#GetHackneyCoding Competition

 

Overview

To celebrate Get Hackney Coding month we want you to invent your own game and the winners will win a DIY Gamer Kit and other prizes for their school to use in lessons so you can turn your games idea into a working game by learning to code.

How to enter

There are 2 sheets that have been created to help you plan your game. The first you need to think about all the components that make up a game: What’s your character? What’s your scoring system? What is your challenge or who is your enemy? While sheet 2 gets you to plan out your game visually and how it will work on the screen.

Depending on the age of the participant, you may prefer to include a free drawing or diagram to accompany your game idea, rather than using the second worksheet to design the game for the DIY Gamer.

Once your worksheet/s and any accompanying drawing or diagram is complete please scan and send your entries to gethackneycoding@hackney.gov.uk (making sure your name and contact details are included) by 5pm on 23 February 2015 and a winner will be picked by a team of industry judges and announced on 24 February 2015.

Supporting Materials

Intro to DIY Gamer:

http://www.techwillsaveus.com/resources/diy-gamer-kit-makeplaycodeinvent/

Download your worksheets here:http://www.techwillsaveus.com/resources/diy-gamer-kit-design-games/

 

Terms and Conditions

To enter the Get Hackney Coding competition

All entries must be by a team or individual between the ages of 5 and 18.
At least one team member must be attending a school or live in Hackney
Each team must have the endorsement of a named responsible adult – teacher, head of code club, parent etc.
To participate, you will be required to agree to these terms and conditions.

Any questions?

Please contact gethackneycoding@hackney.gov.uk

The Prizes

The DIY Gamer Kit, made by Technology Will Save Us allows people to solder together 40 parts on a custom circuit board to build their own handheld games console. Once the build is complete the console, controlled by Arduino, can be programmed so you can design and invent exciting games.

The DIY Gamer is different to normal games console as the screen is made up of an LED Matrix so you have to think creatively and come up with an idea that can work on 64 pixels. Think about the games you love to play and make your own version, or come up with a brand new game - could you make the next flappy birds?