Game Jam for Kids

September 14, 2013

Two outstanding Microsoft evangelists Daniel Egan and Bret Stateham.
Sponsorship from Microsoft.
45 middle school children, 10 volunteers and 2 teachers.
Teaching kids how to create art in InkSpace, how to create their own sounds in Audacity and putting it all together into a mobile game in GameMaker.

I’m proud to say I’m the organizer and it was a very successful event.

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Daniel Egan helping participants get ready with the initial installation of the software.
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Ina Samir made an inspirational speech about programming and what’s to love about it.
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Bret Stateham is opening the event and inspiring every child in the room.
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One of the parent volunteers Udayan Sharma and his daugher Mahika.
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Jason and Daniel Egan helping the participants.
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JB is part of the Universal Music Group development team that volunteered at the event.
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Young Elizabeth helped welcome the participants with goody bags.
Yesenia made a big part of this event possible. Thank you!
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The youngest participant at the event impressed us with his focus and determination.
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Pizza break.
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Playing with the Xbox Kinect in the break.
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Jason volunteered his time at the event.
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Playing with the I-racer controlling the car with the Windows Phone.
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I should’ve made a better photo of Laszlo, one of the wonderful volunteers from Universal Music Group who helped dozens of munchkins keep up with their development projects.
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Carol did an amazing job of organizing the Technology Academy from Walter Reed to come to the event.
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One of the best photobombs ever. I was posing and looking beautiful…
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Bret Stateham is helping some the participants.
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The raffle drawing.
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Giving the certificates to every child participant.
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A sweet gesture for all the volunteers at the event.
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Having fun is so important!
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Bret Stateham set up a whole room for sound creation and editing.
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One happy child that day walked away with an Xbox.
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After a great event it’s time to celebrate!
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Check out the Walter Reed Technology Academy website and thank you message.

Thank you, Microsoft, Daniel Egan, Bret Stateham and all the wonderful volunteers that made this event possible! And yes, more to come.