Tech Community: NDev Meetup Tonight!

The next NDev meetup is tonight at HeyOrca’s offices, and they’re providing pizza! And beer!

NDev 21 – Composition vs. Inheritance

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017, 7:00 PM

HeyOrca! Offices
261 Kenmount Road St. John’s, NL

29 Devs Attending

Hey Folks!This month at NDev, we’re hosted yet again by the HeyOrca crew and we’re going to be talking software architecture with Moustafa Elsisy. Moustafa is finishing up his CS degree at MUN and has worked with the HeyOrca team as a Web Developer since May. Moustafa will be comparing and contrasting two common techniques to build complicated sof…

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Game Jam Prep Session 1: November 11th, 2017

While we haven’t announced the event details yet, we’re planning to hold a game jam in St. John’s to coincide with the Global Game Jam, January 26-28th, 2018.

In the lead-up to this event, we will be holding a series of “prep sessions” to let people come in, figure things out, and chat about what they want to do during the jam. If you think you’ll be interested, please drop in and let us know!

Time & Place

4PM-7:30PM, Saturday, November 11th

Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road, St. John’s

Community News: Startup Weekend and Local Job

Just a couple of items of interest to our members:

  1. Startup Weekend is happening soon, and we’ve been offered a shot at a few free tickets to the event. Email us for details!
  2. Other Ocean Interactive are looking for a Senior Programmer for their St. John’s studio. Great opportunity for an experienced game coder who’d like to work here in town!

SJIWFF: Innovative and Interactive Panel

SJIWFF: Innovative and Interactive Panel

I was fortunate enough to catch yesterday’s Innovative and Interactive panel at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. It was an exciting event, which I expected, and I got a lot out of it.

Newfoundland’s own Julie Lewis was joined by two film and digital media guest artists, Vali Fugulin and Gina Hara (of Geek Girls fame), on a panel moderated by Lisa Vatcher from Celtx, who have recently released their game narrative tool, Gem (full disclosure: I work for Celtx).

Listening to these folks talk about their work was really interesting and enlightening. They’re bringing diverse approaches to the intersection between art, film, games, and game culture, and I expect they’ll be groundbreakers in terms of bringing film and games, in particular, closer together.

One of my goals for Gamedev NL is to tap into our creative communities, and I had a chance to ask about what the panelists have found to work for that. It was fascinating to hear about their experiences, as well as feedback from the audience. I took a bunch of notes, which will feed into our work in the coming year.

Many thanks to all the participants, and a special thanks to Gina, who chatted with me about community building after the panel. I hope some of you will have a chance to learn more from and about these extraordinary women and catch some of the festival – especially their interactive programming – in future!

  • mgb

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.”

Appetizers!

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:

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