The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment and the Anti-Defamation League Co-Host Hackathon in Four Cities
OAKLAND, CA – The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE), the first dedicated video game museum open to the public in the United States, together with the Anti-Defamation League(ADL), today announced that they will be hosting the “Being an Ally Game Jam,” a hackathon where video game developers come together to create new games and interactive experiences that teach empathy, and employ anti-bias and anti-bullying themes.
The “Being an Ally Game Jam” events run from 7 PM on Saturday, October 21 until 7 PM on October 22, 2017. The games developed will be due by 7 PM on October 27 on Game Jolt. The event will be held at locations across the United States, including Austin, TX; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; and Santa Barbara, CA.
With America currently as divided as ever and more people being targeted by bias, bullying and hatred, both online and offline, the goal of the “Being an Ally Game Jam” is to reinforce and encourage positive behavior towards others through video games. The games developed as part of this Game Jam will be a tool to help explore and illustrate what it means to be an ally — both for the people developing the games and for the people playing and spreading the word about them afterwards.
In addition to the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, other partner organizations helping to promote this effort include Game Jolt, Playcrafters, Games for Change, and the International Game Developers Association. At ADL, the effort is being led by its cyber-focused Center on Technology and Society.
- WHAT: “Being an Ally Game Jam” (#allyjam)
- WHERE: Austin, TX; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; and Santa Barbara, CA
- WHEN: Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 PM to Sunday, October 22 at 7:00 PM
- WHO: Video game developers can sign up here to participate. Media are also invited to attend.
- RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org