European Youth Award – EYA Game Jam managed to gather 41 creative minds from 7 nations in Graz last weekend, who decided not to go for the sun but instead go for the coding and participate in the first European Youth Award (EYA) gaming session.
In a so called EYA Game Jam, they evolved 8 new and creative game prototypes in less than 48 hours. The game development-marathon started Friday evening with inspiring keynotes, held by professional developers, who pumped up the energy.
After that, young creatives from 7 nations started through at the Game Jam. The attendees could choose one of three special categories: with eHealth, Go Green und Modern Family Life, the main focus of the event – as for the European Youth Award in general – was targeted on social impact.
15 concepts presented at EYA Game Jam
More than 15 concepts got prepared and presented by the participants right-away and 8 of them were selected for further development. Also the mix of the attendees was very exciting: professional software developers, sound designers, students from different faculties as well as creative minds, artists and designers attended the event and did their best to bring in their expertise.
On Sunday the newly developed games were presented at the FH Johanneum. Amongst them Tag Hunter, a game using NFC-Tags to motivate people to run frequently. Or the Marital Fight Simulator, dealing with the subject of marital conflict – a problem known in many modern families nowadays. After 48 hours the proud but tired developers, also called jammers, came to one conclusion: It was a unique experience to create something new in such a short period of time. Especially if it’s something that has a real social impact and with that has a true meaning.
Head on over to http://eu-youthaward.org/game-jam-games to see what has been developed and download some of them as well.