Global Game Jam
'The Global Game Jam is the world's largest game jam event. The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is organised by the Global Game Jam, Inc., an international non-profit corporation based in California, with a mission to foster game design and game education through innovative events.' Global Game Jam Website
How does it work?
'The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In 2013, there were 16,705 registered participants in 63 countries, who created 3248 games.' Global Game Jam Website
In 2013, Griffith College was one of the two sites in Ireland where this event took place.
Check out the Griffith College Global Jam page.
Microsoft - National Imagine Cup Prize winners
In 2011, the Griffith College Imagine Cup team won 2nd place in the Irish Finals of the Microsoft Software Development Competition. Furthermore, the team received a special award for the Best Azure Cloud Computing Application. Given the current drive towards cloud computing in general, this was a significant honour.
Microsoft - International Imagine Cup
The Imagine Cup is a competition run annually by Microsoft and is open to higher level education students around the world. 'It is the world's premier student technology competition. Over the past ten years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup. ' Imagine Cup Website
National Prize winners of RoboCode Ireland Competition
In 2008, Griffith College Students, Conor Hackett, Tianyi Wang and Wonjae Chang won the National RoboCode competition.
Robocode Ireland, Games Fleadh Festival
This competition is open to all universities and colleges in Ireland offering computer science programmes and it is sponsored by Microsoft, Engineers Ireland, Activision and DemonWare.
The idea behind Robocode is that it is a game where teams use java to programme one or more robot tanks to battle in an arena against each other. The competition is a chance for students to demonstrate their programming abilities and advance their knowledge of GUI programming, API usage and Artificial Intelligence.