What we're about
The AKLgamedev Meetup is typically separated in to two parts.
Check out the AKLgamedev Meetup Promo Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzU1PeB6rjs&t=).
The first part of the night is the AKLgamedev Talks, typically with the following format:
• 6:00p Doors open to public,
• 6:10p Welcome + Intro
• 6:12p Main presentation(s)
• 6:40p NZGDA Announcements + Open Mic
• 7:00p finish
We try to keep the presentations as short as possible so we can move to the Progress Bar as soon as possible. For that reason the presenters often have some sort of demonstration at the Progress Bar or are at least available for further discussion around their talk topic.
AKLGAMEDEV PROGRESS BAR
Typically run straight after the AKLgamedev Talks, the AKLgamedev Progress Bar is the more playful part of the evening involving networking and showcasing work in progress games.
Check out the AKLgamedev Progress Bar promo video (https://youtu.be/HrwhkoQCngo).
This is a public event that anyone can attend. It is especially useful for both those wanting to become a game developer and small startup game developers that want to test out their game and build a community around their product.
It is also a platform for networking, recruitment, knowledge share, celebration, job hunting and socializing.
Anyone and everyone is encouraged to bring along their current work in progress – or released – games, to show at the event. We have limited equipment that you can book. For more information you can visit this AKLgamedev Meetup Contributors Guide (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1flJivmd6b2Lno_rX4aIns254x8uaEGCNr7l84iH_yA8/pub) under the heading ‘Progress Bar (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1flJivmd6b2Lno_rX4aIns254x8uaEGCNr7l84iH_yA8/pub#h.ks0d4yyjjl5p)'.
There is also free food and non alcoholic drink and, depending on the theme of the event, sometimes a cash bar.
We're organised by Ben Kenobi (https://www.aut.ac.nz/profiles/ben-tuhoe-kenobi2) and friends, sponsored by AUT University (https://www.aut.ac.nz/study/study-options/creative-technologies/research/pigsty-play-interactivity-and-games-lab) and endorsed by the NZ Game Developers Association (http://www.nzgda.com) and the Colab (http://colab.aut.ac.nz/) PIGsty (https://plus.google.com/110273565943022634027/about).