Global Game Jam 2017

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As you all know, I am passionate about game development. So it is my pleasure to be one of the organizers of the Global Game Jam Lagos 2017.

The event page shows that the event is already sold out but if you are interested in participating, just show up. One important tip to add about the venue is that it is beside the Raumplus showroom.

If you know nothing about game jams and are searching for resources, this link will help you come up to speed.

We will be posting updates from our Facebook page. We hope to see you at the venue.

Inspire A Kid

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Hello Everyone.

Thankfully we survived last week. It was long and stressful week but today things are easing up. At work we are organizing a program in May called Inspire A Kid.

Inspire A Child  is a virtual  global  event that is aimed at bringing world class professionals and educators to inspire and rub minds  with kids on the Fliplearn Kids platform, right  in their classrooms (yes, first of its kind in Nigeria and West Africa). This event is aimed at inspiring kids to dream big and aim to actualize their dreams.

Will be gisting you as I know more.

Have a great week.

Elementary Maths Challenge 2016

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Happy weekend everyone!

Next week at work we will be starting the Elementary Maths Challenge 2016. It represents a fun and unique way of teaching Mathematics to kids in a variety of formats.

At work we have The MathsRoom. It is a place for every kind of kid both haters and lovers of mathematics. In The Maths Room, kids are taught Mathematics using real life simulation, multimedia and fun activities. The method is perhaps one of the best ways of learning the subject.

The Maths Challenge provides additional stimulation for kids to learn Mathematics using the element of competition. By encouraging creativity, collaboration and communication we offer a child the chance to learn Mathematics in a fun and engaging format.

To find out more about The Maths Room and the Elementary Maths Challenge 2016, you can click this link.

Have a great weekend.

Global Game Jam Lagos Update

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Welcome to a new month!

Last month was awesome. I attended my first Global Game Jam. It felt good hanging out with game developers of the future.

Its been 5 years since I created my first game. With certain personal events, I have lost my fire. Being in that room made me remember why I started.

Initially I didn’t want to go as I just wanted to take the weekend off and rest. But fate intervened and I had to go. I missed the Friday session (big mistake) and went on Saturday. For me one day was enough to find my fire again.

The event held at Center 4 Tech. In my 5 years in the industry, I have never visited this venue. A friend assured me that it would be awesome and true to type, the event did not disappoint.

I don’t have the final head count of those who attended but in all 6 games were developed. You can view them here. Yours truly built a simple crossword puzzle with the words that make up ritual. It is called Ritual.

I wanted to build a falling object game. Sadly missing Theme Friday put me way behind of the thought process. So I settled for something simple.

All in all, I had fun. Let’s do it again next year. Special thanks to the guys at Center 4 Tech for making this event happen.

Training the Next Generation of Programmers

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Yesterday I did my first class for the above training program. I must add that I am awfully proud to be one of the people laying a foundation for the creative industry in Nigeria. The class was very interesting because we had a mix of beginners and experts interested in game development.

This tutorial is powered by  Aspian Technologies. We intend to use game development to introduce beginners to the exciting world of programming. The class will start off from the basics of JavaScritpt and cover the Phaser Game Engine as a tool for game development.

To participate in this training program, you need to fill click this LINK and fill the form. Class registration will close this month.

Important Links are:

  1. The Aspian Technologies Facebook Page
  2. W3Schools Homepage
  3. Class Ebook
  4. Phaser Website
  5. Phaser Inspiration

Mobile West Africa 2014

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I missed the 2013 edition of Mobile West Africa. I was away from Nigeria at the time. I do regret missing the 2013 edition. My notes from the 2012 edition are still with me. I continually refer to them. Before I go on to the press release, I will give a personal endorsement “If you attend one event this year, make it Mobile West Africa”. Now on to the press release: 

Mobile West Africa 2014 brings world’s most influential mobile expert to Nigeria next month

Tomi Ahonen, the man measured by Forbes as the world’s most influential expert in mobile, will be taking to the stage and sharing his esteemed vision of the future of mobile at the Mobile West Africa 2014 conference, taking place in Lagos on 13-16 May at the Four Points by Sheraton on Victoria Island. Mr. Ahonen will also deliver a dedicated full-day workshop on Friday, 16 May titled “How to make money in mobile”.

Additionally, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, considered as the key figure in bringing about the mobile data revolution in Nigeria, will be presenting his perspective during the keynote session. Mr. Ahonen and Dr. Ndukwe will be joined by senior industry pundits including the CEO & MD of Airtel Nigeria, the Founder of SPARK and iROKO Partners, and representatives from Nokia, DSTV Digital Media, Nigerian Breweries, PZ Cussons and Praekelt.

Organisations such as Eskimi, VConnect, Co-Creation Hub, MTech, ConnectNigeria, SureGifts, and TomTom Africa have pledged their early commitment to the conference, which is regarded as the leading technology event in West Africa, and delegate tickets are selling quickly.

Event founder Matthew Dawes commented “When we first debuted Mobile West Africa way back in February 2011 it was a different era. West Africa’s smartphone penetration was low, Nigeria’s first incubation space (CcHUB) was yet to be launched, the eCommerce boom was still years away, and mobile money was far from reality. It has been a remarkable few years and I would hope that in some way the event has contributed to that growth.

I want MWA2014 to be a joyride – celebrating past successes, critically analysing the industry’s future direction and opportunities, and to again be the conference to come and do business at. Having the likes of Tomi Ahonen and Dr. Ndukwe confirmed signifies our intent to further cement the event’s position as the best in the region.”

About All Amber

All Amber was founded in 2009 by Matthew Dawes to produce interactive, discussion-based events specifically aimed at high-level strategists in mobile technology across Africa.  To date, All Amber events are industry leading and highly acclaimed.

All Amber events provide abundant networking opportunities, which have been proven to lead to growing business and new partnerships.  This is achieved by:

  • A highly interactive roundtable seating format to facilitate genuinely constructive discussion and networking
  • Panel discussions featuring senior strategists from the industry’s most important companies
  • Networking sessions designed to encourage maximum interaction between attendees

For more information please visit http://mobilewestafrica.com.

Media contact:

Andrew Mowbray

Communications Director, All Amber

comms@allamber.co.uk