Hacking Health Tonight!

The fine folks at Hacking Health are holding another café event tonight.

Full details are here.

October Event: Social at The Geek Bar!

This month, we’re going to hold a social meetup. We’ll gather at The Geek Bar at The Rock  House Pub from 6-8PM this Friday, October 20th. Hope to see you there!

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NDev Meetup: JAI Programming Language!

Game programmers probably won’t want to miss this one, happening tonight! I’ll be there, look for me if you will as well!

NDev 20 – JAI: A new programming language from Jonathan Blow

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 7:30 PM

Kraken Robotics Inc.
430 Water Street St. John’s, NL

29 Devs Attending

Hey Folks! Time for another meetup! This time we’re super excited to be hosted by Kraken Robotics. Thanks Kraken! This month’s talk will be about game programmer Jonathan Blow’s new programming language, JAI and will be presented by Elliott Barrett of Radient360. See below for the talk abstract —————————– This talk aims to provid…

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CTS-NL Project Night

The Computer Tech Society of NL’s weekly Project Night is tonight if you have some time and want to hang out with other folks while you work on your current project!

Call for Features: September 2017

We’d like to do something really special this September to welcome all the new and returning students into our community. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please contact us! And as always, you can also reach out via any of our other community channels.

August Meetup! Featuring: The Tale of the Unlikely Production of Secret Ponchos

Our August meetup will take place at 7:30PM on August 15th at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road. We’re delighted to welcome Darren Esau as our feature speaker.

Our Main Feature

This talk is a description of how a group of friends created a game called Secret Ponchos from their basements, despite not really having started in the way that studios are typically founded (e.g. with at least one programmer and a plan to create an actual game).

Our Speaker

Darren Esau is a programmer and co-founder of Switchblade Monkeys, which created Secret Ponchos for PC and PS4. He previously worked at Radical Entertainment, Hothead Games, and Virtual Marine Technology. He’s originally from Vancouver, and moved to St. John’s in 2009. He has two young daughters and looks forward to the day when they’re old enough that he can tell his wife that he’s buying the latest game release “for the kids.”


If you’d like to book a 2-minute Appetizer slot to talk about a topic of interest before the main meetup, please fill out the form below:


July Meetup: A little rough, but a lot of good stuff!

Our July meetup went off (with only a couple of glitches) last night. We were happy to welcome Andrew Menchions as well as Laura Churchill and Dorian Rowe from NLFDC, who gave us a high-level introduction to tax credits game developers can avail of. Jordan Galbraith of Orange Slip Studios shared some of his experiences trying to raise money for a new company. Jeff Mercer from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation helped fill in some of the blanks, and indicated that our members are always welcome to come talk about their work to see if there are programs that might help them get a leg up.

The live stream cut off in the middle of the discussion, unfortunately, but we were able to recover at least a couple of remote attendees using our appear.in room. The volume there was apparently not ideal, so we’ll continue to work on that setup for future events. At the very least we’ll add a spare laptop charger to the GDNL equipment box!

Thanks to all our invited guests as well as our attendees, both in-person and remote. Hope to see you all again in August!

July Meetup: Open Forum on Funding

Our next meetup will take place at 7:30PM on July 11th at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road.

We’re going to try something a little different for this meetup. We’re inviting all attendees to come and share their thoughts and experiences with finding and attracting funding for their projects. Funding is the most-asked-for topic at our meetings right now, and in lieu of having a dedicated talk on the topic, we’ll see if we can get some synergy going.

We are inviting some special guests who may have insight into this issue, and if any attendees would like to invite their own special guests, that would be very much appreciated!

Thanks to Ryan Hale for the suggestion of an open discussion.


If you’d like to book a 2-minute Appetizer slot to talk about a topic of interest before the main meetup, please fill out the form below:


Story of a meetup in tweet form

Janice Hertel was good enough to snap a few pics at the meetup on Tuesday, so we collected her picture tweets and Greg’s preview tweets and make a Moment out of it. This is a nice window into what our meetups are all about.

Last night was AWESOME YOU GUYS!

Last night we had another great crowd at Common Ground. Greg Wells held us in the palm of his hand while he took us through the fundaments of telling a story with sound, art, and gameplay.

We made a couple of improvements to our setup last night. We (somewhat) successfully streamed the talk portion of the meetup, including the excellent question-and-answer section at the end. Greg was kind enough to bring his projector, and we now have our own that is slightly less fancy but will still handle the job nicely.

Thanks everyone for coming out, thanks to our sponsor, Orange Slip Studios, and thanks to our speaker Greg Wells. We’ll be looking forward to the next meetup.

If you’d be interested in offering a talk for June (or any time at all), please let us know. And remember we offer 2 minute Appetizer slots if you just want to tell people about something cool that you’re working on!