T-Minus 54 days and counting:


The event starts on March 9 at 11am (with a pre-flight meal to get you fueled-up) and the hacking goes from 1pm - 1pm. Demos and awards will follow lunch on Sunday, and you'll be able to rocket home in time to rest up for Monday.


Your landing coordinates:


Games.com HQ in the AOL offices (770 Broadway, 6th floor)

 

More details coming soon! Assemble your flight team and get ready for LAUNCH!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much for your survey responses! We'd love to see those hackathon games on Games.com; if you have any questions about getting them publish-ready, please email me at [masked] and I'd be happy to help! If you're hosting the game elsewhere (I'm looking at the mobile/Unity/Windows teams!), send me a link!

    We still need full team rosters for the following games: Launch, Snowball's Chance, Interactive Pong. We loved your games -- we just need to know who should get credit for them!

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a quick reminder -- the post-event survey is go! We've gotten responses from a few teams, but we still need to know which of you awesome people to credit to some of the games. Once we have that, we can give you some press!

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XMDZJTS

    March 13, 2013

  • Danyel L.

    Excellent! The best part was seeing the all games the teams put together demoed for te first time.

    March 12, 2013

  • matthew

    It was great meeting some of you this past weekend. Thought you would get a kick out of this great game hack by Mike Mika, http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/03/donkey-kong-pauline-hack/ now for catching up on sleep. Thank you to Eric & Brad again.

    2 · March 11, 2013

    • Maddie W.

      Thanks for being an awesome team mate Matt!

      March 11, 2013

  • David W.

    Had a great time! Would love to get more feedback on my game.

    www.davidwallin.net/games/helloworld.html

    2 · March 11, 2013

    • David W.

      Yeah that's a bug. The fade out code is there but it functions incorrectly.

      March 11, 2013

    • Maddie W.

      I think you should have the ability to go back to refuel at certain spots and work that into the strategy of the game. It will also allow for more choices and levels to be longer. :)

      March 11, 2013

  • Ben S.

    The whole thing was awesome. In part inspired by the event, I wrote a bit about the increasing visibility & importance of game jams in the modern development process-
    http://www.dashjump.com/game-jams-last-minute/

    2 · March 11, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Awesome! Very well said.

      March 11, 2013

    • Maddie W.

      Totally agree! I didn't really know things like this were open to people outside coders. I'm going to go to another one for sure. It's amazing that a whole company was saved by an internal hackathon.

      March 11, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Definitely an unforgettable weekend for me, Justin, and Austin. It was a pleasure to be in the company of such dedicated and talented developers, and I hope to see you in the near future! I'll keep you posted on our game "I Dunno but it Works" as we try and get it web ready. Thanks for an amazing weekend, and a humongous thanks to the organizers for putting together this incredible event! If this turns into a regular thing, Team Hastycakes will be there for sure!

    3 · March 11, 2013

  • Caitlin L. C.

    Awesome event and congrats to everyone for hanging in there and building something cool.

    2 · March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    THANK YOU, everyone! We loved loved loved seeing your games, and are super impressed by every one. Our SDK and Developer Center are going to be better because of you, and there are now 14 brand new games in the world that didn't exist yesterday!


    Go get some much-needed sleep, and then celebrate how you made something AMAZING in just 23 hours!

    5 · March 10, 2013

  • Ben S.

    Fantastic. More please.

    4 · March 10, 2013

  • Rafael V.

    I will personally speak with AOL president to allow us go there every weekend. The results will be amazing. This group needs a lot of facilities and they will do wonderful games.

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Rafael V.

    Can you orginize meetings like this every week. The people in this meetings are so sharing and collaborative. we need to have this meetings every week not once a year.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Brad H.

    The URL of the Q and A site is http://gmsfrm.com - check it out!

    March 9, 2013

  • Danyel L.

    What's the twitter tag for the hack-a-thon?

    March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      #GDotHack

      March 9, 2013

  • holly l.

    Can I attend later today if I have not RSVPd
    Sorrry I was unsure till now if I would be able to attend.
    TIA

    March 9, 2013

    • matthew

      i thing the unofficial answer would be yes. i am just an attendee but its pretty chill and i been to hackathons.

      March 9, 2013

    • matthew

      you should just talk to the games.com team in the lobby and on the 6th floor.

      March 9, 2013

  • Harry W.

    Hey everyone, super excited about the hackathon today!

    I made an unofficial hackathon IRC channel on Freenode (irc.freenode.net). Join #GDotHack so we can talk to each other online!

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey fellow hackers, I'm looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. I'm a developer/product guy who's going solo into the hackathon with an idea for a fast-pased tactical strategy game, and I'd love to find another dev or two and a designer to partner with. I've got the basic gameplay mechanics thought out, and a roadmap of what we'd need to do to make it happen, but there's still room for others to add ideas and make a piece of it their own. I view hackathons as a way to try new things, have fun, and to meet new people (although I've taken home a few prizes too). If you're interested in hacking together, track me down - I'll be wearing a green MSU hat.

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I will be coming around 1pm. I have a working knowledge of Objective-C, so maybe there will be a team that can benefit from adding me.

