Game Jam: Learn How to Make Your Own Location-Based App

This Friday and Saturday, educators, artists, researchers, students and anyone else with an interest can learn the nuts and bolts of location-based app development at the Madison basecamp for the Aris Global Game Jam.

The local game jam is part of the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival and will be held on the UW-Madison campus in the Education Building on Bascom Mall. The UW-Madison game jam is one of 20 sites in four countries prototyping GPS-based mobile games.

“Sites will range across youth, educators, artists, museum designers and activists,” explains Wisconsin Institute for Discovery researcher and game jam organizer David Gagnon. “Since the games will be GPS based and will use the player’s physical location, they will likely be quite experimental, ranging from place-based interactive narratives to ‘gamified’ citizen science activities.”

A $200 prize will be awarded for the best design. Programming and game-making experience is not required. Registration is encouraged.