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SPSU hosts CDC Health Game Jam Sept. 20-22

SPSU hosts CDC Health Game Jam Sept. 20-22

Game Jam participants at work

SEPT. 6, 2013 – It’s time for SPSU to host another fall game jam, but this time, the action will focus on the creation of games featuring health issues addressed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first CDC Health Game Jam will take place Sept 20-22, and approximately 200 gaming enthusiasts have registered so far.

The 48-hour gaming marathon is sponsored by the Games for Health Project, a joint venture of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio, CDC and the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA), SPSU’s School of Computing and Software Engineering and the university’s Center for Applied Gaming and Media Arts.

A game jam is a gathering where game developers and programmers plan, design and produce games in a tight timeframe. The focus of the CDC Health Game Jam is to create games that address large-scale health priorities championed by the CDC such as disease prevention, outbreak investigation and healthy living. Participants will gather for a briefing in the J Building at 5 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 20, divide into teams and then will have until late Sunday afternoon to complete their creations.

CDC experts on health topics like viruses, obesity, safety and more will be available to advise and inspire the teams. Professional game developers and health-oriented developers/investors will judge the games, giving participants a valuable opportunity to put their work in front of potential employers and mentors. The winning team will be offered a four-week fully paid internship at the CDC to learn more about public health and government and to further develop the winning game for potential release in December 2013.

The best games produced during the game jam will be demonstrated at the seventh annual Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE) that brings together professionals from across the region to celebrate the world of gaming. SIEGE will be hosted by the GGDA on Oct. 3-6 in Atlanta.

More details about the CDC Health Game Jam are available at www.spsugames.blogspot.com.

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