    March 8, 2013

  • Prakash V.

    so pumped for this

    March 8, 2013

  • Mark M.

    Hey organizers, will there be some type of "looking for group" period at the beginning or before the hackathon?

    March 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There will be! We're taking notes based on comments and replies to get a head start on team matchmaking, but if you arrive when we open at 11am, you'll have two full hours before the hacking begins to get a team together! Lunch on Saturday is a great opportunity to socialize and meet some really cool co-pilots.

      It's a good idea to start thinking of a few things before you arrive:
      - your skill set
      - the kinds of people you'll need to help you
      - what type of game you'd like to make (platform, language, genre, etc)

      In addition to making some introductions, we'll set aside a mini-pitch session and/or "team speed dating" to help people find the right groups!

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • Manno

    Hi guy, I'm attending and looking for a team. I can help out with art, and maybe some light coding. I'm familiar with Gamemaker and Unity. Of course I'd also say I'm a "designer", but who in this field and doesn't use that title?

    March 8, 2013

  • jT

    anyone into co-op?

    March 8, 2013

  • jT

    anyone into co-op?

    March 8, 2013

  • Rob S.

    Hi all,

    I am attending tomorrow’s event to find a developer(s) interested in sports and building a gamification-based predictive game play for baseball (and eventually other sports). Graphics have been created, URLs purchased, simulation completed, game play figured out. We need a MVP to test. Also submitted an international patent application on designing interactive sports prediction games based on “live” sports. Have built the game concept with a small team – who have software development backgrounds, but not programming skills. We need a very skilled programmer(s) as co-pilot(s) and equity partner(s). We are primed to raise angel capital once a prototype is built. This is not for games.com, so I understand everyone’s motives for the Hackathon, but hope to meet one or two of you who might be interested for post-Hackathon discussions (and certainly we can work tomorrow on it). About me: www.linkedin.com/in/robsteir . See everyone tomorrow. -Rob

    March 8, 2013

  • Vianel

    Hello. I'm looking for any kind of team members! I have a proprietary game engine to get games built faster! Let me know if you want to join!

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Maddie W.

    Hi all! I'm looking for a team. I'm a creative and conceptor ready to help! I do promo too. :)

    March 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome, we'll do our best to help you find a great team :)

      March 7, 2013

  • matthew

    Can't wait!

    March 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay! See you this weekend!

      March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    team and I can't make it.

    March 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear it! Hope to see you at the next one!

      March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here I am, Matt!

    March 6, 2013

  • Paul F.

    Hi -I'm not a gaming programmer, but I've worked as a computer programmer. I would like to drop in on Saturday pm w/ my 12-yr old son, who likes to PLAY video games. I want him to see the creative side of gaming, maybe open his eyes. Hope that's ok.

    March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You'll need to make sure that both you and your son have RSVP'ed and that we have your full names for security. It should be fine if you drop by, but please note that the teams making games at this hackathon are doing so in an extreme crunch (24 hours) and may not have time to be chatty.

      March 4, 2013

    • Paul F.

      Thanks Jen. I believe we've both now rsvp'd. he's under my rsvp. I rsvp'd with a +1. We won't interfere with the teams at all. thanks for the window into this world. Paul

      March 4, 2013

  • Paul F.

    Please also have my son's name Kevin Finnegan, along with mine Paul Finnegan at the door. Thanks.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, hackers! Mission Briefing emails will be going out this evening to everyone who has RSVP'ed. We'll be sending those through Meetup, so if you have emails turned off, change your settings (if you haven't received an email by tomorrow morning, and can't find it in your spam folder, send me a message!).

    We'll be asking for a reply from all of you (we need to have your full name and the names of any +1s you're bringing, or security won't be able to let you into the building, & we're also asking for contact details in case of emergency), so if you can do that ASAP, that would be lovely! The briefing emails will also answer some FAQ's, including questions about platform, the structure for this weekend, what to know about entering and leaving the building during the event, and more! Registration is closed, but we have a wait list, and there's a strong chance that wait-listers will be able to attend -- point them to this event page!

    Looking forward to hacking with all of you!

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Can't wait! Question though, would it be alright if a teammate came late on Saturday? Like around 5pm?

    March 1, 2013

    • Ben W. S.

      I was thinking of flying solo on this one, but might not be able to make it until 6ish. Seeing as I'm not part of a team, is it still ok if I'm a bit late?

      March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just make sure you've RSVP'ed with your full name. Security won't be able to let you in if we don't know you're coming.

      March 4, 2013

  • David R.

    Can we get more details? Specially what platforms are allowed?

    1 · February 27, 2013

    • Nikhil S.

      Have the briefing emails been sent out yet? I just want to make sure I didn't miss it.

      March 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Nikhil! They'll actually go out today -- originally, we were going to send those on Friday, but we decided to keep registration open through the weekend, and didn't want to exclude anyone.

      March 4, 2013

  • Mark M.

    I'm bringing a small army ;-)

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first offline game hackathon, I hope to learn a lot!

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Mark A.

    Sweet!

    1 · January 15, 2013

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